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by Stephen Downes
Dec 09, 2014

Instructional Design in the VUCA World
Sahana Chattopadhyay, ID, Other Reflections, 2014/12/09


Good article describing how the practice of instructional design has to change to adapt to new circumstances.  The author writes, "One of the implications of the shift is that instructional designers can no longer think about designing only formal training programs that will go on the LMS. They have to think of the entire spectrum and see it holistically... an instructional designer today is required to not only understand the fundamentals of good instructional design but must also expand his/her skill sets to include an understanding of community management, the spectrum of learning from formal to informal, the impact of social, local and mobile on user behaviour, the need to equip users with self-managed learning skills."

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5 Reasons Your Portfolio Should Be A Blog
George Couros, Connected Principals, 2014/12/09

My own portfolio, such as it is, isn't any sort of 'thing', though a certain amount of it is a blog (the rest is YouTube videos, Flickr photos, Slideshare presentations, and a radio station currently off air that nobody listens to (I really have to fix that)). The reasons advanced are pretty good, though, and apply to all these non-bloggy forms of personal publishing: they develop literacies, build an audience, and help you create your own voice. I know a lot of people are reluctant to work publicly or to commit to regular long-form communication. But it's hard for me to understand when compared to the significant benefits you derive from it. If all you're doing is tweeting, you're short-changing yourself.

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YouTube shows video creators what copyright restrictions their audio will face
Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, 2014/12/09

More reason to manage and upload your own videos for yourself. YouTube is increasingly a commercial publishing platform, with commercial publishing rules, which means you can even share snippets of things that may be copyright material even though such use is easily protected under fair use). "The video-sharing platform has long used the controversial ContentID system to enforce copyright, automatically scanning uploaded videos for infringing audio. If such audio is found, the video is flagged or even removed."

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Hachette Wants to Turn Twitter Into a Bookstore
Joshua Brustein, BloombergBusinessweek, 2014/12/09

I'm not sure I get the appeal of Amanda Palmer and I'm not sure of the relevance of showing a topless photo of her on this story about Twitter becoming a marketplace for books, especially since I don't see books per se as having much of a future themselves, but I guess there's no limit to how far we'll turn back the wheel of time in an effort to monetize our conversations with each other. And going topless seems to be what Amanda Palmer does, mostly. Social media as we know it is not long overdue for a disruption. And magazines like this retro article from Bloomberg even more so.

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