Remember when ebooks were rubbish?

Photo by John Blyberg Ray Kurzweil: Online education is where we were in ebooks 4 years ago – people saying they still want printed books, that the ebook reading experience isn’t very good… Well, today most books are ebooks. You see the same complaints about online education. Well, just wait. Four years from now, you’ll…

Running and podcasts and the personal MBA

Recently I’ve started running. (First proper exercise in about 20 years!) Its only every other day and I’m doing very simple and gentle stuff. It’s actually a lot easier than I thought and the recent good weather has definitely helped. I started using Runkeeper to help me track progress – this has been really beneficial….

Emoticon-A-Day Calendar lets you capture your mood

This Emoticon-A-Day Calendar Lets You Creatively Catalog Your Mood | via Co.Design: business + innovation + design. I wonder whether this, or a version of this, could be used within projects in order to gauge the confidence of those involved in the project? Over time, the change in the smileys would be interesting to observe…

How to work with difficult people

In Richard Sennett’s new book ’Together: The Rituals, Pleasures, and Politics of Cooperation‘, he explores the history of cooperation and posits that most tactics that we commonly use are actually making it harder to reach a position of real cooperation. There are four key skills Professor Sennett believes we all need to get better at if we…

What's a MOOC?

I was asked this week: “what’s a MOOC?” by someone who probably should have known by now what a MOOC is. As a professional, I refrained from this behaviour:   If you’re after a description, a look at this video (under 5 mins) gives an overview – albeit from 2010.   And more in-depth reading…

How to imagine the future

At a work meeting today we had an exciting chance to see the emerging ideas for our University’s new library extension. These were presented by the architects who did a great presentation – very refined and to the point, and without too much “architectese”. They then turned the tables and set a workshop session for…

e-Textbooks

A quick note on e-textbooks following up on a tweet this morning. Site: http://www.kno.com/homeOnly available to students with a .edu account at the moment (I think that was how Facebook got started). A simple sell: lighter, cheaper, and even easier. Cheesy videos on their homepage… More about them on this AllThingsD article: Kno Taking Electronic…

What happens when Google starts offering degree courses?

Google are getting into selling music: BBC News – Google unveils Android-based online music store, which will presumably, over time, start to threaten the dominance of Apple and iTunes. It will be interesting to watch how this market develops… Arguably Apple’s renaissance owes much to the iPod, iTunes, and the associated stash of credit card details that Apple…