Higher Education Webinars
A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology
October 4, 2011 - 9:00pm
What will the university be like in 30 years? In 1981 I was 12 years old, growing up in Brookline MA, and spending lots of time in Cambridge where my dad was a professor. We would take the T to Harvard Square after school, go to my Dad's office to beg for some money, stop in at Elsie's for an Elsie's burger, and head to 1001 Plays (located at 1001 Mass Ave).
October 3, 2011 - 8:31pm
Do you work with colleagues who have chosen to work something less than full-time? Perhaps these colleagues are income packaging, combing paying gigs from multiple sources based on professional interests and a desire to keep a diverse work portfolio. Or maybe they have family commitments and priorities that require flexible or non-standard schedules to fit everything in. Maybe they have other additional interests, and choose to work part-time so they can reserve time and energy to invest in these avocations.
October 2, 2011 - 8:00pm
Some readers will interpret Chad Harbach's The Art of Fielding as a book about baseball, others as a book about fathers and daughters, taboo love affairs, or the intensity of male friendship. I see The Art of Fielding as one of our great campus novels.
September 29, 2011 - 9:45pm
A full software bake-off, one that involves an in-depth comparison and review of competing software platforms and and solutions from a variety of vendors, is the gold standard for software selection. This bake-off should commence following the development of a full set of requirements and use-case examples, so that the products can be evaluated and scored against a rubric. Bake-offs usually commence from an industry scan, progress to webinars, elevate to face-to-face demos, and culminate in pilot projects.
September 28, 2011 - 10:17pm
1. Will Devices and Content Merge? At $199 for the Kindle Fire, and $79 for the basic Kindle, prices are getting low enough that some higher ed programs will think about bundling the devices with tuition / fee paid for content. Many professional and executive education programs provide the course and learning content as part of the educational service. At $199 for the Kindle Fire, a program could pre-load all course video (including lecture capture recordings), and other rich media directly on the device.
September 27, 2011 - 8:45pm
A diversity of skills in our units and our departments is necessary to ensure productivity and innovation. Amongst the skills and expertise that every unit or division or department should include is someone who is proficient and passionate with social media.I'm not talking about people who like to scribble scribble on a blog (like me), or who are mad Twitterers. People who are active social media creators and participants may not be experts in social media. We often confuse passion with expertise, a particular danger with a domain as new as social media.
September 26, 2011 - 9:45pm
Does your boss tweet? 10 reasons why they should:
September 25, 2011 - 8:01pm
Almost every campus project I work on involves eventually partnering with a system administrator (sysadmin). Whether or not the platform or service is hosted locally or in the cloud, a sysadmin is involved in architecting, standing-up, integrating, and supporting the application. Cloud services (software as a service - SaaS) applications need integration into local authentication and directory structures. I'd like to learn more about effective ways to work with the professionals who are my sysadmin colleagues.
September 22, 2011 - 11:15pm
If you are supporting blended learning, you are probably having blended meetings. If you learn how to do blended meetings well, you are further up the learning curve for delivering blending learning.Blended Meetings - A Definition: A meeting in which some of the participants are not physically present in the room.2 Problems with Blended Meetings:
September 21, 2011 - 9:19pm
Instructure's Canvas learning management system (LMS) keeps popping up in the conversations I've been having. I'll be speaking to someone at a peer institution about this or that, and they will mention that they are either going with Instructure or considering going with Instructure. Or they will ask me what I think about this new Instructure Canvas LMS. The buzz seems to be positive.Common threads about Instructure Canvas that I'm hearing: