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 ...

Twitter Updates: 2013-05-31 to 2013-06-06

Hanging at Wegmans, which is to bricks-and-mortar what Amazon is to e-commerce. Why go anywhere else? -> So is the MOOC land-grab over? In search/portals, social networking, and social media, the 2nd generation sites won, but not here it seems. -> Open source EdX could be the Mozilla of the MOOC world, but lacks the hidden Google subsidy. -> Without a Mozilla/Creative Commons of MOOCs, restrictive policies win through inertia. ...

Twitter Updates: 2013-05-24 to 2013-05-30

A dozen years ago, Bill Gates used to complain that MSFT project groups all used innovators dilemma to argue for funding. -> It's Memorial Day in the U.S. Must be time for a backyard BBQ blow-out at casa Werbach! -> Gamification Spring 2013 Statistics: http://t.co/OOnNUOJHiu via @YouTube -> Posted a video with some statistics from my Coursera #gamification13 MOOC. Generally similar to the first session. http://t.co/rAWPHBzaXc -> So, @martingeddes, what ...

Twitter Updates: 2013-05-17 to 2013-05-23

Now it can be tweeted… RT @awallenstein: RT @brianstelter: Newly tweeting: @JGenachowski, the outgoing chairman of the FCC. -> Big problem. If a selective university took the top students regardless of family income, revenues would fall 20%. http://t.co/miMpq7NkLS -> Scores and certificates for #gamification13 have been released. View yours at http://t.co/yvpXmh4oIJ. Official announcement Monday. -> It's eerie reading David Foster Wallace's Pale King while following news about this IRS Tea ...