3 days ago
I encountered a great book by Curtis J. Bonk and Elaine Khoo titled Adding Some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online. This book proposes the following framework for educational technology design in order to engage learners in proactive knowledge acquisition and application:1. Tone/Climate: Psychological Safety, Comfort, Sense of Belonging 2. Encouragement: Feedback, Responsiveness, Praise, Supports 3. Curiosity: Sur...
16 days ago
As some of you know, yesterday (11/3) I presented my research and development works on video-based learning (including Vialogues) to a group of audience at United Nations. By the time I started presenting there were about 60 participants from all over the world, who I believe are people from the UN human resource departments of their various headquarters interested in using video for professional development.I am sharing the link to my presentation, which will have a permanent web archive:http://go.tc.edu/zhou...
2 months ago
I read a great article today about Dr. Yingyi Qian's presentation about why the reform of China's education system is imperative due to the emerging technologies such as AI. Dr. Qian is Dean and Professor of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Sorry it's in Chinese. You can try
2 months ago
I encountered Comment Bubble today which is a tool for "react to videos". Very familiar UI similar to Vialogues: video on left, discussions on right, and even a comment density bar below the video we used to have in the previous version of Vialogues. What do you think?
3 months ago
This Github repository is an adorable example that a tech nerd can be an artist - not in terms of the product s/he creates through coding, but in terms of the codes per se being arts.So what is it? It is some really difficult code that turns Ruby code into Scala code, then to Scheme code, then to Perl code, then to Lua code, and so on so forth (100 languages ...
3 months ago
According to this article by Think with Google, YouTube users use search to find videos when they have specific things to find. They use the Related feature to explore videos under a general topic. And Alvaro told me the other day that when people use search, some of them know what they are exactly looking for whereas others don't. This results in different search phrase and behaviors of accessing the search results. I am interested in understanding:
MIT Tech Review wrote an article to review Loeto, Servedio, Strogatz, & Tria (2017): Dynamics on expanding spaces: modeling the emergence of novelties. The researchers found a mathematical way to identify novelty/innovation from the language. This is great, isn't it? Perhaps we can use this method to measure the degree of novelty of the articles on TCR, NLT, and EdLab blog.
If you have not heard of SCORM, watch the following video:SCORM stands for “Sharable Content Object Reference Model”. It is a set of technical standards for e-learning products to make sure learning resources are re-usable / interoperable across different learning modules. Sounds familiar? Yes, this concept is very similar to our Rhizr except that Rhizr is ba...
7 months ago
Today Ryan and I had a good discussion of the existing and potential use cases of Vialogues. I think EdLab blog is a good place to archive and share our discussion. If any of our research associates is motivated, I think expanding this topic can make a good publication on the pedagogical models of video-based discussions. Additions, comments, and suggestions are also welcome.Video AnnotationVideo Annotation is an important tool in anthropology research. Researchers shoot videos about human behaviors and...
According to this article Why Employees At Apple And Google Are More Productive, Apple and Google are the most productive companies not because of talent . These companies have three secret weapons:1. Let the most talented people work together.2. Shield their employees from institutional/organizational drags.3. Engage the employees in awesome works with...