Technology and Learning
A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology
April 14, 2010 - 8:45pm
In 2025, when book publishers look back to try to understand why their business became first disintermediated and then displaced, the prevailing sentiment will be one of regret. They will ask themselves: "How did we fail to learn from the example of the music industry and newspaper business? Why didn't we take advantage of new technologies instead of fighting them? How did we manage to fail to create a new generation of book readers and book buyers?"
April 13, 2010 - 9:12pm
Hope you will consider joining me and reading This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, by Marilyn Johnson. I'm about 50 pages into this love letter to librarians and their profession, and look forward to discussing what Johnson has to say with my academic librarian, faculty and computing colleagues.
April 12, 2010 - 10:06pm
A Dartmouth senior, Lucretia Witte, conducted a research project "collecting information and testimonies on how students view the roles of technology, for good and for ill, in their learning experiences". Below are some questions (from me) and answers (from Lucretia) about her research project. I hope that you find these thoughts about her research process and findings as valuable as I do. Question: Please describe your research project. What were your main research questions? What methods did you use to conduct your research?
April 11, 2010 - 9:18pm
Spent this weekend "moving in" to my iPad. Been thinking about what to say, which made me think about what we should be asking. Most of the debate around the iPad has focussed on the utility of the platform for teaching and learning, the problematic nature of a closed and proprietary system, and the relative merits of the iPad form factor vs. the laptop. Good questions all, but I think perhaps the wrong questions. What we really should be asking ourselves is: - Will the iPad catch on with our students?
April 8, 2010 - 9:47pm
The Question: Should learning design duties be added to traditional subject librarian tasks? The Role: A learning designer, in the context that I am thinking about the role, most resembles a course project manager. The learning designer works directly in the learning management system (LMS) to develop the course skeleton to which the faculty member adds the flesh of content and assignments. The course skeleton includes course modules, with areas for learning outcomes, deliverables, discussions etc.
April 7, 2010 - 8:12pm
Great discussion around the "Eroding Library Role?" article from 4/7. One area that I'd like to engage the library community is around librarians and course development. Do you see a future where librarians partner with faculty to design Web-enabled (hybrid/online) courses? I ask this question for 3 reasons:
April 6, 2010 - 9:47pm
We only really learn anything when there is a possibility that our ideas may be wrong. Any assertions that we make that do not include the possibility that we are incorrect, that can't be disproven or changed due to the evidence, have crossed-over from analysis to theology. So here are 11 examples of things I believe to be true in the place that education and technology intersect, but where I might be wrong.
April 5, 2010 - 9:54pm
Fair warning - Cory Doctorow is much smarter than I am - so you'd probably want to side with him over me. I say, heck yes to the iPad. This is a big deal for higher ed. The iPad programs at Seton Hill and George Fox should be celebrated, if not copied. And the iPad Blackboard app looks pretty cool.
April 4, 2010 - 9:25pm
I like textbooks. I like to design courses around textbooks. How can I promote textbooks with one hand and open learning materials with the other?