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March 10, 2010
I'm a huge believer that as many people as possible involved in higher education should teach. Administrators should teach. Librarians should teach. Technologists should teach. People who work in companies should teach. Journalists, editors, and publishers covering higher education should teach. I think more companies should follow Wimba's lead in encouraging their employees to teach.
March 9, 2010
A colleague sent me an article from The Washington Post, "Wide Web of Diversions Gets Laptops Evicted From Lecture Halls."
March 8, 2010
Matt. Very much enjoyed your Views column "Switching Sides" on your preparation to teach online.
March 7, 2010
Part of the responsibilities I enjoy most in academic technology is the opportunity to make recommendations for campus technology purchases. Examples include the opportunity to review and evaluate providers of platforms/products/services for: the LMS, lecture capture, curricular content management, student/faculty collaboration tools, curricular media authoring, synchronous collaboration, mobile learning, simulations, and many more.
March 4, 2010
In a previous post I offered "rules of the road" for companies in preparing and delivering product demos and product webinars. Today I'd like to list the 5 questions that ed tech companies must answer when communicating about their product or service with a potential client. Notice that these questions have little to do with features or technologies, although these are the topics on which companies usually spend most of their time.
March 3, 2010
Learning technology is an academic leveler. For a learning technologist, the most important attribute is not academic rank or tenure status, but enthusiasm for teaching. We treat the adjunct instructor and the postdoc the same way we treat the full professor. Come to us for help in designing your course, or integrating technology to reach your teaching goals, and we will treat you like a V.I.P.
March 2, 2010
Charge for the accessories. Create a NYTimes branded iPad and iPhone/Touch case. Make it gorgeous. Work with Apple to have your NYTimes iPad case be the exclusive case offered in their stores and online. Convince Apple to forgo its cut for this accessory. Since you are creating a really wonderful iPad and iPhone App (and giving it away), Apple should be willing to be generous.
March 1, 2010
Have you watched Temple Grandin's TED talk "The World Needs All Kinds of Minds"? If not, stop what you are doing and take 20 minutes to watch (or listen) to her talk. (Note: I watch TED Talks on my iTouch - another reason I'm thoroughly convinced that we need to provide our curricular media content in as many formats and for as many platforms at TED delivers).
February 28, 2010
In 1999, while teaching at West Virginia University, I created a site called LecturesOnline.org. You can find the original home page for LecturesOnline at the Internet Archive site. LecturesOnline.org was created out of my desire to easily locate materials for teaching, and to share the materials that I was creating for my classes with other faculty. The home page contains the following text:
February 25, 2010
Learning Objects is a company I really like. One of the great things about working in learning technology is the opportunity to interact with companies and the people who work at them. When I was teaching full-time my interactions were pretty much limited to colleagues and students. In my experience, some of the people who are most dedicated to goal of leveraging technology to challenge the status quo in higher ed work for ed tech companies. 3 reasons that I particularly like Learning Objects (LO):