Read it here.
So I get George Siemens' wonderful email newsletter (please see George's wonderful blog as well), and he has this link to a presentation done by Stephen Downes (another great mind and great site) on emerging technologies that will impact / are impacting e-learning.
So I read it and Stephen is as on target as usual but something is nagging at me. Then I remember, I'm also an anthropologist - more specifically a cultural anthropologist. I am deeply interested in understanding how cultures work in a non-biological sense and for me that means the technological. How do we as humans relate to the tools we use?
(found at InternetTime.com)
Measurement Counts! Metrics, ROI, and Accomplishments (the missing element)
by Carl Binder, CPT
A recent publication, Metrics, by Jay Cross of the Internet Time Group, presents an opportunity to comment on some current issues in measurement and evaluation. The author, who happens to be an old friend, is an entertaining and wide-ranging thinker (some might say Renaissance Man), and his book is noteworthy in part because of its unconventional form: a constantly updated eBook available for purchase online. Jay’s history in financial services, training, marketing, and a whole host of cerebral pursuits has left him most recently in the world of e-Learning, where he has become something of a pundit.
While I don’t agree with everything in Metrics, I recommend it because it’s a quick and enjoyable read, because it contains valuable references and links, and mostly because it challenges us to think outside many of the current ruts in measurement and evaluation.
This seems to be a theme in some things but I just read this post on Brian Lamb's blog and it rang true. As soon as life forces me to not publish my newsletter of update the blog, the pressure starts - gotta come back with a great issue or a great item - the real point is that you gotta come back.
(found at notes from somewhere bizarre)
"In Gunslingers, players experience the traditional mumbo jumbo espionage and tactical combat scenario with a slight difference? You get the whole of Singapore as your playing field! With a simple phone and Network Location Positioning Technology, players? real world movements are mirrored in the game world, allowing them to physically react with other online players. From the windy plains of Changi to the wet grounds of Jurong, everything in between is your battlefield. Free from the reins of the PC, engage other Gunslingers in a true real-time mobile gaming adventure."
IDC labels mobile device users
By: Anthony Newman, Friday 5th December 2003, 13:21 GMT
A new study from research group IDC, entitled 'Exploring Usage Models in Mobility: A Cluster Analysis of Mobile Users', aims to compartmentalise users of mobile devices.
Specifically, four types of user were identified. The first they dubbed 'Display Mavens', who primarily use their devices to deliver presentations and fill downtime with entertainment applications. These would be the stereotypical road warrior, formerly carrying laptops for their PowerPoint duties, but now favouring the lightweight solution of Pocket PC with foldable keyboard and VGA-out card.
The second is the 'Mobile Elite', early adopters and gadget-lovers who own lots of the latest devices with the widest range of uses. These people are on the crest of the wave, carrying a convergence device such as a Smartphone and possibly a dedicated PDA too, as well as digital cameras, MP3 players and sub-notebooks.