Wednesday, May 22, 2013

eusociality, mooc intelligence sorting, geolocation and climate change....,

livescience | Earlier this month, a group of policy and legal experts from around the world met at an event co-hosted by the Centre for Spatial Law and Policy and Harvard University's Center for Geographic Analysis to examine the challenges related to our ever-evolving location-enabled society. It was a truly fascinating event with eye-opening presentations on smart transportation systems, tweet-mapping and Google Glass.

As experts openly debated the good and bad of the current Wild West era of geospatial technologies, it became clear that its current and sometimes lawless advancement is influencing trends in more traditional, related areas, such as Earth observations and environmental information.

Consider the following: Last week, Climate Central posted a report that found that "Six months after [Superstorm] Sandy, data from the eight hardest hit states shows that 11 billion gallons of untreated and partially treated sewage flowed into rivers, bays, canals, and in some cases city streets, largely as a result of record storm-surge flooding that swamped the region's major sewage treatment facilities." About the same time, Space Daily published a story on how development banks are using Earth observations to better monitor and track projects and investment globally. The BBC and NPR, in turn, reported that digitized Nimbus 1 satellite data from 1964 clarified the extent of ice cover in the Antarctic at that time, confirming the theory that sea ice is shrinking.

Those very different stories have much in common. They all illustrate the importance of geospatial technologies in better identifying, understanding and managing changing environmental conditions.
But, as we look at the changing planet and try to determine how best to respond or adapt to its uncertainty, we can be certain that:
  • People want and need environmental information like never before;
  • Demand coupled with new technologies and resources will enable access and application of that data and information like never before; and
  • With personal, economic, and national security interests driving the use of that information, new policy and legal issues will arise like never before.
Some of those issues are the changing roles of the public and private sector, calls for more open data and information policies, and the demand for environmental information.


Tom said...

Accurate intelligence sorting (by the teacher anyway) among students in a massive online class is unlikely to take place, right? Even in face-to-face classes it's not particularly accurate. Cheating to beat the system is already widespread, and a system that makes cheating impossible to monitor can hardly reduce the problem.

CNu said...

Yeah..., that "cheating" business almost wants to try and have legs as justification for continuing brick and mortar FAP. i.e., how else will you "securely" administer exams and demonstrate individual knowledge acquisition. But I'm really not buying that. With the advent of flipped classrooms, what we find is that highly competent instructors who are well prepared, can pre-record their pedagogy, have the kids review that lesson on their own, own time, and then come to the classroom to collaboratively work through problem sets, quizzes, demonstrations that they GOT the material that was being presented.

I'm looking forward to much more such cheating and to the elimination of failed pedagogy on the part of teachers who have overlong depended on the status quo system to support their food-powered make-work hierarchy....,

Tom said...

Shrug, brick-and-mortar education is riddled with cheating. All I'm saying is I don't think the typical online class is going to solve that problem. Your exceptional teacher who somehow finds time to work individually with thousands of students aside, I think realistically massive online classes can only make cheating worse. So, ok, grades mean relatively little now in our shithole current system, but I figure they'll mean even less coming from these online things.

CNu said...

Clever-by-half..., I'd rather see paramount, warner bros., HBO, Mcgraw Hill, WHOEVER, get into the business of producing educational content with the same production value accorded their entertainments. Edutainment f'real.

Make it well enough, and it won't even have to be updated very much going forward. A standards-based, common core curriculum propagated on a global scale, in fact, propagated in the lingua franca of the GATTACA world.

What's left of brick and mortar is repurposed into guide-on-the-side meeting, collaboration, and assessment centers where all of the homework and measurement of comprehension/retention takes place.

Bottomline, the massive disintermediation of the teaching professions is coming with an air of inevitability.

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