Technology and Learning
A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology
March 24, 2011 - 9:45pm
I read somewhere a few years ago (maybe in Pink's Free Agent Nation, maybe somewhere else), that many jobs would soon resemble movie industry jobs. None of us would work for a single employer. Just as the studio system is dead in Hollywood (except perhaps at Disney), the time when actors and directors worked for a salary and made the movies the studio bosses chose, soon the "salary model" would also be a memory.
March 23, 2011 - 8:45pm
People who work with information, folks like you and me, are constantly in danger of becoming obsessed with jobs that involve working with things. The reason I love chef books is that the job seems so tangible. You work with your hands and your brain to create something, a product that can be tasted.
March 22, 2011 - 8:45pm
Jeff Bezos loves the NYTimes paywall. Here is what Amazon will do: 1. Create the Amazon Book Review Section:
March 22, 2011 - 4:16am
Full disclosure - I am an ECHO customer. We installed Echo360 to as a presentation capture system for the Master of Health Care Delivery Science program in which I work on. The reason we chose Echo360 for our new blended program was that: a) we liked the appliance based model (reliability, security etc.), b) we liked the Echo360 player and the ability to create and publish multiple file types to multiple publishing platforms, and c) we liked the people at Echo360.
March 20, 2011 - 6:15pm
Warning. If you read My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store by Ben Ryder Howe as audiobook, and listen while walking across campus, you will inevitably end up looking like a crazy person as you break out into uncontrollable laughter just as a tour of prospective students and their parents passes you on the green. I'm just saying. Other Dangers of Reading My Korean Deli:
March 17, 2011 - 11:00pm
I'm going to miss the New York Times. Without the Times, I'll be a less informed educator, citizen and parent. The NYTimes has been a part of my life as long as I can remember, its sections and writers constituting an important part of my mental identity. I love the NYTimes. I believe that the NYTimes is one of our most important cultural institutions. I know that producing high quality news and analysis is expensive, and I believe that editors and journalists and all the other professionals that put out the Times each day deserve to earn a good living.
March 16, 2011 - 9:00pm
Some people deserve their own courses. They are both interesting and prolific enough that only in the context of a course can we hope to digest and understand what they are up to. In academia we don't tend to turn people into courses, a shame as if we are smart enough to choose someone still on this planet there is a good chance that they will agree to interact with our students. So I propose a new course: The Learning Universe of Curtis J. Bonk
March 15, 2011 - 9:30pm
I’m curious about the life of full-time faculty at for-profits for four reasons: Sociological: I just don’t know too much about how being a professor at a for-profit differs or overlaps with life in the traditional non-profit academic world. Professional: Could it be that a teaching career at a for-profit is a viable (and perhaps excellent) career path for Ph.D.'s and other academics?
March 13, 2011 - 9:30pm
Should TED replace "Entertainment" with "Education"? Doesn't "Technology, Education, Design" make more sense than "Technology, Entertainment, Design"? Entertainment? We've got too many online entertainment options. Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc., etc. TED Talks represent one of the futures of Education. Smart, concise, unbundled, mobile, emotional, and with attention to form. TED Talks have forever changed the lecture, the conference presentation, and the capture lecture.