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100 things to watch, 2011

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Some of trend-spotting company JWT’s 100 things to watch in 2011: logging off; in-the-flesh; fetishising physical objects once considered humdrum; backing away from radical transparency; Brazil; digital etiquette (don’t text during sex, &tc); 3D printing; automatic check-ins in shops and institutions; borrowing e-books; childrens e-books; entrepreneurial journalism; electronic profiling using ‘taste graphs’; long-form content; mobile device-enabled microbusiness; digital storytelling; hyperlinking the physical world to the web using smartphones, bar codes and QR codes; self-powered devices; intelligent infrastructure; social networking surveillance; transmedia (extending narratives across media platforms); geo-tagging; live-streaming from YouTube; and toilet paper without the tube.

100 things to watch in 2011.

Not appearing in that list (perhaps due to the proclivities of JWT’s clientele, perhaps because they aren’t trends)  include: changes to intellectual property law; open access; open source; online information filtering practices (relates to the ‘ignorance is bliss’ trend); online activism.


Written by Mira Vogel

January 18, 2011 at 12:32

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The Welcome Project – improved induction at Goldsmiths

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Induction in higher education has traditionally been front-loaded at the beginning of the first year when we bombard students with information over one short week, after which they’re expected to know all they need to participate fully in their course and in student life. It’s been a class mistake of confusing being told things with knowing those things.

Consequently academic and academic support colleagues at Goldsmiths successfully proposed a project on induction as part of the Higher Education Academy’s Enhancement Academy Programme, and completed ‘The Welcome Project’ to design a new form of holistic induction which extends from the point of a students’ first inquiry well into their courses, anticipating needs, joining up the work of the different stakeholders at Goldsmiths, and diversifying communication modes.

Watch a video in which the people involved talk about the aims and outcomes of Goldsmiths’ Enhancement Academy project. The induction conference mentioned towards the end happened in September 2010, and you can see the presentations archived on Goldsmiths Learning Enhancement Unit site.

See other institutions’ Enhancement Academy Projects on different aspects of higher learning and teaching.

Written by Mira Vogel

December 1, 2010 at 12:26

Presentation on learning and Web 2.0 for the IDEA Exchange

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We were invited to present at the 2009 IDEA Exchange (IDEA stands for International Debate Education Association), a Goldsmiths-hosted conference on social media.

The presentation (Goldsmiths, Learning, Teaching and Web 2.0) is on SlideShare.

Written by Mira Vogel

January 20, 2010 at 12:46

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