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Edublogger Review

Edublogger Review

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A "mash-up" of postings from nine engaging educational and e-learning bloggers.
A "mash-up" of postings from nine engaging educational and e-learning bloggers.

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Edublogger Review
July 14th, 2010
Published by:philosophyandrew1
A "mash-up" of postings from nine engaging educational
and e-learning bloggers.
When Technology Doesn’t Help
By Dean Dad on July 14th, 2010
Joshua Kim’spiece yesterday reminded me of a basic, but
widely ignored, truth.

In most industries, new technology is adopted because it’s expected to lower costs and/or improve productivity (which lowers costs over time). It doesn’t always succeed, of course, and the usual vagaries of faddism are certainly there. But by and large, the point of adopting a new technology is to make the underlying business stronger.

But that doesn’t apply in either higher education or health care. In both of those, institutions adopt technology to meet rising expectations, whether it helps with cost or not. Much of the time, it actually leads to increased costs.

For example, take the typical college library. Libraries don’t bring in much revenue on their own, if any; they’re pretty pure ‘cost centers’ for most colleges. They’re central to the educational mission of the college, to be sure; I’d suggest that in the context of a commuter campus, that’s even more true than elsewhere. But income is tied to credit hours, and libraries don’t generate credit hours of their own.

In the past, typical library costs included labor, acquisitions, utilities, and not much else. Tables, desks, chairs, and carrels could be expected to last decades (and judging by some of the graffiti I saw at Flagship State, they did.) Yes, you might find microfilm or microfiche, but even there the space requirements were minimal and the purchases could last for decades. (For younger readers: microfilm was sort of like cassette tape...no, wait, you wouldn’t know that...it was sort of like movies watched really slowly...no, not like dvd’s...ah, screw it, I’m old.) It wasn’t at all rare for the highest-tech thing in the library to be the coin-operated photocopier.

Now, students expect/demand that the library offer plenty of computer workstations with high-speed internet access, good wifi everywhere, all manner of ‘assistive technology’ for the visually or otherwise challenged, and access to proprietary (paid) databases for all sorts of materials. There’s nothing wrong with any of that, but none of it displaced what had come before, and none of it came with its own revenue sources. And that’s before mentioning the price pressures that publishers have put on traditional acquisitions.

As a result, the library is far more expensive to run than it once was. It isn’t doing anything wrong; it’s just doing what it’s supposed to do. The problem is that the technological advances it adopts -- each for good reason -- don’t, and won’t, save money.

Something similar holds true in the health-related majors. As medicine has adopted more high-tech equipment and methods, we’ve had to adopt them, too, to train the students on them. But we don’t get any of the gains from that. We have to pay for it, but the productivity gains, if any, accrue to the industry rather than to us. Worse, many of the purchases are so complex and high-maintenance that they require dedicated staff, thereby adding higher labor costs to the equation.

There are excellent societal reasons why that’s a good idea. I like the idea of the rookie Nursing student making his first medical mistakes on simulators, rather than on people, for the same reason that I like pilots to use flight simulators before they first fly planes. Fewer casualties that way.

But the college doesn’t capture the gains from that. It’s saddled with the costs, heaven knows, but not with the other side of the equation. And in an era of declining state support, there are only so many places to go to find the difference.

I agree that certain applications of technology can save colleges money, and that colleges should take those opportunities seriously. But to assume that it will only be deployed where it saves money, or even that it will be a net financial gain, strikes me as reaching. We train people on the latest stuff because we have to, whether it saves money or not.

Managing in Complexity
By Harold Jarche on July 14th, 2010

Formal training just won’t cut it any more as the primary means by which we prepare and adapt in order to get work done. Training isn’t dead, it’s just not enough, and cannot be the only tool in the box.

July 14th, 2010
Published by:philosophyandrew2
As Jay Cross stated in a recent interview:

Formal learning can be somewhat effective when things don’t change much and the world is predictable Today’s world is the opposite in every way

imaginable …
Things are changing amazingly fast …
There’s so much to learn …

Today’s work is all about dealing with novel
situations …

This image, from Cynthia Kurtz’s post,Confluence, clearly shows the challenge we face in our networked organizations competing and collaborating in complex adaptive systems.

The challenge is getting organizations that are used to dealing with the Known & Knowable to be able to manage in Complex environments and even Chaotic ones from time to time. As can be seen in Kurtz’s graphic, that means weaker central control which is, of course, scary for traditional management. This is not a training problem but rather a management issue. How can you be less directive and enable distributed work, and therefore distributed (and undirected) learning? Actually there are historical examples, including guerrilla groups; religious movements; and social organizations. We need to look back as well as into the future. There are lessons and examples that can help us once we cast off some of our industrial management assumptions.

Taylor’s Principles of Scientific Management (1911) inform many of our current practices but there are other models and frameworks available. The first step is seeing that we have a problem and our current models are inadequate. This is a conversation that all business managers and organizational leaders need to have. We should be ready to have many informed conversation about managing in complexity and put forward some plausible options. For further reading:

General framework:Wirearchy
Background & Models: Gary Hamel: Future of Management;
Thomas Malone: The Future of Work; Andrew McAfee:
Enterprise 2.0
Ideas & Methods: Working Smarter Fieldbook; State of
Learning in the Workplace
More conversations: The Smart Work Company;Internet
Time Alliance blog;
Wikis and Learning – 60
By Tony Karrer on July 14th, 2010

I’m involved in several discussions around how to use Wikis as part of learning solutions. I wanted to collect a few resources around this topic for use in these discussions. So, of course, I went to eLearning Learning and I looked atWiki,

Collaborative Learning with Wikis, Wikis and eLearning 2.0, Wikis Corporate eLearning, Social Learning with Wikis, Wiki Security and a few others. Here’s some of what I found:

1.Why a Wiki?- Experiencing eLearning, July 27, 2009
2.Wikis at Work- eLearning Technology, February 25,
3.Control and Community: A Case Study of Enterprise
Wiki Usage, May 4, 2009

4.Blog or Wiki?- Kapp Notes, January 20, 2009
5.Wiki activities 5 stage model, April 7, 2008
6.Control and Community: A Case Study of Enterprise

Wiki Usage, May 4, 2009
7.Really Cool "3-Minute e-Learning" on Social Networking
- Wiki, Social Networking, Social Bookmarking, RSS,

October 10, 2007
8.Wiki working, June 19, 2009
9.Wiki: Intro to Emerging Tech, July 18, 2009

10.Could A Wiki Be Your Next Talent Management System?,
October 23, 2008
11.Using Toolkits to Aggregate Learning Resources,
February 6, 2009
12.Enterprise Wiki as Intranet - a success story, September

20, 2007
13.Lurking and loafing, March 9, 2010
14.Activities, Workflows and Structured Wikis (Augmented

Social Cognition), February 9, 2009
15.Wikis for Improving Productivity-Experiencing
eLearning, June 10, 2008
Learnadoodledastic, September 26, 2007
17.One more time: what's the difference between a blog and
a wiki?- Clive on Learning, April 13, 2007
18.Wikis: Ways to use them for a more Collaboration and
Interaction- Dont Waste Your Time, August 28, 2009
19.Do wikis work for any topic? How about math?-
eLearning Acupuncture, March 25, 2009
July 14th, 2010
Published by:philosophyandrew3
20.eLearning Tools - Wikis, Blogs and More-eLearning
Technology, April 2, 2007
21.Wiki – Day 2 – How Wikis are Used- Engaged Learning,
December 1, 2009
22.Wikis – Day 3 – Privacy & Adoption- Engaged Learning,
December 2, 2009
23.Wikis – Day 4 – Overcoming Bad Stigmas-Engaged
Learning, December 3, 2009
24.Top 10 Ways Social Media Will Impact Employee
Development and Training in 2010- Learning Putty,
October 29, 2009
25.Conference Wiki Examples- eLearning Technology,
November 25, 2008
26.Use of Wikis as Compared to Other Tools-eLearning
Technology, February 23, 2007
27.22 Social Learning Strategy Questions to Answer Before
Your Next Lesson- Learning Putty, July 1, 2010
28.TCC09: Wikis that Work: Effective Wiki Practices for
Virtual Learning Communities- Experiencing eLearning,
April 15, 2009
29.Wiki as repository for a virtual community-Joitske
Hulsebosch eLearning, January 21, 2009
30.How Wikipedia Works and Wikis in the Enterprise -
HBS- eLearning Technology, July 23, 2007
31.Wikis - Public vs. Controlled - Why There's No eLearning
Wiki- eLearning Technology, September 14, 2006
32.10 Social Media Tools For Learning- The eLearning
Coach, November 16, 2009
33.Collaborative Learning Using Web 2.0 Tools - A
Summary- eLearning Technology, May 16, 2006
34.Benefits of Collaborative Learning- Dont Waste Your
Time, July 8, 2010
35.Enterprise 2.0 - Community Spaces can lead to Walled
Gardens- Free as in Freedom, March 27, 2010
36.Examples of eLearning 2.0- eLearning Technology,
September 22, 2008
37.Collaborative Learning « Social Enterprise Blog, June 3,

38.A Learning Paradigm Shift: Cybergogy, April 9, 2010
39.Learning space mashups, July 13, 2009

40.Case studies of corporate (social) learning, March 12,
41.Using SharePoint- eLearning Technology, December 16,
42.SharePoint 2010: The New Employee Gateway?-
trainingwreck, January 23, 2010
43.Social Learning Strategies Checklist- Social Enterprise
Blog, January 11, 2010
44.Extending elearning?-Learnlets, November 30, 2008
45.SharePoint Social Learning Experience-eLearning
Technology, February 1, 2010
46.Time for “new” training approaches-Daretoshare,
February 28, 2009
47.Checklist of Social Learning Strategies-Engaged
Learning, January 12, 2010
48.The Future Of Learning Design- The eLearning Coach,

November 23, 2009
49.Wiki Owner- eLearning Technology, March 19, 2009
50.Social Learning Tools Should Not be Separate from

Enterprise 2.0- eLearning Technology, April 7, 2010
51.SharePoint 2007: Gateway Drug to Enterprise Social
Tools :: Personal InfoCloud, March 16, 2009
52.Driving the Informal with the Formal, February 10, 2010
53.groundswell - confirming my e-Learning 2.0 ideas,
August 27, 2008
54.TELUS Case Study - Using Sharepoint to embrace social
computing and streamline formal learning , May 15, 2010
55.Driving Change: Selling SharePoint and Social Media
Inside the Enterprise, January 30, 2009
56.How to Find the Right Wiki for Your Project or
Organization, February 15, 2009
57.From formal courses to social learning-Learning
Conversations, November 26, 2009
58.Requirement to Social Learning Adoption #1 - Relative
Advantage- Engaged Learning, February 23, 2009
59.Characteristics of Emergent Communities-Social
Enterprise Blog, April 14, 2009
60.Promoting Social Learning- eLearning Blender, May 23,
eLearning Technology
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Massachusetts State Colleges
Want University Status
By StevenB on July 14th, 2010

The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted 124 to 21 Thursday to allow the nine state colleges to rename themselves universities. Supporters of the bill, which now goes to the Senate, say the change would allow schools to earn more grants, draw more applicants, and make students more attractive to employers. Detractors say it would do little to improve the quality of education and could be costly if professors ask for university pay. So far, 45 states have transformed their state college systems into state university systems. Read more at:

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