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December 20, 2009 - 8:24pm
One year ago I made a series of 8 predictions for learning technology in 2009. Below are the predictions, with an accompanying evaluation that in most cases tries to explain why I got most things so wrong.
December 17, 2009 - 9:51pm
1. Learning technology coheres into an academic discipline: offers courses, has a theoretical foundation, conducts research, peer review, and a shared identity. 2. Innovation in teaching methods becomes a major factor in tenure and promotion.3. Increased movement of campus resources toward learning technology.4. Normative that learning technology professionals design and teach or co-teach courses (as part of regular compensation).5. Erosion of distinction between on-ground, hybrid and online learning (best method for each purpose).
December 16, 2009 - 8:30pm
Warning: This blog post is entirely speculative and quite likely wrong in many (if not all) areas. Unfortunately, I know little about Desire2Learn - having never utilized their LMS. The Desire2Learn people I heard speak at the EDUCAUSE conference were quite smart, and I heard positive things about the platform from some attendees. Pearson's LearningStudio is a new platform created out of the acquisition of eCollege and Fronter.
December 15, 2009 - 8:38pm
--To challenge the status quo in teaching and learning. --To make big classes act and feel like seminars.--To help move courses towards an active learning model, where students construct their own learning.--To help the faculty teach to their strengths.--To allow our students to play to their strengths rather then worrying about correcting their weaknesses.--To move the development of courses to a team approach that combines subject matter, librarian, technical and pedagogical professionals.
December 14, 2009 - 8:04pm
Nobody gets the power of small pieces loosely joined better than TechSmith.I've been playing with its newest Jing feature - one that allows Jing screencasts or images to be directly uploaded to Twitter.
December 13, 2009 - 8:27pm
Inside Higher Ed should start a virtual book club.This idea came to me after finishing Googled: The End of the World As We Know It.
December 10, 2009 - 8:12pm
Some publishers have decided to delay the release of e-books until four months following the hardcover release.The publishers are worried that:a. E-books have the potential to cannibalize sales of hardcovers.b. Profits will erode has e-book retailers (Amazon etc.) move to sharing less of the revenue in the future.Depressing.
December 9, 2009 - 8:39pm
College teaching is transitioning from a craft model where a single faculty member designs, delivers and evaluates a course to a model that encompasses a range of professionals. This shift has been led by online courses, but is filtering out towards hybrid and on-ground classes. In this model a faculty member (subject matter expert) works with a team of learning designers, library subject specialists, media experts, and technologists to create and deliver the course.
December 8, 2009 - 8:39pm
I agree with the NYTimes' Jenna Wortham that the combination of the App Store and the iPhone/iTouch is a "Game Changer." (If you don't agree then please comment - I'd like to hear your contrarian view.)
December 7, 2009 - 9:32pm
I come from an academic family. My Dad, George Masnick, has had a long career as a demographer at Harvard. Dad sent me this e-mail the other day in response to some of the work that I'm doing in learning technology:"Boy, has teaching changed since I was in the saddle! I kind of feel sorry for all the over 50 professors who will become increasingly marginalized unless they can retool their teaching. Love, Dad"
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