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October 26, 2014 0 comments 3 shares 8 plus ones
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Looks like The Container Store really gets it right.  Fascinating article and video with the CEO.  Average Container Store retail sales employee makes 48,000/year - single digit turnover.  

It Pays to Pay Your Employes Well, with CEO Kip Tindell | Big Think

What would you identify as your company's most valued asset? The usual answers to that question would include product, brand, physical space, R&D, etc. Not often would you hear (at least not with sincerity) that a particular business considers its people to be its most valuable pieces. 
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October 20, 2014 1 comments 0 shares 4 plus ones
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 +Jane Hart gets it right again in her article about the difference between real social learning and "credit for participation"(fauxial) learning. Thanks Jane!

Social or Fauxial Learning?

There's a big difference! SOCIAL LEARNING is how we learn naturally and on a continuous basis - with our friends and colleagues. Social learning doesn't require the use of social media, although it...

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October 16, 2014 0 comments 2 shares 3 plus ones
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I always loved the Minerva concept, and understand the first year is doing well. I know many of us were skeptical but hopeful. Looks like so far so good!

Minerva Announces $70 Million Fund-Raising Round @insidehighered

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October 14, 2014 1 comments 0 shares 0 plus ones
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Can I get another degree?

A New Department Marks the Rise of a Discipline: ‘Computational Media’ – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Pixar movies, interactive video games, smartphone applications—all are forms of computational media, the marriage of computer science to the arts and humanities. Signaling a deeper investment in that fast-growing if slippery field, the University of California at Santa Cruz announced the ...

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October 13, 2014 5 comments 1 shares 4 plus ones
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A review of Buster Benson's book, "Antifragile."  +Shane Parrish (Farnam Street) is becoming one of my favorite sites.  "An antifragile way of life is all about finding a way to gain from the inevitable disorder of life. To not only bounce back when things don’t go as planned, but to get stronger, smarter, and better at continuing as a result of running into this disorder."

An Antifragile Way of Life | Farnam Street

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October 11, 2014 12 comments 6 shares 5 plus ones
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I've been saving this article, written by Tony Bates and asking for commentary and input as he writes his book.  It's an interesting evaluation of Wenger's "Communities of Practice" seminal work which has evolved.  Initially I considered his concept dated, as a CoP seemed to refer to work groups, groups we were with because we had to be, and how we learned with them because we had the common work denominator.  That didn't make sense in relation to PLNs, where the groups we have are far more networked and overlap in such interesting ways.  I like Wenger's updated (2014) definition.  "Communities of practice are groups of people who share a common passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly."  +Kimberly Hayworth I know you had interest in this at one point, not sure if you saw Tony's article.

The role of communities of practice in a digital age

The story so far. I have published the first five chapters of my open textbook, 'Teaching in a Digital Age'. I am now working on Chapter 6, 'Models for Designing Teaching and Learning.' In my last three posts I discussed respectively the appropriateness for a digital age of the classroom model, ...

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October 10, 2014 1 comments 5 shares 6 plus ones
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Who would have thought that the concept of planned obsolescence was "founded" by lightbulb manufacturers. I would have guessed US automakers.

The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy - IEEE Spectrum

The Phoebus cartel engineered a shorter-lived lightbulb and gave birth to planned obsolescence

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October 07, 2014 0 comments 2 shares 6 plus ones
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Stephen Fry Explains Humanism in 4 Animated Videos: Happiness, Truth and the Meaning of Life & Death | Open Culture

Answers to life's big questions don't come cheap, but they very often come free, or at least we feel they should. Which answers you find compelling among your available options is up to you. In the widely pluralist parts of the world—or at least in their urban centers—the answers come as often ...

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September 22, 2014 1 comments 2 shares 1 plus ones
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MOOC cross-pollination?  Can't really tell...

EdCast lands $6M to build out the first 'multiversities'

A "multiversity" differs from today's practice of online teacher interaction or cloud-stored materials at traditional educational institutions because it allows students to select the curriculum, t...

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September 20, 2014 0 comments 5 shares 4 plus ones
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Great resource.

The Guggenheim Puts 109 Free Modern Art Books Online



Back in January, 2012, we mentioned that the Guggenheim (the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed modern art museum in NYC) had put 65 art catalogues on the web, all free of charge.

We're happy to report that, between then and now, the number of free texts has grown to 109.

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