Technology and Learning
A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology
June 7, 2010 - 9:23pm
I'm convinced that technology will provide the bridge between learning theory and teaching practice in higher ed. The gap between what we know and what we can actually accomplish is always large. For instance, we know that the best learning takes place in a seminar setting, with students and teachers sitting around a table and constructing knowledge through conversation, dialogue, and opportunities for active learning. The problem is that the resources do not exist to turn every class into a seminar, as the seminar method does not scale. Instead, we have lecture courses.
June 6, 2010 - 8:52pm
'"The idea of a "senior learning technologist" telling faculty that their syllabi should be made freely available is laughable." --Posted by DrRingDing on June 3, 2010 at 11:30am EDT in a comment to my blog.
June 3, 2010 - 9:49pm
The marvelous Barbara Fister writes in our discussion yesterday about my argument that Google should provide a syllabus platform:
June 2, 2010 - 9:56pm
Every syllabus should be published, indexed, and freely available online. Where possible, the online syllabus should have these 5 traits: 1. Published in Web format, in addition to a PDF or Word document (which is better for printing but not for quickly scanning). 2. Contain links to full-text openly available curricular documents and media. 3. Provide learning outcomes at the course and modular level. 4. Include links to the instructor's C.V. and any other online resources or places that can connect the learner with the instructor.
June 1, 2010 - 9:56pm
We make tons of screencasts for our FAQ pages. Voice-over screencasts are great ways to show people how to accomplish tasks in the LMS, on the Web, or in specialized applications. A movie is no substitute for good step-by-step directions, as many people would prefer to have the steps written out for them to follow. But as screencasting is much faster, and in these days of unlimited demands and limited time, having a screencast available is better than not having anything. (The gold standard is to have both a screencast and step-by-step instructions).
May 31, 2010 - 9:48pm
Every now and again a book comes out that deserves to be read and discussed by your entire campus (or organization). Nudge and The Wisdom of Crowds are two such books.
May 27, 2010 - 9:29pm
Dean Dad's "A Nerdy Academic's Tech Wish List" got me thinking about what tech behaviors and abilities that I wish every academic would adopt and posses. If I could wave my magic wand and set a floor, a baseline, for instructor use and adoption of technology in teaching then which behaviors and competencies would I wish into existence?
May 26, 2010 - 9:55pm
This recommendation is only for people who work in higher education. Civilians should stay away. I have 3 reasons why you should read The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal, by Ben Mezrich. (None of these reasons have anything to do with the book helping you figure out your Facebook privacy settings).
May 25, 2010 - 9:04pm
Video blogging and the LMS seem like they should go together naturally. Like bagels and cream cheese, the combination is better than either alone. This mashup of technologies and communication techniques, alas, has not seemed to catch-on. Why not? An argument for integrating video blogging with the LMS: