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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Tutor/Mentor Connection

Learning is more than school. And solving society’s biggest challenges (notably, the self-perpetuating cycle of poverty that prevents many from experiencing the benefits of an education) occurs through small groups and networks of passionate volunteers. “A way of being” can be more effective than large government or foundation dollars. One such organization is Tutor/Mentor Connection [...]

How do you manage information?

The most critical skill that individuals need to master today is how to manage information. All other so called “21st century skills” converge on this skill. Critical thinking, detecting erroneous information, growing a personal learning network, and other skills and mindsets are reflected in how we manage information. Ideally, we want to be able to [...]

Virtual Community, Social Media

Howard Rheingold shares the course wiki for his Stanford course Virtual Community/Social Media. The course syllabus has an excellent reading list. Howard uses mindmaps as part of student activity in the course. Over the last seven or eight years, I’ve required learners to create graphical representations of how they see relationships between key course concepts. [...]

Networked Learning: developing workplace capacity

Harold Jarche reflects on the importance of networks: …information overload has a direct impact on workplace learning. Workers have access to more information than ever before, but often don’t know if it’s the right information or if it’s current. In the industrial workplace, our training programs could prepare us for years of work, but much [...]

The university lacks capacity to change education

Make no mistake, dramatic changes are occurring in education. These changes, due to the reluctance of the academy to map activities to the reality of the external world, are driven by external innovation. Quite simply, higher education is not in control of its fate as it has failed to develop the capacity to be self-reliant [...]

Why did 17 million students go to college?

I’m increasingly uneasy with educational reform discussions. The cures being offered are far worse than the disease. Many of those who are most passionately advocating for reform may well be the one’s that lose the most in the process. UK’s massive funding cuts to higher ed suggest “that public funding for teaching in the arts, [...]

Managing and Learning in Open Courses

As part of open access week at Athabasca University, I delivered a presentation on Managing and Learning in Open Course (slides are here). In this talk, I tried to pull together some of the data we’ve been gathering over the last several years of open courses. The focus is on the design of open courses, [...]

Transforming Education: Openness and Learning Analytics

I had the privilege of visiting Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico this past week. A wonderful experience – the attitude of people I met was hopeful, affirming, and very much “we can do this! We can change education!”. I have a week at home, followed by a trip to Oslo, then home, then [...]

With digital, all things converge

As we go digital, all things converge. This was a mantra from the mid-80′s – largely focused on media convergence. Today, however, a level of convergence is developing that is both exciting and disconcerting for end users. Google, Microsoft, and Apple are battling it out for control of the living room. Google and Microsoft (now [...]

Curt Bonk on Online Learning

Online learning is finally getting to the “cool” stage. Well, maybe not quite cool, but definitely getting attention in traditional education circles. Early indications of this include high profile universities such as UC Berkeley offering online degres and the Next Generation Learning initiative focusing on funding innovation in online learning (among other things). Many resources [...]