Technology and Learning

Technology and Learning

A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology

January 6, 2011 - 11:45pm
I am a Basecamp failure. I have failed at Basecamp. I have failed 37 Signals. Today I cancelled my Basecamp account. I admitted defeat, and in this space I own up to my inadequacies. Basecamp is terrific. Elegant, simple and affordable software. The fault must lie with me.
January 5, 2011 - 11:00pm
One of the most important, but least remarked upon, higher ed trends over the past 10 years has been the transition from an individual (instructor) course design methodology to one that involves a team. This transition is being driven by the growth of online and hybrid courses and programs, as well as systematic course re-design efforts such as those advocated and supported by the National Center for Academic Transformation.
January 4, 2011 - 8:45pm
"Facebook has raised $500 million from Goldman Sachs and a Russian investor in a transaction that values the company at $50 billion, according to people involved in the transaction." from 1/3/11 NYT's A $50 billion valuation for Facebook equals a single company bubble. Facebook matters to higher ed for a few reasons.
January 3, 2011 - 8:15pm
Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg
January 2, 2011 - 8:45pm
All of us love to think about the future. What ed tech trends will emerge in 2011? What new technologies will be introduced? What tech companies will merge? What new ed tech businesses will form? Some good ones:
December 21, 2010 - 9:15pm
The Economist makes a convincing case that pursuing a Ph.D. is, at best, irrational. In "The Disposable Academic" (12/16/10), the author (a holder of a "largely pointless Ph.D. in theoretical ecology") concludes that:
December 20, 2010 - 8:45pm
Audiobooks have changed my life. How often have we heard complaints that our students don't read enough? What if we figured out how to deliver all of the assigned readings in multiple formats - from paper to digital to audio? Why should education be exempt in an attention economy? Why do we think our students have any more time than we do?
December 19, 2010 - 9:15pm
1. For-profit universities will begin to understand that they need to adopt the norms of transparency and the culture of openness and sharing that define the nonprofit education world. 2. Educators who work in nonprofits will become less critical of the model of for-profit education, as we start to understand that the market and the profit motive creatives incentives to increase both the quality and scale of higher ed offerings.
December 16, 2010 - 8:45pm
Have you become an Audible Platinum listener yet? 24 books for $229.50, which works out to $9.56 per book. If the average book is about 10 hours, then you are only paying a buck an hour. Libraries are still the best deal (plus you get to hang out with librarians who will recommend the perfect book), but the Audible Platinum plan is the next best thing.
December 15, 2010 - 9:15pm
This week Yahoo announced that it is laying off 600 employees, about 4% of its total global workforce.

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