Learning Technologies 2011 and Learning and Skills 2011 | London

24-Jan-2011 » Training Press Releases » Europe’s largest organisational learning event kicks off at London Olympia on Wednesday this week and over 4,000 L&D professionals are expected to attend on 26-27 January.

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Learning and Skills 2011 -- January 26-27, 2011

Michael Anissimov and Michael Vassar talk about The Singularity.

From DSC:
Again, some of this is fascinating to me, while other portions of this is very unnerving and controversial to me.

The Learning Ecosystem — from Chief Learning Officer by Mal Poulin

“Without a sustainable, user-friendly and easily implemented plan to capture and spread information between employees, technology is just hardware and software.”

From DSC:
Mal adds some nice, new dimensions to what constitutes a learning ecosystem, such as:
  • Environments, cultures, organizations, and methods that support workplace learning and performance. It’s not about the software; it’s about what they do with it.
  • Strategies, processes, and tools to enable learning in every aspect of the business or operation. The goal is to yield front-line performance improvements that result in customers who notice and come back for more products and services.

eSchoolNews Special Report: Empowering the iGeneration — from eSchoolNews.com by Ellie Ashford
Technology can help channel students’ drive to make a difference; here’s how.

Thanks to the democratizing power of technology, which lets anyone with an internet connection tap into resources from all over the globe, it’s now easier than ever for students to start their own companies or collaborate with peers to solve the world’s problems.

In fact, technology is empowering students in ways that earlier generations could only dream of. This trend has important implications for schools, which are under enormous pressure to engage students in ways that are relevant to the challenges of the 21st century.

Fortunately, a number of platforms exist to help educators harness students’ entrepreneurial spirit and their desire to make a difference in their world, and channel these in ways that advance the curriculum.

Remaking the college campus — from CampusTechnnology.com by Bridget McCrea
An e-learning veteran envisions a college campus of the future where physical space, technology, and collaboration blend.

Imagine a college library where books are not the focal point. Instead of sitting behind a desk checking out volumes, librarians have become technology experts who are dispatched to help students and faculty who are in the building. The “No Food or Drinks” signs have been removed, allowing students to move freely throughout the building with coffee cups in hand.

Taking a page from Barnes & Noble’s business planning book, the college library is transformed into a place where students pore over laptop computers, PDAs, and iPads alone or in groups. The atmosphere simply oozes collaboration and provokes others to join the party to study, learn, and network with one another.

If this sounds like a far-off pipe dream, consider what’s going on in Glasgow, where the Saltire Centre is the centerpiece of learning and student services at Glasgow Caledonian University. Regarded as “one of the most ambitious and innovative learning environments in the UK,” the 1,800-seat building comprises multiple levels, each of which caters to different types of learning and interaction.

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The Saltire Center at the University of Glasgow

  • Multimedia
  • Cross-disciplinary
  • Networked projects
  • Music-related

Within these parameters, the work of the center extends into fine arts, education, health sciences, business, and computer science. As Tavel Center associates collaborate with researchers in these areas, new modes of creative thought innovation and expression emerge.

IUPUI Arts & Technology Research Center

The story of the Department of Music and Arts Technology began in the mid-1990s when the shared campus of Indiana University and Purdue University began offering what was the first United States-based master of science degree in music technology. The focus was on educating students on computer-based music technology, multimedia and interactive design, and multimedia production techniques.

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The technology that saved a university degree program
— from InsideHigherEd. by Dian Schaffhauser



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Bye-bye Facebook — from Mike Bogle

Quote from Bye-bye Facebook — from Mike Bogle

Facebook, get this through your thick skull. I am not an asset to manipulate or a commodity to be traded; my data is not a resource to be exploited for your financial gain.  Decisions that affect my privacy is not at your discretion to change (emphasis DSC).

If you’re sick and tired of Facebook’s nonsense you can delete your account too:

From DSC to tech-related vendors out there:
Take heed. Listen to what Mike is saying…if you don’t, [over time] things may backfire on you big time.

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Consider this quote from Virtual Musicians, Real Performances: How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Music:

Ever wonder how Jimi Hendrix would cover Lady Gaga? The day is approaching when you should be able to find out.

Musicians’ opportunities to sell their recordings may be drying up due to cultural shifts brought on by changing technology, but other aspects of technology are creating a promising new market for music: the licensing of the musical style or personality of recording artists.

The concept goes well beyond basing the avatars in guitar-based videogames on famous performers, although the idea is similar. Using complex software, North Carolina’s Zenph Sound Innovations models the musical performances of musicians from Thelonius Monk to Rachmaninoff, based on how they played in occasionally old, scratchy recordings. Using that model, the company creates new recordings as they would be played by deceased musicians, if they were around to record with today’s equipment, to critical acclaim. And that’s just for starters.

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Original resource from SteveKnode.com

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The Specialists — from InsideHigherEd.com
April 5, 2010

Is the “bundled” model of higher education outdated?

Some higher-ed futurists think so. Choosing the academic program at a single university, they say, is a relic of a time before online education made it possible for a student in Oregon to take courses at a university in Florida if she wants.

Since the online-education boom, the notion that students could cobble together a curriculum that includes courses designed and delivered by a variety of different institutions — including for-profit ones — has gained traction in some circles. “As it has with industries from music to news, the logic of digital technology will compel institutions to specialize and collaborate, find economies of scale and avoid duplications,” journalist Anya Kamenetz wrote last week in an op-ed. “Excellent [course] content,” noted the author and higher-ed innovator Peter Smith in an interview earlier this month, “is increasingly commodified and available (emphasis DSC).” Leaders in the liberal arts community recently nodded at the idea that even small colleges could soon teach from open courseware “modules.”

From DSC:
Even at the predominantly face-to-face college where I work, I know that several students have supplemented their educations and/or fulfilled their educational degree programs with online-based courses from other schools. And many students attend several colleges or universities in their pursuit of a degree. So this idea of piece-mealing a degree via the combination of virtual and physical means is not far-fetched at all.

Also, did you notice the word commodity? Anyone who has followed my announcements through the years (as seen here, here, here, and here) will see that I have warned institutions to take steps to guard themselves from becoming a commodity.

Signing off for now with the reminder…do not underestimate the disruptive impact of technology.

Welcome to the Decade of Smart

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