Here’s the future dates for AECT conventions. Good to know for planning!
2014 Jacksonville FL
2016 Las Vegas
2017 Jacksonville FL
I was very excited to be featured on an episode of Thinking Out Loud for an episode that aired August 30, 2013, discussing some of my ideas about Communities of Innovation. Thinking Out Loud is a really interesting show that I didn’t know about before, but will be listening to now! On this show, the host interviews a wide variety of people with expertise in really interesting fields, and the show is about bringing knowledge to a wider audience. It’s perfect for people who are curious about nearly everything, which I am! In fact, I kind of wish I had the job Marcus, the host, has! How fun is that to do these interviews each week? The show is heard online and on Satellite Radio.
As is probably typical, our 30-minute interview went by much too fast, and I was left with a lot of notes that I had prepared for questions they had sent to me ahead of time. Rather than let those notes go to waste, I will probably start posting these notes on this blog space, to just give my rough, and unrevised, thoughts about questions related to group creativity.
Here is the link to the actual episode I was on.
Here’s a presentation I gave recently to the librarians at BYU, who wanted me to teach them about how technology can improve instruction (since they are also involved as teachers in many regards). The video needs to be edited to take out some stuff at the beginning before the real presentation begins, but at least it’s online now!
Some students and I recently presented our current findings from three studies into group creativity, in the context of the BYU Innovation Boot Camp. Here’s a recording of the presentation.
Now if we could just get these articles out and under review!
Here’s a file of an interview that we can practice coding as part of our workshop on technologies for qualitative research.
Interesting research came out recently supporting Dr. Suzuki’s approach to music education. Specifically, a paper in the Journal of Neuroscience explains that while listening to relevant stimuli is not enough, practicing some, and then listening to the stimuli was as effective in improving future performance as if the participants had practiced twice as long (instead of listening to the stimuli).
Interesting. I wonder whether this effect can be seen in other areas of expertise outside of music? Perhaps instead of listening to Suzuki CDs, can an employee spend some of his time simply observing correct activity and be as expert as if he had been engaged in the activity himself? This lends itself to the “stolen knowledge” theory perhaps, as proposed by Brown and Duguid, implying that some knowledge is best stolen by observing others in situated, authentic activity?
I love this quote from Paul Saffo, Silicon Valley forecaster (what does THAT mean, BTW? How do I get that job?). Here’s the full quote, in reference to Facebook’s creation and whether we can really call any technology ideas original or plagiarized because these ideas are nearly always developed in collaboration with others. I would argue the same is true outside of the technological realm as well:
“Being first is heavily overrated in the technology space because all really good ideas end up being collaborative,” says Saffo, of the San Francisco analysis firm Discern. “Ideas are cheap. It’s the execution that matters. And if you look at where Facebook is now compared to where it started, it’s a very difficult comparison. … I wouldn’t give a whole lot of credence to people who are showing up and claiming credit.”
Playing off of the Google Rule (which has been used for years by other innovative companies like Gore and 3M), Dan Pink recommends that companies give their employees mini genius grants of time and flexibility to work on their own creative projects. I like this—it describes this unstructured time as what it is: a grant gifted to the employee to allow their inner genius to emerge.
I’m excited to have a new article out in the recent edition of TechTrends. It’s an article written to students, about how they can build an effective learning community from the inside out. I have found that there are a lot of articles written to help instructors know how to build learning communities, but very precious little written to the students in language that they will actually read. I hoped with this article to fill this void. It’s not the most rigorous piece of scholarship in the world, but you know, I like it. I’m excited to see it published and hear what folks think about it.