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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.
January 6, 2010
Dear Academic Librarians…... Please take these questions as those from someone who loves academic libraries and has the ultimate respect and admiration or the academic librarians that make these institutions so indispensable for teaching and learning. Question 1: Do you foresee a future in which academic libraries will transition from a command and control model of book/journal buying to a demand based, market driven approach to just-in-time acquisitions?
January 5, 2010
How many times have all of us complained about grade inflation? I'm guilty. You're guilty. We all do it. But maybe we're all wrong.
January 4, 2010
Since everyone is going crazy about the possible/maybe upcoming Apple iSlate tablet, I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and add to the hype. But … with a higher ed. angle.
January 3, 2010
Facebook is moving towards irrelevance. OK, the numbers may not back up this assertion (see Facebook dethroning Google as the No. 1 site over Christmas). But Facebook is increasingly irrelevant to my world in educational technology. David Carr of the NYTimes wrote on New Year's Day about why Twitter is supplanting Facebook and RSS feeds as his news radar and quick communications channel.
December 29, 2009
The Silicon Alley Insider recently named 21 technologies that became obsolete this past decade. My favorites from the list included: the PDA, paid e-mail accounts, dial-up, film developing, video rental stores, landlines, public pay phones, VCRs, phonebooks, and CDs. What learning technologies have become obsolete this decade?
December 28, 2009
Higher education needs a vertical search engine. This would be a great business opportunity, as a site that got higher ed search right would create a valuable platform for advertising. The value of a lecture capture banner ad would increase for anyone searching about lecture capture. Same with pay-per-click keywords. A vertical search in higher education would also keep readers on the site longer.
December 27, 2009
How much time do college students spend playing video games? I did some quick Googling this morning and was unable to come up with any recent numbers. (Can you do any better?) What I did find was that: According to a Harris Interactive 2007 survey, the average teen boy spends 18 hours per week playing video games, 10 more hours than his female counterparts.
December 22, 2009
All my bosses have been women. I should say, all my bosses in the world of learning technology. And this is not totally true, as up until recently my last boss was a guy. But by and large, through two institutions of higher education and one foray into the for-profit dot-com world of educational technology. my bosses have been women. I never really gave this any thought - as the gender of my bosses never seemed to be a salient variable in their leadership styles, abilities and skills.
December 21, 2009
I've been thinking about how important my Gen X colleagues are in my professional and personal life, and I've been wondering what changes our generation will bring to academia. Perhaps it is because I'm reading Slackonomics: Generation X in the Age of Creative Destruction, by Lisa Chamberlain. Or maybe it is because I turned 40 in 2009.