Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Inquiry: Annotating the bibliography

My process:  My research process has been diverse.  I have done a lot of experimenting with things discussed in class (google+, TEDtalks, etc).  I have also done a little traditional bookwork.  The research has often varied in its depth, but I believe that I have found some good resources

Jonathon Harris. (Plato, Byzantium, and the Italian Renaissance) Discusses the interactions between Byzantium and the Italians.  Sharing of information, collaboration, and creativity. [This is the article that provided ideas for the historical analogy section.

Clayton Christensen. (Disrupting Class)   Innovations are often used to reinforce preexisting institutions, but disruptive innovation enters the arena and changes the way that things are done.  This book outlines evidence for and actions to change the way that education is conducted. [I found this book when I  was researching key thinkers in education innovation]

Jack M. Maness. (Library 2.0: Web 2.0 and Its Implications for Libraries)  The emergence of the Library 2.0 concept and several concepts associated with it.  This article is a concise and well-written article on Library 2.0 [Found through Google]

Richard Baraniuk. (Richard Baraniuk on open-source learning)  Baraniuk is a professor at Rice University and has done a lot of research on open-source learning. He want to create a knowledge ecosystem in which anyone in the world can create, innovate, and share.   [I found this talk when browsing through TEDtalks and was impressed by the research]

Sheila C. Bibb.  (Students studying students)  Bibb is a adjunct professor at Brigham Young University.  She works with her students conducting research at the Harold B. Lee library studying how students interact with the library and how things can be improved.  [Professor Bibb was mentioned by Professor Burton and I was able to go talk with her about her research]

Clayton Christensen  (Disrupting Class -mentioned above)  Christensen is famous for his studies in disruptive innovation in regards to business, but has also focused his efforts on advancing innovation in education [Christensen is an important thinker and his ideas contribute to changes that need to happen in the educational system]

Monday, March 5, 2012

My learning disruption and Clayton Christensen

Learning is fun and I like doing it.  Unfortunately I have had some wacky craziness in my life and have not been posting about my learning process.  This week I have been, and will be, playing catch up.  Today I read Dr. Burton's post about library 2.0 that was posted on our group's delicious page.  What struck me about the post was his methods (which of course was his intention) and I decided to try it out.

I decided to try this method with a topic that I have found to be personally interesting: disruptive innovation.  I decided to google the term and look for the people who were key in the discussion.  I clicked on a link that advertised a basic definition and was taken to the official website of Clayton Christensen.  I watched the little video found there and discovered that the man in the clip was familiar.  I had read one of his talks in the ensign.  He is a member and happens to be the first person to coin the term disruptive innovation. He has written several books on the subject and has focused on business, healthcare, and education (education being something that will help with my group's library 2.0 project). 

As I am posting this, I have just begun to search into all the things I can find from this, but so far I have found two things that are helpful to what I'm doing right now.  First of all, the site contains many links to his religious articles 1.  I think that it is awesome that a man that is successful as a businessman and theorist can publish stuff about his beliefs.  I even found the article that I had first read as a missionary.

Second I found a lot of good links to his articles and people that he has collaborated with 2.  This is going to be a big help as I develop questions that I want to ask about the changing world of education.  As of yet I have not contacted any of them, but I am planning on it.