Higher Education Webinars

Technology and Learning

A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology

December 2, 2009 - 8:52pm
We are a mixed LMS household. My 7th grader uses Moodle, I use Blackboard. Watching her use of Moodle to hand in her assignments, watch linked videos, download readings, participate in discussions and check her grades is a nightly reminder that utilization of educational technology is not restricted to the post-secondary world. Some of my daughter's teachers make the sort of use of Moodle that would be a great model faculty members wanting to leverage their campus LMS.
December 1, 2009 - 9:27pm
I'm sitting in Boston's Logan airport, enjoying the free Google WiFi (until January 15th), preparing to fly to San Diego for ECAR Symposium 2009: Disruption, Adaptation, and Evolution.For the trip I'm carrying a cell phone (Pantech Breeze - CNET calls ideal for "senior citizens and those with disabilities"), an iPod Touch, an iPod Nano, and a MacBook Pro. My backpack contains about 10 pounds of printed reports (mostly ECAR and EDUCAUSE publications), and a couple of Economist magazines. I'm carrying 3 power chargers across the country. I'm a picture of non-convergence.
November 30, 2009 - 9:27pm
Are you up for a thought experiment? Let's say that you were given the keys Microsoft's cloud. You could move any platform, application, database, or service from your campus to Microsoft's distributed data centers. Let's further say that Microsoft, in an effort to gain higher ed mindshare and the opportunity to up-sell services and enterprise platforms, was offering its cloud to you for no money. Unlimited processors, bandwidth, and storage. Service level agreements. Long-term contracts.Where would you start? What would you do?My Candidates:
November 29, 2009 - 9:01pm
The smartest decision that Blackboard has made recently does not involve a new feature, acquisition, policy change, or marketing strategy. The smartest decision Blackboard has made in recent months is to recruit Mark O'Neil to come work for the company as a new Technical Product Manager. You can read why Mark decided to accept the job at Blackboard in his own words over on the Dartmouth Curricular Computing blog.
November 24, 2009 - 8:00pm
Do you plan to unplug for Thanksgiving? Will you leave the laptop at home as you travel to spend the holiday with family?Can you refrain from checking e-mail on your Blackberry, iPhone, or Droid?Is it possible to drop your Tweets to zero, and make absolutely no Facebook status updates?I'm guessing the answer, for most of us, is no, nope, nada and no chance.
November 23, 2009 - 9:28pm
The degree of my ignorance of educational technology outside of the U.S. was brought home to me by how eagerly I listened to an EDUCAUSE podcast with Yves Paul Epelboin, Director of IT for Teaching and Learning at the Universite Pierre Et Marie Curie in Paris.
November 22, 2009 - 7:36pm
The tail of teaching talent in your institution is longer then generally recognized, and it extends to your librarians and technologists. Perhaps this long tail of teaching talent encompasses others as well, such as the professionals in institutional research, human resources, building operations, and many more.
November 19, 2009 - 9:21pm
How will academic libraries make sure that their content is available on a 3.5-inch mobile device? Should this even be a goal of the academic library?
November 18, 2009 - 9:39pm
Brad Stone has an interesting piece "The Argument for Free Classes via iTunes" in today NYTimes. He reports that iTunesU now has ~250,000 individual classes available for download and that other platforms like YouTube.edu are experiencing dramatic growth.
November 17, 2009 - 8:14pm
I'm going homeAnd when I want to go home, I'm going mobileWell I'm gonna find a home on wheels, see how it feels,Goin' mobileKeep me moving--The Who - Going Mobile from Who's Next 1971.EDUCAUSE - go mobile! First the good news:The People: Both Steve Worona and Gerry Bayne are masters at the mediums of the webinar and the podcast.

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