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Archive for December, 2011

2011: The Year the Free Ride Died

ReadWriteCloud: “Out with the old, in with the new. One of the “old” ways of thinking that finally kicked the bucket in 2011? That users could get a free ride on Web services with no catch. As Robert Heinlein famously said, there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch (TANSTAAFL). This realization isn’t new for some, but the realization should finally be kicking in for mainstream users as well.”

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ReadWriteWeb: “Tools provide leverage for people to get work done; in many cases they enable us to do new kinds of work. Now consider robots in the workplace. They seem like bad news but do they have to be? What if robots weren’t a threat to humanity, only intended to steal human jobs, but were tools that enabled all of us to do new things and live life differently? We may need to start seeing things that way, for our own sake.”

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ReadWriteWeb: “Microsoft is testing a targeted social network called So.cl (pronounced "social") on three college campuses.”

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Curiosity as a Learning Outcome

Campus Technology: “Can we update our learning-assessment systems?”

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Campus Technology: “Ever wonder what becomes of our award winners after their moment in the CT spotlight? We followed up with three Innovators from past years to find out how their projects have fared.

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ReadWriteWeb: “The announcement of the MITx initiative last week has several important aspects, but it is nowhere near what we have been doing at the Open University in the UK for decades. It is somewhat premature, lacks any real understanding of the issues involved in assessment, and contains an uneven mix of pedagogy as well.”

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ReadWriteWeb: “This year was another huge one for the Web and the companies, technologies and individuals that make things happen on it. We saw groundbreaking new devices unveiled, key companies go public, a few tech fumbles and we lost some visionaries.”

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