Articles by Dan Pontefract


Shouldn’t We Just Best Buy Corporate Learning

Best Buy, a renown electronics retailer perhaps better known for its khaki pants and blue shirt dress code, could be viewed analagously with that of an evolved corporate learning structure. Imagine that you’re at one of their corporate stores. What do you see when you enter the store? There she/he is, the greeter: “Hello sir, how are you today?” As…

The edX, Udacity and Coursera Showdown

The higher education online learning gloves are now officially off. Let’s first recap the dizzying pace of change, announcements and launches that have occurred since the Fall of 2011 between Udacity, Coursera, MITx and the latest free-learning darling, edX. October 10 – Official launch of Introduction to AI (origin of Udacity) as well as Introduction to Databases and…

The ‘Occupy IT’ Movement of Organizations

In 2003, when Nicholas Carr penned the piece “IT Doesn’t Matter“, an overlooked definition of what he referred to as ‘infrastructural technologies‘ may now be, in 2012, unintentionally defining the relationship between IT and the organization. “The characteristics and economics of infrastructural technologies, whether railroads or telegraph lines or power generators, make it inevitable that…

3D GameLab Could Be The Future of Learning

There is something fascinating going on at Boise State University and specifically the Department of Educational Technology. Let me introduce you to 3D GameLab, arguably an actual example demonstrating the evolution of today’s antiquated learning management system. The brainchild of Lisa Dawley and Chris Haskell, 3D GameLab is an online game-based learning environment facilitated by what are…

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