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Putting the ‘Person’ Back in Personalized Learning

EdSurge picked up an article I wrote about the importance of learner agency in personalized learning systems.


Check out my 9.4 mi Run on Strava:


Community College Online: The promise of zero-textbook-cost degrees.

There's a nice article in Slate about Lumen Learning's work with Tidewater Community College on zero textbook cost degree programs. There is absolutely no reason for anyone to be paying for textbooks during (at least) their first two years of college.


Sara Gazarek: The Next Important Jazz Singer — Medium

Great story about Sara Gazarek, one of my very favorite singers. It's always great to learn who the artists are that inspire your favorite artists, and I'm really enjoying listening to the folks she names in this interview. It was also fun to learn that she got hooked on jazz by Basie and Ella as a sophomore in high school - my path in was through Basie and the Manhattan Transfer during my sophomore year, too.


There May Still Hope for Me

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There is a long-held belief among academics that truly creative intellectual work can only be performed by the young. (For example, Hardy wrote, “I do not know of an instance of a major mathematical advance initiated by a man past fifty.”) I'll be honest - as I get older it's pretty depressing to ponder the possibility that my best, most innovative and productive years (intellectually speaking) may be behind me. But this terrific article in the New Yorker gives me hope - it's the story of Yitang Zhang, a mathematician who solved a 150 year old problem at the age of 51.

There may still be hope for me yet! :)


Moving to Known

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I've moved my personal website over to run on the Known platform. Known is a tool that let's me post status updates, blogs posts, photographs, check-ins, bookmarks, etc. on a site that I completely own and control and simultaneously publish them on other sites like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Foursquare, etc. This model is sometimes referred to POSSE:

POSSE is an acronym/abbreviation for Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere. It's a Syndication Model where the flow involves posting your content on your own domain first, then syndicating out copies to 3rd party services with perma(short)links back to the original version.

I'm increasingly convinced that owning all my data is critically important. Depending on someone else (like Facebook) to grant me access to my own data just isn't acceptable. I'll continue to POSSE my updates to these 3rd party sites so others can see them, but they'll be originating from here.