Technology and Learning
A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology
June 12, 2011 - 9:15pm
A good friend from grad school came to visit this weekend. He is the chair of his department, and has had an incredible academic faculty career. Spending time with him has gotten me thinking about roads not taken, and the different lives of an administrator working in a campus technology position (what I'm doing), as compared to progressing through a more traditional faculty academic career.
June 9, 2011 - 9:15pm
The Man Who Lied to His Laptop: What Machines Teach Us About Human Relationships by Clifford Nass and Corina Yen
June 8, 2011 - 9:15pm
If clothing makes the man, then cases make the academic technologist.
June 7, 2011 - 9:30pm
Amazon's post-mortem of its late April cloud services (AWS) outage makes for fascinating reading. As higher ed accelerates our transition to cloud based services, (e-mail, storage, backup, the LMS, lecturer capture storage/serving , media management, and eventually the SIS), we should think about the AWS outage in terms of the skills we need to develop and retain on campus.
June 6, 2011 - 10:50pm
1. What does it mean that I love watching these Apple keynotes online, but I have zero desire to ever attend one live? (hint: Suspicion of group adulation.) 2. Why do we need all these reporters (and bloggers) covering the Apple Keynote presentations when everyone can just watch the event for themselves? 3. Does the fact that I'm sort of underwhelmed with OS X Lion indicate that I'm jaded or just spoiled? (I'll still upgrade though.) 4. Are there any interesting higher ed apps on the Mac App store? (And how come Apple doesn't talk about them much if they exist?)
June 5, 2011 - 9:31pm
Spousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage, and Dirty Dishes by Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson
June 2, 2011 - 9:00pm
Dear Paul Graham: I read about Y Combinator, your tech startup boot camp, in this month's Wired Magazine. With all due respect, I found most of the startups you chose to mentor to be kinda boring. Do we really need another music streaming, meal finding, social networky, Facebook gaming site or mobile app? Ask yourself this: What does the world really need that can be: a) delivered via a browser? b) delivered via a mobile device?
June 1, 2011 - 9:45pm
Thought experiment. You are teaching a course that has a significant online (distance) component. Your mobile platform will be used to access both the LMS (learning management system) and e-mail for responding to students. You are not looking for a main laptop replacement, and will not be doing course authoring or virtual meetings with this mobile platform. You want to be able to accomplish the following tasks: