Tuning in to e-Literate TV

A new platform to spark an informed campus conversation.

February 27, 2014

I love e-Literate TV.   

Watching these Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill online video productions is wonderful confirmation that edtech is finally cool.   

I’ve been (lightly) binge watching e-Literate TV (there are only 2 episodes - with more coming soon), and I’ve come away from the experience inspired and energized.

E-Literate TV will prove to be a wonderful catalyst for discussion on your campus.  The way I imagine leveraging e-Literate TV will be to include links to specific episodes in the prep materials sent around before campus discussions.  

The short segments will serve to bring all the stakeholders, particularly the non-edtech nerds (such as faculty, deans etc.), to a common baseline going into the discussions.  

It will be enormously helpful to have everyone speaking the same language about online learning, MOOCs, blended learning, flipped classes etc.  

It will be even more helpful to that these trends in learning technology will be contextualized within the larger challenges of costs, quality and access that the face in higher ed.

The latest episode, The Times, They Are a-Changin, (posted on 2/25), is a terrific interview with our very own IHE editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman.   

In about 15 minutes Scott and Doug are able to synthesize the big debates and issues around learning technology.  

What is so great about this e-Literate episode is that we get to hear Scott and Doug’s opinions about the uses and misuses of technology in higher ed.  

I’ve often wished that Scott and Doug would provide more of this sort of opinion writing on IHE (neither is reticent in their public speaking appearances), and e-Literate TV provides a terrific platform to air their views.

The earlier episode, Online Learning: What Is It Good For? covers two big topics.  First, Phil and Michael discuss the different modalities of educational delivery models and course design. Next, the guys talk about how the Cal State system is hoping to utilize online learning to relieve the pressure on bottleneck courses.   

These are complicated topics, and to their credit Phil and Michael emphasize the questions we should be asking about online education, rather than pushing for any specific one-size fits all solution.  

E-Literate TV fills a need that we have had for accessible and highly informed analysis and commentary and discussion on educational technology.  

Spending time with these two guys is a pleasure.  

You get the feeling that Michael and Phil are having a blast experimenting with the medium of online video and mutli-modal storytelling.  

The IN THE TELLING http://inthetelling.com platform that they use to produce the e-Literative TV episodes is a big improvement over straight online video.  

E-Literate is already a must read blog http://mfeldstein.com for our community.   

I think that e-Literate TV will expand on Phil and Michael’s growing edtech media empire.   (Or at least will serve to stimulate some informed campus conversations around learning and technology).

Who knows, maybe Facebook will also buy them (hello $17 billion), as E-Literate offers our community considerably more value than WhatsApp ever could.  

What would you like to see the guys cover next on e-Literate TV?


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