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December 17, 2009
1. Learning technology coheres into an academic discipline: offers courses, has a theoretical foundation, conducts research, peer review, and a shared identity. 2. Innovation in teaching methods becomes a major factor in tenure and promotion. 3. Increased movement of campus resources toward learning technology. 4. Normative that learning technology professionals design and teach or co-teach courses (as part of regular compensation). 5. Erosion of distinction between on-ground, hybrid and online learning (best method for each purpose).
December 16, 2009
Warning: This blog post is entirely speculative and quite likely wrong in many (if not all) areas. Unfortunately, I know little about Desire2Learn - having never utilized their LMS. The Desire2Learn people I heard speak at the EDUCAUSE conference were quite smart, and I heard positive things about the platform from some attendees. Pearson's LearningStudio is a new platform created out of the acquisition of eCollege and Fronter.
December 15, 2009
--To challenge the status quo in teaching and learning. --To make big classes act and feel like seminars. --To help move courses towards an active learning model, where students construct their own learning. --To help the faculty teach to their strengths. --To allow our students to play to their strengths rather then worrying about correcting their weaknesses. --To move the development of courses to a team approach that combines subject matter, librarian, technical and pedagogical professionals.
December 14, 2009
Nobody gets the power of small pieces loosely joined better than TechSmith. I've been playing with its newest Jing feature - one that allows Jing screencasts or images to be directly uploaded to Twitter.
December 13, 2009
Inside Higher Ed should start a virtual book club. This idea came to me after finishing Googled: The End of the World As We Know It.
December 10, 2009
Some publishers have decided to delay the release of e-books until four months following the hardcover release. The publishers are worried that: a. E-books have the potential to cannibalize sales of hardcovers. b. Profits will erode has e-book retailers (Amazon etc.) move to sharing less of the revenue in the future. Depressing.
December 9, 2009
College teaching is transitioning from a craft model where a single faculty member designs, delivers and evaluates a course to a model that encompasses a range of professionals. This shift has been led by online courses, but is filtering out towards hybrid and on-ground classes. In this model a faculty member (subject matter expert) works with a team of learning designers, library subject specialists, media experts, and technologists to create and deliver the course.
December 8, 2009
I agree with the NYTimes' Jenna Wortham that the combination of the App Store and the iPhone/iTouch is a "Game Changer." (If you don't agree then please comment - I'd like to hear your contrarian view.)
December 7, 2009
I come from an academic family. My Dad, George Masnick, has had a long career as a demographer at Harvard. Dad sent me this e-mail the other day in response to some of the work that I'm doing in learning technology: "Boy, has teaching changed since I was in the saddle! I kind of feel sorry for all the over 50 professors who will become increasingly marginalized unless they can retool their teaching. Love, Dad"
December 6, 2009
Spent a few hours this week in the San Diego airport waiting for my red-eye flight back East. Had a backpack full of articles and reports that need to get read. A bunch of writing that needed to get written. Yet ... I found myself whiling away the hours happily watching "Glee" on Hulu. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to not break into song while watching that show? (I'm sure the TSA frowns on terminal singing).