Suddenly academics became video editors – mostly bad ones – and our students turned to YouTube, because on YouTube you can get a better explanation of the same thing (for free I might add). Universities turned from communities of learning and collaboration into B-grade content providers. This is the death march of higher education. Universities are not content providers. Somewhere along this unplanned journey we lost our way.
The philosopher John Dewey told us that an educational experience – what he called a community of inquiry – requires a cognitive presence (the learner), a social presence (the learning community) and a teaching presence (the professor).
Academics aren’t content creators, and it’s regressive to make them so, David Kellermann.
An amazing example of designing for a real need and understanding your (niche) audience.
The ‘Yayagram’ is a “machine that helps our beloved elders to keep communicating with their grandchildren” by Manu (@mrcatacroquer on Twitter).
See the twitter thread for the full details, from the background to the technological implementation: https://
“There was one path to digital transformation, and it was through a defined set of cultural characteristics that are not unfamiliar: actively increasing agility, encouraging experiments and continual learning, recognizing and rewarding collaboration, accepting an appropriate level of risk of failure, and increasingly organizing around cross-functional teams. If you want to start somewhere, this is where you should start. It doesn't matter what flashy technology you have in place; if you don't have these things, you're not going to get very far.”
Interesting insights, or maybe evidence-based confirmation, of what it takes to do real digital transformation: an open mind, iteration, interdisciplinarity and collaboration.