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August 03, 2015 0 comments 10 shares 14 plus ones
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"Affinity posting" - it has a name! and it's clearly what we all do.  The article is from +Mike Caulfield.  "I do a lot of affinity posting. So do you. If I retweet a John Oliver rant about the minimum wage, it’s probably not because there’s something particularly useful in the rant. It’s largely to show hey, I’m in this group too. You like this, I like this, and that’s a communion of sorts."   The article is an excellent read as always from Mike.

Adopting a Library Metaphor for Sharing

I've referred in the past to the phenomenon of "affinity posting". The idea of affinity posting is you post not to spread information or start a discussion, but to demonstrate your membership in ce...

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July 31, 2015 2 comments 3 shares 3 plus ones
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Per our discussion about personalized learning +George Station - this is from +Tom Vander Ark 

Nobody is average, every student deserves personalized learning — Changemaker Education

In Square Peg, Todd Rose tells the story of how a high school dropout became a Harvard professor in educational neurosci…

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July 31, 2015 3 comments 0 shares 7 plus ones
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Does everyone agree that this is the usual experience?  Not me, it was just for a short while...during the initial iPad craze...."Even in my relatively short foray into office life, I notice that few people bring a pen and notebook to meetings. I’ve been told that over the years, the spiral notebooks and pens once prevalent during weekly meetings have been replaced with laptops and slim, touch-screen tablets." This is interesting, because I'm seeing the opposite. At least in my experience, there was a time when everyone was bringing iPads to take notes.   Now I always use a pen and notebook....and I see everyone regardless of age or business doing same.  When I say notebook, I mean Moleskin-type ??  Curious about everyone else...

What You Miss When You Take Notes on Your Laptop

Research shows the many benefits of taking notes by hand.

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July 29, 2015 9 comments 0 shares 1 plus ones
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Part two - online learning for K12 and PD needed.. What do you think +Justin Schwamm +Jackie Gerstein +George Station +Laura Gibbs and whoever else follows K12?

Shifting the Professional Development Paradigm for K-12 Online Learning

With contributing authors Dr. Donna Murdoch, Penn GSE VOLT instructor & Cat McManus, Penn GSE Doctoral Candidate Previously we discussed the landscape of online learning in higher education. The ground is shifting in K-12 education as well, and learning online is now not only an option for many students, but in [...]

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July 20, 2015 33 comments 5 shares 12 plus ones
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Ok PLN friends - had to share. Pls be kind with any comments esp if on Forbes ? :) +George Station +Ian O'Byrne +Laura Gibbs +A. Michael Berman +Bryan Alexander +Justin Schwamm +Mathieu Plourde and anyone else I am forgetting..of course as Laura always says, support could be a PLN but many don't know what one is...

Carts Before Horses: Growth in Online Learning for Students, but Who Will Teach Their Instructors?

With contributing authors Dr. Donna Murdoch, Penn GSE VOLT instructor & Cat McManus, Penn GSE Doctoral Candidate From early learning to high school, college, professional education, and beyond, can the landscape of for-credit online higher education become more competitive? We think the market is significantly  saturated at this point. We don’t need [...]

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June 23, 2015 0 comments 3 shares 6 plus ones
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"New research suggests that employees with a diverse Twitter network — one that exposes them to people and ideas they don’t already know — tend to generate better ideas."   ICYMI

How Twitter Users Can Generate Better Ideas | MIT Sloan Management Review

There's a link between the amount of diversity in employees’ Twitter networks and the quality of their ideas.

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June 23, 2015 0 comments 1 shares 0 plus ones
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Sounds great, but I can only imagine the false positives, extra tests that are really unnecessary, and ultimately higher healthcare costs -  yes there are great things about this of course. But  "patients will now own and interpret their health data?" - hmmmm the interpretation part sounds a bit scary.

Personalized Technology Will Upend the Doctor-Patient Relationship

The two business models transforming the industry.

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June 23, 2015 0 comments 0 shares 1 plus ones
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Not sure why I hadn't seen this report from +George Siemens and his colleagues but I just found it.  "During the process of completing this report, it became clear to us that a society or academic
organization is required to facilitate the advancement and adoption of digital learning research.
Important areas in need of exploration include faculty development, organizational
change, innovative practices and new institutional models, effectiveness of teaching and
learning activities, the student experience, increasing success for all students, and state and provincial policies, strategies, and funding models. To address this need, we invite
interested academics, administrators, government and industry to contact us to discuss the formation of an organization to advocate for a collaborative and research informed approach to digital learning."  Is this the report that ignited dLEARN? 

linkresearchlab.org/PreparingDigitalUniversity.pdf

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June 20, 2015 3 comments 0 shares 3 plus ones
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This is so funny!  What would have happened without the world wide web?  Arianna Huffington delivering papers on a bicycle, etc - worth watching :)  Thanks to +Jane Hart for sharing.

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June 19, 2015 2 comments 0 shares 1 plus ones
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+Mathieu Plourde I just read UDEL is using Wiley.  Are you allowed to say how that's working out for you???   You decided against the other group permanently, or are still using them for other degrees?  A school where I occasionally adjunct just decided on Wiley for 2 masters programs so I'm curious.  And post more baby photos!  :)

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