Reflections on the Knowledge Society

Wolfgang Greller

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Bonnie Stewart on Digital Identities
wgreller, Reflections on the Knowledge Society, May 11, 2012
I greatly enjoyed the presentation given by Bonnie Stewart on the Change11 MOOC, which I’ll try to summarise here for those who haven’t been able to attend. Bonnie’s PhD is on the topic of digital identities and I myself am very interested in the question whether and how technologies influence our identity and perception of/by [...] Fri, 11 May 2012 14:59:02 +0000 [Comment]

Knowledge and controversy
wgreller, Reflections on the Knowledge Society, May 10, 2012
One thing that I find discomforting about connectivism and communities of practice is the apparent avoidance of controversy. They are all about positive connections, at least this is most emphasised, although I believe that the proponents do consider the fact that opposite knowledge values exist and conflict with each other. An example for this is [...] Thu, 10 May 2012 13:45:58 +0000 [Comment]

Non-linear learning
wgreller, Reflections on the Knowledge Society, Feb 17, 2012
In current technology enhanced learning philosophy, the learning paths of students are typically presented as linear shortest distances between A and the learning outcome B. In learning object based models the picture is that students move through a set of objects/lessons to reach the outcome. This is slightly more complex, but still driven by the [...] Fri, 17 Feb 2012 09:29:12 +0000 [Comment]

Mistaken image of learning and teaching
wgreller, Reflections on the Knowledge Society, Oct 31, 2011
Teaching (and learning for that matter) has received much bad press lately. Unfairly, I believe, and based on much unjustified prejudice. In a recent interview leading up to the Dutch National Education Days (Onderwijsdagen 2011), Eric Duval expresses much of the current hope into Learning Analytics as being a remedy for things that are wrong [...] Mon, 31 Oct 2011 15:15:32 +0000 [Comment]

Self-enforcing research economy
wgreller, Reflections on the Knowledge Society, Oct 19, 2011
Being a reviewer to scientific journals has lost its magic touch and developed into some kind of job for insomniacs and the bored. Instead of enlightening eye-openers driven by the idealistic vision to enhance human knowledge and society, it’s increasingly become a self-centred self-enforcing theatre of academic actors, if not a farce. Half-thought-out papers of [...] Wed, 19 Oct 2011 13:06:52 +0000 [Comment]

Inverting the law on data
wgreller, Reflections on the Knowledge Society, Oct 02, 2011
Privacy and data protection laws have served us badly in the past, but with increased data collection and behaviour tracking activities, I believe it is time for a full revision and reform. With ubiquitous ambient sensors, biometrics, face recognition technologies, and more, we can no longer ignore the fact that our every move we make [...] Sun, 02 Oct 2011 14:07:00 +0000 [Comment]

Open Data from the UK
wgreller, Reflections on the Knowledge Society, Sept 30, 2011
The UK government has provided very nice access to Open Data. Not only does it make the data files themselves available for download from a large array of data from crime rate to the location of post boxes and traffic incidents, it also features showcases of lovely service implementations such as the Numberhood iPhone app [...] Fri, 30 Sep 2011 16:28:29 +0000 [Comment]

Quantifying yourself through personal analytics
wgreller, Reflections on the Knowledge Society, Sept 29, 2011
Probably most people do it or have done it in the past sometime: using sensors or measuring tools to track yourself. Common examples are counting your calories, daily exercise, monitor your heart rate or blood pressure, track your running path and pace, electricity consumption, words per minute typing, etc. Lots of gadgets and apps are [...] Thu, 29 Sep 2011 12:39:54 +0000 [Comment]

MOOC migrants
wgreller, Reflections on the Knowledge Society, Sept 23, 2011
It’s fascinating to see yet another “massive open online course” (MOOC) shaping up. Having attended half a dozen MOOCs by now, I consider myself a veteran – and a migrant! That is moving from one MOOC to the next. I am not alone in this, as there is by now a substantial group of “hardcore” [...] Fri, 23 Sep 2011 08:12:06 +0000 [Comment]


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