Higher Education Webinars
A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology
April 4, 2010 - 9:25pm
I like textbooks. I like to design courses around textbooks. How can I promote textbooks with one hand and open learning materials with the other?
April 1, 2010 - 9:35pm
I'm reading a great book called The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science, by Norman Doidge. Key takeaway: "Neurons that fire together wire together".
March 31, 2010 - 8:51pm
The News Feed on my Facebook account just popped up a notice: "On Leadership: Dartmouth College president and public-health leader Dr. Jim Yong Kim on discovering his own identity while bringing health care to the poor." You can see the video here, or go check out the Dartmouth Facebook page.
March 30, 2010 - 9:31pm
Soccer is much on my mind the days, as my 13 year old is beginning her season. I've come to believe that soccer coaches have much to teach us about college teaching. What would a course look like if the model was kid's soccer as opposed to the traditional classroom experience:
March 29, 2010 - 11:23pm
Lots of discussion going around IHE today about online learning. Steve Kolowich kicked off a discussion about one academic's attempt to add "the human element" to the LMS by integrating Skype and Elluminate Live with Moodle. Dean Dad connected his lousy experience with webinars to online courses by asking, "have you learned anything from the earthly purgatory of webinars that helped you improve an online class?" The comments to these two stories were both great.
March 28, 2010 - 8:17pm
I miss The Industry Standard. Were you a subscriber / reader of this print magazine? The Standard lasted from around 1998 to 2001 - both a participant and chronicler of the dot-com bubble. Essential reading during those jubilant (inflation), bizarre (peak), and traumatic (deflation) bubble days.
March 25, 2010 - 8:00pm
Dean Dad asks, "Why do webinars always suck?" Dean Dad, you must be attending the wrong webinars. Have you attended any EDUCAUSE Live sessions?
March 24, 2010 - 8:56pm
What would an Learning Management System (LMS) look like that was boiled down to its essential functions and features? Why would we want a minimalist LMS? Who could provide such a minimalist LMS?
March 23, 2010 - 10:02pm
When it comes to effective teaching, good learning design trumps advanced technology every time. Our energy and resources are best spent in partnering with faculty to insure that their courses are designed with solid learning design fundamentals. These fundamentals include: a) Courses broken up into units, with units usually (but not always) covering a week of course materials.
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