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Mark McGuire
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My name is Mark McGuire and this is my personal blog. I live in Dunedin, New Zealand [HTML] [XML] Last Updated: Sun, 26 Feb 2012 03:51:35

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Open Strategies in Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges
Mark McGuire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Apr 15, 2012
Last week (11-13 April), I attended the DEANZ 2012 (Distance Education Association New Zealand) conference  in Wellington, where I gave a presentation titled: “Open Strategies in Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges”. I uploaded my slides to the DEANS conference presentation site, where the presentations are linked to the schedule. It is worth checking out the other presentations [...] Sun, 15 Apr 2012 22:17:31 +0000 [Comment]

The “Kony 2012 Invisible Children” Internet phenomenon
Mark McGuire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Mar 11, 2012
Over the past few days, a new hashtag, #Kony2012, started showing up with increasing frequency in my Twitter stream. A quick check today showed that a new twitter message containing this hashtag is published every two seconds. The related “Official Invisible Children” Twitter account (@Invisible) currently has 400,500 followers. So what’s all the chatter about? I followed the links to the “Kony [...] Sun, 11 Mar 2012 05:00:44 +0000 [Comment]

EDGEX2012 Conference: Disruptive Educational Research, New Delhi March 12-14 (Webcast)
Mark McGuire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Mar 07, 2012
Check out the #EDGEX2012 Conference. The speakers include Jay Cross, George Siemens, Stephen Downes, Clark Quinn, Dave Cormier, Alec Couros, Grainne Conole, Alicia Sanchez, Martin Weller, Les Foltos, and Jon Dron. This list is a who's who in the world of educational innovation and transformation. Have a look at the EDGEX2012 Brochure, the schedule, and register for the Webcasts. Wed, 07 Mar 2012 18:38:01 +0000 [Comment]

Pruning your social network connections?
Mark McGuire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Feb 19, 2012
This post began as a comment on a blog post by Matt Thommes titled “Pruning your social network connections,” which he published in June, 2010. It was brought to my attention by Diethild Starkmeth, who is an active contributor to the diigo group that has been set up to support a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) that [...] Sun, 19 Feb 2012 00:11:59 +0000 [Comment]

Kindle screen failure reveals repressed memory of earlier technology
Mark McGuire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Feb 04, 2012
A dark cloud has settled over my Kindle landscape. Unlike the Kindle Cloud, a service that  allows me to access and read my books from the Web using different devices, this one is permanent, and remains “printed” on my Kindle screen even after the device is turned off. The Kindle is one of the many E-book readers that [...] Sat, 04 Feb 2012 22:04:04 +0000 [Comment]

Is the organizational model broken? Start a company.
Mark McGuire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Jan 26, 2012
Today’s edition of  Stephen Downes’ Online Daily email contains a link to Sebastian Thrun’s “University 2.0″ video (27:30), in which he explains that he left his tenured position at Stanford University in order to embark on a “mission to change the future of education“. Thrun is responsible for Stanford’s high profile “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” course [...] Thu, 26 Jan 2012 08:43:23 +0000 [Comment]

I’ve joined another MOOC. Thats nice . . . What’s a MOOC?
Mark McGuire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Jan 25, 2012
A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course. A MOOC can accommodate a large number of individuals (thousands, in some cases), and they are open to anyone who wants to participate. The weekly plan, resources, live sessions and recordings are available for anyone to access online, and they are focused on a particular area of [...] Wed, 25 Jan 2012 11:27:11 +0000 [Comment]

Students go to school in the mornings, make a film in the afternoons
Mark McGuire, Mark McGuire's Blog, Jan 25, 2012
This morning, a colleague drew my attention to an interesting report (5:34) that aired on TV1 news last night (Monday 23 January). It was about a group of five New Zealand students at Hamilton Boys High School (Juan Robertson, Robin Kuyper, Nathaniel Watson, David Robinson and Simon Lillis) who attended school for just three hours a [...] Tue, 24 Jan 2012 07:11:19 +0000 [Comment]


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