Technology and Learning

Technology and Learning

A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology

September 22, 2010 - 10:00pm
5 reasons why I loved reading Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen, on my Kindle Wi-Fi, 6": 1. Amazing book - the device disappeared. No, really - the book is as good as the hype. If you are not reading Freedom right now you are going to miss out on some great conversations.
September 21, 2010 - 11:00pm
Health care and education are the defining issues of our time. These industries share a common set of challenges around costs, access, and quality. We have the world's greatest hospitals and colleges, doctors and professors - and people from around the world continue to look to our health care and academic institutions for leadership and innovation. People working in these two sectors also share a common realization that we cannot go into the future as we have proceeded in the past. We need to find ways to bend the cost curves for health care costs and tuition.
September 20, 2010 - 3:45pm
The problem with reviewing Nick Bilton's amazing new book, "I Live in the Future & Here's How It Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted" is confirmation bias. Nick says things I agree with, and therefore I'm likely to approve both of his arguments and the way in which he makes them.
September 19, 2010 - 9:00pm
What are you ideas about the importance and future of campus media management? How is your campus managing all the media that is being created by lecture capture, student video projects, the digitization of curricular videos, and the uploading of clips into your course management system? Do you have a platform that allows for the upload, transcoding, tagging, searching, streaming, and embedding of curricular media?
September 16, 2010 - 9:15pm
Interstate 69: The Unfinished History of the Last Great American Highway by Matt Dellinger tells the story what may prove to be the nation's last major new territory superhighway.
September 15, 2010 - 9:30pm
This post is not about Google's new Priority Inbox feature for Gmail. Yes, I'm trying it - seems like a great idea. This post is about how amazing the cartoon for Priority Inbox is - how persuasive, informative, and amusing. Check it out.
September 14, 2010 - 9:45pm
Thought I'd try an experiment of sharing with you some of the best practices I'm trying to write up about the rhythm of online teaching, in the hopes that you will provide some ideas and feedback. Ideally this would be a wiki, but we are stuck with a blog platform. While I'm writing about online teaching, I think the principles apply to on-ground and blended learning.
September 13, 2010 - 10:00pm
Great story today on IHE about OpenCast's release of Matterhorn 1.0, the open source lecture capture system. The story ends with a great quote from Eric Burns, the COO of Panopto, on how Matterhorn will benefit the proprietary lecture capture vendors:
September 12, 2010 - 8:30pm
The $139 Kindle is a game changer. 2011 will be the year that the traditional paper coursepack (finally) disappears, to be replaced by a default digital version with the option to print on demand. And if things go right, the Kindle should be the dominant coursepack delivery platform.
September 9, 2010 - 9:45pm
I'm in the learning business, which makes my tendency to slip into "schoolyard folk wisdom, or empty theorizing" about learning less forgivable. Apparently, some of the things I thought I knew about how the brain learns are just wrong. Check out "Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits," by Benedict Carey for the NYTimes (9/6/10). 3 specifics that I've (falsely) incorporated into my mental map of brain learning include:

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