Digital Tweed

Digital Tweed

Digital Tweed® is the work of Kenneth C. Green, founding director of The Campus Computing Project. If successful, these posts will inform and entertain, and at times also annoy. A little dissonance can be a good thing.

March 15, 2011 - 2:45pm
Mr. Steve Ballmer Chief Executive Officer Microsoft Corp. Redmond, WA Dear Mr. Ballmer: Got a minute? We need to talk. Last week I spent $219.45 cash – my cash – for a copy of MacOffice 2011. Like a lot (millions?) of other Mac users, I’ve been a long time Microsoft client, buying upgrades of the MacOffice products. Although I own a Mac, my Mac really runs on Microsoft Office.
March 4, 2011 - 4:30am
The lead article in today’s edition of Inside Higher Ed presents the results of the 2011 Presidential Perspectives survey. I’m pleased to report that The Campus Computing Project worked with the editors of Inside Higher Ed on this survey. More than 950 presidents completed the questionnaire, making Presidential Perspectives one of the largest surveys of campus leaders in recent years
November 21, 2010 - 8:30pm
Two surveys released earlier this month add detail to the map of online education in the United States. The 2010 Sloan Consortium Report documents the continuing growth of online education and the impact of the current economic downturn on rising online enrollments.
October 31, 2010 - 9:00pm
Do you know the story of the Potemkin Villages? Russian Minister Gregory Potyomkin allegedly ordered the building of fake villages and imported “happy serfs” to impress Catherine II as she toured recently conquered territory in the Crimea in 1787. Whether myth or fact, today the term Potemkin Village has come to mean “an impressive façade or show designed to hide an undesirable fact or condition.”
October 17, 2010 - 9:00pm
Last week The Campus Computing Project announced the winners of the 2010 Digital Puck™ awards. The announcement was the part of my EDUCAUSE conference presentation summarizing the results of the 2010 Campus Computing Survey.
October 12, 2010 - 10:00am
The EDUCAUSE Conference begins today in Anaheim. This annual gathering of higher ed’s tech tribes and tech providers is part professional meeting (lots of sessions) and part trade show (lots of tech firms on the exhibit floor). It’s a good venue for clarifying campus IT priorities (“what are others doing that we need to do here at Acme College”), and for creating wish lists (“look at all the stuff that tech firms have to offer to higher ed; if only we had money for this great stuff!”).
October 3, 2010 - 9:51pm
Here’s an interesting challenge for many of us who work in and around technology: can you explain your job – what you do – to your mom? What about the concept of Cloud Computing? Bonus points if you can help mom understand the link between Base 2 and Assembly Language?
September 15, 2010 - 9:45pm
Monday’s IHE article about Open Source lecture capture tools offers yet another reminder about the link between instructional resources, instructional expectations (entitlements?), and the campus IT infrastructure.
September 10, 2010 - 4:15am
Have they left? Are they out of the building? Driving out of the parking lot? Departed from campus? Any question about who they are this time of year?
August 30, 2010 - 9:00pm
Please, esteemed reader, bear with me. What follows is not an apology for textbook publishers: good, bad, or otherwise, students, faculty, and publishers all share various parts of the pain of the broken business model for college textbooks. Rather, what follows is an effort to explain why the business model is broken.

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