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Whatever Happened to Whatever Happened to Instructional Technology?

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC ) flickr photo shared by QuestionMark Has anyone jumped any chasms lately? Once again, the associative trails in my cerebral memex fired off this morning. Via a tweet from Karen Fasimpaur, I watched Wes Fryer’s metaphor rich keynote Igniting Innovation in Teaching and Learning At 2:41 Wes introduced the Technology Adoption Curve, the notion based on Everett Rodgers Diffusion of Innovation work that there are different groups of people in terms of the way they adopt new technologies. It got me thinking about a writer in the early or mid 1990s, I was pretty sure he worked with or was affiliated with IBM, and maybe his name was William, who had written a lot about how this was applied to instructional technology, but what he spoke of, and missing from the image that Wes showed, was what missing was the “chasm” between the innovators/early adopters […]

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Packed! This Hound is Kamloops Bound

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by alee_04 The suitcases are packed with winter clothes and secured. Computer gear? Check. Camera Stuff? Ditto. Guitar? Got it. Medical supplies (well what my lame oh insurance will provide)? Yep. iPod? Loaded. Having been home a whole five days after two weeks in New Zealand, I’m off again. This time? a ROAD TRIP! Tomorrow I start on a 1900 mile journey to Kamloops British Columbia. With assistance from Brian Lamb, I have been granted a four month fellowship as an Open Learning Scholar at Thompson Rivers University (TRU). What am I doing? From the letter of acceptance, the goal of the research award is (1) to bring research expertise to TRU to support the reinvigoration of research and scholarly work into open, distance, and online learning at TRU-OL. (2) to further enhance the vibrancy and diversity of the research community […]

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How Does It Feel to Be 107, Grandma?

My grandmother was born today, in 1907. Or sometime around this date. One of her stories is that she never had a birth certificate. Born into a large family, and with her Mom passing away when grandma was a child, there was no official birth record. At some time later, she was able to prove her approximate birth according to notes in the Census taker. She so more or less picked October 15 to be her birthday. That is just like her. I teased her that I wanted her to live at least until 100. She came close, 96. That photo above was on a visit to Baltimore in 1994, when I recorded an hour of her telling me stories of her life, recorded on a micro-cassette. I later digitized it, and made a short video from the first segment. I always remember her telling me a story about learning […]

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On Those Old Webs

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog I’m reading with warm nostalgia Andy Carvin’s celebrating 20 years ago today, I published my first website. But the real epiphany came afterwards. Andy did this as a post-grad internship, studying telecommunications policy and finding his way into the early Cambrian era of the web: On October 14, 1994, I felt EdWeb was ready-ish for prime time. So I posted a note to a number of education-related email lists inviting people to check it out. I didn’t get a huge number of responses, but the ones I did were both supportive and intimidating. Supportive in the sense that they appreciated my efforts and were curious to see how it would develop. And intimidating in the sense that the people wanting to talk to me knew a hell of a lot more than I did on the topic. Here I […]

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Is The Internet Party Over?

In my recent, somewhat nostalgic, presentations I show an image of a street party, people blowing bubbles. That’s how I felt about the internet when I first stumbled onto it. The web too. It was all discovery. In the early 1990s I put my name and email address on thousands of web pages. There were no spam email harvesters. There was no Google incentivizing the abuse by making it worth nanocents. I create interactive web pages with worm holed perl scripts that wrote to text files with world write permissions. About the worse abuse I saw were rude people on email listservs. Sure there were shady newsgroups. Never went there. Heck I just did a talk about wondering what happened to a sense of wonder — and I am wondering. I like to think of myself as a Churchillian optimist. I talk about for all the goodness of on open, […]

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Peeking Inside the New Storybox

Here I thought I caught up on my back blogging from the trip to New Zealand, but I have yet to talk about the digital time capsule that appeared at every stop. In this post, I’ll give a bit of review about what happened, what was collected, in a subsequent long scrolling gibberish one I will go over the modifications I made to the interface. The new web site for the Storybox has this new interface; the only things you cannot do there are (a) upload media (b) See the media that was collected on this trip (a much smaller set I assembled prior to the trip is online) (c) Access the services like the image board and the wiki. creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog That’s the idea, to create an internet that is ephemeral, the PirateBox technology creates a local wireless network, where […]

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Eyeing My Next Trip To New Zealand

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog That blast of blog posts was doing what I loathe, trying to catch up on days past. It ends up feeling like homework, though all work was assigned by me for me. It’s because I am thinking of my future need for a time tunnel back to now. I did find a reach of the Sonoran Desert in an area of New Zealand creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog Technically it was in a mens room on the Auckland University Campus. I count 21 presentations in 9 days at 7 different institutions and have summarized linked them, each includes slides, a list of reference links, and where recorded, audio: http://cogdog.wikispaces.com/Sharefest+2014 There’s 332 photos saved in my flickr set (I refused to call them albums) meaning about 600 were tossed. That’s about 14 posted per […]

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2014 Kiwi Tour: Round 2 of 2 at AUT

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog It’s Thursday. I have presented every day last week and this week, and here is the finish line. Today we returned to downtown Auckland for a followup to Tuesday’s talks at Auckland University of Technology. A good start was a flat white with Thom Cochrane and Vickel Narayan at Remedy coffee house. I could see going to a spot like that on a regular basis. The first session was actually only half mine; they asked me to give feed back to some project presentations– they were billed as Pecha Kucha style, though none of them used the format. Those nice Kiwis, they let it slide. And its okay because I got a lot out of hearing about these other projects. More than I get by yacking. I’m relying on my tweets for notes. Play Interactivity and Games that's the […]

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2014 Kiwi Tour: Up North to Northtec

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog Each day so far this week has required a one hour earlier wakeup time. I shall protest (politely) this trend (just kidding, Richard!). Today back to 5:30 because of the 2 hour drive from Auckland to Northtec in Whangarei (that’s “Wh” as in “F”). Northtec might be thought of as close to a community college, but in addition to certificates and diplomas, they offer undergraduate programs as well, many of them in occupational area. I think they have like 60 locations all over the region north of Auckland. I have to say they had me at their program (pictured above), the idea of Vasi Doncheva and her team. She totally went with the storytelling theme (see the PDF version), drawing campfire, watering hole, and cave from Thornburg’s Campfires in Cyberspace: Primordial Metaphors for Learning in the 21st Century. I […]

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2014 Kiwi Tour: Round 1 of 2 at AUT

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog Tuesday brought a glorious blue sky day to go into Auckland again, today to do sessions at Auckland University of Technology. My contact/host today was Thom Cochrane, who like Claire Donald yesterday, I first got to know in my 2004 visit to UNITEC (my scheduling of return flight was bad in that I missed by one day seeing Mark Northover, whom I’ve known from previous visits and has also come here to Arizona). We met up with Thom in his regular spot to start his day, a hip coffee shop named “Remedy” down on Queen Street. Today’s brew was a long black. Very strong. The first session was one not exactly done before, but drew on parts of Being On/Of The Web and Beyond the MOOC Hyper: Open Connected Courses. Thpm’s title as he posted it, Affordances of the […]

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