Higher Education Webinars

Technology and Learning

A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology

April 11, 2010 - 9:18pm
Spent this weekend "moving in" to my iPad. Been thinking about what to say, which made me think about what we should be asking. Most of the debate around the iPad has focussed on the utility of the platform for teaching and learning, the problematic nature of a closed and proprietary system, and the relative merits of the iPad form factor vs. the laptop. Good questions all, but I think perhaps the wrong questions. What we really should be asking ourselves is: - Will the iPad catch on with our students?
April 8, 2010 - 9:47pm
The Question: Should learning design duties be added to traditional subject librarian tasks? The Role: A learning designer, in the context that I am thinking about the role, most resembles a course project manager. The learning designer works directly in the learning management system (LMS) to develop the course skeleton to which the faculty member adds the flesh of content and assignments. The course skeleton includes course modules, with areas for learning outcomes, deliverables, discussions etc.
April 7, 2010 - 8:12pm
Great discussion around the "Eroding Library Role?" article from 4/7. One area that I'd like to engage the library community is around librarians and course development. Do you see a future where librarians partner with faculty to design Web-enabled (hybrid/online) courses? I ask this question for 3 reasons:
April 6, 2010 - 9:47pm
We only really learn anything when there is a possibility that our ideas may be wrong. Any assertions that we make that do not include the possibility that we are incorrect, that can't be disproven or changed due to the evidence, have crossed-over from analysis to theology. So here are 11 examples of things I believe to be true in the place that education and technology intersect, but where I might be wrong.
April 5, 2010 - 9:54pm
Fair warning - Cory Doctorow is much smarter than I am - so you'd probably want to side with him over me. I say, heck yes to the iPad. This is a big deal for higher ed. The iPad programs at Seton Hill and George Fox should be celebrated, if not copied. And the iPad Blackboard app looks pretty cool.
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.

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