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October 15, 2010

The future of education, my vision of the future
Ignatia/Inge de Waard, Ignatia, October 15, 2010.

I have to say, I like a presentation that can predict that in the future we will be telepathic and telekinetic - and make it stick. It's actually a straightforward extrapolation - we have technologies already that handle communication and the manipulation of things - which is the really hard part. In the future, we'll just remove the middle-man - the computer interface - and do them directly with our mind.

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Collaboration, Analytics, and the LMS: A Conversation with Stephen Downes
Lou Pugliese, Campus Technology, October 15, 2010.

This interview is one of a series of articles posted on Campus Technology. "People think of collaboration as lining everybody up under the same banner," I argue. "But collaborations work not when there is unanimity but rather when there is diversity. Having people perform different roles that draw on their different strengths, and having each person bring what is unique to themselves to the table, then valuing that contribution and finding ways to synthesize those individual contributions – that produces a stronger, more rewarding collaboration."

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Now that Online Learning is Hot, Hot, Hot
Ellen Wagner, eLearning Roadtrip, October 15, 2010.

"I am a little bit shocked at some of the nasty-grams that have been popping up lately, questioning the quality, relevancy, value and impact of online learning," writes Ellen Wagner, especially considering the new-found popularity ("It's about time!") of online learning. Like this CNN article, for example. And especially as related to for-profit institutions. She writes, "While online education is increasingly equated with for-profit education, more than 90% of today's traditional institutions also offer some kind of online courses or programs." "Online" doesn't mean "private" and it is a mistake to conflate the two.

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Introducing the TED iPad App
Unattributed, TED Blog, October 15, 2010.

TED has introduced a "cute blond woman" app for the iPad. Or have I misinterpreted their advertising campaign and marketing strategy?

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Open Access Week
Various Authors, Website, October 15, 2010.

files/images/4051820019_32c0390472.jpg, size: 35765 bytes, type:  image/jpeg It's Open Access Week next week, "a global event now entering its fourth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they've learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. A number of events have been organized. Brian Lamb writes of Open Access Week at UBC. Also, the University of Oregon. Athabasca University is hosting a series of noon hour webcasts. The University of Toronto has some webcasts. Many more OA Week webcasts.

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