Thursday, 28 March 2013
Posted by DJP at Thursday, March 28, 2013
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
An audacious inspired plan to print an endless Möbius house - is reported in inhabitat.com. Dutch Architects group Universe Architecture plan to build/print an 'Endless' Möbius-Inspired House Using Giant 3D Printer. http://inhabitat.com/dutch-architects-to-build-endless-mobius-inspired-house-using-giant-3d-printer/ …
Posted by DJP at Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
The Open University have just published Innovation Report no.1 from the Institute of Educational Technology. Its purpose ‘to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation ‘ ‘to provoke major shifts in educational practice in post school education’ http://www.open.ac.uk/personalpages/mike.sharples/Reports/Innovating_Pedagogy_report_July_2012.pdf
Sharples, M., McAndrew, P., Weller, M., Ferguson, R., FitzGerald, E., Hirst, T., Mor,
Y., Gaved, M. and Whitelock, D. (2012). Innovating Pedagogy 2012: Open University
Innovation Report 1. Milton Keynes: The Open University
Providing a top ten in order of immediacy and timescale it’s a useful summary of near future educational pedagogies/technologies. It has similarities with the NMC Horizon Report (I sit on the advisory board for this) http://www.nmc.org/publications/horizon-report-2012-higher-ed-edition.
The Top Ten are:
- New pedagogy for e-books: massively shared, adaptive and dynamic books – with the growth of tablets this could and should become mainstream – ebooks don’t need to be like books.
- Publisher-led short courses: offered by publishers either in affiliation or independently – new publisher role in education, could educational publishers even compete with Universities or collaborate to deliver accredited courses – a proprietorial MOOC?
- Assessment for learning: Assessment supporting the process of learning, not just measuring its outcomes. Instant feedback on learning followed by supporting and facilitated learning – in conjunction with no.2 above potentially a powerful model.
- Badges to accredit learning: a way of accrediting non-formal learning. I would have liked a badge for my Introduction to AI from Stanford MOOC.
- MOOCs: Massive open online courses – Already gaining credence – see @ekcragg http://bundlr.com/b/moocs and https://www.coursera.org/
- Rebirth of academic publishing: open review, low threshold for acceptance, replacing peer review selection with post-publishing commentary. Publishers 2.0 - publishers appear to be doing well out of this report!
- Seamless learning: when a person experiences a continuity of learning across a combination of locations, times, technologies or social settings. This could be transitional from school to college to University or across libraries, across Universities, private providers and active learning groups –part of the 85% of learning which doesn’t take place in the classroom?
- Learning analytics: the collection, analysis and reporting of large datasets about learners and their contexts in order to improve learning and the environments in which learning takes place –this also made the Horizon Report 2012
- Personal inquiry learning: The active exploration of an open question, with the student taking ownership of the inquiry process. Been around for a while see Edelson et al. (1999) but you can see how technology can industrialise this approach
- Rhizomatic learning: This invokes the metaphor of a rhizome, a plant stem which sends out roots and shoots that allow the plant to propagate itself through organic growth into the surrounding habitat. Seen as a model for the construction of knowledge, suggests the interconnectedness of ideas as well as boundless exploration across many fronts from different starting points. Learning and knowledge rests in diversity of opinions. It seems to me that this is part of the Connectivism/Networks debate and the work of Steven Downes (see OLDaily or on Half an Hour) and the last word from Howard Rheingold on Rhizomes http://www.connectivism.ca/
‘Rhizomes then, are effective for describing the structure and form of knowledge and learning – bumpy, lumpy, organic, and adaptive. But they fail to describe how learning occurs, how novelty happens, and how a rhizome becomes more than a replication of itself’
Posted by DJP at Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Reflecting recently on a coaching course I've just completed - I started to make a list of the leadership, traits, knowledge and behaviours I need to hone or at least be cognisant of - I've counted 28, its a neat number 4x7 - possible to memorize?
Here's my 28....
Here's my 28....
- Discipline Knowledge - librarianship, ICT - to have authority on your profession and continue to develop and pursue this
- Institutional Knowledge - know the culture, the traits, the norms of your organisation, the influencers and activists
- Planning and decision making - you'll always need to do this
- Financial - essential in order to understand what you and your team provide, cost, ROI -getting more
- Team Mgt - always working on this
- Emotional intelligence - a skill all should develop
- Diversity - the world isnt in your shape
- Strategy- you don't have to be Machiavelli but you need to strategise
- Developing people - really rewarding to see people succeed
- Talent Mgt - there are always people with talents which should be encouraged
- Customer Focus - its why we are here
- Negotiation and influence - all action is negotiation and compromise
- creativity and innovation - always question - how do artists do it?
- work life balance
- leadership theories - so many - its an art though not a science
- Corporate social responsibility
- recruitment and induction - getting the right people is critical
- Communication in the organisation
- Strategic HR - need to know the what, why and how
- Interpersonal Communication
- project Mgt
- Coaching and Mentoring - powerful
- personal performance - know thyself
- Change Mgt -
- performance mgt
- Career mgt
- Knowledge Mgt
- Internal Consultancy - use others' skills and knowledge
Posted by DJP at Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Friday, 20 July 2012
I spoke at a speakers4schools http://www.speakers4schools.org/ session 18/7/12 - my subject - the next web - the year 10 pupils really engaged with the session - fascinated by the web of things, the volume of traffic out there on the web -ably demonstrated with the mesmerising Gary's Social Media Count http://www.personalizemedia.com/garys-social-media-count/, following tracking data, and looking further into the future - towards the technological singularity. This most connected generation were information and digitally literate, asking incisive questions - it was a great thing to witness. I asked them to remember to programme Asimov's 3 laws into their future work.... http://www.auburn.edu/~vestmon/robotics.html
Posted by DJP at Friday, July 20, 2012
Friday, 19 August 2011
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Tech Influencers predictions in 140 characters exploring emerging themes and patterns in technology, social media and mobile communications. The slides include ideas such as the 'the internet of cars'- we spend a long time in them - perhaps they should be connected, smart homes and screens everywhere - The internet of the bed - we spend a long time in bed - if we are lucky and maybe these should be connected, other areas covered - real time geo updates which are accurate and credible, the growth of app stores for our software, tablets replacing laptops, gamification -pervasive gaming - not just for games, price war on ebooks, adoption of social and context aware analyst tools, video ubiquity - 'every company is a media company', cloudy later - more clouds -outstripping institutional delivery, alternatively cloud bursts - the cloud slowing down -
Posted by DJP at Tuesday, July 26, 2011