Digital badges and the purpose of education

Jenny Connected

This of course has implications for the purpose of education. Biesta sees the purpose of education as going beyond student-centred education. These are just three of many authors, not to mention philosophers, who have questioned the meaning and purpose of education.

2018 148

Creating Purposive Transformation

Networking Action

Whether to transform is not a choice. Our world is transforming. Every day we see signs that the environmental, political and social structures of the 20 th century are crumbling: plummeting bio-diversity, fracturing of governments and rise in autocracy, and … Net Dev

2018 158

Links of the Quarter: December 2018

How to Save the World

There is no one, no time or space, no causality or agency, no life or death, no purpose or meaning. Na Pali coast, Kaua’i — photo by me, taken two weeks ago. Although it isn’t real, doesn’t really exist, my self is giving me a hard time these days.

2018 75

Security, identity, voice, opportunity and agency on the distributed web

Jenny Connected

Looking up definitions of the word agency reveals explanations related to business and organisations, but a search for agency in education resulted in the following two definitions: Agency is the capacity and propensity to take purposeful initiative—the opposite of helplessness.

2018 187

Links of the Quarter: September 2018

How to Save the World

That there is no time, space, purpose or meaning, no thing apart. Cartoon by Hugh Macleod from Gaping Void. P hysicist Sean Carroll, a leading-edge thinker and researcher on quantum mechanics and astrophysics.

2018 59

Community network mapping: just get going!

Making CommunitySense

Solid methodology is important for professional purposes, of course (see for heavy-duty mapping processes the CommunitySensor methodology for participatory community network mapping). Interactions don’t just happen, they serve a purpose.

2018 219

The Quantified, Qualified and Connected Self

Jenny Connected

As I say, I haven’t read the book, but I would want evidence that the sharing of the ‘diary writing’ is not for the purpose of collecting more followers and more clicks, if we are to believe in a fully Qualified Self. This week the topic on the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC has been Identity.

2018 148

Focus and Finish

Evolving Web

Yes, sometimes my first task is writing an email or responding to one - but it is a directed task with one recipient for a specific purpose (like a proposal or other "deliverable"). Be like Mark: Ignore Facebook.

2018 184

Standing on Giants

Evolving Web

I've been hearing a lot from people with high constancy of purpose. This is a short video from Saturday morning. They understand what they are doing and why. . Over the last several years, we've met hundreds who do not have this.

2018 169

Thinking of knowledge as a graph

Jenny Connected

Since I have used this tool before (see A new mapping tool: useful for research purposes ) I did not find it technically difficult. This is a response to the E-Learning 3.0 task for course participants created by Matthias Melcher. See [link].

2018 139

E-Learning 3.0 Task 1 completed!

Jenny Connected

In the E-learning 3.0 MOOC being run by Stephen Downes, we have been given two tasks to choose from for this week.

2018 139

My takeaways from OEB18: communities, AI and 3D-smarts and some very practical stuff

Joitske Hulsebosch

Still don't know whether the lack of convenor was by purpose or an omission in the program though :). For the first time in my life I went to the OEB learning technologies conference in Berlin. It was a great conference. I did not feel tired Friday at 18.00

2018 130

My experiences of the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC to date

Jenny Connected

For the purposes of this task, there can only be one community. First a bit of background. The task for this week in the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC is related to the topic of Community in the distributed web. This is the task as created by Stephen Downes: As a community, create an assignment the completion of which denotes being a member of the community. For each participant, your being a member of the community completes the task.

2018 127

Cambridge Analytica vs Beacon – Facebook Australia Quantium

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

In 2007 Facebook got into trouble for Beacon – I wrote about it at the time – a service that reported on your behaviours online and offline for “personalisation” purposes. But it is very much like 2018. Ancient history?

2018 201

Links of the Quarter: March 2018

How to Save the World

Music As Life and Death: His friend James Stewart writes a brilliant biography of Eric Sun , violin virtuoso and Facebook genius, an exemplar of how to live with purpose and how to die with dignity. image via Ulf Parczyk on Jim Newman’s Facebook Page.

2018 46

Data Residency in Office 365 – It’s Complicated

Michael Sampson - Currents

The details such as – this only applies to two groups of customers in 2018: – brand new customers who are creating a brand new tenant based in the Canadian geo; or.

2018 116

Spoof Intelligence Added for all Exchange Online Protection Plans #office365

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft added Spoof Intelligence for email security earlier this year (January 2018 I think). This was included as a feature of the Office 365 Enterprise E5 plan, as well as a feature of the Advanced Threat Protection add-on for non-E5 customers.

2018 116

How to Create Live Maps of Conference Connections

Partnering Resources

I mentioned how that sense of support is core to our purpose in making network maps. Have you ever been frustrated trying to find the person you needed at a busy conference? I recently use a new tool called sumApp to map conference connections in real time.

2018 138

Re-Imagining Effective Work – the SAMR Model

Michael Sampson - Currents

As another idea, if the lecture notes are based on a book, areas of low comprehension across all students across the world are aggregated for the original author, who then revises his or her material to make it more fit-for-purpose for future students.

2018 146

Standing on Giants

Evolving Web

I've been hearing a lot from people with high constancy of purpose. This is a short video from Saturday morning. They understand what they are doing and why. . Over the last several years, we've met hundreds who do not have this.

2018 130

Microsoft Whiteboard

Michael Sampson - Currents

PowerPoint’s white background has traditionally been for words and sentences as well, albeit it in a different form and for a different purpose to Word’s whiteness and wordiness.

Facebook Eavesdropping Patent and Congress Questions

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Mr Zuckerberg Facebook submitted a patent 7 years ago to listen to background noise (ambient waveforms) for the purposes of delivering content. Why does Facebook have patents to listen (eavesdrop) through the microphone for ambient sound if they are only using it for uploading your video?

2018 203

Community and organization intertwine

Learning Alliances

The community’s memory can keep an organization true to its purpose and its conversations can alert the organization to emerging needs. Can reduce the noise of community chatter and be purposeful about listening to widely separated perspectives. We recommended that they treat leaders in Latin America as part of a community and become more purposeful about befriending prospective leaders to get to know them before proposing a specific organizational roles.

2018 100

Focus and Finish

Evolving Web

Yes, sometimes my first task is writing an email or responding to one - but it is a directed task with one recipient for a specific purpose (like a proposal or other "deliverable"). Be like Mark: Ignore Facebook.

2018 130

Beat the Conference Blahs

Partnering Resources

They’re a great tool, but only when used for a purpose that suits their strengths. It’s Day Two of the convention and my body aches from sitting in one place for so long. I’ve heard experts tell me what to do and how to do it. I’ve seen ten PowerPoint templates and seven videos.

2018 130

Sustainability of smart digitally enhanced learning ecosystems

Taming the spaces

The digital innovation sustainability bottlenecks in schools are related with actuating the organizations as systems, that is influenced by ill-developed feedback loops of data-, learning- and information flows for the purpose of intra-organizational innovation driven transformation as well as for transforming the […]. We have published an article that models sustainability issues in digitally enhanced schools.

2018 100

Death is a friend of life

Jenny Connected

I have attended this Field & Field course twice before (each time writing up and sharing my notes ), but this time I went with the specific purpose of creating a space in my life, to come to terms with the confusion I have felt about my mother’s death. The Self-Unseeing (by Thomas Hardy).

2018 130

Smartphones use outside work hours cause exhaustion: the case against mobile learning?

Joitske Hulsebosch

In our courses we don't start whatsapp groups, unless the participants take the initiative and have a clear purpose for the group. I found a study looking at the influence of our smartphone use for work purposes and its influence on stress and burnout.

2018 130

Moving in a direction

Chris Corrigan

Many times when clients contact me they ask if I can help them come to consensus or alignment on their shared purpose or desired outcomes. Complex solutions are for all practical purposes, infinitely unpredictable.

2018 80

AI Use Cases For Communities & Networks

Online Community Strategy

Image Source: Constellation Research 2018 Artificial Intelligence Study. We think future communities will thrive with AI if the ultimate goal of the community is enabling member agency and purpose. Artificial Intelligence is arguably the buzziest of buzz words these days.

2018 51

Identifying Dark Data in non-OCR’d Images

Michael Sampson - Currents

In the case of Delphi, it scanned driver licences and passports for identification purposes without OCR’ing the resulting image documents. The new European data protection legislation goes into effect next Friday. It’s going to be incredibly interesting to see how militant its enforcers play the game. There are many aspects required in complying with GDPR, but one core tenet is knowing where you are storing personal data.

2018 104

Conversation and Silence, Part One

How to Save the World

If not to relate information, tell a story, get clarity (ie learn), reassure, show affection, or entertain, what purpose does real, collaborative, interactive, iterative conversation serve? This is the first part of a two-part article. photo by Maren Yumi on flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

2018 73

The Fortune-Teller

How to Save the World

The first is instinctual, sensuous and appreciative, and the second is rational, analytical, meaning-making and purposeful. This is a work of fiction. Image from Max Pixel , cc0. Photoshopped with ‘watercolour’ effect.

2018 73

The Technologies I’ll Miss

How to Save the World

A little technology that allows light in places that could never before afford it, reduces energy use by 85%, is more durable than what it replaces, and will soon power, and make lighter, all the monitors we use for so many purposes. photo from the good folks at pixabay.

2018 66

Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care

How to Save the World

the need for meaning and purpose in one’s life, including meaningful work. Photo: Luke MacGregor for Bloomberg.

2018 74

Several Short Sentences About… Bats

How to Save the World

fruit bat, from wikimedia.

2018 74

Conversation and Silence, Part Two

How to Save the World

But when the necessary attributes for effective conversation are not present, or when the objective of talking is not one of these four purposes, I would argue that talking is pretty much a waste of time, and silence would be a better prescription. What purpose does any of it serve?

2018 53

May I Ask a Question?

How to Save the World

Image from pixabay by Dean Moriarty, CC0. M y friend Ben Collver recently loaned me a book called A More Beautiful Question , by Warren Berger, that arose from some ideas in Warren’s blog.

2018 61

The Death of Truth: A World Where Lying Pays

How to Save the World

There is no meaning or purpose to anything, no reason ‘why’, no causality, and no time in which things change or evolve, although we want and believe there to be. T he character that is not me lies in the sun on the warm tropical beach, listening to the roar of the surf.

2018 51

Non-Duality Dude: A One-Act Play

How to Save the World

There is only ‘this’, no thing apart, nothing separate, no time or space, no purpose or meaning, no life or death. image from Pixabay, CC0. Scene One: Mid-afternoon, summer. The main floor of a small, open concept house.

2018 57

The Agnostic Game

How to Save the World

Students of such systems began to think of the evolution of the universe and of life on Earth as a type of game, and began to speculate on whether or not this game had a ‘purpose’ or not, with spiritualists and agnostics taking opposing sides.

2018 54

Short time, World Cafe to the rescue

Chris Corrigan

Get the core team to look at the clusters and write a shared purpose statement from it. Helping a friend with a design challenge today. He is running a small group process at the end of a day of presentations about energy futures in a small community.

2018 50

True Story

How to Save the World

But there would be no purpose in doing so. Cartoon from poorlydrawnlines. Tell me the true story, about the time when that man. Took you in to lend a hand, and how you took him for a spin.

2018 51