My Article for The Conversation on Gamification

Walk through any public area and you’ll see people glued to their phones, playing mobile games like Game of War and Candy Crush Saga. They aren’t alone. 59% of Americans play video games, and contrary to stereotypes, 48% of gamers are women. The US$100 billion video game industry is among the least-appreciated business phenomena in the world today. But this isn’t an article about video games. It’s about where innovative ...

Why Google’s Wireless Initiative May Be a Big Deal

I have a new post out on Medium, “Like Uber for Wireless,” about Google’s wireless service. I think it’s fascinating, and could help realize the immense potential of the Internet of Things.

The FCC’s Net Neutrality Process

Phil Weiser and I posted an essay responding to criticisms about improper political influence on the FCC’s network neutrality decision.

Bitcoin and Gamification

I published a post over on Medium linking gamification and, of all thing, Bitcoin.  I’ve been spending some time lately thinking about Bitcoin and is underlying block chain mechanisms, which are fascinating.  I was surprised when I saw a connection to the work I’ve done in gamification. I’ve also been meaning for a while to try out Medium, a popular new online publishing platform from Evan Williams, the guy behind Blogger ...

Listening to Yogi on Interconnection and Net Neutrality

I’m returning from a packed event, hosted by the Progressive Policy Institute, on the FCC’s role in Internet interconnection.  It was a good discussion.  And I’m glad to see these issues getting the attention they deserve.  I was the only panelist calling for an ongoing FCC role as a backstop for interconnection agreements, which I’ve advocated in my Only Connect (2007) and No Dialtone (2014) papers.  The others were more concerned ...

Those Who Remember History…

Tom Wheeler, the new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, gave a speech today at Ohio State University.  It was a good speech on his regulatory philosophy.  But that’s not so interesting.  There’s nothing out of the ordinary about a government official giving a speech.  The unusual development was that the Chairman also released an ebook, called Net Effects.  Even more unusual, it’s not a bland ghostwritten policy whitepaper; it’s ...

A New Contract for America?

Has anyone on the left suggested that Democrats unite around a set of process reforms for our broken political process? This would be the mirror image of the Republican “Contract With America” in 1994, which (A) was fantastically successful, ending 40 years of Democratic control of the House of Representatives, and (B) basically got us into the current mess. At a time when popular support for Congress is at 5%, ...

Teaching as Learning

A couple months ago I posted on teaching and performance.  Here’s another perspective on the same broad topic. I started writing it a while back, but never finished. It answers many of the questions I posed in my other post.  I just don’t think I found those answers convincing.   Teaching is a form of learning. When I teach a course, the best way I’ve found to measure success is ...

Ten Statements About Teaching

I’m participating in the #WWEOpen13 MOOC about open online teaching. For the first unit, we were asked to post our “teaching philosophy.”  These kinds of questions typically tie me in knots. They seem inherently circular and unsolvable: to say how I should teach, I need to know what students need to learn, which isn’t something I can just declare. For whatever reason, this time I was able to tap out ...

Teaching and Performance

Teaching is hard.  Some people are naturally good at it, and others are naturally quick at developing good teaching skills.  For most of us, though, figuring out how to teach effectively is a real challenge. As a professor, teaching is a central aspect of what I do for a living.  I’m deeply committed to teaching well.  And today, social and technological developments are changing the context of teaching and learning ...