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Publishing with Libraries 

Last week I attended the annual Association of College & Research Libraries conference in Philadelphia. Julia and I presented a poster on Pressible, and how our library is using it to expand the publishing possibilities available to our community. I attended panel and paper sessions on "embedded librarianship, "building lean and mean web project teams," …

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Designing Learning Futures 

Here I am giving an Ignite-style talk two weeks ago at The Digital Media and Learning Conference in Long Beach, CA. It was my first time (both giving this style talk and attending the DML conference), and I really liked the format—20 slides auto-advancing every 15 seconds for 5 minutes. They're supposed to be fun and …

Posted 81 months ago by

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Programming as a New Literacy 

I've just read Douglas Rushkoff's shortbook Program or Be Programmed, wherein he shares "Ten Commands for a Digital Age." Though his portrayal of various "biases" of digital technology (e.g., timelessness, abstraction, depersonalization) is polemical, he succinctly describes major challenges of new technologies in 144 pages. His main point is to describe a new literacy – …

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The Skinny on the Media Show 

The Media Show – a show produced by EdLab's video team that came out of the After Ed TV project, and a product of Gus Andrews' imagination – recently won the Fair Use Award at the Media that Matters Festival (see the posting here). The particular episode that won the award (above and on youtube) …

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The new low cost of exchanging knowledge 

David Dean, founder of Yamisee, gave a great talk about this new, e-learning tool at a EdLab today: Yamisee is a live online learning platform that creates an entirely new marketplace for teachers and subject matter experts to share their knowledge. Much in the way eBay connects buyers with sellers, Yamisee connects independent experts with …

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An irony of scholarly attribution 

I have been thinking about the academic honesty issues for a while now. So far my best ideas are in my draft essay, Challenges on the Horizon for Scholarly Attribution (another Knol experiment). My interest in academic honesty came out of my exploration of the copyright wars, and my subsequent considerations of ownership in academic …

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Pens as social tools for classrooms 

Tino Agnitti, the founder of IRPens.com, gave a seminar presentation about his entrepreneurial experiences today at EdLab. I really enjoyed his keen insight into his current work, ideas, and past experiences working on projects. He told his story of starting a business around the "IR Pen," which is significant for the EdLab since it's a …

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Waiting on moral excellence 

It's been a while since I've worked on my essay on retirement and moral achievement. Originally, I set out with two goals. Firstly, I wanted to be pragmatic about the purpose of the essay ("It's for the Baby Boomers"), and write with an appropriate sense of urgency. Secondly, I wanted to settle some philosophical scores …

Posted 93 months ago by

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A Disney-related setback for e-learning? 

"If you've spent money on an e-learning course in the last five years, you're entitled to a full refund. We now admit that our courses don't make you any smarter." OK, no one has said that yet, but if you've seen the recent news, then you know that Walt Disney has taken the bold step …

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Publishers as purveyors of education 

In Post-Medium Publishing, Paul Graham makes the very elegant point that people have never paid for content. He explores this point from a few directions, pointing the way toward a future with low-cost distribution and high-quality "events." Publishers of all types, from news to music, are unhappy that consumers won't pay for content anymore. At …

Posted 99 months ago by

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The textbook for hip introductions 

I found Shmoop recently, which is a site that lures young learners with the promise of short, "hip" introductions to everything a student needs to know. It's a funny site that seems like it's meant to be a somewhat encyclopedic review of all the topics that might be in a standard curriculum (it calls itself …

Posted 106 months ago by

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Awards for online learning tools 

I was just perusing the great set of professional development resources our EdLab team created for the Teaching the Levees project, and I'm saddened that there are no awards for online learning resources. OK, so I'm not entirely surprised. (Would any existing award include this in anything but a minor way?) Short of finding …

Posted 115 months ago by

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A generic box is the college of the future 

Acording to this article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, new campus is being built to spec in Chaska, Minnesota – that is, they are building it without knowing who the tenant will be, with the intention of leasing/renting space to a variety of schools. Is this what the college of the future looks like? Perhaps. …

Posted 117 months ago by

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Gauguin’s artistic quest to achieve moral excellence 

The following excerpt is from an unpublished essay on Gauguin (the artist) and Genius (the concept). First explored in a chapter in my doctoral dissertation, my argument is that Gauguin was a highly moral person – in spite of his sometimes reckless and irresponsible actions. I think this is an important counterintuitive case, for it …

Posted 122 months ago by

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A humble bug-related knowledge tool 

Folks at EdLab often talk about tools that have knowledge "built into them." I thought this was a cool example: Cory Doctorow writes: The Spark Talking Bug Identifier is a magnifying glass with a bug-identifying expert system built into the handle. Find a bug and answer a series of directed yes/no questions and the glass …

Posted 123 months ago by

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Cheating is the pedagogy of the internet 

I ran across this fun and informative lecture by Jon Ippolito discussing various tensions between cultural production (in general) and the current culture of intellectual property law – where he introduces his idea that "cheating is the pedagogy of the internet." It's the written version of a lecture he gave at Columbia University a few …

Posted 139 months ago by

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