Half an Hour: The Failure of Reason

During yesterday’s Future Trends Forum conversation featuring Kathleen Fitzpatrick – the author of Generous Thinking and proponent of reasoned debate between opposing parties – I asked a question that went roughly along the following lines: What if reason is what’s at fault here? We don’t use reason to arrive at

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Half an Hour: On Connectivism and Scale

Image: Sui Fai John Mak – https://suifaijohnmak.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/bubblus_pln_ple_rev1.png   Martin Weller makes some excellent points in his recent post on connectivism and scale, and they merit a short response. Weller is writing in response to a specific statement I made in a recent post on another topic, which I’ll quote here:

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Half an Hour: Value

You sometimes hear me stumble over the word ‘value’, the way I did in a recent interview. Let me explain why. The word ‘value’ is widely used in our field and elsewhere. It is intended to represent a measurement of the ‘benefit’ something might produce – so ‘economic value’ might

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Half an Hour: Does God Exist?

Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Saint-Jean-de-Luz, photo by the author. Prompted by a sketch on CBC radio, I was curious this morning to see how Google would answer the question, “Does God exist?” To my mild surprise, the first page of results consisted of statements that God does, in fact, exist. I

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Half an Hour: What is Digital Literacy?

Short response to a questionnaire. 1. What is Digital Literacy Digital literacy is a type of literacy, specifically, the type of literacy that arises in the digital context. By ‘the digital context’ we mean the multimedia and inter-networked context enabled by digital technology. What’s significant is how it advances beyond

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Half an Hour: Plans

As always, I (a) have plans, and (b) know that the plans never survive very long. That’s OK; I include options and backups in my plans, and I’m always ready with the tools I need to take advantage of any opportunities that arise. Courses Offering online courses allows me to

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