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MOOCs and ubiquitous computing


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Materials for an online talk on MOOCs and ubiquitous computing.

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MOOCs and ubiquitous computing

  1. 1. Summer 2013
  2. 2. Mark Weiser, 1988ff Example: "The Computer forthe Twenty-First Century"(1991)“The most profound technologies arethose that disappear. They weavethemselves into the fabric ofeveryday life until they areindistinguishable from it.”
  3. 3. “The mobile phone is the primaryconnection tool for most people in theworld. In 2020, while "one laptop per child"and other initiatives to bring networkeddigital communications to everyone aresuccessful on many levels, the mobilephone—now with significant computingpower—is the primary Internet connectionand the only one for a majority of thepeople across the world, providinginformation in a portable, well-connectedform at a relatively low price.”
  4. 4. "When we were an agrariannation, all cars were trucksbecause thats what you neededon the farms." Cars becamemore popular as cities rose, andthings like power steering andautomatic transmission became
  5. 5. "PCs are going to be like trucks," Jobs said. "Theyare still going to be around." However, hesaid, only "one out of x people will need them." ; image via Wikipedia
  6. 6. Gartner: end of themouseTouch screen (iOS)Handhelds (Wii)Nothing (Kinect)
  7. 7. Searchtheworld
  8. 8. Multimedia lives here
  9. 9. Ecosystems
  10. 10. Combiningdevices, format, services, and business model Kindle: Amazon store iPad: iTunes book section Android: Play
  11. 11. Laminating theworld digitallyMediaconsumptionInterfacetransformationMediacaptureSocialconnectionWeb2.0, amped
  12. 12. Microcontent increasesSocial participationincreasesFrom consumer to user toprosumerAccelerando!
  13. 13. No good categorical name:…which sometimesindicates the future
  14. 14. HorizonReport2013
  15. 15. Time-to-Adoption Horizon:One Year or LessMassively Open OnlineCoursesTablet Computing
  16. 16. Video vs socialmediaContainer vsWeinbergerAutomation vshumans
  17. 17.  Demographics Great Recession Hollowing out ofmiddle class Globalization Automation World goingonline Complexity ofUS highereducation Adjunctification K-12 reform Serials +monographcrises
  18. 18. Mobile appsPersistent DRMSocial media’s triumphInterface transformationsGlobal cyberwar and surveillance
  19. 19. Star system intensifiesAdjunctification increases (rōninmodel, King and Nanfito)Sticker prices drop, leading tomore cutsF2f for elites
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  21. 21. Post-tsunamiSchools are rareand distantInformation isplentiful andnearby
  22. 22. Opencontent,open access,open source• Very Web-centric
  23. 23. Global conversationsincrease, filter bubble popsMore access, moreinformationLots of creativity
  24. 24. Industries collapseAuthorship mysteriousSome low quality tech(videoconf.)Some higher costsMore malware + less privacy
  25. 25. Information prices dropFaculty creativity, flexibilitygrowIT “ “ “Academic contentunleashed on the world
  26. 26. Tech challengesOutsourcing and offshoringPLE beats LMSCrowdsourcing faculty workInformation literacy central
  27. 27.
  28. 28. MOOC provider goes bustMedia buzz reverses
  29. 29. Economic growth returns to US(energy, medical, nanotech vsworld)17-22-year-old residential nicherevitalized (K-12 failure)Full-time faculty stabilize (AAUP-ALA strike)
  30. 30. Higher education landscape:Supplemental rather thantransformative techLogistical instead of pedagogicaltechAcademics include tech in oldstructures (classes, publication
  31. 31. Bryan Alexanderhttp://bryanalexander.orgBryan on Twitter