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SocialFish | MUST READ: Clay Shirky on Disruption

SocialFish | MUST READ: Clay Shirky on Disruption | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Now, this imminent disruption to higher education that Shirky goes on to describe is not a new topic, at least not in social media circles where we love to discuss the disruption of anything and everything (and, in fact, wrote a book about it).  But the higher education issue is one that I am concerned that not enough associations are thinking about (that I can see).  Associations, most of them anyway, are in the business of professional development for the people in their industries.  Are you positioning yourself to be part of the new world of social learning when it starts to happen overnight?  What happens to the millions of new college graduates in a couple of years who are used to learning online? Will they find the educational resources they need from your association website?  Will it be easy to navigate?  Will they be able to share educational courses, or videos, or quizzes, or anything else with their peers on a topic-by-topic basis?  Will they be able to include their peers, including some who may not specifically be signed up to your webinars, in their learning?  Will they find it easy to conduct online discussions around your educational content with people across the globe and in different time zones?  Will they be able to dip in and out however they please?  Will they be able to get the CE/CME/CPE/CEU and every other continuing education credit they might need in the ways that they need them?" from the source: http://www.socialfish.org/

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For the past decade or more Higher Education, among other industries, has lived in a climate of paradox. This reviewer was on the "Academic Computing" side of the fence where the innovators and free range chickens were exploring new technologies (aka "shiny new toy"), but at the same time making contributions to the corpus of knowledge that the Academy demands. On the other side of the fence were the "Administrative Computing" folk. They represented the business aspects of education. Their reputation was much like a secret society that kept everything locked up and hidden from the world. Since then there have been different attempts to blend libraries with academic computing, administrative computing, and oh yes, telephones and television on campus. Pardon the long prelude, but this article is a refreshing lead into a post from Clay Shirkey on the "imminent disruption to higher education" in general from social media, open everything, ubiquitous computing. And believe it or not, the new digital generation does know where the OFF SWITCH is. The problem is that many of the older generation don't know where the ON SWITCH in.

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Rotman Dean Roger Martin on Design Thinking

Rotman School Dean Roger Martin explains why business people don't need to understand designers, they have to become designers. Produced by NeoCon.

 

Notes from the video: "...Business person trained to analytical thinking to produce reliability. ...The Designer is not so much a consistent outcome, but an outcome they love... Design Thinking is thinking that combines the best of analytical thinking with intuitive thinking... the result of the combination of these two is creativity and longevity."

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This is one of the more succinct descriptions of Design Thinking in Business versus Graphic or 3D or Product Design. Brief, to the point. The process described could result in processes that one usually considers to be "outside of the box." On the other hand the results as described are creative (new & innovative) and have longevity (sustainable & viable). This reviewer plans to look into this line of thinking more for application to online learning and distance teaching. Design Thinking for Education.

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What 100 Experts Think About The Future Of Learning

What 100 Experts Think About The Future Of Learning | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"If you’re an educator, surely you know that technology has and will continue to have an incredible impact on learning. Whether it’s the Internet, innovative learning tools, or teaching technology itself, these two subjects are intertwined. In these talks, you will find essential information for educators concerned with technology." - from the source: https://www.teachthought.com

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This is a good bibliographic style post that has links to 100 resources in topics of where teaching, learning, training, eLearning, and educational technologies are headed. Many of these link are sources from leaders in their respective communities. This is a worthwhile read.

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