Technology and Learning
A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology
October 9, 2009 - 12:29am
I spend more time in Blackboard then any other application / site. For the past 7 years Blackboard has been the place where I taught my online/hybrid courses, partnered with subject matter experts to build courses, and trained faculty. In many ways Blackboard enabled my transition from full-time teaching to learning technology. Blackboard has put bread on my table.
October 7, 2009 - 10:58pm
Dear Ray, A quick note to say hello from your fans out in the higher ed. community. Hello. As President of Blackboard's teaching and learning division, Blackboard Learn, you have strong support and a built in fan base among learning technologists. Bringing you onboard as President of Blackboard Learn was the best step that Blackboard could have taken to connect with your higher ed. learning community.
October 6, 2009 - 7:44pm
There are many many things related to learning technology that I have no ability to accomplish, but wish I had. I'll name my top 3 non-skills. I'd be curious about yours. 1) Rack a Server: The guys and gals I work with are always racking servers. Something about "racking" anything just sounds cool. How satisfying it would be to actual get my hands on the hardware that makes the ones and zeroes that dominate my life actually work. To connect the physical to the digital by connecting up the physical box. Anyone in the server room need a hand?
October 5, 2009 - 8:37pm
The EDUCAUSE annual conference offers the best opportunity each year to spend time with educational technology companies in order to understand their strategic roadmap and how their plans and releases will impact our work on campus.
October 4, 2009 - 8:49pm
This weekend Randall Stross asked "Will Books be Napsterized?" in the NYTimes. Writes Stross: "Until now, few readers have preferred e-books to printed or audible versions, so the public availability of free-for-the-taking copies did not much matter. But e-books won’t stay on the periphery of book publishing much longer.
October 1, 2009 - 9:43pm
The announcement today of Cisco's offer of $3 billion to buy the video conferencing company Tandberg could potentially have significant implications in the lecture capture market.
September 30, 2009 - 8:37pm
Techsmith is my choice for the hottest company in educational technology. Criteria: 1. Trajectory: The company's products and/or services are on a fast growth trajectory of adoption and usage. 2. Innovation: The company's products and/or services are leading and facilitating innovation in learning. 3. Value: The company's products and/or services offer a compelling value proposition for higher education.
September 29, 2009 - 8:08pm
Podcasts are essential for keeping up with news and trends at the intersection of learning and technology. Time is our scarcest commodity, and podcasts allow for the consumption of news and information while doing other things. Driving home from work today I plugged my iPod into the minivans stereo and happily cruised the streets of Hanover while catching up on the weeks technology news from NPR.
September 28, 2009 - 10:23pm
Most everything I know about learning design I learned from my former colleague Frances Rowe, Director of Instructional Design at Quinnipiac University Online. The QUOnline team has launched a new blog called Digital Pedagog. Digital Pedagog is a gorgeous group blog. A great example of the power of team blogging. All the contributors to Digital Pedagog are experts within different domains of learning design and online/hybrid learning.
September 27, 2009 - 9:08pm
The main reason I go to the annual EDUCAUSE conference is to spend quality time with the educational technology vendors on the exhibitor floor. You can see an interactive map of all the companies signed up for a vendor booth at this link.