Technology and Learning

Technology and Learning

A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology

October 26, 2010 - 8:45pm
5 Things Netflix Streaming Can Teach Higher Ed: 1. Replace Yourself: Offering unlimited streaming for $8.99 a month (1 physical DVD out at a time) may seem like the best way to cannibalize a core business of charging people $16.99 a month for 3 DVDs. But Netflix knew that if it did not take this step then someone else would. Much better to grow the customer base by offering a superior product at a good price than to try to hold on to a limited number of customers using a legacy product. Where can we replace ourselves in higher ed, before someone else does it for us?
October 25, 2010 - 9:00pm
Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About the "Real" America, by Dante Chinni and James Gimpel, is a book that reminds me why I got into the social science game to begin with. If I were still teaching sociology (and I miss teaching!), the next course I designed would be totally around Patchwork Nation.
October 24, 2010 - 8:45pm
How much would you pay for a monthly subscription to Amazon's digital book content? Writing in this month's Wired, Chris Suellentrop (Abandon Ownership) argues: "The winner of the ebooks sweepstakes will be the bookseller who becomes a bookrenter. I don't want to own hundreds of books on a Kindle at $10 a pop. I want to Netflix them - pay for access to every book ever published. I'd rather be a renter in Borges' library than the owner of my own."
October 21, 2010 - 10:01pm
We live in a great time, a time when books and media can seamlessly complement each other. I love short videos about books and their authors. Amazon has done a great job of making these videos available, and one of my favorite resources is Authors@Google.
October 20, 2010 - 9:01pm
Curse Apple. On the same day that I finish Johnson's amazing book Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, Apple releases the MacBook Air.
October 19, 2010 - 8:30pm
Here is a slide deck from a presentation that Josh Jarrett, Senior Program Officer in Education, Postsecondary Success at the Gates Foundation, gave on the 9/10/10. If I could think of any slide deck that I think should be passed around the higher ed world, this would be it.
October 18, 2010 - 9:15pm
While looking for the future at EDUCAUSE 2010 I ended up, thanks to Bill Bryson, being captivated by the past. Specifically 19th century England, the years in which the Industrial Revolution changed us from an essentially feudal to a largely modern civilization. We should stipulate that Bill Bryson is a genius, a writer that has built up so much goodwill that due to confirmation bias we start his books prepared to cherish each page.
October 17, 2010 - 9:30pm
I've come to believe that at EDUCAUSE, there is the Conference and the conference. The Conference (large C) is what happens at sessions, the exhibitor floor, and the parties. The conference (small c), with an emphasis on the first two syllables (confer), consists of all the discussions that take place in hotel suites and in small rooms on the vendor floor.
October 15, 2010 - 4:45am
This EDUCAUSE Conference has felt different from all the rest, and the reason I think is Gates Foundation Next Generation Learning Challenges. This is the first EDUCAUSE Conference that I've attended where there is a real feeling of confidence that information technology can be the lever for structural change in our higher ed system. What are the challenges being discussed?
October 13, 2010 - 11:00pm
How was your day two (Wednesday) of EDUCAUSE 2010? Big takeaways? Surprises? Revelations? (okay…maybe that is asking too much). Here are the 4 big things that standout for me from day two:

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