Hey! This isn't what I signed up for!
In my last blog post I was responding to the academy that isn't - or, perhaps, as some comments indicated, the academy that never actually was. This past week I was at MIT's LINC conference. It was a good opportunity to attend (since it was local), listen into some interesting panel discussions, and meet some folks from all over the world doing interesting things. It was also a good
Will MOOCs replace the LMS?
Mon, Feb 22 2016 03:30 | corporate, EdTech, learning, LMS, MOOC, technology, terminology, training, xMOOC
My apologies, in advance, if I seem rude. One of my teachers in high school (maybe a few of them, in fact!) said that there is no such thing as a stupid question. Perhaps this is true in the context of a classroom where if a learner (or group of learners) don't get a concept and they wish to ask a question to disambiguate. Sometimes the questions we pose also demonstrate our understanding
Second life? Whatsdatnow?
Last week I was reading this article about abandoned campuses on Second Life - you know the virtual world that took the educational world by storm back in 2008(ish) and is now more or less synonymous with major flops and misdirects in educational technology.For the past few days I've been looking like a madman through old backups of screenshots I had taken when I was more active in second life; to
Conflicting perceptions on Education
One of my resolutions, just before this new semester starts, is to not neglect periodicals that come in from time to time and at least thumb through them. Don't let too much work, of any sort, detract from the professional development of looking through work related periodicals (sounds oxymoronic, doesn't it?). Well, at least this way they won't pile up in the office ;-).Anyway, in keepting
Planned obsolence - the end of #rhizo14
The end is nigh! The end is nigh! This is the last week of #Rhizo14. Of course, the end is probably just a beginning, but we'll cross that bridge later on. In any case, the topic for this week is Planned Obsolescence, or as I would frame it: the culminating step of the metamorphosis of our learners from guided to self-guided life-long learners.Dave asks How do we teach ourselves into uselessness?
From e-learning to We-learning
OK, this one goes back a while (back to September as a matter of fact!)It's been sitting in my RSS starred items folder for a while waiting for me to do something with it. For the longest period of time I did not know what to do with it. The reason for this is that what the author writes seems so bleeping obvious (with the exception of the made up term "we-learning").I remember back in the day, when
The changing face of the trainer
I was recently reading Jay Cross's article on the Chief Learning Officer on Getting Rid of the Training Department, followed by his post on New Roles for former trainers.The following quote summarizes the whole thing quite nicely:When my colleagues and I advocate cutting back on workshops and classes, we don’t suggest firing the instructors. Rather, we recommend redeploying them as connectors, wiki
When the academic world and the real world meet
Thu, Jan 8 2009 08:02 | instructionalDesign, InstructionalTechnology, internship, learning, training, undergraduate
I saw this article over at the NEA journal. (click here for the full PDF)Having recently visited my dad, a person who is very intelligent but, who like the dad in the article, didn't go to college (heck my dad didn't even go to middle school). This story reminded me of a conversation I had with him about his work and salary versus mine (i.e. being the same) despite my education.I've heard a lot of