Higher Education Webinars
A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology
July 4, 2011 - 9:30pm
At this writing, I don't have Google+ (someone please invite me…..). Was not a beta tester for Google's Chromebook (I applied), have never been body surfing with Larry or Sergey. But lack of first-hand experience has never stopped an academic in the past from making judgements, so here goes! Google+ Hangouts. This is the video conferencing system backed into Google+. Go check out the lifehacker video.
June 30, 2011 - 8:15pm
The world is divided into two types of people: those who prefer Track Changes in Word and those who prefer to write collaboratively in Google Docs. Which one are you? I'm firmly in the Google Docs camp. This presents some challenges, as I work in a diverse writing team - with some of us more comfortable in the Word and Track Changes world, and others of us letting it all hang out in Google Docs.
June 29, 2011 - 9:30pm
The Google news this week is all about Google+, the company's next effort to break into social networks. I say this is great, as I'm another one of those outmigrants, or maybe conscientious objectors, to the Facebook nation. The real reason I'm excited about Google+ is not social networking (which I think is sort of tiresome), but because Google+ is an important building block for a killer Google LMS (learning management system). Learning is social. Incumbent LMS tools not so much.
June 28, 2011 - 7:30pm
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin. by Erik Larson
June 26, 2011 - 7:30pm
The NYTimes reported on 6/23 that Providence Equity is close to a deal to acquire Blackboard (market capitalization about $1.4 billion).
June 23, 2011 - 8:45pm
Prediction: In the next 2 years we will see an acceleration of investments and purchases in the edtech startup and edtech small company (revenues <=$20 million a year) space by the likes of Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Cengage. Why the EDU Publishers Need the EdTech Companies:
June 22, 2011 - 9:15pm
I know 2 things: 1. We will have a revolution in how higher education in designed, organized and delivered in the next 50 years - and this educational revolution will pivot around some technology or set of technologies. 2. We cannot accurately predict what this technology catalyzed and enabled postsecondary education revolution will be, what shape it will take, and what technologies will prove most important.
June 21, 2011 - 9:00pm
While it is true that our friends, the economists, failed to predict some key events (…say a global economic crisis for one, but whose keeping score?), the dismal science does have a few things to teach us about decision making in campus technology.
June 20, 2011 - 9:01pm
Perhaps you have the good fortune of working with academics who have migrated from their disciplines and department into academic tech leadership positions. If your career has been on the technology side, with a background in system administration, media production, programming, or audio/visual services, these former faculty refugees may present a different set of challenges than your collaborations with other campus technology professionals.
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