Opening Keynote: Clay Shirky
July 9, 2013 1 Comment
Blackboard’s new CEO, Jay Bhatt, introduced the opening keynote speaker, Clay Shirky, an internet idol or icon, a forward thinker with education and media. Shirky wrote the best selling non-fiction book, Here Comes Everybody.
“Here comes Clay Shirky,” introduces Bhatt.
Education has always been collaborative. We produce and publish things in education to get a conversation going. There are new ways of doing things in education, but we don’t know how to use those ways yet. The new resource for bringing people together in new ways to learn things is cognitive surplus.
It took 100 million hours of human thought to create Wikipedia.
How big is that compared to television?
200 billion hours go into TV watching, in the US alone, every year.
We spend a Wikipedia amount of time watching TV commercials in a single weekend. (WOW!)
Here is a story about these little plastic discs, or CDs, and the rise and fall of Napster. Napster went from zero to 80 million users in 18 months, and it was killed overnight. The music industry took control back, but still lost control of distribution because it was impossible to unbundle those bundled albums on CDs.
Let’s bring it back to Education with the story of a student at Ryerson University, Chris Avenir, Chemistry 101, and how a Facebook group led to a $10 Million Lawsuit against Ryerson University.
- The first MOOC from Stanford – students in the MOOC started a MeetUp to fill the social void that was not present in the MOOC, but was necessary to learn and succeed in the course.
- Devlin’s Angle – there is now no reason to have a distinction between textbooks and class notes
- BibSoup – collaborative filtering of books and libraries
We now use music we like to find other people that we would have something in common to talk about. With BibSoup, we can filter through data related to books and research.
Education is becoming a demand driven environment. The educational landscape is about to be transformed by student demand.
- Richard Linder’s story, How to Get a Degree with Free and ‘Laundered’ Credit.
- Rap Genius (why have I not heard of this site before?) for serious text annotation – a tool made for explaining 50 Cent’s lyrics has been used for serious text annotation. Read about it here on the Next Web.