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Archive for September, 2007

Pecha-kucha

Pecha-kucha is a format for giving presentations with a twist: you can only have 20 PowerPoint slides, each is on the screen for 20 seconds — no more, no less — and you don’t control the PowerPoint. Someone else advances the slides. Watch author Daniel Pink explain. It’s kinda fun.

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Simplicity

Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful. ~ John Maeda

I’ve spent a week working on a guide to course design for faculty. Yesterday I printed out all 34 pages and put them in order on my office floor to get a sense of what I had and how it all fit together. My office-mate came in and looked at what I had done. All she said was “That’s a lot of words.”

It strikes me that the hardest part of anything isn’t deciding what to put in. It’s deciding what to take out.  I have a long way to go.

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Massive Multiplayer Online Learning

What happens when you redesign an online learning space from the ground up? I’m not sure but that’s what San Francisco-based Grockit has in mind. They’re flush with cash from a recent influx of funding and they’ve got attitude. While I think learning management systems alone are a pale substitute for the classroom experience, there’s nothing on the horizon that offers institutions a credible alternative. Could Grockit be it?

Investor Tom Ryan has hinted that Grockit was initially aiming to imitate the success of the Korean site, MegaStudy. If that’s the case, I’m dubious. MegaStudy is a money machine but it’s mostly lecture-based. I’m not sure that approach improves the quality of the learning experience for people. And essentially, test prep what Grockit already does. But stay tuned. If they really want to focus on learning as they say, this could be interesting.

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The Times (in their Lifestyle section — ugh) says that Facebook is “the 13th most used search engine in the world“. Are there that many people searching for people online?

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