Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What if we shared ideas worth sharing with each other? What if we recommended more विडोस...

What if we shared ideas worth sharing with each other? What if we recommended more videos to each other and colleagues?
Some of the youtube videos I've listened to lately have me thinking about the future.

What is social learning?
what gutenberg did for written word, social media did for the spoken word...
fusion-universal for social learning

fusion virtual school in KENYA

attendance ... email to student "you are absent"
i care that you are here

creating nearly free textbooks
Flat World world class content
While the disruptive power of the Internet promises wider access to knowledge and new legal licensing structures open the door for enhanced sharing, old business models often stand in the way. How have we arrived at the era of the $200 textbook, with stakeholders so enmeshed in the status quo that they don't seem to question it - even though none of them are being particularly well served? And how can new business models bring disruptive innovation to educational publishing, building a sustainable, new, 21st-century publishing model, based on free and open textbooks, in the process? This paper will explore these questions, offering new perspectives on the future of academic publishing.

Jeff Shelstad is co-founder and CEO of Flat World Knowledge, a venture-backed higher education content company offering world-class, free, and openly-licensed college textbooks. Flat World Knowledge has raised over $25 million in private investment capital since February of 2009, setting out to disrupt the $9+ billion textbook market with its innovative business model



flatworld knowledge youtube channel

the quote by Dr. Simonson from his 2005 book

When teachers try to make instruction equal for all students, they will fail. Rather, the teacher should provide a wide
collection of activities that make possible equivalent learning experiences for students using approaches that recognize
fundamental differences between learners, distant and local. Equivalence is more time-consuming and difficult, but promises to be more effective.

Michael Simonson, Trends and Issues in Distant Education: International Perspectives, page 285


Maria Andersen's youtube posts about "Learn this" individualization of learning

Maria Andersen's Free range Learning from TedX


general interview with Maria Andersen

levers of change for education

Lift Institute
Vision of education where we could go

Molinari's digital divide solution (not one laptop per child, but rather a myriad of computer centers with supportive training)

he uses a word... soporific...
the formulation of the problem or question is more important than the solution ... 7 global skills (Tony Wagner)

Linda Darling-Hammond
Stanford School Design Network

What are scientists? Curious
Cornerstone 2011 - Dr. Autumn Sutherlin - Week 3
From: ACU | Sep 28, 2011 | 97 views
Our world is dominated by fact-based inquiry. At the heart of scientific discovery is the gathering of evidence from experiments; and it is the ability to repeat those experiments with the same results that helps formulate facts, which in turn allows for future experiments to happen. What science offers is an objective view of the world, unclouded by emotion or perspective or interpretation. But what happens when scientists dispute the "facts"? Is there room for interpretation, and if so, does that lead us down a slope of "my point of view" versus "your point of view"?


ACU and mobile learning university in Abilene

ACU and mobile learning university in Abilene

माय My blog has been taken over by thai or maybe hindi?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Announcing a HALL OF FAME for Instructional Technologists

I'm in a program at Nova Southeastern University and one of our assignments is to identify nomineees for a "hall of fame" of instructional technologists.

<<< Here's my nominee.

You can learn more at

the HALL OF FAME (this is a proposed website... with proposed nominees, with work by my classmates).

A recipe for do-it-yourself learning...

This week's post is about FREE RANGE LEARNING. A delightful "recipe" for learning in a random, "follow your heart" way is described on Youtube.com.

"outside the mainstream"
DIY learning vs. evil caged learning?
highly structured education that takes place with "somewhat captive" participants


What does it take to become a successful learner...
(summary of her talk):
We need a recipe...
a) information (high quality ingredients)
b) we need a set of directions -- we need to reengage
c) we need to reflect (writing) ... blogging is a form of learning -- when we write about something, we eventually stumble on our words in a previous blog.
d) (space for reflection) white noise helps us reflect... we need space for brain to relax and -- procedure, tell your brain to focus on a problem...
e) spices to make food more enjoyable, so we need spice to learning by engaging in social activities... join the right social network or go to a conference -- standing appointment once a week -- learn a language by talking -- how about twitter in another language?
"when someone tweets about a new game design, i get excited about it and reconnected to my area of interest."
f) Get variety -- humans can provide new resources.
g) cook time: 10,000 hours... structure
h) we need a way to deal with decision fatigue... paralyzed by too many
A guy named Eddinghouse is important...
each reengagement helps you store the info in biological information...
i) Set a learning challenge that is hard to postpone
Set a presentation date... pressure to make sure I learn everything I can about a topic.

To learn Spanish, buy a non-refundable plane ticket to Spain 9 months from now.

What happens during a dissertation?
classes stop, assignments stop, tests stop. It's up to you to write about a topic of your own choosing.

40-70% of Ph.D. don't complete their dissertation within 7 years... (depending on the degree specialization)
good learners, but unable to progress with a free range project.
Have you learned how to learn on your own?

How do you eat an elephant?... one bite at a time.

We need to apply this recipe with students...
For example, a documentary had the following line: The US produces more trash than two Chinas or 15 Indias.

So I did a search and learned that the USA in 2009 produced 230 million tons of trash. Assume 310 million people ... how much trash per person?

In China, how much trash per person?
In India, how much trash per person?

None of these thoughts were explicitly given in the documentary. But we can then go farther... "the U.S. is xx% of the world's population, but the nation produces xxxx% of the world's trash."

It's all part of "learning the global skills" and integrating the subjects to analyze a situation.

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