Archive for March, 2013|Monthly archive page
Peter Kelly has been doing brilliant work making texts used by enterprises editable on the iPad. UX Write, which I use (albeit a pre-release version), is actually usable. This latest post by him goes over some of the issues that modern app makers have been working on for over 5 years. (I had a version of this discussion at Canonical’s offices some time ago.)
Like anyone who has actually taught a college course, I’ve been skeptical of the rush to online coursework. But I also recognize, and have repeatedly lectured on, the need for ICT solutions to the unprecedented need for instructors worldwide to teach not just advanced material but even the most basic. Online education can do that.
But if done badly, it can also wreck not just the particular course experience but far more. This is obvious. What do I envision as a system that is done right? One that does not imagine the student isolated in his or her room with the computer, doing drudgework to recorded videos.
Rather, I’d insist that the necessary element is community, and emphasize the importance of in-person community, where students can be led through courses by mentors, who can also conduct discussion sessions.
Democracy Now!, the morning news hour that one can listen to any number of ways (I listen to the podcast), has an excellent set of interviews with some of the principal speakers at the Freedom to Connect Conference (where I wish I were). The petition to bock the unlocking provision features.
One of the most interesting developments in the last few years has been the rise of “liberation technology,” which can mean a raft of things. You get the idea.