Week Three: “Augmenting Human Intellect”

Week three. (How’d that happen?) We’re reading excerpts from Doug Engelbart’s 1962 research proposal titled “Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework.” The story is that Engelbart had the proposal on the desk of J. C. R. “Lick” Licklider the very first day Lick took office as director of the Advanced Research Projects Administration (ARPA). As the story continues, Lick turned to his lieutenant, Bob Taylor, and said that since Engelbart was saying all the right things, they’d better fund him. You can see the early results in the famous 1968 “Mother Of All Demos,” in which Engelbart demonstrated the integrated domain he’d written about just six years before (and imagined for several years before that).

Here’s what’s on tap this week.


Friday, February 10, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST: “Augmenting Intellect and Bootstrapping Brilliance”: a live webcast conversation with Christina Engelbart.
Open Learning ’17 is honored to welcome Christina Engelbart, Doug Engelbart’s daughter and the Executive Director of the Doug Engelbart Institute, to our cMOOC. Christina will discuss her decades of work with her father’s “Bootstrap Institute” as well as the ongoing work she has devoted to sustaining and extending her father’s vision into new projects and ever-more-refined paradigms.
For the webcast, we’ll be using the Twitter hashtag #openlearning17 for our backchannel, and for asking questions of Christina.

And, immediately following the webcast….

Friday, February 10, 1-2 p.m. EST: Twitter Chat on our excerpts from “Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework” as they relate to the AAC&U’s “essential learning outcomes” for the LEAP initiative. 
Once again, we’ll use our course’s Twitter hashtag, #openlearning17.


**Keep those blogs and tweets coming! This week we encourage particular attention to our main reading, the excerpts from “Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework.” You may also want to blog on one of the many video interviews with Doug. Here’s a short list of three places to start:

Highlights from the “Mother of All Demos”:

From the Engelbart Institute website:

“Doug summarizes his career and ‘unfinished revolution’ in his acceptance speech upon receiving the 1997 Lemelson-MIT Prize, which ‘honors outstanding inventors dedicated to improving our world through technological innovation.'”

And here’s Engelbart in 1986, talking about the early days and his own progress as a thinker, inventor, and leader:

Don’t forget that linking to a colleague’s blog post is a great way to strengthen the network, and that goes double for commenting! For a beautiful explanation of the power of hyperlinking, look no farther than our own Connected Learning Coach’s infographic on hyperlinking.

**Consider also using Hypothes.is to annotate the excerpts from Engelbart’s essay. You’re also welcome to annotate the entire essay, but you will probably find the excerpts easier to read, mark, and inwardly digest.“ Tag your annotations any way you want, but remember to include openlearning17 or #openlearning17 as one of the tags so we can tally and collect the annotations more easily. It’s all about building the resources together! To get started with online annotation, go to Hypothes.is and sign up for an account. Hypothes.is also has lots of short, effective video tutorials to help get you up and running. And as always, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Open Learning ’17 community for help, too.