Thursday, October 30, 2008

Following previous post about how topics are studied by academics, here is a list to run through on rotation

Knowledge Economy

Leadership and Further Education

Learning Organisations

Technology Enhanced Learning

Protection Science


Each one is the sort of thing that should be studied.
The end state often seems to be revealed as rhetoric from the dark side.

The next one could be the Creative Economy. My hope is that the study includes something that practitioners could relate to.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Notes for a future chat show.

Background for discussion in a space moving from technology through academic to public

This started as a route from Infolab 21 across the campus. Assume some technology innovation is possible, through a method linked to quality theory. Will motivation survive "critique" past Lancaster Management? The Spicy Hut is the destination for connection with a wider public.

The recent UK launch of the Sony reader is an example of technology that could disrupt the print basis of university libraries and is also in stock at Watersones at the centre of the route.

I find points of view around e-books that are similar to those on other topics. Universities claim resources to make a study of something practical, implying there will be some contribution to a project. Then the academic status is reinforced by a distance from practice and forms of "critique". I have found a particular problem with quality ideas that could relate to "learning organisations".

A blog found through Critical Management explains a view that universities now relate to "excellence" while they used to represent "culture", often national. Many academics do not like the "excellence" approach so reverting to culture has an attraction.

It would be helpful to be clear about the purpose of Business Schools. Sometimes research status seems to depend on distance from practice.

There is a problem in getting permission to video and also many people are reluctant to talk on camera. In principle a similar sequence to the move across Lancaster campus could happen on other sites or there could be various edits. Another possibility is to use a virtual set such as Twinity Berlin. The Sony Center would be a technology launch and there is a courtyard in front of Humboldt University. also many cafes and open spaces. Experiments continue on how to add sound.

Meanwhile this is the start of a sort of script or starting point.

Monday, October 27, 2008

I have started to study Twinity Berlin in some detail. More later on how this might help learning. The main problem is still that the people who designed it know Berlin very well. There are no signposts or street names. I have bought a map but still need Google maps as well.

This is a bustop, but where? No timetable I can find.

Sometimes there is a clue, such as the name of the hotel on the side. Maybe this is only for a select few, but more of this would be helpful. with a map it gives some idea where you are.

So if you find the Unter den Linden from the Brandenburg Gate (one of the places you can teleport to) then keep going ahead thill the trees come to an end. Humboldt University is on the left. There is a large square that would be suitable for lots of avatars to meet up for discussion.