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Forgetting and remembering in the digital age

In the past month I have participated in a number of events which have highlighted the juxtaposition between “remembering” and “forgetting”. And 2014 is a rather important year on both fronts. Firstly, 2014 is the tercentenary of the Longitude Act (1714) when the British Government established a prize to solve the “Longitude Problem”. As a […]

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Brain, soul and spirit food

This past couple of weeks I have lived in London soaking up as much as I can of life in this dynamic and vibrant city. Whilst I don’t really like being in London at this time of the year – with every man and his cat – I have used this opportunity to participate and […]

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The World Wide Web and a still divided information world

This photograph says it all really! Three people, armed with smartphones, on the top of a skyscraper overlooking a polluted city. It was taken on the top floor of the Seoul CODEX Intercontinental Hotel just prior to having the most expensive gin and tonic in history (at least for us!). We were attending the 23rd […]

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Patterns for living and learning – bringing forth a digital literacy

Two weeks ago I participated in the annual ANZSOG Master Class held at the Melbourne Business School and facilitated by Professors John Alford, Jon Brock and Mike Vitale. The workshop brings together academics from the public policy space and this year the first day was spent focusing on the potential impact of online education and […]

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Moving towards a more “examined” world

“Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.” (Carl Sagan, “Pale Blue Dot”) There is nothing like looking at an image of the Earth from space to give a […]

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Augmenting humans with technology

Gartner has just released it’s 2013 “Hype Cycle” in which the over-riding theme is “the evolving relationship between humans and machines”. Gartner believes that there are three main trends which will enable enterprises to improve productivity, transform the citizen and customer experience, and underpin competitive advantage. These are: augmenting humans with technology — we are […]

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Keeping it real

Keeping it “real”

Last week I went to “Vivid Sydney” and, in particular, Genevieve Bell’s presentation as part of the “Festival of Big Ideas” with the specific challenge of talking about the “Ten Commandments:  Keep it real”. I have written about Genevieve in numerous posts, and continually find her refreshing approach to the study of technology both insightful […]

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WebSci 2013 Paris

In the last couple of weeks I have been immersed in the world of “Web Science”, initially with a workshop on the “SOCIAM” project at the University of Southampton, and, following that, with the Web Science 2013 Conference in Paris. Both events have given me an opportunity to more fully understand a little more about […]

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The challenge of twenty first century learning? Seeing the hidden connections

“The field of instructional design has developed separately from other theoretical orientations such as research on artificial intelligence, organizational learning and collaborative teaching and learning. Thus, the main problem of instructional design has been its isolation from other fields of teaching, learning and technology.”  (Päive Häkkinen 2002). Häkkinen, in my opinion, hits the nail on […]

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Optus, why is dealing with you so awful?

When I told a friend of mine about my latest nightmarish experience of dealing with Optus his immediate response was that “there should be a formal enquiry about the rubbish that people have to put up with in dealing with organisations such as the Telcos!” This friend of mine is a journalist who works with […]

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