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Monthly Archives: November 2010

Will online lectures destroy universities?

Statements like “universities are obsolete” or “universities are dying” are comical. And untrue. Universities are continuing to grow in enrolment and general influence in society. Calling universities obsolete while we are early on in the so-called knowledge economy is like declaring factories obsolete in the 18th century just as the industrial revolution was taking hold. [...]

The algorithms that rule our lives

Algorithms sound somewhat mysterious and complex. By definition, however, algorithms are basically a sequence of steps or activities, often directed toward solving a problem. The steps to solving a problem may be simple (how to bake a pizza or tie your shoes) or complicated (returning web search results based on an input term or recommending [...]

The urgent need for education/learning tech entrepreneurs

I started blogging in 2000. Since that time, I’ve tracked significant trends in education, technology, and society. I’ve focused heavily on openness and on change in teaching/training/learning. Innovation comes from random idea collision, which raises the need for diversity of ideas and concepts. I’ve tried to balance my involvement in formal education and corporate learning [...]

Downes & Huffington Post

Congratulations to Stephen Downes on his new (additional) role as a contributor to Huffington Post. This is a good opportunity for Stephen to share some of his innovative work in open courses…and, of course, a good opportunity for Huffington to engage with a prominent philosopher/thinker/theorist in learning and knowledge (especially now that learning has moved [...]

Changing Times: Learning in a socially connected world

I’ve posted slides from my presentation to Massey University, New Zealand on Connectivism & Changing Times: Learning in a socially connected world: Connectivism: Changing Times View more presentations from gsiemens.

Technology & Humanity: Finding Points of Harmony

Audrey Watters at RRW fairly consistently covers technology and education, a point of focus that is somewhat rare on tech sites (other than an occasional blurb like “they’re blocking facebook in X school”). And I appreciate her posts and commentary. Today she suggests that cell phones should not be banned in classrooms: But beyond crucial [...]

10 Questions internet execs should ask/answer

When Mary Meeker produces a report or shares a presentation, it’s worth reviewing, in great detail. She is the single best source on data-based interpretation on trends in mobiles, social media, and the internet. Her recent presentation is no exception (also available here). You will not likely find a more complete analysis on where things [...]

On fragmented media and messages

Over the past year, I’ve been advancing the argument that knowledge isn’t power. Instead, integration is power. Microsoft understood this when they created the Office suite – users want ease of functionality across different tools. Facebook currently understands this better than any other tech company, as evidenced by their announcement today of Facebook Messages – [...]

A break from traditional programming

Nothing to do with technology/knowledge/learning…so if that’s why you’re here, move along. As a parent, one of my most satisfying experiences is having my children ask good questions. Today, my daughter, Alysha, emailed me the following question: Hey, I’m in Social watching a documentary on Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini.I I was just curious as to [...]

Activity Streams

Occasionally, I encounter an image/blog post/video that succinctly captures a significant change. This one qualifies: (source) Activity streams are still in their infancy, as is evident by the painful process of trying to bring together people, sites, and ideas, according to areas of interest. danah boyd addressed this in an EDUCAUSE article: As we continue [...]