Higher Education Webinars

Technology and Learning

A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology

September 15, 2009 - 10:27pm
I was heartened to see Zemsky put learning at the top of his list of the tough issues facing higher education, ahead of attainment and money. Zemsky outlines some of the typical challenges faced by colleges and universities in supporting student learning and measuring the results. He writes that, "there is a growing suspicion -- and in some quarters an already angry conviction -- that all is not well with the learning enterprise."
September 14, 2009 - 9:50pm
Have you seen Wick Sloan's piece "Teaching After Midnight," on his experience with his late night teaching at Bunker Hill Community College? This is a great essay, one that I hope my learning technology colleagues take the time to check out.
September 13, 2009 - 8:03pm
A transformative step that learning technologists can participate in proposing, pushing, guiding, leading, managing and maintaining would be providing a campus-wide blogging platform and institutional aggregation site. Here are some guidelines for what this could look like:
September 10, 2009 - 9:49pm
The decision by Cushing Academy to move to a totally digital library environment has got me thinking about how a learning technologist would design an academic library.
September 9, 2009 - 9:17pm
Dear EDUCAUSE: Please Kindle Your PublicationsThis week I checked out our Library's Kindle 2 so I could test the thing myself.My main need is to be able to manage my professional reading. Many PDFs cross my desk, and I end-up carrying lots of print-outs around. It would be ideal to have these all in my e-book reader.Why Kindle? Well ... I'm very much hooked into the Amazon ecoystem and I may want to also read a book or two.My first experiment was with the EDUCAUSE Review.
September 8, 2009 - 9:11pm
Learning technologists share an abiding faith in the power of the creative process. We believe that students learn when they create. In grad school we were told that the divide line between a graduate student and an undergraduate is that the graduate student is creating knowledge. We want push opportunities to create knowledge out to all of our students because we believe that it is the teacher who learns, the speaker who learns, the writer who learns, the blogger who learns, the mashup producer who learns.
September 7, 2009 - 9:08pm
The top 5 reasons why we will see Microsoft buying Blackboard by the end of 2010:
September 3, 2009 - 9:04pm
"I've been mentally toying with a scheme that looks like this: separate teaching from grading, then reward teaching that results in good grades. The instructor wouldn't grade his own class; he'd trade with someone else, ideally at another institution."Craft and Evidence, By Dean DadDear Dean Dad.Please sign me up! I'm thinking we need to try something different when it comes to grading.
September 2, 2009 - 9:26pm
 I was perusing my Chronicle of Higher Ed. Almanac this afternoon. I learned that:--About 2.6 million folks work in higher education.--About 1.4 million are faculty members.--Of these faculty members, about 51% work full-time.Lots of other good facts, but nothing I could find on the numbers, composition, or change among learning technologists. How many of us are out there?
September 1, 2009 - 9:31pm
One of the challenges of catalyzing a transformation of higher education towards an active learning model is that students are simply not demanding that this change occur. In class this term I showed Michael Wesch's A Vision of Students Today and a short commercial on the failing of higher education from Kaplan University. To my surprise my students were not all that moved.

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