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12 years ago
EdWeek announced that they will begin charging (non-print subscribers) for their content and their daily news section. It will be interesting to see what develops. A competitor EducationNews.org will not charge members. Which model will be more successful? This may provide some interesting data for looking at our own low cost publishing model.
Someone I know is in the process of becoming a certified NYC teacher and he was required to take two online workshops (The links are http://www.childabuseworkshop.com and http://www.violenceworkshop.com). I haven't logged in to see the content, but from what my friend described, it is nothing special. I wonder if it make sense for TC/the Library to get into this market. Perhaps the first set of course modules we build could be around these topics.
12 years ago
I have posted a new paper on distance learning that I wrote for the August special issue of TCR. Comments are welcome.
12 years ago
I stumbled on this article and thought that it might be interesting to others in this group as well: According to the May 2005 issue of Fast Company magazine (http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/94/), here's what new insights from psychology and neuroscience have to teach us about organizational change: Real change isn't motivated by either crisis or fear. The best inspiration comes from leaders who can create compelling and positive visions of the future. Small, gradual changes rarely lead to transformati...
12 years ago
I read the beginning of a poorly written book: "The Substance of Style: How the Rise of Aesthetic Value Is Remaking Commerce, Culture, & Consciousness" by Virginia Postrel. The thesis of the book was interesting: People care about design; style is essential to being human. She argues: Though it is important that a product is cheap, and that a product functions, consumers take how an object is designed more and more seriously. Thus she concludes: 2000-2010 was going to be the design decade. The book was terrible to read, and I only got past the first 15 pages. But, within the opening pages, the...
Lin did a presentation for 15 faculty members at Seton Hall a few weeks ago titled, "Building Online Community Through Dialog." I think it has some interesting implications for any type of Social Scholar software we might build. For instance, how can we rethink the current array of online dialogue tools to better support the type of networked communication we are envisioning for Social Scholar? The PowerPoint slides also included some helpful strategies for facilitating online discussion boards. Is this something we should offer to TC faculty/instructors in the form of a workshop or online...
12 years ago
The entry on Moodle reminds me that I am slated to teach the Sociology of Evaluation Course online this fall. I am hoping that this might be an opportunity to try out some of the ideas for online learning that we have been discussing (e.g., paths, reusable elements, games, simulations, etc.). Check out the syllabus from the last time I offered the course in Fall 98. As you will see, this is a wide-ranging course that allows for the use of a wide range of materials, print and other media, as well as a number of different exercises. Let...
12 years ago
Check out this article on the Mayo Clinic workstation. This suggests a few easy possibilities, including some standing workstations and walking meetings, even before the Mayo workstations are on the market.
We have a Moodle installation running at http://moodle.tc-library.org for testing out new ideas or running a course sans ClassWeb or Blackboard. For more info on Moodle, you can checkout their site at http://www.moodle.org.
12 years ago
The conference that Anthony and I attended this week in Baltimore, MA was about the open-source software project/product called Sakai. Sakai is the open-source equivalent of Blackboard or Web CT. It is an enterprise-level course platform. Anthony and I were hoping that we might be able to leverage the work of the Sakai project so that it might function as a foundation for our future work on SocialScholar and Pathways Learning. We have concluded that this is not possible. It turns out that while Sakai goes to great lengths to offer flexibility, that flexibility is constrained within ...