on rebuilding public spaces

Anil Dash's recent post on the web we lost, and a follow-up post on rebuilding it, got me thinking about my own little corner of the web. In his follow-up post, he talks about creating public spaces: Create public spaces. Right now, all of the places we can assemble on the web in any kind of numbers are privately owned. And privately-owned public spaces aren't real public spaces. They don't allow for the play and the chaos and the creativity and brilliance that only arise in spaces that don't exist purely to generate profit....

December 18, 2012 · 2 min

Owning Your Massive Numbers - CogDogBlog

Over 60,000 in one course. This will change everything! Except for the part about needing the same effective class size in order to support the handful of students that actually pass the course... Nice reorganization of the marketing hype published by Coursera. So in the end, we have 107 students who got the more personalized attention (doing a project, getting feedback, being part of the Google hangout presentations). This class had one professor and 3 TA, about a 1 : 27 teacher/student ratio....

December 3, 2012 · 1 min

I joined the secret revolution

Alan gave a great opening keynote at CeLC2010, making the case for [quiet revolution](http://secretrevolution.us) (or at least innovation and change) within existing institutions. Time to turn up the heat...

June 23, 2010 · 1 min

The CogDogBlog Will Be Back Soon

I got an email from Alan last night mentioning that his blog was actually knocked offline by the overzealous actions of spammers. They were hammering his site so hard that his host had to kill the site. He had been running the CogDogBlog on some graciously donated webspace, so it's understandable that they weren't thrilled about the load that spammers can add to a server. Unfortunately, Alan's got a Day Job™ which is currently in conference management mode (i....

December 12, 2006 · 1 min

Levine's Law

I think everyone that will be "presenting" to a group should have to be familiar with Levine's Law before they take the podium. Start with the demo - Alan Levine, 2006 I tuned into what promised to be an excellent session on flexible, organic, dynamic ePortfolios using social software, only to find myself holding back from screaming "Levine's law! For the love of God, Levine's Law!!!" as bullet point after bullet point was dutifully addressed....

March 17, 2006 · 2 min

EduCause LOVCOP Presentation: What's the Fuss About RSS?

Alan, Brian, and myself will be giving a presentation to the EduCause LOVCOP (Learning Objects Virtual Community of Practice) on Friday. We'll be talking about some of the work we've done on sharing learning objects using RSS, and what that pattern of resource sharing/distribution could mean to practicing teachers. We'll also be giving an overview of the background that led up to the RSS/LO work, and will talk a bit about future directions and implications....

July 10, 2003 · 1 min