Udacity & Coursera. Is It Really Education Reform?

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The name Sebastian Thrun may not mean much to you, but it should. And if it doesn’t now … it probably will at some point. Last year, Professor Thrun of Stanford University and his colleague Professor Norvig opened up an otherwise closed AI university course to the world. Instead of 200 students (tuition paying Stanford […]

The Con Academy

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Rest assured, I am not against The Khan Academy … at least not entirely. There are several reasons to celebrate what its founder, Sal Khan, and the team have done: A discussion about ‘flipping the classroom’ (as the Economist helped point out) has become mainstream, if not a healthy obsession Outlets such as TED, Charlie […]

An 8 Year-Old Does Social Learning

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For those that know me well, I’m a proud papa to three young goats aged 8, 6 and 4. My beloved is also in the education ranks (we met in Montreal through our B.Ed program at McGill University) so our goats have little choice in the matter of an all-education smorgasbord upbringing. The goats may […]

The TED of all Learning Conferences #LWF12

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On the dates of 25 January through 26 January, 2012, I had the opportunity to participate for the first time in the Learning Without Frontiers “Future of Learning Conference and Festival” held at Olympia in London, England. As the title of this post suggests, I believe it truly is the TED of all Learning Conferences. […]

Steer Clear of Organizational Leadership Turbulence

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Originally published to the January, 2012 Edition of T+D Magazine. Reprinted here with permission. by Dan Pontefract Frequent airplane passengers are likely to have read the following message prior to watching an in-flight movie: “the following film has been modified from its original version. it has been formatted to fit this screen.” for purposes of […]