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July 23, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 3 plus ones
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This blog is a new find, by +Marco Altamirano.  Flexibility and opportunity lost when an employer typecasts academicians.

Three Myths About Advanced Academic Degrees, and Why Employers Should Dispel Them - Maggbit

Share: Academics have misguided perceptions about businesses, and businesses have strange ideas about academics. But there are good reasons why that should change. There’s a story about an ancient philosopher named Thales who always had his head in the skies, until one day he fell into a well (and died, in some retellings, or didn’t …

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July 20, 2014 1 comments 0 shares 1 plus ones
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The Internet of Things / Quantified Self movement is really getting interesting.

On the Internet of Things, your body is the next thing to be networked

The Internet of Things is likely to be bigger than any device - iPad, iPhone - because there is nothing it won't apply to.  This article discusses one particular wristband and its capabilities, but...

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July 20, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 1 plus ones
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So interesting to watch plans for Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island (NY)

How Do You Plan the Campus of the Future? Try Not To.

The leaders of Cornell Tech, a new institution in New York City, are designing spaces meant to accommodate whatever tomorrow brings.

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July 15, 2014 12 comments 2 shares 3 plus ones
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CBE sounds ideal, but the mechanics of implementation are a reality.  This article is a reminder of how many things need to change in order to properly execute.  Schools that start with CBE (such as SNHU's College for America) may not have some of these problems, but adapting to a new environment has many moving parts.  

Disruption or Incorporation? | Confessions of a Community College Dean @insidehighered

The interwebs lost their minds a couple of weeks ago over Jill Lepore's article in The New Yorker about disruptive innovation. Lepore argued that Clayton Christensen's formulation of “disruptive innovation” typically only worked in retrospect, and even then, it required selective reading.

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July 13, 2014 1 comments 0 shares 0 plus ones
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"Unfortunately, Silicon Valley’s efforts here have mostly centered around changing the credentials themselves rather than reducing demand for them in the first place. And that is the serious conundrum facing entrepreneurs hoping to build a more meritocratic and open labor market."
"Silicon Valley has a complicated relationship with credentialing, often arguing for the democratic elitism of “meritocracy,” emphasizing proven results and one’s actual ability to build products. In reality, it still clings to the same credentialing system used by the rest of the economy, where brand names, particularly those in education, have disproportionate power in the labor market."

Silicon Valley’s Dilemma Over Credentials | TechCrunch

Silicon Valley has been heavily derided by the media these past few months, on everything from Google executives forcing senior citizens out of their homes..

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July 13, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 0 plus ones
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July 13, 2014 13 comments 1 shares 5 plus ones
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This article by +jathansadowski presents another lens through which to view and dispel the "digital native myth." It's not age. We should be factoring in access and privlege.  h/t to +Audrey Watters and her weekly recap  +George Station +Laura Gibbs +Justin Schwamm +Stephen diFilipo +Chris Friend +Jeremiah Parry-Hill +Mathieu Plourde and #PLN

The “Digital Native,” a Profitable Myth | Blog | The Baffler

John Summers joins a debate on “Innovation Districts”. "On Point" on WBUR, July 10, 2014. The New Face of “Networking”. The New York Times, June 04, 2014. More · The Baffler logo · HOME · BLOG · CURRENT ISSUE · PAST ISSUES · ABOUT · BOOKS · RECENT PRESS · FACEBOOK · TWITTER · RSS: BLOG ...

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July 11, 2014 0 comments 1 shares 3 plus ones
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Via +Daniel Christian from +Learning House - I am looking for liberal arts, humanities, something?  Psychology is there.  It would be interesting to overlay a chart of f2f college student decision making to see the difference.

A roadmap to online college student decision making [An infographic from ]

1:1 (174); 21st century (734); 24x7x365 access (310); 3D (86); A/V — audio/visual (383); accessibility (92); accreditation (44); active learning (44); adjunct faculty (80); Adobe (74); adult learning (39); AI – artificial intelligence (138); Amazon (3); analytics (151); animation (50) ...

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July 06, 2014 2 comments 2 shares 2 plus ones
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On the use of academic jargon in scholarly papers  +George Station we've talked about this.

Steven Pinker Uses Theories from Evolutionary Biology to Explain Why Academic Writing is So Bad


There are many theories as to why this is so.

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July 06, 2014 4 comments 1 shares 1 plus ones
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I think we've got this covered #PLN.  Though I'm still not a fan of the word "expert."

The 6-Step Guide To Becoming A Better Learner - Edudemic

“Education is what people do to you and learning is what you do for yourself,” said Joi Ito in his TED2014 talk. “You’re not going to be on top of mountain all by yourself with a #2 pencil … What we need to learn is how to learn.” Indeed, traditional education may not be for …

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