Came across a nice post on @MindShiftQED the other day:
As the title suggests, the primary focus of this blog is authentic learning. Commencing in 2005, there is a distinct bias towards the use of the various information and communication technologies and how they can harnessed to create authentic learning environments. Another (less distinct) bias is the focus on tertiary education, but k-12 and early childhood education also feature.
Most educators would agree that it is important for pedagogy to guide decisions about technology and not the other way around, and yet there is relatively little debate in academic circles about the limiting effects of the LMS.
Why is this?
This was the one I was waiting for to be honest. I am a fairly proficient WordPress user (albeit a dotcommer rather than a dotorger), and much of the first half of the show that focused on the functionality of WordPress I was comfortable with. The critical information I’m after is how to set up the ‘mother ship’ — so to speak — so that I can create courses in a Levinesque way with Groomlike confidence.
So I signed up for Connected Courses.
It may reboot one of my blogs — if nothing else — which have become increasingly neglected as I have become more of a microblogger these days.
Amazingly, I just sat and watched a YouTube without shuffling in my seat for one hour and six minutes courtesy of Jim Groom, Howard Rheingold, and Alan Levine. (I even smiled at their blokey in-jokes.) Seriously, though, these guys need to be taken seriously. I will stick this course out if it kills me because there has to be more to life as a university learner than the ‘LMS’, and I’m confident these guys have the answers.
This blog started started in 2003, and is quite broad in focus with an underlying theme being the international political economy, and its response (or lack thereof) to climate change and other sustainability related issues.
There is another sustainability related blog linked to a postgraduate course I have convened for many years at NEOMA Business School in France (and elsewhere) entitled Sustainable Development & Competitive Advantage. The course materials housed at this blog are available under a Creative Commons licence.
A summary of the proceedings from the APCSE conference on Economic Growth, Climate Change and the G20 is now available on Medium.com
By Jeremy Williams, Griffith University
News emerging from Washington last week suggests climate change may amount to more than an FAQ in the appendices of this November’s G20 leaders’ summit agenda. President Obama’s deputy national security adviser for international economics, Caroline Atkinson, has made the point that, as the G20 economies generate 80% of the world’s carbon emissions, the group should give a political push to “specific steps” to address climate change.
Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena.