Reclaiming Educational Technology Part 2: Fostering a culture of innovation

This one's a gem. Well, they all are, but this interview is especially relevant for me because at the time of the interview UMW's DTLT had just moved into their shiny new digs - and the Taylor Institute at UCalgary was still under construction. There were a LOT of parallels between DTLT and what was becoming the TI at UCalgary. The tension between “Innovation” and “Enterprise” colours all of our work, and it was great to hear from these amazing people about their work and experiences in the field.

Reclaiming Edtech Part 2:  Fostering a culture of innovation, featuring commentary from:

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Why Reclaim Hosting is important

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="475"] possibly Jim and Tim at work running Reclaim Hosting. Or some other guys.[/caption]Edtech (and tech in general) is largely hostile to humans. It has evolved to try to lock people in so that data about them can be sold and resold. This is why Reclaim Hosting is so important - Jim nails it with a mini-manifesto for the company: Tim and I aren't "businessmen" (though I joke about it), we're edtechs who have an intimate understanding of higher ed. [Read More]

the most important edtech advancements

Jim wrote about his thoughts on the most important advancements in educational technology. I think he's onto something - the exact tech isn't important. Nor are the logos on the shiny things we build and/or buy. My personal stance is that we've seen 2 major changes on our campus - neither of which are directly related to specific technologies. Human-scale technologies Distributed, coordinated, domain-specific community support The first shift is nothing new - it's also not constant or consistent. [Read More]

reclaim open

Audrey Watters and Jim Groom were at the MIT Media Lab with Philipp Schmidt and others for a hackathon. Sounds like it was a pretty incredible couple of days. The video below captures some of the discussion. So much goodness in it. We haven't lost the open web. We can (continue to) choose to build it. Yes, there are silos and commodifcation and icky corporate stuff that would be easy to rail against, but what if we just let go of that and (continue to) build the web we want and need? [Read More]

aPOPcalypse Now

Jim Groom, at TEDxNYC ((yeah. I didn't think I'd be linking to a TED video either. But come on. Jim Groom. Animated GIFs. Bronies!)), on apocalypse/zombie/crisis narratives, and communities creating together.