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January 20, 2010
The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative's (ELI's) 7 Things You Should Know About series is one of my favorite monthly publications. Recent 7 Things publications included briefs about Next-Generation Presentation Tools, Google Wave, collaborative annotation, telepresence, data visualization, and microblogging.
January 19, 2010
Innovation in learning catalyzed by technology operates most productively when centered on a physical space. I think all of us in academic technology can learn a great deal from the model that some language / resources centers adopt. The model that I have observed, and which I think the language lab world has evolved toward, includes these four elements:
January 18, 2010
The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) annual meeting is being held this week in Austin. The theme of the meeting is: "Learning Environments for a Web 2.0 World," with the conference centered around exploring: "….models for the future of learning that fuse emerging technologies and learner-centered strategies to yield new learning environments designed for student success."
January 17, 2010
The annual Horizon Report is essential reading and discussion material in educational technology. This is the report that I hope is passed around and discussed by academic IT departments. Better yet, a proactive leader could lead her department through the Horizon Report methodology, creating a structured opportunity for colleagues to discuss the most important trends and technologies in learning technology.
January 14, 2010
Have any of you ever purchased a set of DVDs or audio CDs from The Teaching Company? We got a catalog in at home in the mail yesterday, it felt like an artifact from another era. The Web site for The Teaching Company reads:
January 13, 2010
The tenure track job market is in the toilet. Have you considered pursuing an academic technology or library career instead? Have you thought about applying to a Master's of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program? How about a Master's in Instructional Technology and Learning Services? I'm sure you've thought about this option (have you?). Or maybe been given advice that learning technology and academic librarian jobs are wonderful routes to have an academic career.
January 12, 2010
We often hear that buying a house will be a family's biggest expense. I wonder if this aphorism still holds true. In my family, our greatest expense will be higher education. My wife and I are committed to giving our girls (now 7th and 5th grade) the same advantage of a debt-free college and graduate school that we enjoyed.
January 11, 2010
Contrary to our popular image, those of us who work in technology are often skeptical about its potential. We know, from long experience, all the ways that technology can underperform and fail. We understand that those pushing technologies are often out to sell something, a product or an agenda, and it is our role to be skeptical.
January 10, 2010
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the discussion Friday about the academic library and the cloud. I learned a ton. Going forward, I'm hoping to build on this dialogue and find more opportunities for the academic technology and academic librarian worlds to communicate and share information.
January 7, 2010
Thanks for the great response to my questions yesterday for academic librarians? My hope is both for a dialogue and a method that people like me who work in computing or come from academic departments can better understand the academic library world. I'll be the first to admit my ignorance, so I appreciate the indulgence of my colleagues in explaining the realities, constraints and goals of academic libraries.