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October 17, 2010 - 9:30pm
I've come to believe that at EDUCAUSE, there is the Conference and the conference. The Conference (large C) is what happens at sessions, the exhibitor floor, and the parties. The conference (small c), with an emphasis on the first two syllables (confer), consists of all the discussions that take place in hotel suites and in small rooms on the vendor floor.
October 15, 2010 - 4:45am
This EDUCAUSE Conference has felt different from all the rest, and the reason I think is Gates Foundation Next Generation Learning Challenges. This is the first EDUCAUSE Conference that I've attended where there is a real feeling of confidence that information technology can be the lever for structural change in our higher ed system. What are the challenges being discussed?
October 13, 2010 - 11:00pm
How was your day two (Wednesday) of EDUCAUSE 2010? Big takeaways? Surprises? Revelations? (okay…maybe that is asking too much). Here are the 4 big things that standout for me from day two:
October 13, 2010 - 4:30am
So far the mood at EDUCAUSE 2010 seems to be really good. The last two EDUCAUSE conferences have been pretty grim affairs, with CIOs talking about layoffs and companies conserving cash and shying away from big risks. Walking around the vendor floor today I sensed a mood of optimism; new products, new alliances, and a high level of energy. Talking to some folks from higher ed world it sounds as if funding has stabilized, lay-offs are not on the horizon, and budgets for investing in ed tech may be coming back.
October 11, 2010 - 9:45pm
Do you dream about big publisher announcements coming at EDUCAUSE? Do you also fantasize that the major publishers, the McGraw-Hill's, Pearson's, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's, Reed Elsevier's - who am I missing?) will announce something truly disruptive at the conference? What is it about the big publishers that inspires so much hope on my part? Maybe it is because I have so little chance of actually being disappointed, as when can we point to a time when the publishers did something truly brave, totally unexpected, and genuinely innovative?
October 10, 2010 - 8:30pm
One reason we go to EDUCAUSE is to find the future. Maybe we'll also find William Gibson wandering the exhibition floor and popping in on the sessions, searching for what is coming next. Gibson's most famous quote (which I'm sure he's tired of by now) is, "the future is already here – it's just not very evenly distributed". If Gibson's next book is to be on higher education he would not find a better place to start his research than at EDUCAUSE.
October 7, 2010 - 9:45pm
The hardest workers at EDUCAUSE 2010 (save the conference organizers) will be the people working the booths in the Exhibit Hall. If you have ever done this before, worked a conference as a representative of a company, you know just how exhausting the experience can be.
October 6, 2010 - 9:45pm
I go to EDUCAUSE for the companies. More precisely, for the conversations I can have with the people who represent the educational technology companies that I currently or may interact with. Most of my time at EDUCAUSE is spent having these conversations. I realize that the more years that I attend the conference, the less time I can actually spend in sessions. Is this true with you as well? To get the most out of these conversations, on both sides, here are 5 quick guidelines:
October 5, 2010 - 9:00pm
Are you an infrastructure junkie? Do you love server rooms, old steam tunnels, and campus power plants? Are you curious about how your campus network actually works? If so, I'm confident you will love: "On the Grid: A Plot of Land, An Average Neighborhood, and the Systems that Make Our World Work" by Scott Huler.
October 4, 2010 - 10:00pm
Smart move: The big publishers, (McGraw-Hill, Pearson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Reed Elsevier), all realize that unless they change they will suffer a similar fate as the music publishers. Textbooks will be disaggregated. Content has gone from scarce to abundant. The open education movement, combined with cheap but powerful authoring tools, will insure that quality learning materials are available and discoverable.

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