Higher Education Webinars

Technology and Learning

A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology

April 12, 2011 - 9:15pm
The deal is that for $25 bucks less, or $114, Amazon will sell you a Kindle that displays "special offers and sponsored screensavers". Amazon promises to keep ads out of books, only showing the promotions on the bottom of the home screen and when the Kindle goes into screensaver mode.
April 11, 2011 - 9:16pm
I imagine that selling to educational institutions must be a challenge. We don't make decisions quickly. It is often difficult to identify the true decision maker. The consensus and collaborative culture of academic technology means that many people have a voice and veto, but only a few can green light (and fund) any purchase decision. Here are 6 guidelines that might assist tech companies planning to build a sales channel to the higher ed market:
April 10, 2011 - 7:45pm
2011 will be remembered as the year that the ed tech sector got hot. Venture capital firms will be making lots of small investments, and some large investments, in start-ups in the educational technology space. Kaltura, the media management and online video platform company, recently announced a third round of funding worth $20 million. This round was much bigger than previous venture investments of $2 million and $5.5 million.
April 7, 2011 - 11:16pm
How many people do you know who started their careers in academic libraries are now in leadership positions within academic computing? How many great educational technology folks that you have worked with have taken positions in libraries? The future of campus computing belongs to the librarians and the libraries, and that is a very good thing. Here is why:
April 7, 2011 - 12:45am
It's about time a sociologist wrote an amazing and accessible book for a non-specialist audience. Everything Is Obvious: *Once You Know the Answer by Duncan J. Watts is that amazing book. For too long, the economists, psychologists, historians and evolutionary psychologists have owned the popular non-fiction category. No longer. Sociology is back!
April 5, 2011 - 9:00pm
Does a list of computers we've owned tell us anything meaningful about technology, business, or education? Not sure. Could you reconstruct a lifetime of computer ownership? Would be interesting to compare higher ed folks with people in other professions. Here goes: 1983 to 1987 - Kaypro 2 and Kaypro 4: High school. My first computer. About $1,500. Weighed about 30 pounds. The original portable, with an aluminum case, built in screen and floppy drives, and a detachable keyboard. MS-DOS (booted from the floppy) and WordStar.
April 4, 2011 - 7:45pm
Reading the Horizon Report always gets the creative ed tech juices flowing. The "Time-to-Adoption" forecasts in the 2011 Horizon Report are: e-books and mobile learning (1 year or less), augmented reality and game-based learning (2 to 3 years), and gesture-based computing and learning analytics (4 to 5 years).
April 3, 2011 - 7:45pm
The hospital where my wife is a doc went live with a brand new electronic medical record system on Saturday. This transition is a huge deal, impacting every facet of how inpatient and outpatient care is delivered, tracked, analyzed and billed. Questions: 1. Do you know of anyone who is working across the domains of medical computing and academic computing? On a Venn diagram, what would fall under the intersection of medical and academic computing?
March 31, 2011 - 11:15pm
Let me try out a theory on you. Not sure if it makes any sense, I'm one of those people that needs to write what I think, (and then discuss it with you), in order to get things straight in my head. And this NYTimes paywall thing is really bugging me.
March 30, 2011 - 8:15pm
Towards the end of Steve Dublanica's hilarious and information filled Keep the Change: A Clueless Tipper's Quest to Become the Guru of the Gratuity, the author provides a list of people known as "bad tippers". To my chagrin, both academics and information technology workers made the list. Does this mean that academic technology are the worst tippers on the planet?

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