Higher Education Webinars
A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology
June 23, 2011 - 8:45pm
Prediction: In the next 2 years we will see an acceleration of investments and purchases in the edtech startup and edtech small company (revenues <=$20 million a year) space by the likes of Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Cengage.Why the EDU Publishers Need the EdTech Companies:
June 22, 2011 - 9:15pm
I know 2 things:1. We will have a revolution in how higher education in designed, organized and delivered in the next 50 years - and this educational revolution will pivot around some technology or set of technologies.2. We cannot accurately predict what this technology catalyzed and enabled postsecondary education revolution will be, what shape it will take, and what technologies will prove most important.
June 21, 2011 - 9:00pm
While it is true that our friends, the economists, failed to predict some key events (…say a global economic crisis for one, but whose keeping score?), the dismal science does have a few things to teach us about decision making in campus technology.
June 20, 2011 - 9:01pm
Perhaps you have the good fortune of working with academics who have migrated from their disciplines and department into academic tech leadership positions. If your career has been on the technology side, with a background in system administration, media production, programming, or audio/visual services, these former faculty refugees may present a different set of challenges than your collaborations with other campus technology professionals.
June 16, 2011 - 8:45pm
I used to watch lots of great movies and TV shows from Netflix. Today, I watch less, and what I do watch is not as good. To put it bluntly, the Netflix streaming library sort of sucks. Still, Netflix Streaming has changed how I watch video. My preferred video watching platform is streaming. The "work" of putting the DVD into the computer or DVD player, or cracking the DVD for later viewing on different devices, seems too hard. Waiting for the DVD to get to the top of my Queue, and then to be shipped to my house, feels almost medieval.
June 15, 2011 - 9:45pm
A few years ago I was offered a job at a corporate university at a large financial institution. This was a little dot com bubble burst (a pop that I had gotten caught up in), and at the time an education tech job in the financial industry looked appealingly secure (I know, the irony). Other opportunities arose, and I ended up not taking the corporate university job, but I often think about what life would have been like if I had gone that route.First, I should ask if any of you work for a company university? Perhaps your unit goes by a different name?
June 14, 2011 - 8:45pm
Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure by Tim Harford
June 13, 2011 - 9:30pm
Full Laptop (Windows / Mac) Tablet (iPad / Android / PlayBook / others?) Smart Phone (Android / iPhone / Blackberry / others?) UltraBooks (Google Chromebook, Coming Products) Pros Full interaction with LMS. Flash support. Built in webcam. Typing for discussion board / blog. Ability to access gradebook and read attached Office assignments.
June 12, 2011 - 9:15pm
A good friend from grad school came to visit this weekend. He is the chair of his department, and has had an incredible academic faculty career. Spending time with him has gotten me thinking about roads not taken, and the different lives of an administrator working in a campus technology position (what I'm doing), as compared to progressing through a more traditional faculty academic career.
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