Technology and Learning

Technology and Learning

A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology

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:
May 31, 2011 - 10:45pm
The Art of Immersion: How the Digital Generation Is Remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the Way We Tell Stories by Frank Rose
May 30, 2011 - 9:45pm
I love the NYTimes. I believe in the NYTimes. But sadly, and somewhat surprisingly, I don't miss the NYTimes. Since the NYTimes iPad app, the main way I read the NYTimes, went mostly behind the paywall, I've basically stopped spending quality time with the venerable gray lady. 5 Reasons Why I Don't Miss the NYTimes (all that much):
May 26, 2011 - 9:30pm
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession by Allison Hoover Bartlett
May 25, 2011 - 9:15pm
Create your job. Stop counting on someone else to employ you. Take risks, add value, and create something new. You know a hell of a lot about education. You develop, manage, and integrate a range of technologies. You know what services in higher ed could be delivered faster, better, and cheaper if someone started the right company or developed the right application or service. That person should be you.
May 24, 2011 - 9:45pm
Can we declare the era of the timed exam (almost) completely over? 6 Reasons to End (Almost) All Timed Exams*: 1. Level the Playing Field: Does it really make sense anymore to separate some timed exam and un-timed exam groups? When all exams are un-timed, nobody needs to request accommodation or make separate arrangements. What do we lose by setting time boundaries on exams? Seems to me we are often testing the ability to take a test within a certain amount of time, rather than student understanding.

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