April 23, 2012
The Rise of MOOCs
Stephen Downes, April 23, 2012.
Responses to interview questions posed by Kevin Charles Redmon, Independent Journalist and Middlebury Fellow in Environmental Journalism
The Next Big Thing
T N T — The Network Thinkers, April 23, 2012.
Valdis Krebs argues that the next big thing in network analysis will focus on the contents of what we read (and not just the titles as entities) in order to draw connections between people. It's a natural evolution of network analysis. "It is not just the also-bought data that matters (which books bought by same customer), it is what we specifically find interesting and useful in those books that reveals deep similarities between people -- the hi-lites, bookmarks and the notes will be the connectors. Our choices reveal who we are, and who we are like!"
[Link] [Comment][Tags: Networks]
KM’s Evolution: the “Connected Organization” and the Emergence of Knowledge Networks
Driving innovation in a complex world, April 23, 2012.
Knowledge management, argues Chris Jones, is changing:
- "The most fundamental change in the KM paradigm must be moving from structure to one of flow..."
- "A Japanese term, 'ba' can be thought of as 'favorable conditions in time and space for knowledge emergence to occur...'"
- "Unlocking the value of KM requires a return to priorities, motivators, and intention"
I'd like to think that we're getting back to flow, context and values, but I think we still have to get through the pendulum swing in the other direction for a while first - the bean-counters will have their day and we will, for the time being, continue to be treated as digits and dollars.
[Link] [Comment][Tags: Paradigm Shift]
Access Copyright and AUCC Strike a Deal: What It Means for Innovation in Education
Weblog, April 23, 2012.
Michael Geist reports on the capitulation of Canadian universities to the demands of Access Copyright. "In the short term," he writes, "this looks like a terrible deal for AUCC." I don't know why they signed at all; probably they faced considerable pressure to come to some sort of deal. "What is lost with this settlement is the chance for something better," says Geist. "The new AUCC - Access Copyright deal is simply more of the same: AUCC and its institutions pass along copyright costs to students, Access Copyright gets millions in revenues despite ongoing questions about its repertoire (with thousands used to lobby against education copyright reforms and most of the money going to foreign collectives and publishers, not authors), and the potential for digitally-oriented changes within Canadian higher education heading back to the back burner." Other comments, he reports, come from CAUT, Ariel Katz, Sam Trosow, Michael Ridley, and Meera Nair. Image via John Degen.
[Link] [Comment][Tags: Books, Copyrights, Canada]
Beyond the mobile web by yiibu
Yiibu / Slideshare, April 23, 2012.
Good detailed presentation looking at the impact of the mobile web - and looking beyond. Best quote was by Alan Cooper: "No matter how cool your interface is, it would be nice if there were less of it." There's a really goods discussion of content design for varying screens - "What if content were designed like an app?" Really interesting content-network diagrams in the last section. "Think of it as an ecosystem of touchpoints, utilities and conversations... in the future brands will no longer be places you visit, but people you meet along the road."
[Link] [Comment][Tags: Networks, Cool]
TD National Reading Campaign
TD Bank, April 21, 2012.
Why is the TD Bank promoting a 'National Reading Strategy' in Canada? They argue, "TD Bank deputy chief economist Craig Alexander lays out compelling evidence to suggest that Canadians shouldn’t be complacent about generally positive standardized test scores and news of Canada’s standing on international academic rankings." There is, n ot surprisingly, heavy involvement from publishers in events supporting the program. There's an Equity and Access program largely modeled after a U.S. program (even including a Readers "Bill of Rights" (which aren't bad)). You may want to view the summary of recommendations from the various working groups. I wish I saw more of an emphasis on writing rather than just reading.
[Link] [Comment][Tags: Books, Canada, Academia, Tests and Testing]
Ed Radio Show Notes, April 23, 2012
Back in the office and Ed Radio is up and running with live content (ie., me playing YouTube videos while I work) again. Today I focused on some concert videos (tomorrow too, probably - I've discovered a treasure trove).
- Helpless - Neil Young, Patti Smith & Guests - Helpless
- Traveling Wilburys - Documentary and End of the Line
- Here Comes the Sun, the lost guitar solo
- One Last Time, George, Paul and Ringo
- I'm in Love Again, Klaus Voormann & Paul McCartney in Hog Hill Mill Studios circa 2008
- All you need is love, Queen + Beatles Live (Brian May Paul McCartney Roger Taylor Eric Clapton Rod Stewart)
- Hey Jude, Sting, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Elton John - Music for Montserrat
- The Beatles - Rooftop Concert and 2nd Ed Sullivan Appearance (Full Show)
- Abba - In Concert
- Bee Gees - One Night Only full concert video
- The Carpenters - Live at Budokan (1974 - Concert Nights DHV 2012)
- Boney M - TV-Show (Concert) 1979 (Jamaica) Full Version (HD)
- The Cranberries - Live in Madrid 1999 [Full Concert]
- Lissie - Go Your Own Way, When I'm Alone, In Sleep and Pursuit of Happiness
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