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It’s Time to Move Away from the Digital Classroom in Our Smartphone-Altered Universe
Smartphones and pervasiveness could help us undo the knots education admin created for online learning.

> Education administrators who have bought into the various digital-platform models, on the other hand, have long seen their avenues of digital instruction as a way to reduce reliance on teachers by regularizing curricula through digital replication and turning the teachers into overseers, people there simply to solve problems as students take more and more control of their education. The digital, these people dreamed, could make most teachers redundant.

> Though student control of their own education is a laudable goal, that’s not the only goal of those pushing online education. Cost-cutting and streamlining are even more important ends. Producing a workforce augmentation implemented seamlessly also is.

> The growth of the student as a person and a citizen is not. Education, as we have defined it in the United States (until recently), is not.

> Thing is, the digital landscape our students inhabit has changed dramatically since the old assumptions about digital utility in education were formulated. The smartphone has become student interface with much of the world, including families and, yes, classrooms. Anyone simply looking around today can see that the smartphone should be changing all of assumptions about utility of digital tools–but it hasn’t.
education  DE  academia2.0 
july 2019 by mcmorgan
B. F. Skinner: The Most Important Theorist of the 21st Century
Audrey guides a re-visit to PSY 2100: Behaviorism (aka Rat Lab) c 1977. Thorndyke, Dewey, Skinner, and Walden 2. Classical SR and the learning curve. Meanwhile, Englebart and PARC Xerox are in the background. I trashed my undergrad notes after finishing my Master’s. My lessons learned.

> I would argue, in total seriousness, that one of the places that Skinnerism thrives today is in computing technologies, particularly in “social” technologies. This, despite the field’s insistence that its development is a result, in part, of the cognitive turn that supposedly displaced behaviorism.

Add to this the LMS, education design, the modern nation state. Cog science never replaced the Skinner box.
education  behaviorism  history  design 
october 2018 by mcmorgan
Big other: surveillance capitalism and the prospects of an information civilization
A starting point to theorizing D2L and LMS. A double market for the LMS: The students, and the faculty, ed designers, and adjuncts who are more or less required to use a sanctioned LMS. The data gathering depends on social indifference.

> ‘Big data,’ I argue, is not a technology or an inevitable technology effect. It is not an autonomous process, as Schmidt and others would have us think. It originates in the social, and it is there that we must find it and know it. In this article I explore the proposition that ‘big data’ is above all the foundational component in a deeply intentional and highly consequential new logic of accumulation that I call surveil- lance capitalism. This new form of information capitalism aims to predict and modify human behavior as a means to produce revenue and market control.
education  BigData  capitalism 
october 2018 by mcmorgan
Recognition Is Futile: Why Checklist Approaches to Information Literacy Fail and What To Do About It
A. Checklists are always a sign of non-education. B. Engagement is required. C. Heuristics and material practice count.
fakenews  openeducation  mooc  #en3177  education  infoliteracy 
february 2018 by mcmorgan
Pigeons and Personalization: The Histories of "Personalized Learning"
Take your pick, says Audrey. Show your politics.

> But “personalization” is not simply how we cope with our desire for individuality in an age of mass production, of course. It’s increasingly how we’re sold things. It’s how we are profiled, how we are segmented, how we are advertised to.
globalcapitalism  education 
june 2017 by mcmorgan
Education Technology as 'The New Normal'
Go Audrey. > Education needs to change, we have long been told. It is outmoded. Inefficient. And this “new normal” – in an economic sense much more than a pedagogical one – has meant schools have been tasked to “do more with less” and specifically to do more with new technologies which promise greater efficiency, carrying with them the values of business and markets rather than the values of democracy or democratic education.
may 2017 by mcmorgan
elearnspace › learning, networks, knowledge, technology, community
"the opposite is happening: educational technology is not becoming more human; it is making the human a technology."

"Both Udacity and Knewton require the human, the learner, to become a technology, to become a component within their well-architected software system. Sit and click. Sit and click. So much of learning involves decision making, developing meta-cognitive skills, exploring, finding passion, taking peripheral paths. Automation treats the person as an object to which things are done. There is no reason to think, no reason to go through the valuable confusion process of learning, no need to be a human. Simply consume. Simply consume. Click and be knowledgeable."

Commercial interests are turning the human into the technology. Is it time to abandon ship and let's the fools sail themselves into the maelstrom? Maybe. But it's a more appealing option then it was last year.
education  edtech  dehumanization  globalcapitalism  Higher 
september 2015 by mcmorgan
elearnspace › White House: Innovation in Higher Education
Seimens's blog report on a secret White House thinktank with the for-profit education sector. Watch your back. The private sector wants your tax dollars.
education  disruption 
august 2015 by mcmorgan
Watters: Student Data is the New Oil: MOOCs, Metaphor, and Money
A direct connect to students on what's collected and who profits (spoiler: it's not the student). Added bonus, Why I Don't Use D2l Reason #11: "Degree Compass [data mining and analytics"Instead it uses predictive analytics techniques based on grade and enrollment data to rank courses according to factors that measure how well each course might help the student progress through their program."] was acquired by the learning management system Desire2Learn in early 2013 for an undisclosed amount of money." One for FYC and A&E to read.
fyc  a&e  d2l  education 
june 2014 by mcmorgan
Warnings from the Trenches | AAUP
"Please do not blame those of us in public schools for how unprepared for higher education the students arriving at your institutions are. We have very little say in what is happening to public education. Even the most distinguished and honored among us have trouble getting our voices heard in the discussion about educational policy
de  education  postsecondary  unprepared 
january 2013 by mcmorgan
The Edinburgh Manifesto for Teaching Online
Interesting embedded project. Designer muses on the EBurough Online Teaching Manifesto proclamation by proclamation and connects. Via The Manifesto.
en3177  weblog  education  design  spaces 
december 2012 by mcmorgan
The Social Relevance of Public Writing
Huzza. Writing as a social practice. "In particular, I want to talk about how writing within my classroom has helped foster community amongst the students. In fact, the subtitle of this post could be, "How Wearing a Tie to Class Spurred Community Building."
#en3177  socialnetworking  socialpractices  twwt  twitter  education 
november 2012 by mcmorgan
Why It’s Never Mattered That America’s Schools ‘Lag’ Behind Other Countries
Interesting in this superficial look at recent education metastudies is how tech crunch determines success in education by economic production alone. Let's just ignore placement and redefine what we mean as good until we come to the top.
education  naivereasoning 
september 2012 by mcmorgan
elearnspace › Remaking education in the image of our desires
Whose desires? Not mine. But when Siemens speaks, I listen, and I admire the moderate tone he takes in his comments on entrepreneurial reform of ed. But I wonder if the money boys need a public whacking, as in a comment by Lisa Lane: "So it shouldn’t be surprising that teachers and students are not the focus here – they are the obstacles to creating the quality product. Besides, after over a century of public education, surely they had their chance."

And, by the way, entrepreneurs don't have a pedagogy. They are entrepreneurs, not teachers.
education  greed  reform  educationasproduct 
april 2012 by mcmorgan
Why Do They Hate Us? - Advice - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Merry Xmas, Professor. Administrative costs are driving up education costs: "The rising cost of higher education. The price of a college degree has risen faster than the cost of health care. Anxiety about those costs crowds out the mental space that might be given to contemplating subjects without direct, practical applications.
The cost increase is driven not by faculty salaries, primarily, but by the rapid growth of administration, massive athletics programs, and the amenities arms race—not who has the most full-time faculty members so much as who has the most successful football team and the fanciest dorm rooms."
december 2010 by mcmorgan
Brian Lamb calls for open access to academic knowledge
Comments on Brian Lamb's comments on OER at London conference. It's criminal, not to share.
OER  education  openeducation  wikihandbook 
august 2010 by mcmorgan
Slashdot Ask Slashdot Story | Your Online Education Experience?
Brief entry and extended discussion on DE including Walden, Phoenix, and state unis, being self-taught, the value of a degree. Anecdotal, but broad.
de  ple  education  twwt 
july 2010 by mcmorgan
Boston prep school nixes all the books in its library, replaces them with 18 e-readers
I'm trusting his exit strategy is better than his entrance strategy. He's not looking very far down the road - and the students will be short-changed when they enter university. "James Tracy, the headmaster of Cushing Academy, says that he sees books as an "outdated technology," and to that end, he's taken the drastic and expensive step of ridding the school's library of every single one of its books. Replacing the books will be a high tech "learning center," housing three flat screen televisions, laptops, 18 e-readers, and a coffee bar."
literacy  library2.0  academic  education  BigMistake 
september 2009 by mcmorgan
ACU's iPhone initiative: a year later
An outside view of ACU's distro of iphones to students and teachers based on interviews with the players. "The success of such programs depends both on the ubiquity and availability of the devices, as well as acceptance by the staff and students. The purely voluntary method of distribution and the freedom to use the device as a social and entertainment tool offered as part of the package both went a long way toward furthering the latter."
iPhone  education  mobilelearning  research 
july 2009 by mcmorgan
Great! Students are writing Wikipedia articles «
"What does that bode for our future employees? Not only will they be ready to work in the read-write web, but they will begin to dismiss as irrelevant our read-only intranets and flash-y webs."
marketing  education  twwt 
november 2008 by mcmorgan
Web 2.0 Backpack: Web Apps for Students
When shopping for phyical notebooks wears you down. Parallel this with top 10 apps for education. In both cases, IMSs are given a good drumming.
web2.0  bibliography  eLearning  education  scholarship2.0 
august 2007 by mcmorgan
Blog monitoring working methods and applications for research and scholarship.
academic  tools  education 
august 2007 by mcmorgan
Top 100 Tools for Learning
No Blackkboard, d2l, or WebCT in sight.
web2.0  education  elearning  DE  twwt 
august 2007 by mcmorgan
Puritan's Guide to Second Life
A general blog on SL, but includes sidebar links to newbie and educator resources.
sl  education 
june 2007 by mcmorgan
The Story of My “Second Life”
Blog documentation of an educator's immersion in SL. kjarrett.
sl  education 
may 2007 by mcmorgan
Semano Semano - an SL event, part 1
An account of setting up an hosting an event in SL, with a focus as a practice run for teaching how to stage virtual events. One aspect of SL is promotion, and one educational aspect it to teach virtual promotion. Watch for The Virtual Apprentice
sl  education  commerce 
may 2007 by mcmorgan
HP: Interviewing in Second Life - Valleywag
Not sure what to make of HP: Is this an attempt to up the caché of SL?
sl  education 
may 2007 by mcmorgan
Case Western Reserve U. Builds Virtual Campus to Woo Prospective Students
"Administrators at Case Western recently built a virtual version of the campus in Second Life" for campus tours. $30k, with no evidence that the sim increased enrollment. Unis are about pedagogical innovation.
sl  education 
may 2007 by mcmorgan
Jenkins: A Second Look at Second Life
Another response to Shirky, and a consideration of the cultural importance of SL "I am pretty sure that the value of the web/net lies in asynchronous communications and that real time interactions -- whether we are talking 3d or skype -- will always repr
sl  education 
may 2007 by mcmorgan
The schome website
The Open University's entry to teen and adult grids, and support sites for SL.
sl  education  ou 
may 2007 by mcmorgan
Second Life University - MSN Encarta
More balanced than I expected, the article is generally touts "the future's so bright" but it does touch on pragmatic concerns.
sl  education 
april 2007 by mcmorgan
4 Corners Broadband: You Only Live Twice
ABC documentary of SL including interviews w/ the major players and support material.
SL  education 
april 2007 by mcmorgan
The phony economics of Second Life | The Register
Second Life's servers - which are hosted exclusively by Linden Lab - can only support between 50 and 100 avatars in one place at one time.
sl  education  economics 
april 2007 by mcmorgan
Web 2.0 Online Learning Film Festival
Videos, including Englebart's demo and old Apple promos
education  de  web2.0  eLearning 
march 2007 by mcmorgan
Is this the age of the online avatar? -
"It becomes a kind of vanity fair," and Fantasy playgrounds actually don't work particularly well as social networks, and Still, immersion has its whole-hearted backers. Sarah Robbins, an English instructor at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., sees
SL  education 
march 2007 by mcmorgan
Interview with Milosun: How NOT to teach in Second Life
ITC library stores most of the educational resources in SL
SL  education 
march 2007 by mcmorgan
Uses and Potentials of Wikis in the Classroom
seeing wikis and teaching with wikis as challenging the print literacy grounding of teaching. worthy of more study
wikis  twwt  socialsoftware  scholarship2.0  education  orality 
january 2007 by mcmorgan
The Chronicle: 1/5/2007: What Web 2.0 Can Teach Us About Learning
critique of stock cms - and education grounded in them - as info delivery. followed by catalog of alternatives
d2l  de  cms  education  web2.0 
january 2007 by mcmorgan
Jenkins - Media Education
JENKINS_WHITE_PAPER.PDF (application/pdf Object) Schools and afterschool programs must devote more attention to fostering what we call
Facebook  erhetoric  multimedia  media  twwt  readme  Education  literacy 
december 2006 by mcmorgan
RIP-ping on Learning Objects at iterating toward openness
I don’t think I care if learning objects are dead or not. My primary interest always has been, and I suspect always will be, in increasing access to educational opportunity to people who have been denied that right for any of a variety of reasons.
learningobjects  twwt  de  education 
july 2006 by mcmorgan

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