Higher Education Webinars
A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology
June 27, 2010 - 8:11pm
The EDUCAUSE Institute Learning Technology Leadership Program 2010 starts today in Portland. As a 2009 Burlington alumni of LTL I'd like to offer the following advice to participants:
June 24, 2010 - 9:48pm
A classic thought experiment. If you won the lottery today, would you go to work tomorrow? I'm betting that if you read this blog the answer will probably be "yes".In educational technology we work incredibly hard. There is too much work and not enough of us. Too many projects. Not enough resources. Not enough hours in the day. But the work is lovely. We get to play at the place where learning and technology intersect. Two of the most dynamic aspects of the economy, the education and technology sectors, come together in our jobs.
June 23, 2010 - 8:14pm
Have you figured out any methods for mitigating the proximity problem? This problem is particularly acute in higher education, where technology enabled and infused courses rely on the inputs of people who work across departments and buildings. The modern course is no longer a solo faculty act, as the ability of technology to help bring active learning engagements to large classes depends on the coordination and ideas of a range of learning professionals.
June 22, 2010 - 9:37pm
I love being wrong in this space. It is much better to be wrong here than in my day job, as this blog is a safe place to explore ideas and ideally to tap the wisdom of our crowd.
June 21, 2010 - 8:36pm
Dear Clay Shirky,Please make the subject of your next book higher education. I loved Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age, and think you would be the perfect person to analyze higher ed and offer suggestions for change.Some specific questions and issues I think you should tackle:
June 20, 2010 - 9:11pm
Will we ever get beyond e-mail as the main tool to manage our project communications? Everyone I know believes that e-mail is a terrible tool to keep track of all the tasks, to dos, milestones, decencies, and people related to projects. We are all overwhelmed by too much e-mail, and therefore likely to miss key communications related to our projects. E-mail makes it difficult to achieve a holistic view of the entire project process, forcing us to wade through numerous screens to see project communication.
June 18, 2010 - 5:16am
Us learning technologist believe in choice. We push for educational content to "just work" on whatever screen our learners may want to access the materials. Videos should work on any OS, any browser, and any device. From Firefox to the iPad, curricular content should be device and platform agnostic.
June 16, 2010 - 9:04pm
I agree with all of Arthur Levine's conclusions in "Digital Students, Industrial-Era Universities."Our course designs, teaching methods, and institutional structures need to embody:--24/7 (anytime)--Location-free--Consumer-driven--Active learning--Concrete--New media--Learning (interactive)--Group (collaboration)--Breadth / gatherers
June 15, 2010 - 10:13pm
I'm reading Clay Shirky's amazing new book Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age (have you downloaded it yet?), which has got me thinking about scarcity and course design. Shirky makes an argument that the transition from scarcity to abundance that publishing has experienced with the emergence of social media has increased the quality and diversity of ideas and discourse.
June 14, 2010 - 8:46pm
I've become enamored with tools that allow us to have rich, non-text based, communications with our students. If these tools also make communication and collaboration easier and faster than I'm doubly excited.The latest tool I've been using and recommending is ScreenFlow from Telestream. This is a Mac-only tool, so I'm hoping that someone will recommend something similarly wonderful for Windows.
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