You’re walking along a busy sidewalk, dodging passersby, when a small group of people catches your eye. They’re standing in the middle of the path, heads tilted back in unison, staring at the sky.
You look, but you can’t see anything. Still, the crowd stares. You stand with them, searching for the source of their fixation. The crowd grows around you, and soon dozens of people are staring wordlessly into the sky.
Believe it or not, this is a real-life study conducted in 1969 by psychologist Stanley Milgram. A small group of people staring silently into an empty sky was influential enough to cause 80% of passersby to copy their actions, without any reason for doing so.
The Power of Social Proof
This is the power of social proof: our innate psychological tendency to use the wisdom of the crowd to influence our own decisions....
Pour ce troisième épisode, intéressons-nous aux bibliothécaires placés à la tête des bibliothèques des facultés puis de la bibliothèque universitaire de Lille entre 1883 et 1923. Ces quarante années furent marquées par trois figures importantes : Pierre Tracou, Louis Solon et Paul Vanrycke. En 1879, le recteur demande la création urgente d’un poste de bibliothécaire à Lille pour les collections de médecine et de sciences. Les temps ne sont pas faciles pour les bibliothécaires envers lesquels les professeurs manifestent beaucoup d’hostilité, comme le consignent les archives administratives...
This is the fourth blog post in my series on the future of learning and technology. What will be the future of school classrooms? It is unlikely that we will see the demise of the classroom in the next decade.
Teresa Levy's insight:
the fate of wchools does not have much to do with technology but with social conditions and dominant ideology
Depuis une semaine, la principale université du sud de la Belgique, l’Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) a été en arrêt de cours durant une heure par les étudiants. A l’appel de la Fédération des Etudiants Francophones de Belgique (FEF), ils ont manifesté leurs inquiétudes face au projet de réforme de l’éducation supérieure voulue par le Ministre de l’Education, Jean-Claude Marcourt.
When I embraced the medium of photography, I felt that taking a picture that represented only what was within the frame of the lens wasn't expressing my personal and inner experience of the world around me.
There are unfortunately still many examples of businesses not getting it, viewing or outsourcing it as a mere “marketing” function, and operating in siloes where social becomes anti-social by design.
Without purpose and collaboration, social will always be just another thing that businesses use to defer the inevitable…change.
Even though the “cool” kids moved on, there’s a real need for businesses to become social…to become human. Our work is just beginning. Perhaps observing the gap between the expertise we have and the insight we need to make a difference is where we need to begin....
Textbook makers, bookstore owners and college student surveys all say millennials still strongly prefer print for pleasure and learning, a bias that surprises reading experts given the same group’s proclivity to consume most other content digitally. A University of Washington pilot study of digital textbooks found that a quarter of students still bought print versions of e-textbooks that they were given for free.
“These are people who aren’t supposed to remember what it’s like to even smell books,” said Naomi S. Baron, an American University linguist who studies digital communication. “It’s quite astounding.”
Michael Andersen: "Over the years, more than a few alternate reality games, transmedia storytelling projects, and advertising campaigns have warned that December 2012 would mark the end of the world" ...
yesm we cultivate our social knowledge not by stratefies or tech effects in themselves but by focusing on the content which is this case is provided by the curator. If if this seems much like traditional learning is because, in pricipke, they are. The difference has access to more sources of information and be wise in the choice of what is being taught
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