Joshua Kim

Dr. Joshua Kim is the Director of Digital Learning Initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL).  He has a PhD in demography and sociology from Brown University.  Josh can be reached by e-mail at and by Twitter at @joshmkim.  Josh's CV can be found at

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December 15, 2010
This week Yahoo announced that it is laying off 600 employees, about 4% of its total global workforce.
December 14, 2010
Do you feel like declaring time bankruptcy? Do you have more things to do each day than hours to do them in? Three possible reasons why you and I might be time bankrupt:
December 13, 2010
"Why are you beating this horse to death? I mean how many blog posts about Blackboard getting bought can you possibly write?" (Tim Roberts, comment at 12/13/10 post) Fair question Tim. I'm not actually only flogging the Blackboard horse. Truth is, I'm obsessed with what the next 5 years will hold in terms of acquisitions and mergers in the ed tech space.Here are my reasons:
December 13, 2010
Acquiring Blackboard would make strategic sense for Google, Microsoft or Cisco. Price matters, and Blackboard is expensive at a market capitalization of $1.46 billion. But if the acquisition makes good strategic sense, the price over the long-run (a few hundred million here, a few hundred million there) makes little difference.
December 9, 2010
The most important shift brought about by the Web has been to move more of us from being consumers to producers. The fact that you are reading this blog now, and maybe will comment on the post - or tweet or blog yourself, is testament to this fact. Distressingly, the practice of higher ed has largely lagged this transition - too little of our student's time is spent producing for the world (writing, making videos, posting and sharing) - and too much time is still spent consuming words from the mouths of our professors.
December 8, 2010
The thing about the Chrome laptop is that it will eventually (soon) be very cheap. The Chrome laptop is not a replacement for your MacBook Pro or your Windows 7 laptop. The Chrome laptop is a leapfrog tool, perfect for the people of the emerging world who are currently on mobile phones (having skipped landlines), and will soon be in the market for an affordable computer.
December 7, 2010
I think you should read What Technology Wants and decide for yourself if Kelly is saying anything new or interesting.
December 6, 2010
Requirements:The ability to easily create and share voice-over presentations.Does not require any download or installation of an application (i.e. works through the browser).Rationale:Students are increasingly also employees. They utilize company or institutional laptops to complete their online course work, and these laptops are often "locked-down" to the installation of new programs. Question:
December 5, 2010
Six billion for Groupon from Google would have been a stupid number. A stupid deal. Google got lucky that Groupon is so greedy. The fact that Google was willing to pay so much money for Groupon is seriously concerning. I have hopes that Google will use its stock wealth to do smart things. I have hopes that Google will avoid an eBay like purchase of Skype - but maybe I'm wrong.
December 2, 2010
I'm writing this post under the intoxicating influence of Kevin Kelly's "What Technology Wants". Blame Kelly for any hyperbole.(Are you also ridiculously influenced by whatever book you are currently reading? Why is it that books exert such gravity, so much more than visual media?)


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