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Monthly Archives: May 2011

The social enterprise?

Next week, I’ll be at the Social Business Forum. I’m looking forward to meeting up again with the innovative folks at Open Knowledge. The conference itself is focused on social learning and the social enterprise. The conference organizers have pulled together an excellent series of interviews with speakers. After reviewing the speaker list and general [...]

Information: What am I missing?

What can we do now with information that we could not do in the past? I’ve abused Kauffman’s concept of the adjacent possible by applying it to the new opportunities, untapped potential, and levels of complexity, that arise with the development of something new. In this case, the “something new” is the ways in which [...]

This will be fun: Mother of all MOOCs

Toward the end of CCK11, one of the participants in a session asked “what’s next”? I replied that I’d like to try and run the “mother of all moocs” – one that brought together innovative thinkers from around the world, presenting a truly global learning experience that wasn’t centered on George and Stephen as with [...]

Massive Open Online Courses: Interview with Howard Rheingold

Howard Rheingold is a highly regarded thinker/theorist on the social impact of technology (see his book Smart Mobs). Recently, he’s been exploring on how social media influences learning – see Social Media Classroom project and he’s working on a new book on this topic (couldn’t find a link, though I’m sure it exists). Howard contacted [...]

Course completion rates in online programs

Online programs are frequently criticized for high drop out rates. This might have been an accurate view at one time…but no longer is. For example, at Athabasca University, our course completion rates are high. From the draft report: As was the case in previous years, 85% of courses started by undergraduate students were successfully completed [...]

The Problem with Literature Reviews

As any student knows, a literature review is the starting point for almost any article or essay. When at the level of writing a thesis or dissertation, a review of literature is critical. However, I have issues with reviews. A few weeks ago, while digging through a whack of literature on sensemaking, the repetitiveness or [...]