I work in the Learning and Performance Support Systems program at the National Research Council, a multi-year effort to develop personal learning technology and learning analytics. I am one of the originators of the Massive Open Online Course, write about online and networked learning, have authored learning management and content syndication software, and am the author of the widely read e-learning newsletter OLDaily.


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Against Expressive Social Media


The early days of the internet split into two major categories: talk, and work. Talk took place on Usenet, work took place everywhere else. I was a work person;  I didn't have much time for Usenet. Work eventually won out, and with the invention of the Web - a work thing - creativity flourished. Those days are over. As Mike Caulfield says, "The hyperlinked vision of the web was replaced by Usenet plus surveillance." We fritter out time away with expressive social media, he says. Instead, "We need to start asking the real question, which is how do we teach our students to collaborate and communicate.' Well - no. I mean, yes, but we should have done that by the time they were out of, I don't know, grade 5 or so. Image: Wesley Fryer.

Today: 26 Total: 295 Michael Caulfield, Hapgood, 2017/02/27 [Direct Link]

Three recommendations to enable Annotations on the Web


Web annotations have been a longtime dream of many, but for many it was fool's gold - tantalizingly close, but ultimately worthless. We've seen a slew of efforts - web post-its, side-bar wikis, dual-column pages, and more. Now the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has come out with recommendations, including "a structured model and format, in JSON, to enable annotations to be shared and reused across different hardware and software platforms." Will this be the standard that makes the difference? Image: ShowMe

Today: 30 Total: 622 World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), 2017/02/23 [Direct Link]

The LMS Market is Quickly Losing Ground


About ten years too late, the LMS industry is in decline. "The self-paced e-learning market — defined by LMS, off-the-shelf content and services — is in steep decline and is expected to drop from global revenues of $46.6 billion in 2016 to $33.4 billion by 2021. According to the report: “In the current e-learning market, the single most unfavorable place to be is the LMS market, which is essentially imploding, particularly in the U.S. corporate segment that has a negative 33.9 percent growth rate."

Today: 35 Total: 843 Carol Leaman, Chief Learning Officer, 2017/02/24 [Direct Link]

Nietzsche For Tots


What I like about the current age is that people have started thinking about different ways of representing (and different audiences) for all sorts of information. Today we have by way of example  Nietzsche in Shapes and Colors, "a board book aimed at introducing Nietzschean themes to children by way of simple phrases and beautiful illustrations, including naturalism." And why don't we teach young children about the wonders of nature, the varieties of perspective, and personal empowerment? I had to wait until I was in university before I discovered these things had names and weren't the products of my imagination.

Today: 19 Total: 458 Justin W., Daily Nous, 2017/02/23 [Direct Link]

Battle of the Classrooms: Apple, Google, Microsoft Vie for K-12 Market


As this article suggests, it's probably no coincidence that Google, Microsoft and Apple each have a product named 'Classroom'. Though all are listed as 'free', each requires the purchase of an expensive application or software suite. The products are being targeted aggressively at schools (especially in the U.S.) and the companies have created associated 'classroom' communities. The tools are mostly used to help students collaborate on documents and to submit homework assignments. Related: are we innovating or just digitizing traditional teaching?

Today: 24 Total: 824 Sydney Johnson, EdSurge, 2017/02/23 [Direct Link]

Language ArtsTechnology in School Who Says I Don't Like to Read? Sparking a Love of Digital Books Across Detroit


This article describes the deployment of MyOn in the Detroit public school system. MyOn provides access to a library of 13,000 titles for young readers. It works "by initially prompting students to take an interest inventory to decide what types of books they are interested in reading, and a placement test to determine reading ability." We are told that "since adopting the platform, the district has seen the number of books being accessed and read by our students increase dramatically." Interestingly, MyOn has no Wikipedia page. Previously a division of Capstone, it has just been sold to Francisco Partners, a private equity firm. More coverage of MyOn from various media.

Today: 20 Total: 567 Deborah L. Winston, EdSurge, 2017/02/23 [Direct Link]

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.