Michael Rowe

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  • University lectures are a legacy of our pre-digital past on Jul 13, 12
    • Today's standard lecture, as a knowledge delivery model, is a legacy of our pre-digital past. We already have decades of research behind us which says that, as far as learning goes, having one person stand up in front of lots of people and talking non-stop is about as ineffective as it gets.
    • There is no reason to believe the roller coaster ride for universities will be any less bumpy than it has been for the media, the music industry or book and magazine publishers.

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  • On Bubbles, Facebook, and Playing for Keeps: 10 Questions With Clay Shirky | Wired Business | Wired.com on Jun 25, 12
    • When I look around at the risk/reward curve for higher education it’s grim. We’ve really gone past the point where raising tuition higher than inflation and then financializing the payment system has become abusive. I certainly never intended for myself an academic career and, were the academy to suffer, I’d just go do something else. I don’t have a commitment to it or to really, frankly, almost any institution that assumes that it has to be stable forever.


      Plainly, universities are the kind of institutions that are ripe for pretty radical reconsideration. Probably because the founding story of many institutions and particularly the ones that we think of as the kind of original avatars of American higher education was “notable gentlemen X donated their library.” Right? So literally just access to written material became an important enough gesture that you would organize a university around it. And whatever [laughs] — whatever it is people need more of today, it ain’t access to written material.

  • despite it all (or maybe because of some of it) children seem to be playing better nowadays — DeepFUN on Jun 20, 12
    • In an article in Creativity Research Journal, Jessica Dillon and Sandra Russ report that:


      “children’s use of imagination in play and their overall comfort and engagement with play activities actually increased over time. In addition, the results suggested that children today expressed less negative feelings in play. Finally, their capacity to express a wide range of positive emotions, to tell stories and to organize thoughts stayed consistent.”


      In addition, they find “that children who exhibit good play skills with imaginative and emotional play situations have shown better skills at coping, creativity and problem solving,” and “even with the lack of time to play, children, like some other forms of higher mammals, have a drive to play and always will find ways to do it.”


      The truth of these observations is one to which any parent of a pre-schooler can attest. Play is what children do, regardless of parental preferences. It is also a truth that is useful to remember whenever you find yourself amongst adults indulging in bemoaning sessions regarding the negative influence of videogames and other crimes of modernity on their children’s play.

  • Social Pedagogies « Randy Bass on Jun 14, 12
    • we have only begun to understand the ways that the “social life of information” and the social construction of knowledge can reshape the ways we create learning experiences in the formal college curriculum
    • we define social pedagogies as design approaches for teaching and learning that engage students with what we might call an “authentic audience” (other than the teacher), where the representation of knowledge for an audience is absolutely central to the construction of knowledge in a course

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  • Disrupting Ourselves: The Problem of Learning in Higher Education (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu on Jun 14, 12
    • Our understanding of learning has expanded at a rate that has far outpaced our conceptions of teaching. A growing appreciation for the porous boundaries between the classroom and life experience, along with the power of social learning, authentic audiences, and integrative contexts, has created not only promising changes in learning but also disruptive moments in teaching.
    • Our understanding of learning has expanded at a rate that has far outpaced our conceptions of teaching.

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  • The demise of the Impact Factor: The strength of the relationship between citation rates and IF is down to levels last seen 40 years ago | Impact of Social Sciences on Jun 14, 12
    • Thomson Reuters assigns most journals a yearly Impact Factor (IF), which is defined as the mean citation rate during that year of the papers published in that journal during the previous 2 years.
    • Jobs, grants, prestige, and career advancement are all partially based on an admittedly flawed concept

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  • Becoming Future-Ready : 2¢ Worth on May 24, 12
    • In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists
    • How our children learn is critical today, not so much as a point of pedagogy, but for the development of a distinct and most important skill – learning

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  • Stigmergic Collaboration, The Evolution of Group Work, and Lessons for Creating Mobile Communities « Michael Sean Gallagher on May 22, 12
    • Mark Elliott writes about stigmergic collaboration and the evolution of group work
    • Pierre-Paul Grasse first coined the term stigmergy in the 1950s in conjunction with his research on termites. Grasse showed that a particular configuration of a termite’s environment (as in the case of building and maintaining a nest) triggered a response in a termite to modify its environment, with the resulting modification in turn stimulating the response of the original or a second worker to further transform its environment. Thus the regulation and coordination of the building and maintaining of a nest was dependent upon stimulation provided by the nest, as opposed to an inherent knowledge of nest building on the individual termite’s part. A highly complex nest simply self-organises due to the collective input of large numbers of individual termites performing extraordinarily simple actions in response to their local environment.

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  • October 10, 2011 : The Daily Papert on Oct 12, 11
    • In the past, children may not have liked School, but they were persuaded to believe that it was the passport to success in life. To the extent that children reject School as out of touch with contemporary life, they become active agents in creating pressure for change. Like any other social structure, School needs to be accepted by its participants. It will not survive very long beyond the time when children can no longer be persuaded to accord it a degree of legitimation.
  • September 27, 2011 : The Daily Papert on Sep 28, 11
    • learning is action-oriented and gets its feedback not from the yes-no of adult authority but from the resistance and the guidance of reality. Some attempted actions do not produce the expected results. Some produce sur- prising results. The child comes to learn that it is not sufficient to want a result for it to happen. One must act in an appropriate way, and “appropriate” means based on understanding
    • Children learn to think in quantities because they live in a world so constructed that quantities are important. But then what can we do to improve the way in which the world facilitates learning?

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  • educators

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    Educators sharing bookmarks and best practice. We have a set of standard tags to help us share things that you may use in addition to your tags. (You may subscribe to these tags via RSS feed by subject area, which makes it very useful.) Fully disclose WHY you want to join and who you are. SPAMMERS not welcome. If you don't use good netiquette and disclose this, you will delay your approval.

  • Mozilla Open Education Course

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  • Physio educators

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    This group is a place for you to not only share resources (e.g. bookmarks) but also your ideas on physiotherapy education. Bookmark pages that you think others may find interesting, but also annotate those pages to let us know why you found it interesting.

  • semanticgarden

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    semantic web to cognitive web

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