HOW THE INTERNET IS REVOLUTIONIZING EDUCATION

A few highlights on this infographic illustrating one of the most fundamental shifts happening in education today.  just as remote commuting is exploding, the wave has moved upsream into the younger strata of society with e-learning. 1971 enrollment at the Open University: 25,000 students.  Today it is the largest UK university with 250,000 students. Online education industry: $34 billion By 2019, 50% of all classes taught will be delivered online and many for free Half of online student are 26 years old or more higher education is, reportedly, no longer only for the elite. Anyone with an internet connection can educate themselves On the latter point, one might wonder about the headache recruiters are bound to have.  Going from a model where: an institution name or even just the name of a degree already, gives out clues about the qualifications of an applicant to one where many of the applicants are self-taught online and may have a lot more practical experience available for the enterprise to tap into. Do you think this is something likely to happen? Companies are already using what some might call “strange” recruiting methods.  Google receives 1 million resumes every year and – if they are serious about hiring only the very best – cannot possibly only rely on pieces of paper that after looking at 10, all look the same.  Google now use questions that some call crazy or absurd; maybe or maybe not.  Either way, these are now as famous as feared by applicants; “A man pushed his car to the hotel and lost all of his fortune.  What happened?”, “How much would you charge for cleaning all the windows in the city of Seattle?”, “How many ping-pong balls could you fit in the Mediterranean sea?”… William Poundstone, author of “Are you smart enough to work for Google?”, recently told the times that: “Studies show that traditional interviews don’t reveal enough, they throw these eccentric questions out to gauge how creative, open and flexible applicants are”.  This type of interviewing is no longer exclusive to the geeks of Silicone Valley; it has spread like wild fire to all industries.  ...

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FOR COUPLES (AND LOVERS)

Thanks to a tweet by Jeremiah Owyang (aka @JowYang) I found out about this new “network” that may be pointing out to a new kind of “social” The kind that’s closed and limited to the one person of your choice. In this case only two. The name is simply “Pair”, self-described as: “An interactive way for you and your partner to share everything”. With concepts such as “thumbkissing” and “sketch together”, the iPhone app has some interesting features. This, opens up a bunch of questions, each of which could be the subject of a thesis on its own: Data @JowYang is wondering about the intricacies of managing and leveraging the data produced by such a network. Joining is free now but they’ll need a business model sooner or later. Leveraging the data of one person’s social activity is complex enough; try generated by two people. Three targeting opportunities become available: what’s the behavior of one person, the other AND what is it when they’re together “Nicheworks” Much has been written on the advent of concept, where the very popularity of social networks is viewed as eventually as a shot in its own foot. In the beginning, Facebook might have only grouped your close like-minded friends. But with close to a billion member today, the like-minded only part may long be gone thus potentially reducing the appeal and driving the search for new like-minded only social networks. Cheating Rumor has it that 20% of US divorces are to blame on Facebook, @OWStarr (aka Oliver Starr) rightly raises the point of increased cheating. The Pair network being at the opposite of Facebook from a “privacy” standpoint: two and only two can use it at a time. Let’s note that the creators seem to have anticipated these critics to a certain extent; i.e. pairing can only be done with one person at a time; no polygamy possible. “Social” Another interesting question is raised by @RicDragon (aka Ric Dragon) and potentially challenges the very definition of “social”. When a network is limited to only two people does it really warrant to be called a social network? Maybe, maybe not. Any other points this raises in your mind? Share with me in the comments section below. I’ll keep an eye on this interesting “animal” and come back on each of the above...

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A GUIDE TO THE NEW FACEBOOK TIMELINE (INFOGRAPHIC)

On March 30th, Facebook will switch all profiles and pages to the new timeline display. If you haven’t made the switch yet, your profile and page may show a “gaping hole” after that date and until you do. Even if you have made the switch here’s a handy guide from the folks at iframe apps with some great tips. For those living under an online rock, with the “Timeline” is the new Facebook profile with which Facebook wants you to “Tell your life story” (…) “through photos, friendships and personal milestones like graduating or traveling to new places”. Let’s see what...

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