As somebody with a vision problem I may be biased, but I really do think there is a brilliant future for audio. So I am enthusiastic about this startup from Neil Gaiman, even if it promotes a commercial product. Gaiman's audiobooks project, as he says, "getting books I loved and wanted to hear that had never been audiobooks made as audiobooks and out into the world, with the best readers I could find, using Audible's ACX platform." ACX was launched last May. Now the Audible is owned by Amazon, and the whole Gaiman thing is a marketing campaign, of course - but I still think there's a bright future for audio. Via (oddly) Copyfight. Paid placement? As for the photo, Gaiman writes, "I don't really have a good photo of an audiobook being recorded to round this out, so here is a photo of my wife chasing a chicken."
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My question to Donald Clark is: what is the performance is not equivalent to a series of steps? Clark, in his description of the 'analysis' phase of ADDIE, distinguishes between 'procedural' and 'rule-based' processes. The procedural process requires that operations be performed in an order, and can be represented as a flow-chart. The rule-based process does not impose an order on the steps, and rather involves the selection of actions according to goals, operations, methods or rules. But what if performance is neither of these? What if there is no mechanism that can break down the performance into correct steps or procedures? I ask, because I think many aspects of performance are like this. The step-by-step or rule-by-rule analysis is a rationalization of performance, an over-simplified abstraction of it for beginners, like paint-by-numbers, and not a description of it, much less a guide to how it may be achieved. I think the key to performance is seeing, is recognition, not analysis, and once you know what must be done, the doing of it is (by comparison) trivial.
Mark Guzdial realizes the sad truth. Here's a synopsis: "There’s no profit to be made by making sure that your best work goes to people who can’t pay for it.... What would happen if we could teach computing better?...who cares? The Elites draw students because they offer far more than simply learning — they offer a network, prestige, great ROI... Education research can only succeed in non-profits. It’s a form of social work... But Universities aren’t non-profits — they’re totally in it to maximize profit..." And he concludes, sadly, "I’m in the wrong job."
David Porter summarizes the recent event on open learning held in Vancouver. He writes, "Sir John Daniel’s speech (Public Money for Public Benefit)... validated the interest and commitment of audience members for making educational materials more freely accessible and remixable.... to confidently marshall our arguments in support of open education, open government and open data – in his words, 'to provide a common wealth.'" Porter's summary is a bit breathless and adulating, but the links to the actual recordings are invaluable.
There's so much agitation at higher levels for research on 'simulations' but the reality is that unless you have a big-time budget you aren't going to be at the leading edge of this field. Why not? Well, take a look at this battlefield simulation (as usual, military applications lead the way in simulation technology). With the use of innovative floor rollers, the participant can walk and move around. Paintball guns hidden in the walls of the 360 degree environment will actually shoot at him. What do you need to make one of these? "A pre-release copy of Battlefield 3... a team of top technology experts [and] the world's first, portable omni-directional treadmill [as well as] 12 paintball markers... a wireless gun system; ambient LED lighting; and an Xbox Kinect camera hack."
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