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About longpd

I'm a technologist and lapsed evolutionary biologist with an incandescent passion for new modes of seeing and learning.

Saturday Morning Reading

Saturday mornings are a time when I sit down with a cup of coffee and do some ‘lateral reading’. What does that mean? I have some initial ideas of where I want to start reading but I then follow leads, … Continue reading

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Education 2020

Post Factual Times of Magical Thinking –Dec. 14, 2016 [This is the tag line that will begin writings that fall into the strange world after Nov.7th, 2016.]   How do you address the possible futures of education in 2020?  We … Continue reading

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AI applied to VA de-identified healthcare records

Yesterday, Nov. 29th, Flow Health announced a five-year partnership with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to build a medical “knowledge graph” using AI to inform medical decision-making and train AI to personalize care plans. This is a big … Continue reading

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Blockchains as a fresh angle toward centralizing power and wealth?

  Recently a post from Manuel Oretga in the blog Las Indias in English titled “The blockchain is a threat to the distributed future of the Internet” attacked what he sees as thinly veiled corporate centralization of the internet through … Continue reading

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Inaugural Leadership Roundtable on Academic Transformation, Digital Learning, and Design: Towards The Creation of a Discipline?

I was privileged to attend a gathering recently at Georgetown University to talk about the creation of a new academic discipline around learning design.  What follows are some reflections from that stimulating meeting. There is a flurry of work going … Continue reading

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Innovation – the “Special Forces” model and Pateur’s Quadrant: impact for TEL in Higher Ed

Innovation is described by some as ‘connecting the dots’. The iconoclastic chief of the Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson, uses the mantra “A-B-C-D. (Always Be Connecting the Dots).” The magic in this recipe is seeing the dots in the first … Continue reading

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There’s lies, damn lies and statistics

There’s a reason I stick with my Twitter feed. It brings up articles that I otherwise would have missed. Take these two. It’s an interesting re-analysis of a climate change article by Lewandowsky, Gignac, & Oberauer, (2013) presented by Dixon … Continue reading

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