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Technology and Learning

A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology

October 15, 2012 - 9:00pm
First, I think we should take a moment to acknowledge the role that Michael Chasen has played over the past 15 years as a founder and CEO of Blackboard in changing our edtech industry.  Many will disagree with me, but I believe that Blackboard has been part of accelerating a transition to active learning at scale, and the growth of the LMS industry has made possible the rapid diffusion of blended and online learning. Michael Chasen's role in bringing both capital and consolidation to an underfunded and fragmented edtech industry should not be minimized.
October 14, 2012 - 9:00pm
I have a colleague who does not have an office. He is an an edtech leadership role in higher education, with over 20 years of experience managing a large and complex organization. During the time in which I have known this edtech leader he has had a couple of different offices throughout his campus, as his responsibilities are distributed across a number of units.
October 11, 2012 - 9:00pm
What platform do you use for synchronous online learning? Adobe Connect? Blackboard Collaborate? WebEx? GoToMeeting? BigBlueButton? Skype? Google Hangouts?  A new startup, Zoom.us, is determined to shakeup this market.
October 10, 2012 - 9:00pm
The idea to use NPR as model for how higher ed could change is not my own. I heard the analogy of how higher ed could evolve to mimic the NPR model from a colleague at a conference, and the idea has stuck in my head.  (Perhaps you have heard the analogy before?).
October 9, 2012 - 9:00pm
We have too few books that feature designers who work in 24 hour (potentially magical) bookstores who can program in Ruby and who are obsessed with fantasy literature and data visualization.
October 8, 2012 - 9:00pm
Have you downloaded the IHE survey Debt, Jobs, Diversity and Who Gets In: A Survey of Admissions Directors?
October 4, 2012 - 10:00pm
My Kindle $119 Kindle Paperwhite with $39.99 persimmon leather cover arrived today.  I'm already reading more. This is a beautiful device.
October 3, 2012 - 9:00pm
If you read (or place in your syllabus) only one book this year about the U.S. war in Afghanistan, then Little America should be it.
October 2, 2012 - 9:00pm
This past Monday I attended the Innovation to Drive Productivity in Postsecondary Education meeting sponsored by the The Department of Education that Paul Fain describes in his 10/2 IHE article. I'm writing this post in an effort to respond to some of the comments to Fain's article.  
October 1, 2012 - 9:00pm
I read Harvest Moon's beautiful essay "Quitting an Adjunct Career" with both sadness and a sense of familiarity. Like Harvest, I also trained as a sociologist, and have taught numerous sociology courses outside of the tenure track.  Like Harvest, I also made the decision to not engage in anymore adjunct teaching - as the rewards for doing so have become inadequate to the opportunity costs inherent in the incredibly time and energy consuming task of teaching.  And like Harvest, I also deeply miss the many joys of teaching.


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