I’ve decided to start a new component on the blog – a weekly reading list. It’s not necessarily a definitive guide, but a compilation of articles worth spending some time with. I’ll try and include a short synopsis too!
- Dieter Rams: Ten principles for good design – From the godfather of modern product design are these Ten commandments. They’re applicable not just to industrial, product or graphic design – but all design. I hope it’s not just me that can see how the ties between education and design are not taxonomical – they share a soul.
- Thank you, Cathy – Connecting some of the current discussion of MOOCs to the crowdsourcing issues in Boston. This Cathy Davidson MOOC might give an opportunity for some real expertise to come forth and add their voices to the discussion
- Fold, spindle, mutilate – Interesting article on the rise of the machine and the control of data. “The apparatus of control wears a new face, and that face is our own.” I love this clip too:
- Tim Draper’s superhero-laden vision for the future of education is so nuts that it might actually work – Not sure how dumb the article is or how confused they are about the time and place for such ventures. Stop trying to sell every new idea as the saviour of education.
- Higher Education: When Will Digital Natives Share Leadership? – I have to say the age gap between knowledge of practice and those who have power to make decisions has been increasingly notable – mainly because I’m on the end with no power.
- An Event Apart: Designing for Content Management Systems – some really practical tips that could equally apply to educational design.
- Stop Procrastinating By ‘Clearing To Neutral – this really resonated with me. At the moment I feel like I’m not at neutral, and it is a struggle. Really need some time to clear the decks – but how likely is that?
- How to tell if you’re a creative (HINT: You might be a bit of a jerk) – ummm…. guilty?
- Managing your online time – Some handy tips for academics. Not sure if the link is broken or site is down – but here are the 10 tips.