by Stephen Downes
[Sept] 02, 2015
I'm Jane McGonigal, Game Designer and Author, and This Is How I Work
Everybody works a little bit differently and there is no perfect recipe for us to follow. But people need good role models, and so I like articles like this, which point to outstanding examples of successful people and delve into their day-to-day habits, thoughts and feelings. In this article, Jane McGonigal points to the importance of pursuing non-work objectives in order to accomplish work objectives. "Completing a training run each day helps me feel productive and accomplished, even on days where I hit stumbling blocks or unexpected challenges with the work project." This is the same for me. A good cycling run (like yesterday's) makes me feel accomplished even when nothing of significance was otherwise achieved. “The opposite of play isn’t work. It’s depression.”
Faculty at Work
I think we are in a golden age of music. As I site here in a Tim Hortons typing this I am listening to the second of six versions of Girl Crush on my Google Music application (website version; let's keep the net neutral). Sure, the music publishers took a hit, and maybe some big stars are making a few fewer millions, but there has been a proliferation of independent talent, especially talent from outside the mainstream. This is what we wanted from the internet, isn't it? So it's hard for me to be as concerned as people like Jonathon Rees, who thinks the flipped classroom is "professional suicide", or Alistar Scott, who is worried that universities are dumbing down. If faculty could reimagine what they think their "work" is, they could be more open to the huge vistas ahead. This is really a wonderful time to be an intellectual. It wasn't always thus.
Survey: 87 Percent of Parents Are Concerned About Student Data Security
Your school might not be concerned about your privacy. But your parents are. "According to the survey, 87 percent of parents expressed concern that their child’s electronic education records could be hacked or stolen. For this reason, 85% of parents said that their willingness to support the use of student data and technology in education must be coupled with efforts to ensure security." And if they can't keep Ashley Madison data private, how likely are they to keep LMS data secure?
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