In this week's issue of the New Yorker, there is an article featuring Clayton Christenson, a professor and author of "The Innovator's Dilemma" (unfortunately the link is paywall-blocked). Christenson investigated why success is so difficult to sustain among companies, and studied cases ranging from disk drive manufacturing to the steel industry. He found that often cheaper, lower-quality, low-end, mass-produced products took over markets, labeling them "disruptive technologies." These low-end technologies eventually improve and surpass the existing technologies. (Examples include the transistor radio vs. vacuum tube radios, digital cameras vs. film/chemical cameras, etc.)
Christenson has applied these ideas to other industries such as healthcare, technology, and education. He did make a failed prediction that the iPhone would not succeed, because he viewed it as a luxury, high-end version of an existing technology (cell phones), not realizing that the iPhone is a "distruptive," cheaper version of a laptop.
An idea I find most interesting is that it is likely that online education is currently a "disruptive technology." Currently it is cheaper, less high-quality, and more mass-produced than traditional college courses. If the theory of disruptive technologies applies, it is only a matter of time until online education "surpasses" traditional college courses. This argument, however, has an assumption that education is like a technology or a product, when in reality it may be a very different market than disk drives. Any case, it is an interesting time to be involved in online education.
This Wired article explains how a 37-year-old software manual writer from Des Moines, Iowa---who wrote comments on a Reddit thread titled, "Could I destroy the entire Roman Empire during the reign of Augustus if I traveled back in time with a modern U.S. Marine infantry battalion or MEU [Marine Expeditionary Unit]?"---gained online notoriety on the Internet in hours with his responses, then was contacted by a Hollywood producer in two weeks. Two months later, he became a professional screenwriter.
So, one never knows, blo...
EdLab's favorite author Seth Godin has written a new manifesto on the future of our education system.
Some key points include (which have been iterated by other writers/thinkers):
Top-down industrialized schooling is an outmoded model
School should be fast, flexible and focused, not based on compliance or memorization
Students should be collaborative rather than isolated
Our current school system is a complete mismatch with the current economic and industrial situation
A memorable quote: "The jobs of the future are in two categories: the downtrodden assemblers of cheap mass goods and the respected creators of the unexpected. The increasing gap between those racing to the bottom and those working toward the top is going to make the 99 percent divide seem like nostalgia."
A memorable fact: One of the top search terms for Bing in 2011 was "Google."
Ariel and I have made it to Tucson, where we are interviewing University of Arizona faculty for "The Voice." (One interview featuring Alberto Arenas is the first "Voice" episode to focus on research about vocational education). In addition to video production we have also been on a quest to eat the best tamale.
Tomorrow we are heading to Arizona State, located in Tempe just south of Phoenix.
Greetings EdLab from Madrid, Spain where I am at the iCERi conference (International Conference on Education, Research, and Innovation). This will be relatively brief considering I am borrowing someoneÂ´s computer. (Note--I recommend reviewing electiricty basics of watts, voltage, and converters before traveling abroad in case you blow out your laptop charger, which I did this morning).
The conference has been really interesting so far. There is a confluence of topics ranging from education, technology, engineering, architecture, programming, cognition, virtual worlds, etc. I have been lucky to meet people from all over, including South Africa, Malaysia, Germany, and Qatar.
My presentation--a case study of The Voice using both quantitative and qualitative data--went really this morning. There were a lot of questions about publication strategies and video hosting. I talked with a woman from Penn State afterwards who said she would like to take the idea of video trailers and create trailers for classes (i.e. a 2-3 minute videos about a particular course), which is a great idea. (Imagine interative course catalogues).
Here's also a great tutorial video from Creative Cow.
Here's also a good step-by-step post
Melanie's step by step, day by day instructions:
Export your video from Final Cut to Color.
Under Secondaries, choose vignette. (Make sure "enabled" is checked).
Adjust the shape, to whatever size or shape oval you prefer.
Add softness. (I usually pull it up to about .288 or so)
Under Control, choo...
I recently visited Talk to Me, an exhibit at the MOMA that explores the communication between people and things. "The exhibition focuses on objects that involve a direct interaction, such as interfaces, information systems, visualization design, and communication devices, and on projects that establish an emotional, sensual, or intellectual connection with their users."
The exhibit includes displays recreating sounds from extinct species, data vis...
I'm excited to announce that today "The Voice" has officially reached its 100th episode (!). Be on the lookout for a library exhibit soon on the hundred video episodes featuring TCRecord authors, a display created by Gonzalo and other members of the design team.
Additionally, an abstract of a "Voice" case study has been accepted at iCERi 2011, the International Conference of Education, Research, and Innovation, which will take place in Madrid, Spain on Nov. 14-16. iCERi is an international forum for projects and innovations in the realm of education and education research.
Abstract (partial): USING VIDEO TO PRESENT RESEARCH: CASE STUDY OF "THE VOICE" FOR TEACHERS COLLEGE RECORD
This is a case study of the video series "The Voice," an online video series supporting the academic journal Teachers College Record. "The Voice" consists of weekly 2-3 minute video episodes of academics presenting key findings from their published Teachers College Record article, a leading journal in the field of education. These videos are relatively similar in structure, and can be found on the homepage of Teachers College Record. Teachers College Record is one of the only academic journals currently using video as part of their publication strategy.
The case study includes qualitative data, such as interviews with viewers and themes from video content and structure; as well as quantitative data, such as video views and corresponding article views. Overarching questions guiding this case study include: how can video be used as a way to present research? What types of multimodal affordances, as well as limitations, does video offer in contrast with print-only communication? What are greater pedagogical implications of video for teaching and learning? How does the context of a video (i.e. website or hosting service) change viewing/discussion? Do viewers have a more social connection to the research from seeing the actual researcher?
Missouri has recently passed a law, State Bill 54, which bans teachers and students from online social networking, including direct communication on Facebook.
This is considered one of the first laws of its kind nationwide (although many districts have guidelines on student-teacher online interaction). While the intention of the law is to maintain professional boundaries, critics cite first amendment issues as well as the fact that Facebook and other social networking sites can be powerful educational tools.
Google is launching Think Quarterly, a business-to-business publication featuring data analytics, data visualizations, opinion pieces, and other articles. Although the journal exists online, Google is also releasing limited hard-copy print editions which include tactile elements like ribbons, embossed seals, and heat-sensitive paper that changes color.
This NYTimes article