Cooperative vs collaborative learning
My wife asked me: what is the difference between cooperative and collaborative learning? Although I felt there was a difference, and that the difference had something to do with coordination and who controls that, I could not make that explicit. So, I found this wonderful paper by Ted Panitz, and here it is: Collaboration is a philosophy of interaction and personal lifestyle where individuals...
Anonymous asked: Meaning of life
What kind of patterns do self-directed learners...
Very nice short read in Huffington Post by Blake Boles. Rather, embracing self-directed learning as an 18- to 23-year-old means embracing your fundamental nature as an entrepreneur at a younger age than most. It means crafting a life of autonomy, mastery and purpose — the three ingredients necessary for self-motivation — while also creating value for other people in the process. ...
Beautiful story about 2 engineers not hired by... →
I view the events as an experiment in subverting power structures. I had none of the traditional power over others that is inherent to the structure of corporations and bureaucracies. I had neither budget nor headcount. I answered to no one, and no one had to do anything I asked. Dozens of people collaborated spontaneously, motivated by loyalty, friendship, or the love of craftsmanship. We were...
Systems of accreditation do not assess merit; merit is a fiction created by...– Nice quote in a provocative and informative article that makes you think, called “Death by degrees”. — via the great Uncollege newsletter by Dale Stephens.
80 useful Elgg plugins
I had to do some research into the possibilities of Elgg (a social networking tool, used quite often in education), and found 80 possibly useful plugins for the most recent version (1.8). The plugins relate with security/spam control, additional group features, communication functionality, interface issues, customization/tweaks to the existing functionality, and more. I had a more condensed list,...