I am fascinated by the fact that countries (United States in particular) gather the brightest international minds in their education institutions and then lose many of them after graduation due to impossible work visa laws. I would love to visualize how skills and knowledge move across international borders. While I am certain ample research has [...]
Drawing on the internship theme of my last post, “From the Horse’s Mouth”, I would love to see an online resource that focuses on non-university-credit internships and paves the way for an evaluation system of this “life experience”.
On such a website, companies lay out the details of their internships in a standardized way so [...]
As we have seen, Dan Shiffman has a great live-streaming setup in his office. Does he just love the environment of hot lights and cords so much more than his old desk and chair?? Or is it that setting up for recording takes hours and hours. This is the reality that we noticed when [...]
Researching online higher education products and services, I’m convinced I don’t want to make anything that can be sold to universities. I feel like all those products and services that are forced on professors, staff and students, only deter education rather than assist in any meaningful way. Taking into consideration my undergraduate degree and my [...]
Mark, Mick and I have created the back end of a website idea that brings communities together much like Trade School with some new global ideas. We want to facilitate people getting together even more by giving them reasons to go to class outside of wanting to learn the specific trade. We want to keep [...]
A GitHub for ITP-like projects.
This is an idea that has been in my mind for some time. Versioning and branching (especially public branching) have such great effects that I wonder if it would be possible to extend them to other kinds of media. Of course, code is easier (it’s just text), but I think [...]
I teach an introductory After Effects course with a focus on motion graphics in a university. Most of my students are juniors and seniors, hungry to get out into the real world. We spend the semester building a lot of short projects and then wrap up the class by putting together professional reels that the [...]
Social network. Network effects. Networking. Networked. Global network. The word network is ubiquitous. Despite the arguably overworked use of the term “network,” I was still struck by Anya Kamenetz’ idea of the Personal Learning Network:
“Learning online can be a solitary activity at times. But in the long run, no one learns alone. You need [...]
Job descriptions and necessary skills are currently changing faster than ever, often due to the rapid advancement of technology. This is clear here at ITP, where the “it” thing to learn changes almost weekly and at least monthly. We are lucky here because the program is focused on following these changes and innovating to be [...]
Back in my Library Science days, I came across an inspiring project that changed the way I looked at technology access around the world. A remote Ukrainian village library received a computer and an internet connection from funding by the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.
A short documentary told a story of how the villages used [...]
For my final, I want to explore ways to explicitly link an online course’s offerings to a real life task or need. There is a debate in higher learning about the cost of higher education over one’s lifetime and if it truly is a means to the middle class and beyond. Online learning is well [...]
I would like to set up a system for helping people meet their educational needs based on their learning objective. I would like to include some type of assessment like a shortened, updated Myers Briggs that will help the learner acknowledge their interests and assess their own learning style. Would it help if they listened [...]
There are a lot of disparate resources on the Internet for teaching yourself design. While a fair few of the online teaching sites teach coding, science and math, with some also teaching economics and humanities subjects, I don’t see a lot of design teaching going on.
I have a few ideas about what I think [...]
The cloud is filled with lessons, and courses. The next step needed is a automated guide to help users/students/learners decide – curate – which of those courses to enroll in, to maximize their experience and efforts.
There’s a huge competition right now in the nascent MOOC arena with companies and universities behind them [...]
I want to make an online platform that lets individuals build personal educational curriculum out of free (or cheap) lectures and workshops in their area. It would be a discovery and organizational tool that uses face-to-face, local resources to allow students to pursue highly personalized areas of interest.
The site would allow users to:
As I summed up my experiences with online education, I discovered some fundamental necessities which don’t seem to translate from offline to online. Educational environments need presence and meaningful dialogue. They need focus, organization, and time commitment. They need to evolve and grow organically as necessary. So far I haven’t experienced this level of dedication to [...]
There is a big movement in MOOC and it is a huge trend in educational technology. There are massive amount of students enrolling in on-line courses and meet ups are created around local areas. MOOC works as a big community creator and organization which creates a society. Shifting a paradigm from MOOC, instead of focusing on a community, [...]
Right now I’m interested in two different project ideas. The first is a simple video chat room specifically for people in MOOCs where they can discuss the content that they are learning. It would help the socialization aspect of online learning and it seems like the websites aren’t integrating this sort of feature into their [...]
I would like to create an educational institution in a developing country that uses the means of technology to improve the educational system. I’m leaning towards having my project focus on Brazil. The issue there is that most of the well-educated teachers live in the major cities, (e.g. Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro) leaving rural [...]
I feel I am approaching this class as two people. Part of me is a jaded student, two years out of college, with a bone to pick with how our educational institutions are modeled. Not only the incentives of a grading system and restricted learning environments, but also because almost all the knowledge I have [...]
Over the past five years, hacker spaces have popped up across New York City. Places like 3rd Ward and HarvestWorks offer classes and memberships for a fraction of the cost of college tuition. Other places, like Madagascar Institute and NYC Resistor operate out of warehouses. General Assembly even offers incubation periods for [...]
I’ll admit it: while I’ve been working on “edtech” the past few years, I’m growing less and less interested in the narrative around it. Don’t get me wrong, I love working in this area, and especially love designing interactive technology that allows groups to connect and learn in ways they couldn’t before. But the whole [...]