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More importantly, though, is its further alignment with technological solutions (which are economically driven-these have to be purchased) rather than any sort of investment in human capacity-teachers, methods, social learning, responsible use of existing tech rather than tech purchases. We are seeking novelty in tools when solutions exists in people. Like I said, big data could possibly inform this process. It could conceivably identify trends in certain areas, perhaps more equitably diversity spending, etc. But it does feel like a bit of misdirection, another in a long line of tools that were supposed to herald a disruptive change, when it more likely produces, at best, a slight detour. Again, I am all for the tools and I am hopeful for Siemens' work to produce positive results (at the very least he works in the field of education, which is more than many edtech startups) so I encourage this exploration, just so long as we acknowledge that investment in human capacity-teachers and students and their capacity for problem solving-is ultimately what will produce the change we are looking for. I say this as a mobile tech person (like Inge); these are tools that exist to serve people; I see Big Data as inherently serving other entities, not always the student or teacher.
- Hankuk University of Foreign StudiesAssistant Professor, 2013 - present
- ITHAKAOutreach & Education Manager, Research & Teaching Environments, 2008 - 2012
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I am currently a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Education, University of London. My research involves developing mobile environments for Humanities practice in higher education that emphasize
- multimodal knowledge representation
- augmenting support roles in higher education (mentor/apprentice or peer support relationships)
- community development (online)
I was the Outreach & Education Manager, Research & Teaching Environments at a very large academic database. Formerly, I held roughly the equivalent position at Aluka, a not-for-profit digital library of scholarly materials by and about Africa.
My research interests are mobile learning, elearning, social media, augmented reality, etc. I blog, I write, I am active as possible on various communication channels. I work quite a bit in developing nations so interested in learning communities in these areas, specifically to augment the impact of higher education.
I have a background in education, having worked as a teacher for many years both in the United States and Korea. I have a Masters in Library and Information Science degree (MLIS), with a concentration in the management of digital information. I also have a MSc (elearning) from the University of Edinburgh.
I am based in London, but have lived in Princeton, New Jersey, Seoul, Ilsan, Dayton, Pittsburgh, Youngstown. I am passionate about elearning, educational technology, simple solutions to big problems. Education. My wife. And travel. All make me giddy.
- Institute of EducationPhD in Mobile Learning, 2012 - present
- University of EdinburghMSc in Elearning, 2011
- Drexel UniversityMLIS; Digital Libraries, 2006
- Wright State UniversityBSc in Education, 1997
- Cardinal Mooney High School1993