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Doppelbotting Snowden

Doppelbotting reached new heights this week as Edward Snowden used that telepresence technology to appear at a conference on the other side of the world. A TED event hosted the fugitive whistleblower, and his robot wheeled around the stage, bearing … Continue reading

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Doppelbotting in the Chronicle

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a short piece on my recent doppelbot experience (my own posts can be found here and here).  It does a good job of covering the event and my first reactions. The author, Lawrence Biemiller, also … Continue reading

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On a second doppelbot experience

This morning I enjoyed another doppelbot experience.  I drove a Double Robotics machine around the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) conference.  It was good to get some more real-world experience with this emerging technology. Some of it felt like what I … Continue reading

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Higher ed and climate change: the end of academic conferences as we know them

Since I started researching climate change and higher education‘s future I’ve participated in and witnessed many discussions about the topic.  In person and online, academia seems to be increasingly interested in exploring what climate change means for colleges and universities. … Continue reading

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When I Consider How My Light is Spent

Today I turn 50 years old. There’s nothing particularly special about this milestone.  It doesn’t represent a new legal status, like turning 65 or 18.  I don’t obtain or lose any special abilities.  AARP did ramp up their mailing campaign, … Continue reading

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American higher education might not be broken, but seems to be sick

This morning I had the privilege of speaking with a group of European academics via videoconferencing and doppelbot (Kubi for the latter, which was very good).  We discussed the future and current state of online learning.  There were comments about universities … Continue reading

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Considering a year of bloggery

Looking back on 2014, I was curious about this blog’s most popular posts.  WordPress generated helpful stats, which shed some light on what readers look for in this bloghouse. So what were you most curious about in 2014, my blogospheric audience? … Continue reading

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Starting a reading of The Second Machine Age

Starting today I’m reading Brynjolfsson and McAfee’s recent book The Second Machine Age (2013; Amazon)*. I picked this book because it addresses a major challenge for the future of education: not only the general impact of digital technology, but the … Continue reading

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Invading a conference in a robotic doppelganger

This evening I attended the Educause Learning Initiative (ELI)’s annual conference, but not in person.  From my Vermont home I operated a  telepresence robot from Double Robotics, and drove around the ELI reception interacting with people.  Some first impressions: The Double … Continue reading

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