Technology and Learning
A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology
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.
September 24, 2009 - 10:12pm
One of the best things about my job in learning technology is that I get to work in a library. How many of you have your physical offices inside your campus library? The future, I believe, will be the intermingling and merging of the academic library and academic technology disciplines. Even if academic technology and academic library services remain organizationally independent, our daily work and strategic goals will become increasingly intertwined.
September 23, 2009 - 9:28pm
Listening to the inauguration speech of Dartmouth's new President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, marks one of the more inspiring moments in my career as a learning technologist. Dr. Kim talked about learning. We learning technologist love to talk about learning. We inject learning theory and learning research into our talks and workshops on technology. In our collaborations with faculty we always try to talk first about learning and teaching goals, and only then about what technologies best support these goals.
September 22, 2009 - 8:38pm
If the MacArthur Genius Program gave awards to institutions I'd be that Abilene Christian University would be a shoo-in. The university's mobile initiative demonstrates that small places can lead in terms of innovation. Learning technology is one place where any college or university that is willing to take risks, and share their experiences, can make a huge splash in the world of learning, teaching and technology.
September 21, 2009 - 9:00pm
"Mad Men" won the Emmy for best drama Sunday night, the second year in a row that the show has captured this award. I know that you are wondering the same thing that I am. If they can make a great TV show about people in advertising set in the early 1960s how come they don't make a show about learning technologists working today? I mean, our lives have as much drama as Don Draper, Pete Campbell, Joan, Peggy and the rest of the Mad Men crew.
September 17, 2009 - 9:36pm
I know that the higher education community is a priority for you. Your higher ed site is really nice. Many of my colleagues use (and teach with) your products on a daily basis. The Adobe eLearning Suite is essential software for many folks involved in designing and delivering technology enabled learning.