Technology and Learning

Technology and Learning

A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology

January 10, 2010 - 7:57pm
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the discussion Friday about the academic library and the cloud. I learned a ton. Going forward, I'm hoping to build on this dialogue and find more opportunities for the academic technology and academic librarian worlds to communicate and share information.
January 7, 2010 - 11:08pm
Thanks for the great response to my questions yesterday for academic librarians? My hope is both for a dialogue and a method that people like me who work in computing or come from academic departments can better understand the academic library world. I'll be the first to admit my ignorance, so I appreciate the indulgence of my colleagues in explaining the realities, constraints and goals of academic libraries.
January 6, 2010 - 8:57pm
Dear Academic Librarians…... Please take these questions as those from someone who loves academic libraries and has the ultimate respect and admiration or the academic librarians that make these institutions so indispensable for teaching and learning. Question 1: Do you foresee a future in which academic libraries will transition from a command and control model of book/journal buying to a demand based, market driven approach to just-in-time acquisitions?
January 5, 2010 - 9:36pm
How many times have all of us complained about grade inflation? I'm guilty. You're guilty. We all do it. But maybe we're all wrong.
January 4, 2010 - 9:43pm
Since everyone is going crazy about the possible/maybe upcoming Apple iSlate tablet, I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and add to the hype. But … with a higher ed. angle.
January 3, 2010 - 8:45pm
Facebook is moving towards irrelevance. OK, the numbers may not back up this assertion (see Facebook dethroning Google as the No. 1 site over Christmas). But Facebook is increasingly irrelevant to my world in educational technology. David Carr of the NYTimes wrote on New Year's Day about why Twitter is supplanting Facebook and RSS feeds as his news radar and quick communications channel.
December 29, 2009 - 10:57pm
The Silicon Alley Insider recently named 21 technologies that became obsolete this past decade. My favorites from the list included: the PDA, paid e-mail accounts, dial-up, film developing, video rental stores, landlines, public pay phones, VCRs, phonebooks, and CDs. What learning technologies have become obsolete this decade?
December 28, 2009 - 10:11pm
Higher education needs a vertical search engine. This would be a great business opportunity, as a site that got higher ed search right would create a valuable platform for advertising. The value of a lecture capture banner ad would increase for anyone searching about lecture capture. Same with pay-per-click keywords. A vertical search in higher education would also keep readers on the site longer.  
December 27, 2009 - 5:37pm
How much time do college students spend playing video games? I did some quick Googling this morning and was unable to come up with any recent numbers. (Can you do any better?) What I did find was that: According to a Harris Interactive 2007 survey, the average teen boy spends 18 hours per week playing video games, 10 more hours than his female counterparts.
December 22, 2009 - 8:15pm
All my bosses have been women. I should say, all my bosses in the world of learning technology. And this is not totally true, as up until recently my last boss was a guy. But by and large, through two institutions of higher education and one foray into the for-profit dot-com world of educational technology. my bosses have been women. I never really gave this any thought - as the gender of my bosses never seemed to be a salient variable in their leadership styles, abilities and skills.

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