"Try again. Fail again. Fail better." A suitably morose quote from Samuel Beckett: you're always failing, but you can at least fail better than your previous failures. I think it's fair to say that modern education has a difficult relationship with failure. On the one hand, failure is and always has been a bad thing.… Continue reading The unbearable permanence of forums
Sometimes I get obsessed with dull questions like this. It's especially tragic at 5:30pm on a Friday afternoon. Anyway, three ways you can put a PowerPoint presentation on a VLE: 1. Upload a ppt file ✓ Students can download it, cut it up, do what they want with it. They can print it 1… Continue reading How do you put a PowerPoint presentation on a VLE?
Say you start a brand new library from scratch. You buy an empty building and fill the walls with shelves. Then you order a load of books and they arrive in boxes. But which books go on which shelves? And what are you going to label those shelves? You could create an empty structure of categories… Continue reading We’re all librarians now
In the aftermath of the Snowden revelations, the Washington Post published an article about how the NSA had dealt with electronic data in Iraq. “Rather than look for a single needle in the haystack, [General Keith Alexander's] approach was, ‘Let’s collect the whole haystack,’ ” [...] “Collect it all, tag it, store it. . . . And whatever it is you want,… Continue reading Collect it all
In his anti-lecture lecture, Donald Clark makes some well-known arguments about the weaknesses of the lecture format. They encourage passivity; they're too long; they're frequently delivered by introverts who have more expertise in research than spoken communication. It's an interesting talk, and I'd encourage you to have a listen. Here though, I'm going to focus on… Continue reading Is it a good idea to record lectures?
Mook (n.) Coined in the Scorsese film, 'Mean Streets', meaning a arsehole or loser. (source: urbandictionary.com) I started my first MOOC this week, the Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization which is going to run until 23 Feb. It's run by Alberto Cairo at the Knight Centre, University of Texas. So far it's been a good experience,… Continue reading First week of a MOOC
This is an interesting blog post (medium-long) by venture capitalist Avichal Garg on educational startups. Skip straight to the conclusion, Education is a huge market and there are opportunities, for a neat summary. I found it interesting looking at education from a business point of view. When I started out teaching, I found the idea… Continue reading Education and business