Higher Education Webinars
A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology
September 25, 2011 - 8:01pm
Almost every campus project I work on involves eventually partnering with a system administrator (sysadmin). Whether or not the platform or service is hosted locally or in the cloud, a sysadmin is involved in architecting, standing-up, integrating, and supporting the application. Cloud services (software as a service - SaaS) applications need integration into local authentication and directory structures. I'd like to learn more about effective ways to work with the professionals who are my sysadmin colleagues.
September 22, 2011 - 11:15pm
If you are supporting blended learning, you are probably having blended meetings. If you learn how to do blended meetings well, you are further up the learning curve for delivering blending learning.Blended Meetings - A Definition: A meeting in which some of the participants are not physically present in the room.2 Problems with Blended Meetings:
September 21, 2011 - 9:19pm
Instructure's Canvas learning management system (LMS) keeps popping up in the conversations I've been having. I'll be speaking to someone at a peer institution about this or that, and they will mention that they are either going with Instructure or considering going with Instructure. Or they will ask me what I think about this new Instructure Canvas LMS. The buzz seems to be positive.Common threads about Instructure Canvas that I'm hearing:
September 20, 2011 - 10:30pm
Is this desire to shed ownership of things a life cycle story, a digital story, or something else? Do you share my desire for life as a service? Has owning stuff also lost its appeal to you? 5 Things I No Longer Wish to Own:1. Software: Software as a service (SaaS) today may not always be possible or pragmatic, but SaaS is clearly the future. What enterprise or personal applications that we currently host on our servers or laptops will not eventually move to the cloud?
September 19, 2011 - 8:15pm
The News: Netflix is breaking into two divisions, Netflix for stream and Qwikster for DVDs.The Problem: An integrated service with a good DVD library and a bad streaming library now becomes a non-integrated service, one that looks like it will require going to two separate places to discover, watch, and order video.4 Reasons Why Higher Ed Should Care About This Dumb Netflix Decision:
September 18, 2011 - 8:30pm
Before I jump into an argument about how we teach history, I want to make we don't lose the point that Charles Mann's 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created is a wonderful book.
September 15, 2011 - 8:45pm
Higher ed is tough on our vendors. We are a vocal bunch, we like to share our opinions, and with the proliferation of blogs, tweets, and listservs we have the ability to publicly express our strong opinions. The free exchange of ideas and opinions in our web communication platforms is a good thing, but the ability to quickly disseminate our opinions must be balanced against the requirements to be collegial, professional, and balanced.
September 14, 2011 - 9:15pm
Apple drives me crazy. What I Believe - And Why Apple Makes Me Wrong:
September 13, 2011 - 8:15pm
I've been mulling over the Google $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobile. The consensus on the rationale for the purchase seems to be:Patents: The deal is really about Motorola's 17,000 patents, and the need for Google to have patents to fight off mobile operating system lawsuits by Apple, Microsoft, Nokia and who knows who else.
September 12, 2011 - 8:45pm
"Amazon has told publishers it is considering creating a digital-book library featuring older titles, people familiar with the talks said. The content would be available to customers of Amazon Prime, who currently pay the retailer $79 a year for unlimited two-day shipping and for access to a digital library of movies and TV shows." From the WSJ - 9/11/11
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