socio-technical implications of software development

Submitted by Ankit Ranka on Thu, 12/02/2010 - 12:10pm.

I am at a lecture at the Computer Science department at Columbia Universiy by professor Giuseppe (Peppo) Valetto from Drexel University.

Trends in Ed 12.02.2010: Earn an MBA Through Facebook

Submitted by George Nantwi on Thu, 12/02/2010 - 10:39am.

The London School of Business and Finance is launching what it promotes as the “the world’s first internationally recognized M.B.A. to be delivered through a Facebook application.” The school’s global MBA program is now an app on Facebook and allows users to access courses in corporate finance, marketing, and others. Since its inception last month, the app already has 30,000 active users and the school expects 500,000 prospective students to enroll in what it is dubbing the free “MBA test drive” within the coming year. The test drive will allow users to watch lectures, engage in online study sessions and even take interactive exams, all for free. The school only charges fees for actual exams.

The London School of Business was founded in 2003 with students taking mainly accounting courses. The school currently has over 15,000 students at locations all over the UK and one in Toronto and offers programs in marketing, finance and business law in addition to accounting. The school also provides professional development courses to global clients such as Deloitte, KPMG, and MTN. The move to Facebook was driven mainly by its students as most used it as their primary source of communication. Prior to the Facebook app, the school’s sole online presence was the InterActive learning platform, based on Moodle’s open-source software. The courses on Facebook are divided into three 15-minute video lectures and users have to give access to their name, profile picture, Facebook ID and list of friends. Each course is divided into 10 modules and each module has a video lecture, documents, a Facebook discussion and case study materials.


Submitted by Ahmed Bagigah on Thu, 12/02/2010 - 9:04am.

As most of us know, receiving and maintaining high grades are essential for any student with lofty ambitions. In the process of gaining and maintaining those grades, many students often work overtime, sleep less and are usually fatigued as a result. But are the good grades more important than health?

Adderall is a prescription drug for people with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD (ADHD). Adderall is commonly used among students as an addictive. A clinical study found that about 25% of students abuse prescription drugs, with Adderall among the most commonly abused. Adderall is also dubbed the study drug as it is commonly used among college students as a sort of energy booster. Adderall helps a person’s ability to concentrate and focus and is now considered the new Red Bull as it helps students stay up late and work at a faster pace.

The Ultimate Loyalty Program?

Submitted by Gary Natriello on Thu, 12/02/2010 - 8:47am.

With the holiday shopping system in full swing, here is an interesting piece from BusinessWeek discussing the development of Amazon's Prime membership and the major contribution it is making to overall sales. There may be some lessons for how we bundle and price our various offerings. Please note the "highly systematic" way they set the price for Prime

Trends in Ed, 12.01.2010 : World AIDS day

Submitted by Angela Lee on Wed, 12/01/2010 - 4:09pm.

In commemoration of World AIDS Day, I will summarize a few articles about Education on AIDS/HIV.

From the Huffington Post:

“In 2010, given how widespread HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns are, you might be surprised to learn how little knowledge about HIV and AIDS many people actually have. It turns out that it is not at all easy to teach about HIV/AIDS, especially in some of the highest-risk regions in the world. Prevention education is a highly localized problem that does not lend itself to a one-size-fits-all solution. Commercial sex work, intravenous drug-use, premarital sex, and homosexuality are controversial topics in many parts of the world, and prevent many HIV/AIDS curricula from being used in those regions.”

Here are some relevant numbers to consider as you go through your day:

• 33,000,000: People living with AIDS in the world.


Submitted by Gonzalo Obelleiro on Tue, 11/30/2010 - 5:35pm.

I love what Rudd Studio did for the Channel 4 branding. I wonder if we can do something like that for the new EdLab brand.

Channel 4 Branding 2010 from ruddstudio on Vimeo.

Aviation High School's Fifth Year Program

Submitted by Duncan Asiedu on Mon, 11/29/2010 - 8:08pm.

Recently I attended a meeting at my school (Aviation High School in Queens) about it's Fifth Year Program. The program is designed to offer seniors an option of staying an extra year in high school in order to obtain a second Federal Aviation Administration FAA mechanics license. This can either be an Airframe or Powerplant license depending on the one obtained during their senior year.

Obtaining a second license through the fifth year program wasn't always the case though as my workshop teacher, also an alumni, informed me. During his high school tenure, students had to obtain both licenses during their four years of high school. That approach was achieved by requiring all students to meet FAA requirements starting from their freshman year all the way through to their senior year. A significant portion of students though failed to meet the mandated requirements early on due to the shear workload of essentially a college level class. Often times this would carry over as they advanced grades thus leading to an unacceptable number of students graduating without both licenses.

Something you can do with your misprints

Submitted by Gonzalo Obelleiro on Mon, 11/29/2010 - 3:54pm.


RePrint has great letter size weekly and monthly calendars that you can print on the back of your misprints.

And, by the way, the website's design is awesome!

Trends in Ed, 11.29.2010 : To change the education paradigms

Submitted by Angela Lee on Mon, 11/29/2010 - 12:24pm.

In response to a video about Chinese School on Vialogue, I found the above video to be inspiring and answered many questions raised inn the Chinese School video. The featured video is about education in America.

Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the Royal Society of the Art’s (RSA) Benjamin Franklin Award, gave the talk at the RSA.

Below are a few key points of his talk
1. Our public education system was born of the industrial revolution. Sitting still in class all day is just conditioning for being bored at a repetitive assembly line job.

Younger Generations Favoring Energy Drinks Over Coffee

Submitted by George Nantwi on Sat, 11/27/2010 - 8:53pm.

The recent controversy surrounding alcoholic energy drinks (the FDA is set to ban them) is still not deterring young people from resorting to general energy drinks as their choice of a boost. This recent article from Time notes that younger Americans are favoring energy drinks over coffee, the caffeine of choice for older Americans, a trend which could lead to a bleak and disastrous future for the coffee industry.

The reasons for the shift in coffee drinking among the generations is attributed solely to rise of energy drinks, most of which are fruit flavored and offer a more tasteful dose than the bitterness of coffee. Industry insiders suggest coffee makers need to devote time to marketing and appealing to a youthful market since they will ultimately decide the future of the industry. Some interesting numbers from the article:

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