Higher Education Webinars
A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology
May 15, 2011 - 9:30pm
The Chromebook requires a Google LMS (learning management system) if Google hopes to significantly displace Microsoft or Apple in higher ed. I say "Google LMS", because I don't believe that existing LMS's, in conjunction with the current Chromebook applications, offers students enough capabilities to ditch their MacBooks or Windows laptops. The Chromebook will ship with offline versions of GMail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar - but the lack of an offline and fully integrated LMS will limit higher ed adoption.
May 12, 2011 - 9:30pm
My gut reaction is that Microsoft's $8.5 billion purchase of Skype is a good thing for higher ed, and probably a smart move on Microsoft's part. I'm betting that you are critical of this acquisition, and worried if the free (or very cheap) Skype that you rely on so much will change or go away. I think Microsoft would be nuts to mess too much with the goodness of Skype, as Skype's large installed user base is more valuable than its technology.
May 11, 2011 - 7:30pm
If you went to grad school in sociology in the 1990s you probably talked about inequality (what we called stratification) all the time. I think I would have sounded more intelligent during these conversations if Branko Milanovic's excellent 'The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality' had been available.
May 10, 2011 - 10:15pm
Amazon.com should get to know us better. We'd like to get to know Amazon. What company is so entrenched in our daily technology, content, and supply chain lives, yet that we have no relationship with anyone from the company? How many times a week do you touch Amazon? What Amazon products and services do you use?
May 9, 2011 - 9:15pm
In the next year we will see Kaltura, Ensemble, or ShareStream acquired by Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, or Cengage. The founders and early investors in at least one of these online video platform companies are going to do quite well for themselves. The publishing company that makes this acquisition as soon as possible, before the price gets too steep, will realize the highest return on its investment.
May 8, 2011 - 8:15pm
Reading Aerotropolis got me thinking about supply chains, cold chains (how food and flowers travel market to market), and lately the wireless chain. Not sure if I'm coining a term here, but the "wireless chain" is the degree to which a person can move from place-to-place with uninterrupted access to wireless Internet.
May 5, 2011 - 8:15pm
How much water does your campus use each day? Where does your campus water come from? How much does your water cost? If you know the answer to these questions you are probably in the minority. We know (or should know) how much electricity and natural gas we use, but we are all used to thinking about our water as limitless and free.
May 4, 2011 - 10:15pm
I buy lots of books. All this book buying is strange, as I have a world-class academic library steps away from my door. And if the library doesn't have the book, inter-library loan will get it to me within a couple of days. In the narcissistic belief that untangling why I do something (like decide to buy a book) might shed light on the book buying decisions of everyone else, I propose the following book buying predictive equation. Probability = (Professional Reviews + Social Media + Word-of-Mouth) * (eBook Version + Audio Version) * (Known Author + Price)
May 3, 2011 - 8:30pm
Adobe Connect, WebEX, GoToMeeting, LiveMeeting, Skype, Elluminate (what am I missing?), these web conferencing tools are not just for meeting at a distance. Here are 4 reasons why you should hold more of your meetings online, even if everyone meeting works together on the same campus:
May 2, 2011 - 9:16pm
So I've downloaded 307 first chapters free from Amazon to my Kindle. (There must be a way to automatically convert an Amazon Wish List to downloaded Kindle samples - I'm hoping that I'm just too clueless to figure it out.) What I'm wondering is if having 307 free first chapters on my Kindle can tell us anything the future of higher ed in general, and the academic library in particular? Here is What I Do Know:
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