In this article, Weisbuch argues for a third space between higher-education and K-12 education. He conceptualizes that this space would be comprised of partnerships, where "college faculty members might stop coming on to their school counterparts like gods delivering grace to undeserving sinners". I think his idea of a third space lends credence to the EdLab's embrace of the murky space between K-12 and higher-ed.
I came across this group in the UK that reminds me of the EdLab in many ways, called the Institute for Learning & Research Technology at the University of Bristol. One project that they work on is very similar to Survey Sidekick, called Bristol Online Surveys (they charge Â£500 a year for this tool). They also do work in Content Management Systems...
The YouTube of instructional video, HowCast, has raised 8 million in venture capital. The site intends to show people how to do things (it reminds me somewhat of the AfterEd program "Pointers" that show people how to use things).
The 2008 Horizon report was published today, which is "a five-year qualitative research effort that seeks to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, or creative expression within learning-focused organizations." The technologies that they have selected to keep an eye out for include: grassroots video, collaboration webs, mobile broadband, data mashups, collective intelligence, and social operating systems.
It looks like the field known as the Learning Sciences (governed by ISLS, the International Society of the Learning sciences, which publishes the Journal of the Learning Sciences and the International Journal of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning), is gaining steam. Hui Soo,
As you may know, Ellen and I are presenting the EdLab's work on the Teaching the Levees project at the National Council of the Social Studies this week in San Diego. I am circulating the Powerpoint if anyone is interested in what we will be talking about (although the slides only give you a slice).
If interested, you will find the slides here from our presentation at AOIR/Vancouver:
Despite the rain and general gloominess that persists here in Vancouver (I have to go into Second Life to get artificial sunlight!), the AOIR conference is really interesting; there are lots of energetic researchers studying everything Internet.
For more information on our Friday presentation, please visit the EdLab Events page.
I'd like to share an R&D center that I think is doing really interesting work. I first bumped into the Sloan Center for Internet Retailing when the director emailed me for information on Second Look, a project I am developing that is a research platform for Second Life. I then bumped into the Sloan Center when I read this New Y...
The last (and final!) phase of the Levees website has been launched at www.teachingthelevees.org. Many thanks to everyone who helped make it a reality. Best of luck to Ellen as she begins her blogging on the new site.