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E-learningAn interesting article appeared in the BBC Future section recently, detailing the increasing move of universities and other academic institutions to provide their curriculum online. The power of the Internet to collate and communicate information is no longer a novel idea, but when top universities like MIT, Stanford and Harvard offer online versions of their educational platforms it becomes a very interesting notion indeed.

But, is this the way of the future – virtual lectures, online tests, degrees without ‘real’ collaboration or interaction?  It will most likely be a hybrid, and one that will obviously benefit those in the lower income strata. This is potentially a great opportunity to educate huge amounts of people relying only on a broadband connection. It’s fantastic to think of, really. One digital expert, Clay Shirky, was quoted in the piece, “The possibility MOOCs  (massively open online courses) hold out isn’t replacement.” Read the rest of this entry »

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TED Talks - Ideas Worth Spreading

“…It’s hard to think of this modern phenomena dating back that long – one which has seen Stephen Hawking, Bono, Bill Gates, Al Gore and many other ‘importants’ addressing a crowd for twenty minutes…”

Since 1984, TED (Technology Entertainment Design) conferences have been inspiring listeners with head-scratching ideas on technology, science, politics and finance. It’s hard to think of this modern phenomena dating back that long – one which has seen Stephen Hawking, Bono, Bill Gates, Al Gore and many other ‘importants’ addressing a crowd for twenty minutes. In this era of throwaway YouTube videos and under-nourishing soundbites, it’s nice to think that there is still an audience for boundary-pushing ideas.

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