Higher Education Webinars
A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology
March 14, 2010 - 10:08pm
In our LMS (Blackboard 8), instructors have the following drop-down options in a content area (in the order they appear): Learning Unit, Survey, Assignment, Discussion Board, Group, Tool, Document Package, Syllabus, Offline Content, Podcast Episode, Google Scholar Search, Google Scholar Content, Wiki, Blog. All these choices are good, right? Instructors can use the drop-down menus to easily insert a range of different content and Web 2.0 items, making their courses richer while finding the right tool to meet their teaching goals.
March 11, 2010 - 8:55pm
Mobile learning and copyright collide at the download. Consuming, not producing, is where the mobile platform shines. The form factor is simply too small to allow easy inputs. Until the day when speech-to-text runs natively and robustly on the mobile platform, the small keyboard makes creation impractical.
March 10, 2010 - 10:07pm
I'm a huge believer that as many people as possible involved in higher education should teach. Administrators should teach. Librarians should teach. Technologists should teach. People who work in companies should teach. Journalists, editors, and publishers covering higher education should teach. I think more companies should follow Wimba's lead in encouraging their employees to teach.
March 9, 2010 - 9:48pm
A colleague sent me an article from The Washington Post, "Wide Web of Diversions Gets Laptops Evicted From Lecture Halls."
March 8, 2010 - 10:45pm
Matt. Very much enjoyed your Views column "Switching Sides" on your preparation to teach online.
March 7, 2010 - 10:43pm
Part of the responsibilities I enjoy most in academic technology is the opportunity to make recommendations for campus technology purchases. Examples include the opportunity to review and evaluate providers of platforms/products/services for: the LMS, lecture capture, curricular content management, student/faculty collaboration tools, curricular media authoring, synchronous collaboration, mobile learning, simulations, and many more.
March 4, 2010 - 9:33pm
In a previous post I offered "rules of the road" for companies in preparing and delivering product demos and product webinars. Today I'd like to list the 5 questions that ed tech companies must answer when communicating about their product or service with a potential client. Notice that these questions have little to do with features or technologies, although these are the topics on which companies usually spend most of their time.
March 3, 2010 - 8:20pm
Learning technology is an academic leveler. For a learning technologist, the most important attribute is not academic rank or tenure status, but enthusiasm for teaching. We treat the adjunct instructor and the postdoc the same way we treat the full professor. Come to us for help in designing your course, or integrating technology to reach your teaching goals, and we will treat you like a V.I.P.
March 2, 2010 - 8:55pm
Charge for the accessories. Create a NYTimes branded iPad and iPhone/Touch case. Make it gorgeous. Work with Apple to have your NYTimes iPad case be the exclusive case offered in their stores and online. Convince Apple to forgo its cut for this accessory. Since you are creating a really wonderful iPad and iPhone App (and giving it away), Apple should be willing to be generous.
March 1, 2010 - 9:24pm
Have you watched Temple Grandin's TED talk "The World Needs All Kinds of Minds"? If not, stop what you are doing and take 20 minutes to watch (or listen) to her talk. (Note: I watch TED Talks on my iTouch - another reason I'm thoroughly convinced that we need to provide our curricular media content in as many formats and for as many platforms at TED delivers).
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