Higher Education Webinars

Technology and Learning

A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology

February 28, 2010 - 5:32pm
In 1999, while teaching at West Virginia University, I created a site called LecturesOnline.org. You can find the original home page for LecturesOnline at the Internet Archive site. LecturesOnline.org was created out of my desire to easily locate materials for teaching, and to share the materials that I was creating for my classes with other faculty. The home page contains the following text:
February 25, 2010 - 9:29pm
Learning Objects is a company I really like.One of the great things about working in learning technology is the opportunity to interact with companies and the people who work at them. When I was teaching full-time my interactions were pretty much limited to colleagues and students. In my experience, some of the people who are most dedicated to goal of leveraging technology to challenge the status quo in higher ed work for ed tech companies.3 reasons that I particularly like Learning Objects (LO):
February 24, 2010 - 8:43pm
Which industry does higher ed most resemble: music, news or medicine? What do you think? We are endlessly fascinated by the story of how technology has disrupted these industries, displaced incumbents, and up-ended long established business models.
February 23, 2010 - 10:11pm
From May of 2005 to today I've spent $2,191 at Audible.com on audiobooks. Audible (and your corporate parent Amazon) - I'm your biggest fan. Audiobooks have changed my life. Everyone should go and get an Audible Platinum plan - $229.50 a year - or only $9.56 per book. You can check out my Audible purchase list here. 
February 22, 2010 - 8:50pm
The comments to my 2/11 blog post on "learning styles and tuition dollars" were really great. Commentators really took me to task on the theory of learning styles. Cedar, an Asst.
February 21, 2010 - 8:38pm
This past week our kids spent a day at the Killington Superstars ski and snowboard program. $180 for six hours. Lunch included.  
February 11, 2010 - 11:33pm
In 2019 both of my girls will be in college. Our tuition dollars will go to the schools that figure out how to match my daughters' learning styles with the curriculum. And we are not alone. A generation of parents have come of age who believe passionately in multiple intelligences, and the requirement that educational institutions adapt themselves to our kids' brains as opposed to the other way around. We have seen first hand how our kids respond to the Web, gaming, mobile platforms, and their increasing ability to leverage technology to produce, share and collaborate.
February 10, 2010 - 9:44pm
Should academic libraries purchase popular nonfiction?Should academic libraries supply borrowers with the book format that matches their preferences and learning styles (paper, e-paper, or audio)?Where does meeting staff needs for both collections and formats fall into the purchasing priority for academic libraries?
February 9, 2010 - 8:07pm
Dean Dad and I just finished Menand's new book - and I'm here to convince you to move it to the 'front burner' of your reading list!
February 8, 2010 - 8:57pm
In my fantasy world our jobs in higher education technology include includes time for book discussion. The boss, or the unit, or someone would choose a book each month that relates to our jobs - buy the book for everyone - and set aside one hour for all of us to discuss. Maybe we'd all vote on the books. And all of us could choose the format we want to read our books. I'd choose audio. Maybe my colleague would choose an e-book. Some people would choose paper.

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