Today is just 24 hours long. Tomorrow will be 24 hours long, too. We sleep an average of 7.7 hours a night, which leaves 16.3 hours in which we humans can pay attention to, well, everything. That’s not increasing. So, in other words — no matter how much we think we can...

Interesting take on the latest news from Blackboard. The comments perhaps are the best bit of the article - and where the most cogent points are made. This is a pretty telling point that resonates with my experience with most large scale technology projects: Blackboard has chosen its strategy with...

Great write up from Tony Bates from a recent conference at MIT. It provides a great overview of some of the topics covered during the talks, and also provides a really interesting overview of the structures and history of online learning and teaching at MIT. In his final observations he...

This quote was linked to from Richard Hall’s post on [rage against] learning gain which is a collection of quotes and snippets around the metrics being used in Higher Education. This particular quote from John Holloway just stood out in stark contrast and immediately drew me in. It’s such a...

Having spent 6 years in Evin prison in northern Tehran, this post from Hossein Derakhshan provides a unique perspective of the web and how it’s changed in recent years. The hyperlink was my currency six years ago. Stemming from the idea of the hypertext, the hyperlink provided a diversity and...

This is an incredibly important post from Audrey Watters. She weaves together a narrative that speaks to a number of issues that are coming to define education and it’s relationship with technology. The first is about student agency: Students have little agency when it comes to education technology — much like they...

I love this use of Storify almost as much as I love the post. I have so much love for efforts to empower students. This post touches on two important areas - by providing real choice and the view of education as generative rather than responsive. Source: Co-Creating Curriculum Image:...

I really struggled with this discussion between host Paul Barclay, Phillipa McGuinness and Lindy Morrison. It was an hour of circular argument that really failed to address copyright or digital disruption at all. What it did do was highlight the central fact that artists don’t get paid. This isn’t new...

A thought provoking post from Ben Evans. The central discussion is around productivity and how it is often achieved. What is laid out here is perhaps a different way to think about how businesses evolve and change, but not through Christensen’s disruptive innovation: What killed those machines was not better,...

This post from Jonathan Rees is a response to Kate’s and is a defence of the lecture: Say what you want about lectures, but your lecture is unequivocally yours. You went to graduate school. You learned your discipline. You keep up on your reading so that you know what’s fresh....

I love this post from Kate. Lectures are an incredibly touchy subject in Higher Education and they tend to polarise people. They hate them or they love them. This polarity of opinions means that there’s very little middle ground on which to stand for those who sit somewhere in between....

Great post from Mark Drechsler on Online Organisational Networking Environments like Yammer. Having just come off a series of workshops across our campuses I’ve heard echo of the same phrases too: ‘Nobody tells anyone anything around here’ ‘Communication is always crap in this place’ ‘Would have been nice if my...

This is a hell of a compelling read. The article discusses the discovery and consequences of a rupture of the Cascadia subduction zone. A massive tectonic fault line that runs down the length of the Pacific Northwest in North America. It’s a place I’ve always wanted to visit but am...

I lost my Dad 15 years ago and just the thought of losing a parent is still an emotional pressure point. There was a deep pang when Audrey shared her loss, but this tweet really tore me up: Every time I start to feel bad for myself about losing my...

There’s a lot in this post from McKenzie Wark. A lot. It’s a dense piece with lots of points to unpack and ponder. Warks commentary on Wendy Hui Kyong Chun’s book Programmed Visions: Software and Memory (MIT Press, 2011) touches on a many of the big issues that tech (and...

Great post about the success of the Domain of Ones Own project at CI Keys. One of the key lessons really struck home for me was this: Question the curve. I am coming to question the usefulness of the innovation diffusion curve in Ed Tech. First of all there’s an...

I wanted to point to this article not for the commentary of Airbnb - but the concept Ben points to - the The Internet Revolution. I agree with this analysis partly because I can see the similarities and history repeating itself yet again. While Thompson asks if the industrial revolution...

Personal Learning Graph (PLeG – pronounced ‘pledge’ (acronyms are hard)) is intended as a response to how work and life are changing due to technology and the importance of individuals owning their own learning representation. This work on the PLeG concept from George Siemens, Dragan Gasevic & Ryan Baker connects...

This is a slightly different take on a distributed personal operating system, instead proposing that systems and services like Facebook and Google should provide each individual with access to all their personal data via an API. This is argued a much better way of dealing with personal data than say...

Love this post from Alan Levine (@cogdog)! I think it would be great to see a concept like “manners” being embedded in online systems and interactions. In my blog post introducing the concept of MYOS I discussed the concept of the “handshake” as an alternative to the binary Accept/Decline paradigm....