Higher Education Webinars

Technology and Learning

A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology

October 18, 2009 - 9:12pm
I've spent some time this weekend preparing for my EDUCAUSE Point/CounterPoint debate with John Fritz on Learning Management Technologies: Enterprise System or Consumer Good? We are lucky to have Gardner Campbell moderate the session, so, to get ready, I watched the discussion he had with Jim Groom about the Edupunk movement.
October 15, 2009 - 6:58pm
The Chronicle's article "Open Courses: Free, but Oh, So Costly" provides one model for open courseware. This M.I.T. model costs $10,000 to $15,000 per course - double that if lecture capture video is included. Marc Parry, the articles author, notes that:
October 14, 2009 - 9:33pm
Every presentation that you make should be posted up to http://www.slideshare.net/ Every slide deck that your students create should be posted to Slideshare. Every conference presentation should have a Slideshare. Check out Malcolm Brown's presentation on the Classroom of the Future and tell me that I'm wrong. Slideshare Predictions:
October 13, 2009 - 9:36pm
The biggest problem I have with Blackboard (and other vertical CMS platforms) is that the knowledge, materials and conversation generated by the class is walled off from the rest of the world.
October 12, 2009 - 9:10pm
In Jack Stripling's fascinating IHE piece on the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT), Carol Twigg is quoted as saying:“One of the things I find personally sort of ironic and hilarious is that I’ve won every major award higher education gives; I get constant praise, and I’m against the higher education culture....."
October 9, 2009 - 12:29am
I spend more time in Blackboard then any other application / site. For the past 7 years Blackboard has been the place where I taught my online/hybrid courses, partnered with subject matter experts to build courses, and trained faculty. In many ways Blackboard enabled my transition from full-time teaching to learning technology. Blackboard has put bread on my table.
October 7, 2009 - 10:58pm
Dear Ray,A quick note to say hello from your fans out in the higher ed. community. Hello.As President of Blackboard's teaching and learning division, Blackboard Learn, you have strong support and a built in fan base among learning technologists. Bringing you onboard as President of Blackboard Learn was the best step that Blackboard could have taken to connect with your higher ed. learning community.
October 6, 2009 - 7:44pm
There are many many things related to learning technology that I have no ability to accomplish, but wish I had.I'll name my top 3 non-skills. I'd be curious about yours.1) Rack a Server: The guys and gals I work with are always racking servers. Something about "racking" anything just sounds cool. How satisfying it would be to actual get my hands on the hardware that makes the ones and zeroes that dominate my life actually work. To connect the physical to the digital by connecting up the physical box. Anyone in the server room need a hand?
October 5, 2009 - 8:37pm
The EDUCAUSE annual conference offers the best opportunity each year to spend time with educational technology companies in order to understand their strategic roadmap and how their plans and releases will impact our work on campus.
October 4, 2009 - 8:49pm
This weekend Randall Stross asked "Will Books be Napsterized?" in the NYTimes. Writes Stross: "Until now, few readers have preferred e-books to printed or audible versions, so the public availability of free-for-the-taking copies did not much matter. But e-books won’t stay on the periphery of book publishing much longer.

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