Technology and Learning

Technology and Learning

A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology

October 26, 2009 - 8:56pm
Where social media make sense to me are as a method of exposing the fact that organizations are made up of people. I don't want to read blog posts or Facebook status updates or tweets from Microsoft, Google, Blackboard, Adobe, Apple etc.... But I do want to hear from the people who work at these companies. Particularly the people who work in the education divisions of these companies.
October 25, 2009 - 9:35pm
This weekend I spent some times reading the NYTimes, reading a novel, exchanging e-mail, watching a TED Talk, and surfing the Web. The only thing notable about any of this is that I did all these things on my ipod touch. I also did some work on a couple of courses, reading some articles, looking at some curricular videos, and checking out course blogs and wikis -- none of which I did on my ipod touch.
October 22, 2009 - 9:32pm
Not sure if I should be depressed or elated when I learn about someone who is two years ahead of me in his or her thinking. Lev Gonick, CIO at Case Western Reserve, seems to be one of these two-year-in-the-future type people. Go check out Lev's September/October 2007 EDUCAUSE Review column, "Open-Source IT Leadership for Web 2.0." Lev writes:
October 21, 2009 - 8:46pm
Have you guys seen Microsoft's video on technology enabled collaborative learning? The video description reads: What if learning was an adventure? What if we could cross the boundaries of language, location, and devices? This video presents a vision for a learning experience that is more collaborative with easy sharing of information. Microsoft technologies aim to deliver a seamless flow between lifestyle and learning, and new ways to collaborate.
October 20, 2009 - 9:36pm
Learning tech needs some new blood. We need to recruit young people to go into our discipline (actually - we need to define our discipline - but that is a larger debate). We need to encourage people in their twenties to work in academic technology units, to join learning tech companies, and to start their own learning technology companies.
October 19, 2009 - 8:14pm
The future will judge academic librarians by how well they were able to build coalitions across institutions and negotiate with publishers to bring digital books into a co-equal status with physical books.   This is a hard problem to solve, but leaders will be judged on how well they solve the hard ones.  
October 18, 2009 - 9:12pm
I've spent some time this weekend preparing for my EDUCAUSE Point/CounterPoint debate with John Fritz on Learning Management Technologies: Enterprise System or Consumer Good? We are lucky to have Gardner Campbell moderate the session, so, to get ready, I watched the discussion he had with Jim Groom about the Edupunk movement.
October 15, 2009 - 6:58pm
The Chronicle's article "Open Courses: Free, but Oh, So Costly" provides one model for open courseware. This M.I.T. model costs $10,000 to $15,000 per course - double that if lecture capture video is included. Marc Parry, the articles author, notes that:
October 14, 2009 - 9:33pm
Every presentation that you make should be posted up to http://www.slideshare.net/ Every slide deck that your students create should be posted to Slideshare. Every conference presentation should have a Slideshare. Check out Malcolm Brown's presentation on the Classroom of the Future and tell me that I'm wrong. Slideshare Predictions:
October 13, 2009 - 9:36pm
The biggest problem I have with Blackboard (and other vertical CMS platforms) is that the knowledge, materials and conversation generated by the class is walled off from the rest of the world.

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