Posted on April 16, 2012 by matthewdbenson
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“How can we get 100 million people translating the web into every major language for free?”
Does this sound like a crazy question? I thought so initially, and I still have a few caveats, but I’m very impressed by the outrageous ambition of the ‘duolingo‘ initiative that follows …
Filed under: Language translation | Tagged: Clay Shirky, collaboration, Crowdsourcing, Duolingo, language learning, language training, languages, Luis von Ahn, TEDx, Translation, Wikipedia | 1 Comment »
Posted on February 4, 2012 by matthewdbenson
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Why do so many people pay so much money for further education, and executive education? Indeed, why do we need a formal education ‘system’ – why don’t we just teach ourselves what we need to know, with the same books used in education establishments?
Higher education courses are often based on published texts and “blackboard” teaching (or other medium: whiteboard, projector, beamer, etc.). Yet most of this ‘knowledge’ is available to purchase directly (without much of the indirect overhead of education establishments), or even, in some cases, free online, including recorded videos of whole semesters of classes.
Why do we insist on engaging (and paying) others so much to help us learn? Are there other benefits that make it worthwhile?
Filed under: Leadership and personal development | Tagged: Autodidacticism, Codecademy, collaboration, E-learning, education, formal education system, home-schooling, iTunes U, Khan Academy, online lectures, Open Culture, self learning | 1 Comment »
Posted on August 30, 2011 by matthewdbenson
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Interestingly however, since writing that post, I’ve come across a number of opponents to brainstorming, most recently with the recommendation to search for “brainstorming doesn’t work” in Google – in true Google style, there are “About 7,030,000 results (0.21 seconds)”. In contrast, Googling “benefits of brainstorming” yields only about 4,200,000 results …
So what’s wrong?
Filed under: Leadership and personal development | Tagged: Brainstorming, collaboration, creativity, productivity | 5 Comments »