Technology and Learning

Technology and Learning

A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology

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.
December 14, 2010 - 8:15pm
Do you feel like declaring time bankruptcy? Do you have more things to do each day than hours to do them in? Three possible reasons why you and I might be time bankrupt:
December 13, 2010 - 10:00pm
"Why are you beating this horse to death? I mean how many blog posts about Blackboard getting bought can you possibly write?" (Tim Roberts, comment at 12/13/10 post) Fair question Tim. I'm not actually only flogging the Blackboard horse. Truth is, I'm obsessed with what the next 5 years will hold in terms of acquisitions and mergers in the ed tech space. Here are my reasons:
December 13, 2010 - 4:15am
Acquiring Blackboard would make strategic sense for Google, Microsoft or Cisco. Price matters, and Blackboard is expensive at a market capitalization of $1.46 billion. But if the acquisition makes good strategic sense, the price over the long-run (a few hundred million here, a few hundred million there) makes little difference.
December 9, 2010 - 8:30pm
The most important shift brought about by the Web has been to move more of us from being consumers to producers. The fact that you are reading this blog now, and maybe will comment on the post - or tweet or blog yourself, is testament to this fact. Distressingly, the practice of higher ed has largely lagged this transition - too little of our student's time is spent producing for the world (writing, making videos, posting and sharing) - and too much time is still spent consuming words from the mouths of our professors.
December 8, 2010 - 9:45pm
The thing about the Chrome laptop is that it will eventually (soon) be very cheap. The Chrome laptop is not a replacement for your MacBook Pro or your Windows 7 laptop. The Chrome laptop is a leapfrog tool, perfect for the people of the emerging world who are currently on mobile phones (having skipped landlines), and will soon be in the market for an affordable computer.

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