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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Losing interest in social media: there is no there there

Google+ was a bit of a breaking point for me. After recreating my online social network ( largely based on blogs from early 2000) in Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Quora, G+ was a chore. I spent a few weeks of responding to G+ friend requests, trying to engage with a few people, posting a few [...]

What am I not seeing?

It’s old news that Blackboard has been acquired by a private equity firm for $1.64 billion. An education company being acquired is hardly novel – we are entering a period of dramatic change in education and the change will largely be led from outside of the education system. $1.64 billion – that is novel. Why [...]

Google+ – fundamental misunderstanding of networks?

I’ve been playing around with Google+. As others have stated, it’s Google’s best foray into social networking. It’s an impressive product, defined by Google’s typical clean interface. The idea of “circles” is somewhat related to Twitter Lists and is helpful for organizing friends/colleagues and tracking different activity streams. Within our research on social network software [...]

Researching open online courses

In fall, we (TEKRI, NRC, UPEI and possibly a few other organizations) are hosting an open online course. The course will run for about 35 weeks and credit options will be available for students in the Athabasca University MDE program and with Georgia Tech. I’ll post links to those registration pages as soon as they [...]