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June 9, 2010 - 9:17pm
It is not everyday that I recommend that you invest your precious time to go and read a vendor whitepaper, so I hope this time you will take my advice. Go to the Symtext home page and download their whitepaper “The New Learning: Digital and Post-secondary Education." Even if you have no interest in checking out Symtext, I think you will find this brief (6 pages) document thought provoking and informative.
June 8, 2010 - 9:28pm
The short answer is no.The longer answer is complicated.Over the last year, I've had more candidates ask me this than I had in the previous several years combined. I suspect it's a function of the abruptly-worse job market, in which people who might have been shoo-ins in the past unexpectedly fall short. I've heard it asked out of apparently sincere bafflement, in an I'm-trying-to-trip-you-up tone, and in indignant anger. I can't answer any of them.
June 8, 2010 - 9:26pm
One advantage of learning technology is it can help us close the gap between and idea and curriculum. When I first started teaching (in grad school in 1993) the task of finding teaching materials was extremely time consuming. I remember spending lots of time at the photocopy machine, transferring charts and graphs to plastic transparencies that I'd display in class with the overhead. Collecting VHS tapes to show video segments in class was a particular passion of mine - leading my (shared) grad student office that was cluttered with tapes.
June 8, 2010 - 9:25pm
I was reading through the latest edition of Greenpeace's Energy [R]evolution scenario. It's the third such effort, and lays out a more aggressive (but still practicable) plan, reducing global GHG emissions by more than 80% by 2050. I say "still practicable", because the scenario depicted includes creation of millions of good new jobs and fuel savings which pretty much pay for any increases in capital costs.
June 7, 2010 - 10:21pm
Although I know I'm tempting the speech-code-police to come after me, I'll admit that if I were king of higher ed for a day, I'd ban the phrase "get your gen eds out of the way." It's one of those phrases that well-meaning advisors use to try to help students plan their schedules. But I'm convinced it does untold damage.
June 7, 2010 - 10:16pm
Whilst escaping from Chez Rendell this morning, I espied what I thought was the end of a TV commercial put out by the wireless phone industry through its trade group CTIA. And then, as I drove to campus, it entered my mind that the Gulf oil spill calamity, for all its calamitousness, has created a window of advertising opportunity. A chance to influence the way people think about the environment, and the country, and which virtues are important.
June 7, 2010 - 9:23pm
I'm convinced that technology will provide the bridge between learning theory and teaching practice in higher ed. The gap between what we know and what we can actually accomplish is always large. For instance, we know that the best learning takes place in a seminar setting, with students and teachers sitting around a table and constructing knowledge through conversation, dialogue, and opportunities for active learning. The problem is that the resources do not exist to turn every class into a seminar, as the seminar method does not scale. Instead, we have lecture courses.
June 7, 2010 - 8:57pm
I’ve been consumed by news stories lately, one local—within the community of “mother bloggers” — and one national. The local, a story of a child’s death; the national, the Gulf Coast oil spill. They have little in common except the way they make me feel: impotent, enraged, worried. Impotent, because it seems there’s so little I can do to change the way things are. Enraged, because the stories both suggest miscarriages of justice.
June 6, 2010 - 9:36pm
I take a week off from blogging, and Wal-Mart announces that it's entering higher education! I can't leave you people alone for one minute...
June 6, 2010 - 8:52pm
'"The idea of a "senior learning technologist" telling faculty that their syllabi should be made freely available is laughable."--Posted by DrRingDing on June 3, 2010 at 11:30am EDT in a comment to my blog.


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