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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).
December 3, 2009
Sergey, Larry, Eric .... you guys are missing out. How can you hope to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful" if all the wonderful presentations and talks on college and university campuses continue to be unrecorded and made available on YouTube? Google made all sorts of deals with academic libraries to scan and serve books, why aren't you doing the same with presentation capture?
December 2, 2009
We are a mixed LMS household. My 7th grader uses Moodle, I use Blackboard. Watching her use of Moodle to hand in her assignments, watch linked videos, download readings, participate in discussions and check her grades is a nightly reminder that utilization of educational technology is not restricted to the post-secondary world. Some of my daughter's teachers make the sort of use of Moodle that would be a great model faculty members wanting to leverage their campus LMS.
December 1, 2009
I'm sitting in Boston's Logan airport, enjoying the free Google WiFi (until January 15th), preparing to fly to San Diego for ECAR Symposium 2009: Disruption, Adaptation, and Evolution. For the trip I'm carrying a cell phone (Pantech Breeze - CNET calls ideal for "senior citizens and those with disabilities"), an iPod Touch, an iPod Nano, and a MacBook Pro. My backpack contains about 10 pounds of printed reports (mostly ECAR and EDUCAUSE publications), and a couple of Economist magazines. I'm carrying 3 power chargers across the country. I'm a picture of non-convergence.
November 30, 2009
Are you up for a thought experiment? Let's say that you were given the keys Microsoft's cloud. You could move any platform, application, database, or service from your campus to Microsoft's distributed data centers. Let's further say that Microsoft, in an effort to gain higher ed mindshare and the opportunity to up-sell services and enterprise platforms, was offering its cloud to you for no money. Unlimited processors, bandwidth, and storage. Service level agreements. Long-term contracts. Where would you start? What would you do? My Candidates:
November 29, 2009
The smartest decision that Blackboard has made recently does not involve a new feature, acquisition, policy change, or marketing strategy. The smartest decision Blackboard has made in recent months is to recruit Mark O'Neil to come work for the company as a new Technical Product Manager. You can read why Mark decided to accept the job at Blackboard in his own words over on the Dartmouth Curricular Computing blog.
November 24, 2009
Do you plan to unplug for Thanksgiving? Will you leave the laptop at home as you travel to spend the holiday with family? Can you refrain from checking e-mail on your Blackberry, iPhone, or Droid? Is it possible to drop your Tweets to zero, and make absolutely no Facebook status updates? I'm guessing the answer, for most of us, is no, nope, nada and no chance.
November 23, 2009
The degree of my ignorance of educational technology outside of the U.S. was brought home to me by how eagerly I listened to an EDUCAUSE podcast with Yves Paul Epelboin, Director of IT for Teaching and Learning at the Universite Pierre Et Marie Curie in Paris.
November 22, 2009
The tail of teaching talent in your institution is longer then generally recognized, and it extends to your librarians and technologists. Perhaps this long tail of teaching talent encompasses others as well, such as the professionals in institutional research, human resources, building operations, and many more.