Category Archives: Books I Like

Learning Objects Aren't Legos, Part I

I’ve been looking forward to having the time and energy to respond to Stephen’s most recent response to the whole pattern language of educational experiences conversation. Stephen writes: Even so, [Michael] effectively finds the source of the tension: “I believe … Continue reading

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It's a Small Campus After All

Gilad Ravid and Sheizaf Rafaeli’s new piece in FirstMonday, “Asynchronous Discussion Groups as Small World and Scale Free Networks“, analyzes a voluntary learning community that develops on a university’s LMS. These are all students who are (apparently) registered for on-campus … Continue reading

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Book Recommendation: e-Moderating

Gilly Salmon’s e-Moderating is a classic must-read for anyone who is involved with facilitated distance learning. It’s also of value to anyone interested in how pedagogy is a KM skill, as I discuss in some detail in my dual review … Continue reading

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Correction on the Origins of Informational Cascade Research

I was mistaken in an earlier post when I claimed that informational cascades research comes from the “heuristics and biases approach” in psychology. It definitely comes from behavioral economics. Both behavioral economics and the heuristics and biases approach share common … Continue reading

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Informational Cascades, Network Theory, and Behavioral Economics

Stephen Downes’ mention of my article on informational cascades (thanks for the plug, Stephen) led me to his post in the trdev discussion group. He writes: In network theory, ‘groupthink’ is an instance of what is known as a cascade … Continue reading

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