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Monthly Archives: August 2010

5 ways tech startups can disrupt education

As many theorists of innovation have noted, it’s difficult for mature established fields (and corporations, for that matter) to reinvent themselves. Change often comes from the outside. Once an organization has settled into a revenue stream that provides some security, it’s almost impossible for that organization to adopt approaches that harm or cannibalize that revenue [...]

And you thought email was dead…

Email – having survived many declarations of its death – is experiencing a renewal. This week, Google launched priority inbox. Then came the announcement of Greplin (most likely candidate for Google acquisition) – a service for searching across multiple platforms: gmail, twitter, facebook, dropbox, etc. And guess what? Now email has been raised to platform [...]

Openness, but only if it’s closed

UPDATE: Just got word from Marc Parry – the article is now accessible here. __ Have you ever had the feeling that you’re making great progress on a topic you’ve been passionate about for over a decade? I had that over the last few weeks when I had several interviews with the Chronicle for an [...]

Africa: Millenium Development Goals

I received an email recently that highlighted the millenium development goals – eight goals set by UN member states. The goals include reducing extreme poverty, universal primary education, reducing child mortality rates, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS/Malaria, and related goals. TEDxChange will be hosted in New York and will include events in cities around the [...]

What are Learning Analytics?

Last week, I announced an upcoming conference in Banff on Learning Analytics (call for papers can be found here). We have also set up a Google Group for discussions about learning analytics and the conference. What are Learning Analytics? (LA) Learning analytics is the use of intelligent data, learner-produced data, and analysis models to discover [...]

How do you manage information?

I’ve posted a few thoughts on AU’s Landing about how I manage information. I specifically use the term information instead of knowledge. Our encounter with information is one of sensemaking and wayfinding. We encounter a continual flow of information – most of it will never become “knowledge”. We file it, we share it, we cite [...]

Place-based services

The explosion of mobile devices has added numerous layers to our interaction with each other and with information, most notably – augmented reality and location-based computing. Location-based services (such as Foursquare and Gowalla) allow individuals to “check-in” to physical locations through a mobile app. Once you’re checked in, members of your social network knows your [...]

Reflections on Open Courses

I’ve posted an article about my experiences with open courses and their role in knowledge growth: Reflections on Open Courses

Restructured relationships: the theatrics of social media

Relationships are changing, driven largely by social media, for editors and readers, teachers and learners, politicians and the electorate. The “audience” has changed in most sectors. Even traditional disciplines like acting and theatre are impacted. A recent event in Edmonton demonstrates the dimensions of that relationship (power?) shift and the difficulty many people have in [...]

Learning Analytics 2011

TEKRI is organizing/sponsoring a conference on what I think is the next significant trend in learning (corporate and higher education): Learning Analytics. The call for papers was announced yesterday. A huge thanks to the steering committee for their work and assistance over the last few months in pulling together the theme/focus of the conference. The [...]