Technology and Learning

Technology and Learning

A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology

September 29, 2011 - 9:45pm
A full software bake-off, one that involves an in-depth comparison and review of competing software platforms and and solutions from a variety of vendors, is the gold standard for software selection. This bake-off should commence following the development of a full set of requirements and use-case examples, so that the products can be evaluated and scored against a rubric. Bake-offs usually commence from an industry scan, progress to webinars, elevate to face-to-face demos, and culminate in pilot projects.
September 28, 2011 - 10:17pm
1. Will Devices and Content Merge? At $199 for the Kindle Fire, and $79 for the basic Kindle, prices are getting low enough that some higher ed programs will think about bundling the devices with tuition / fee paid for content. Many professional and executive education programs provide the course and learning content as part of the educational service. At $199 for the Kindle Fire, a program could pre-load all course video (including lecture capture recordings), and other rich media directly on the device.
September 27, 2011 - 8:45pm
A diversity of skills in our units and our departments is necessary to ensure productivity and innovation. Amongst the skills and expertise that every unit or division or department should include is someone who is proficient and passionate with social media. I'm not talking about people who like to scribble scribble on a blog (like me), or who are mad Twitterers. People who are active social media creators and participants may not be experts in social media. We often confuse passion with expertise, a particular danger with a domain as new as social media.
September 26, 2011 - 9:45pm
Does your boss tweet? 10 reasons why they should:
September 25, 2011 - 8:01pm
Almost every campus project I work on involves eventually partnering with a system administrator (sysadmin). Whether or not the platform or service is hosted locally or in the cloud, a sysadmin is involved in architecting, standing-up, integrating, and supporting the application. Cloud services (software as a service - SaaS) applications need integration into local authentication and directory structures. I'd like to learn more about effective ways to work with the professionals who are my sysadmin colleagues.
September 22, 2011 - 11:15pm
If you are supporting blended learning, you are probably having blended meetings. If you learn how to do blended meetings well, you are further up the learning curve for delivering blending learning. Blended Meetings - A Definition: A meeting in which some of the participants are not physically present in the room. 2 Problems with Blended Meetings:
September 21, 2011 - 9:19pm
Instructure's Canvas learning management system (LMS) keeps popping up in the conversations I've been having. I'll be speaking to someone at a peer institution about this or that, and they will mention that they are either going with Instructure or considering going with Instructure. Or they will ask me what I think about this new Instructure Canvas LMS. The buzz seems to be positive. Common threads about Instructure Canvas that I'm hearing:
September 20, 2011 - 10:30pm
Is this desire to shed ownership of things a life cycle story, a digital story, or something else? Do you share my desire for life as a service? Has owning stuff also lost its appeal to you? 5 Things I No Longer Wish to Own: 1. Software: Software as a service (SaaS) today may not always be possible or pragmatic, but SaaS is clearly the future. What enterprise or personal applications that we currently host on our servers or laptops will not eventually move to the cloud?
September 19, 2011 - 8:15pm
The News: Netflix is breaking into two divisions, Netflix for stream and Qwikster for DVDs. The Problem: An integrated service with a good DVD library and a bad streaming library now becomes a non-integrated service, one that looks like it will require going to two separate places to discover, watch, and order video. 4 Reasons Why Higher Ed Should Care About This Dumb Netflix Decision:
September 18, 2011 - 8:30pm
Before I jump into an argument about how we teach history, I want to make we don't lose the point that Charles Mann's 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created is a wonderful book.

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