Technology and Learning

Technology and Learning

A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology

October 11, 2011 - 9:45pm
The news from Neftlix CEO Reed Hastings "no change: one website, one account, one password … in other words, no Qwikster." In jettisoning the plan to create two separate (and non-communicating) sites for streaming and DVDs, Netflix has made its first smart move in many months. What can we learn in higher ed from this Qwikster debacle and Netflix's reversal? Lesson 1 - Admit (Quickly) When Your Are Wrong:
October 10, 2011 - 9:00pm
EDUCAUSE 2011 in Philadelphia is a week away! Are you going? What do you want to get out of the conference? What do you hope to learn? What's on your mind? Some things that are on my mind as I prepare for EDUCAUSE 2011: 1 - The LMS:
October 9, 2011 - 8:15pm
Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius by Sylvia Nasar
October 6, 2011 - 9:45pm
Second Life has been somewhat of a higher ed bust. Yeah, I know that some of you have been using Second Life to hold some classes and teach some things, but you are in the extreme minority. For most of us, our experience in Second Life can be described as: Step 1: Excitement about the possibilities for immersive learning and collaboration in Second Life. Step 2: Creating a Second Life account, and finding out that we couldn't really do anything without an apparent investment of 10 billion hours or so of virtual living.
October 5, 2011 - 11:00pm
I think I can speak for our entire IHE community in saying how sad we are at the news of Steve Jobs's death. Few individuals have loomed so large in our consciousness over the past decade as Steve Jobs.
October 4, 2011 - 9:00pm
What will the university be like in 30 years? In 1981 I was 12 years old, growing up in Brookline MA, and spending lots of time in Cambridge where my dad was a professor. We would take the T to Harvard Square after school, go to my Dad's office to beg for some money, stop in at Elsie's for an Elsie's burger, and head to 1001 Plays (located at 1001 Mass Ave).
October 3, 2011 - 8:31pm
Do you work with colleagues who have chosen to work something less than full-time? Perhaps these colleagues are income packaging, combing paying gigs from multiple sources based on professional interests and a desire to keep a diverse work portfolio. Or maybe they have family commitments and priorities that require flexible or non-standard schedules to fit everything in. Maybe they have other additional interests, and choose to work part-time so they can reserve time and energy to invest in these avocations.
October 2, 2011 - 8:00pm
Some readers will interpret Chad Harbach's The Art of Fielding as a book about baseball, others as a book about fathers and daughters, taboo love affairs, or the intensity of male friendship. I see The Art of Fielding as one of our great campus novels.
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.

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