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Academics aren’t content creators, and it’s regressive to make them so

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.

 

 

Rita Lee, Roberto & Gui Boratto

Now that the weather is slowly getting better in the northern hemisphere, here's eight minutes of sultry sunny vibes.

 

Yayagram

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).

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See the twitter thread for the full details, from the background to the technological implementation: https://twitter.com/mrcatacroquer/status/1386318806411325440

 

Digital transformation and the Technology Fallacy

“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.”

(Gerald Kane (2019) The Technology Fallacy, Research-Technology Management, 62:6, 44-49, DOI: 10.1080/08956308.2019.1661079)

Interesting insights, or maybe evidence-based confirmation, of what it takes to do real digital transformation: an open mind, iteration, interdisciplinarity and collaboration.

 

 

Wild Pink

"You're a fucking baby but your pain is valid too..."

 

Friedberg

Sometimes artists continue for a solo career after their band; the Austrian Anna Friedberg does the reverse. After two albums, she relocated to London to form a band. Their debut ep Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah is out now.

 

Early 2021 Highlights

A playlist with the highlights of the first three months of 2021.

 

For Those I Love

For Those I Love is the moniker of David Balfe from Dublin. For fans of The Streets and Kate Tempest.