Objections to Social Learning
I was reading a blog recently (click here for source) where the blogger had a presentation from the Mzinga crew about objections to social learning.I went through the presentation, and it was actually quite interesting, but I had heard it all before :-) The objections to social learning (as much as I cringe when I say social learning) are the same objections that I examined when I was learning about
The value of being clear
Recently I was reading an article on Inside Higher Ed titled the dreaded grade appeal. Before I read it I thought to myself "here we go again! more faculty complaining about students appealing their grades!" I was pleasantly surprised to see that the article isn't really about grade appeals, but rather (if you read it clearly), about being clear in your expectation of the students taking your class.I
Not so clever PowerPoint tips...
I was reading this post on Dangeously Irrelevent.Most of their posts I like, however this one left me with a "WTF?!" grimace. The topic is 5 clever powerpoint tips. Some tips are actually good, like creating a custom slide show and hyperliking to a new presentation.There are two tips that are just not well thought out.The first is to "start creating your presentations in widescreen format"I hadn’t
The MBA vs. the Witch
Here's a little comic relief Dilbert
Klingon - the language of Linguists!
Well OK, maybe I am exaggerating a little bit, but it's quite interesting.I thought that for the last post of May it would make sense to close the month with something linguistics related given that this semester was all linguistics all the time :-) I was reading this article on Slate called There's No Klingon Word for Hello. I honestly didn't expect it to be so interesting! For instance I did not
Language may be encoded in DNA...
I read this over at Wired a few weeks ago - that culture may be encoded in DNA.Knowledge is passed down directly from generation to generation in the animal kingdom as parents teach their children the things they will need to survive. But a new study has found that, even when the chain is broken, nature sometimes finds a way.I suppose what your definition of culture is. I guess that in this instant
The end of the University as we know it
I know, I know, this is a few weeks late - but better late than never :-)In any case, I was reading this Op-Ed piece on the New York Times. The thesis of this op-ed piece is that:Most graduate programs in American universities produce a product for which there is no market (candidates for teaching positions that do not exist) and develop skills for which there is diminishing demand (research in subfields
Twitter in real life
Since my other blog is out of commission for maintenance and Web 2.0 is the "it" thing for education now-a-days, here's a little Friday humor for all of you - Twitter in real life. I wonder what this guy would sound like if he were a professor...See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.
The future of e-learning is social...
I don't rant often...or rather I hope I don't rant often, however I think this will be a a ranting post. I was reading Jane's e-learning blog, specifically a post on how the future of e-learning is social.ALL learning is social, at least all the learning had in a school, with an instructor and other students in the room. Recently I keep hearing about Web 2.0 and social learning and it amazes me to
No PowerPoint? Simply use Prezi?
For a few weeks now I've been using a piece of Web 2.0 software called Prezi.I read this blog post named Throw Away your PowerPoints, Simply Use Prezi, and I knew that I had to try it.To be honest, I really didn't read the blog entry carefully because now that I have used Prezi for a few weeks I know what this means. Ignatia (blog author) says:Prezi enables anyone to quickly build a multimedia rich