All hail the curators
No question, if the internet didn’t offer great courses, there’s no way I’d be studying now. Two young kids, a busy portfolio career… I can barely commit to dinner plans for tomorrow, let alone 2 years of someone else’s study timetable.
But beyond convenience, what are the other advantages of letting an EdX course into your life?
One of them is resource curation.
I’m currently doing a course on Design Thinking & Creativity for Innovation. You can google those topics and find reams of both genius and dross. I’m trusting the course provider, the University of Queensland Business School, to select and explain the most relevant, effective resources to help me with my goals. I’m also paying them a modest fee and couldn’t be happier to do so to save me wading through endless unfiltered information.
The reading materials in my current course are really good (though totally western-centric, as the innovation academic field seems to be). I’ve shared a few at the bottom of this post.
It’s no wonder education curricula are so politicised. Curating information is controlling what we’re exposed to. Done with intent to deceive, it is disinformation, an intimidatingly powerful weapon. Done well, it adds immense value; and if you can win an audience’s trust, you’re in a position of great influence (and responsibility).
So the course designers, like all teachers, are important intermediaries for us students, directing our attention to the right places. Good.
The materials on my innovation course are also signposting a tribe of respected voices on my topic. Also good. Good, because, (a) I am delighted to be a nerd on this stuff; my interest in innovation is thus far limitless, and, (b) side note I’ve been feeling a bit sad that there is zero discussion on the course forums which is where the nerds are supposed to be.
Feeling like part of a community is as important, to me, as gaining skills and knowledge. As I follow the lecturers and researchers on Twitter or LinkedIn, I’m schooling those algorithms to send me more tribe members. So thanks to the curators, and the creators, and to the internet, the Nerd’s Friend.
Reading list highlights:
- Berkun, S. (2013). The ten myths of innovation: The best summary [blog post]. Retrieved 31 March 2018 from http://scottberkun.com/2013/ten-myths-of-innnovation/ — yeah, debunk all that BS!
- Flood, A. (12 August 2017). Hugo awards 2017: NK Jemisin wins best novel for second year in a row, The Guardian. Retrieved 10 April 2018 from https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/aug/11/hugo-awards-2017-nk-jemisin-repeats-best-novel-win-the-obelisk — who knew there was a right wing extremist lobby within the sci-fi fan world
- Pontefract, D. (2015). The purpose effect [video]. Retrieved 15 April 2018 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ho6CjC_9_c —I love me a good purpose
- Kastelle, T. (2012). Eight models of business models and why they’re important [blog post]. Retrieved 15 April 2018 from http://timkastelle.org/blog/2012/01/eight-models-of-business-models-why-theyre-important/ — I did NOT know there were eight
- Kastelle, T. (2012). Three things you can do with a business model [blog post]. Retrieved from http://timkastelle.org/blog/2012/01/three-things-you-can-do-with-a-business-model/ (LOL the title of this blog! can’t help but imagine three places a bizmodel could be shoved)
- University of London (Producer). 7.2 The mom test — interview with Rob Fitzpatrick (part 1) [video]. Available from https://www.coursera.org/learn/startup-financing-without-vc/lecture/FFRi3/7-2-the-mom-test-interview-with-rob-fitzpatrick-part-1 It truly is a great course when The Mom Test is on the reading list
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