Technology and Learning

Technology and Learning

A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology

May 19, 2011 - 9:15pm
College courses only work if the instructor retains control of the learning environment. This control must exist across physical and digital spaces. Don't these statements run counter to the ideas of active learning? Of learning as a negotiated process, where students construct their knowledge and are guided by the professor? Isn't the idea that faculty need to control the learning environment antithetical to the central tenets of student-centered learning? No, no, and no.
May 18, 2011 - 8:15pm
Arrival City: How the Largest Migration in History Is Reshaping Our World by Doug Saunders
May 17, 2011 - 9:00pm
Here's how I think I understand the Pearson and Panopto deal works:
May 16, 2011 - 9:45pm
Did you read Dan Berrett's piece "In for Nasty Weather" in yesterday's (5/16) edition of IHE?
May 15, 2011 - 9:30pm
The Chromebook requires a Google LMS (learning management system) if Google hopes to significantly displace Microsoft or Apple in higher ed. I say "Google LMS", because I don't believe that existing LMS's, in conjunction with the current Chromebook applications, offers students enough capabilities to ditch their MacBooks or Windows laptops. The Chromebook will ship with offline versions of GMail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar - but the lack of an offline and fully integrated LMS will limit higher ed adoption.
May 12, 2011 - 9:30pm
My gut reaction is that Microsoft's $8.5 billion purchase of Skype is a good thing for higher ed, and probably a smart move on Microsoft's part. I'm betting that you are critical of this acquisition, and worried if the free (or very cheap) Skype that you rely on so much will change or go away. I think Microsoft would be nuts to mess too much with the goodness of Skype, as Skype's large installed user base is more valuable than its technology.
May 11, 2011 - 7:30pm
If you went to grad school in sociology in the 1990s you probably talked about inequality (what we called stratification) all the time. I think I would have sounded more intelligent during these conversations if Branko Milanovic's excellent 'The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality' had been available.
May 10, 2011 - 10:15pm
Amazon.com should get to know us better. We'd like to get to know Amazon. What company is so entrenched in our daily technology, content, and supply chain lives, yet that we have no relationship with anyone from the company? How many times a week do you touch Amazon? What Amazon products and services do you use?
May 9, 2011 - 9:15pm
In the next year we will see Kaltura, Ensemble, or ShareStream acquired by Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, or Cengage. The founders and early investors in at least one of these online video platform companies are going to do quite well for themselves. The publishing company that makes this acquisition as soon as possible, before the price gets too steep, will realize the highest return on its investment.
May 8, 2011 - 8:15pm
Reading Aerotropolis got me thinking about supply chains, cold chains (how food and flowers travel market to market), and lately the wireless chain. Not sure if I'm coining a term here, but the "wireless chain" is the degree to which a person can move from place-to-place with uninterrupted access to wireless Internet.

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