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John Perry Barlow’s List of Adult Principles

In honor of John Perry Barlow’s passing I’d like to repost these adult principles that he wrote for himself when he turned 30 years old. He was surprised when he reached 30, spurring him to reflect on what it meant … Continue reading

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The gig economy and STEM work

The impact of the gig economy is pervasive, including technical and scientific work. A recent publication in Nature highlighted some of the impacts that those graduating with Ph.D.’s face seeking jobs and their role in the emerging independent freelance workforce. … Continue reading

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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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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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What is Scholarship?

What is scholarship? That question arose at a discussion on Transforming Education . A nice reference was offered that seems worth sharing . Robert diamond wrote the following description of scholarship. It’s short and sweet. Recognizing Faculty Work, by Robert … Continue reading

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LAM/T, Process/Repetoire Hierarchies and Sense to Express them As a Story

Like Gardner, I find every time I read Augmenting the Human Intellect I find something new, something unexpected, that Engelbart draws out of me in reaction to the depth of  his thinking.  This time was no different. Resonating with me … Continue reading

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Productive Failure

Education today is tremendously risk averse. There’s a good reason for that. The institution of the school or tertiary education is trusted with providing education and training to its most precious commodity, the children of its community. The last thing … Continue reading

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Visualising student interactions

How do students spend there day? It’s a good question and there are lots of suppositions and some data that describe it but a recent study by researchers in Lyon, France, makes these interactions tangible. By putting RFID tags on … Continue reading

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