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Technology and Learning

A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology

March 23, 2010 - 10:02pm
When it comes to effective teaching, good learning design trumps advanced technology every time. Our energy and resources are best spent in partnering with faculty to insure that their courses are designed with solid learning design fundamentals. These fundamentals include:a) Courses broken up into units, with units usually (but not always) covering a week of course materials.
March 22, 2010 - 9:56pm
The NYTimes should monetize its mobile app by integrating 3rd party shopping carts / wish lists from trusted partners such as Amazon, BN, Netflix, iTunes and others.
March 21, 2010 - 8:57pm
NPR is kicking our ass. Technology wise. Should it bother me that a bunch of elitist, left-wing, fair-trading, latte sipping, radio bloviating NPRians have figured out how to leverage the power of social media while us geniuses in higher ed remains stuck somewhere between the 21st and 11th centuries?
March 18, 2010 - 10:05pm
The iPad is set to illuminate the limits of the browser based LMS. The user experience through iPad optimized Apps is going to be far superior than the browser experience.
March 17, 2010 - 9:51pm
Okay Heath brothers, here's one for you. I'm tremendously enjoying your new book Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard and I'm wondering how you would recommend a change in the academic cultural status quo that would encourage the inclusion of popular nonfiction in courses?
March 16, 2010 - 9:33pm
Every job is a technology job. Technology is baked into each aspect of work. Social media means that everyone in an organization is a communicator, everyone is a salesperson.
March 15, 2010 - 9:48pm
"Inchmale, she guessed, was sitting up in business class, headed for New York, reading the Economist, a magazine he reads exclusively on airplanes, swearing that on arrival he promptly and invariably forgot every word." --Spook Country, by William Gibson - page 172.note: I found that quote in like 2 seconds in Amazon's Search Inside the Book feature - awesome.
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. 

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