by Stephen Downes
[Sept] 25, 2015
LinkedIn to a New Degree
Nina Fink, Morgane Taquet,
People here at the MOOC conference are saying traditional institutions are in no danger of disruption. How wrong they are. They assume disruption would come from withing, for example, from MOOCs created by Stanford or Harvard. Not a chance. Disruption will come from outside. From, say, LinkedIn (or Pearson, or as Brian Lamb notes, Monsanto). "By shifting the focus from degrees to skills and certifications, LinkedIn has the power to upset the economic model of education", maintains Sylvain Léauthier. Henri Isaac, Dauphine University professor, agrees. "LinkedIn has high profits, few competitors and lots of agility. It's only getting started!"
Why Apple Music Missed a Beat
Mark Bonchek, William Patrick,
Harvard Business Review,
Educators also could learn from Apple's failures. "Apple, like most companies, updated its technology without updating its thinking. These days, if you want to shift your market, you first have to shift your mindset... They failed because they were stuck in an old mindset, confusing the distribution of content with the exchange of social currencies. ... The problem is that Apple Music is still a distribution channel rather than an experiential platform, a collaborative community, and an artistic accelerator." Sound familiar? I'm at a MOOC conference right now, and so far it has all been about content (and a little about monetizing).
Evernote vs. Google Keep: Which Does More?
Interesting comparison. Both are applications that allow you to clip, tag and save things from the web. Google's strength appears to be integration with other services, such as Google Drive, while Evernote shines in specialized services such as photos with OCR (optical character recognition). The big issue with Google isn't discussed, though - with the company shutting down one after another of these services - Orkut, Wave, Reader - why would anyone trust Google to support their product in the long term?
What Happens Next Will Amaze You
Excellent talk on the dysfunction of internet advertising networks and the skewed foundations (and general incompetence) of the Silicon-Valley-based new world order. "If you go back and read Orwell, you'll notice that Oceania was actually quite good at data security. Our own Thought Police is a clown car operation with no checks or oversight, no ability to keep the most sensitive information safe, and no one behind the steering wheel."Don't miss this talk!
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