By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Big Picture
nick shackleton-jones, aconventional, 2015/03/11
I love the diagram, and the concept is well-executed, but the word 'apps' stands out like a sore vendor-specific thumb. It shows up in the responses: "People have begun to grasp Journey 1, the journey from courses to resources, but still struggle with the journey from resources to apps." So why don't we fix the terminology:
- Courses - prepare you for the future ('remember these directions')
- Resources - support you in the moment ('use this map')
- Sources - guide your behaviour ('use the SatNav')
It's a slightly different take on the meaning of 'source'. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Mythology of Leadership
nick shackleton-jones, aconventional, 2015/03/10
With nick shackleton-jones I tend to agree that "leadership models tend to overstate and rationalise the role of leaders, politely glossing over the fact that in most organisations many leaders were probably not ideal candidates for the role." It's a common instance of the tendency to overascribe outcomes to a single or pivotal cause. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Skills for the Networked World
Sahana Chattopadhyay, ID, Other Reflections, 2015/03/10
This is an interesting post because it summarizes a number of other posts on new skills and comes up with a list as a bit of a synthesis of them. I think that overall it's a good list, though there's some duplication and cross-categorization. And it mixes skills and values. Things like autonomy (aka 'courage zone') and diversity are values (and he should add openness and interactivity). More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Reflections and Learnings from the 2015 AASA Conference
Dwight Jones, Discovery Education Network, 2015/03/09
Good set of reflections from a recent conference identifying some recent trends. Quoted:
- The focus on professional development is stronger than ever.
- School systems are looking to share their work.
- The need to engage a wide range of stakeholders in the digital transition.
- School districts of all sizes are finding the funds to make the shift from hardcover textbooks to digital curricula.
As I said to someone last week in Riyadh, the future is slow. More...