Ben Samuels

A blog about educational technology created for participation in the #change11 mooc [HTML] [XML] Last Updated: 2012-02-15T23:26:49.639-0

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A First Encounter with Dave Snowden
Ben Samuels, EduTechLand, Jan 19, 2012
by PhOtOnQuAnTiQuE via flickrDave Snowden is a heavyweight and I mean that in the gravitational sense of influencing the trajectories of those he encounters. After listening to the recording the of the #change11 session he conducted for this week with no more preparation than a cursory glance at the wikipedia page about him I find myself reeling from the cognitive onslaught. While effective synthesis of the ideas he presented will require some mental digesting ... 2012-01-19T12:14:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

Open Licensing
Ben Samuels, EduTechLand, Jan 13, 2012
I was excited to learn that David Wiley is starting up the winter 2012 Introduction to Openness in Education course. I first encountered Wiley via his facilitation of week5 of the #change11 mooc. Last week he announced on his blog that he is now the Senior Fellow for Open Education at the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies, also known as Digital Promise. Congratulations to him, and to educators and learners ... 2012-01-13T06:30:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

Notes and Thoughts About the Future of Higher Education
Ben Samuels, EduTechLand, Jan 12, 2012
This week's #change11 topic is the 21st Century University and it is being facilitated by Valerie Irvine and Jillianne Code from the Technology Integration and Evaluation (TIE) Research Lab at the University of Victoria. At yesterday's session they described the challenges their institution is facing and some of the strategies they are using to deal with them. Photo by Joe Shlabotnik The challenges that they talked about included diminishing funding, decreasing 18 to 22 y.o. ... 2012-01-12T09:12:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

Attention Probes for Net Smarts
Ben Samuels, EduTechLand, Jan 06, 2012
This week, Howard Rheingold was the facilitator for #change11 ( #change12 yet?) and has led two excellent sessions related to the ideas from his upcoming book about social media literacies. This fits right into my favorite emerging theme of #change11- learning to learn. He identified 5 key areas that are important for all learners to navigate the pervasive seas of networked continuously connected people and knowledge. curtesy of Nanette Saylor via flickr The ... 2012-01-06T12:17:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

Going Off the Record at #durbbu
Ben Samuels, EduTechLand, Jan 06, 2012
Why Not Record It All? photo by Dustin Baxter via flickrRay Land delivered the second keynote of the Blackboard Users Conference today giving a great presentation about the imperatives and risks of Open Education in a world being transformed by speed. Yesterday, Grainne Conole gave us a tour of the open educational horizon in the context of using the VLE as a way of encourgaing educators to enhance their teaching ( here are her slides) Both of the ... 2012-01-06T06:44:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

Slow Learning with Clark Quinn
Ben Samuels, EduTechLand, Jan 04, 2012
photo by turbulentflow via FlickrThe theme that pops out at me most often in #change11 is the importance of developing the skills of learning. To a large extent this is nothing new but with accelerating technological change transforming the education landscape it is even more critical to support the development of learning skills. Clark Quinn in #week13 took a very high level approach to thinking about learning. He tempted us to shed all the constraints we deal with in ... 2012-01-04T04:01:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

Joining #change11
Ben Samuels, EduTechLand, Jan 03, 2012
Photo curtesy Ryan McBride via FlickrOver the last month or so I've been catching up with the materials that have come out of the #change11 mooc so far. It's been a bit of a whirlwind of topics and presenters but I've found it very interesting and it's been valuable to me as I get acquainted with a field that is new to me in many ways. Thank you to the organizers, the weekly facilitators and all the participants for everything that's been contributed. &... 2011-12-30T01:57:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

Educational Simulations
Ben Samuels, EduTechLand, Jan 03, 2012
Photo curtesy of Torley via flickrI just finished the two sessions about designing simulations for education and training that Clark Aldrich presented for week 12 of the #change11 mooc. This topic is almost completely new to me and Clark's expertise and passion provided a great introduction. One of the main points that resonated with me is when he said to "align delivery of content with the importance of content." Clark said this in the context of simulations which ... 2012-01-01T12:51:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

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