Higher Education Webinars

Technology and Learning

A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology

October 31, 2010 - 7:45pm
We don't notice infrastructure until it fails. In my case, I never noticed utility poles until I moved to a house served by electricity and phone wires, but not by cable (or DSL until recently!). In the efforts to bring broadband to my street (we finally succeeded - I'm off satellite Internet for good), I started to notice and think about utility poles.
October 28, 2010 - 9:15pm
Digital coursepacks have the ability to incorporate content that today is available only through the learning management system (LMS). The iPad is a great platform to develop coursepack specific apps, ones that can facilitate the efficient consumption and navigation of course content and deliverables.
October 27, 2010 - 9:30pm
The introduction of the $249 B&N Nookcolor signals the initial point of acceleration towards a digital textbook future. Why:Device Prices: A $249 price tag will decline rapidly over the next two years, as Amazon and Apple compete and the technology advances. Expect a $100 Nookcolor within 2 years.
October 26, 2010 - 8:45pm
5 Things Netflix Streaming Can Teach Higher Ed:1. Replace Yourself: Offering unlimited streaming for $8.99 a month (1 physical DVD out at a time) may seem like the best way to cannibalize a core business of charging people $16.99 a month for 3 DVDs. But Netflix knew that if it did not take this step then someone else would. Much better to grow the customer base by offering a superior product at a good price than to try to hold on to a limited number of customers using a legacy product. Where can we replace ourselves in higher ed, before someone else does it for us?
October 25, 2010 - 9:00pm
Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About the "Real" America, by Dante Chinni and James Gimpel, is a book that reminds me why I got into the social science game to begin with. If I were still teaching sociology (and I miss teaching!), the next course I designed would be totally around Patchwork Nation.
October 24, 2010 - 8:45pm
How much would you pay for a monthly subscription to Amazon's digital book content? Writing in this month's Wired, Chris Suellentrop (Abandon Ownership) argues:"The winner of the ebooks sweepstakes will be the bookseller who becomes a bookrenter. I don't want to own hundreds of books on a Kindle at $10 a pop. I want to Netflix them - pay for access to every book ever published. I'd rather be a renter in Borges' library than the owner of my own."
October 21, 2010 - 10:01pm
We live in a great time, a time when books and media can seamlessly complement each other. I love short videos about books and their authors. Amazon has done a great job of making these videos available, and one of my favorite resources is Authors@Google.
October 20, 2010 - 9:01pm
Curse Apple. On the same day that I finish Johnson's amazing book Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, Apple releases the MacBook Air.
October 19, 2010 - 8:30pm
Here is a slide deck from a presentation that Josh Jarrett, Senior Program Officer in Education, Postsecondary Success at the Gates Foundation, gave on the 9/10/10.If I could think of any slide deck that I think should be passed around the higher ed world, this would be it.
October 18, 2010 - 9:15pm
While looking for the future at EDUCAUSE 2010 I ended up, thanks to Bill Bryson, being captivated by the past. Specifically 19th century England, the years in which the Industrial Revolution changed us from an essentially feudal to a largely modern civilization. We should stipulate that Bill Bryson is a genius, a writer that has built up so much goodwill that due to confirmation bias we start his books prepared to cherish each page.


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