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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February 5, 2013
There seems to be a good deal of chatter in the system about students eventually (or sooner) ditching laptops for tablets.   Today, a student tablet is mostly synonymous with a student iPad - but maybe that will change in the future.  (Are you seeing your students carrying around Android devices?)
February 4, 2013
The highlight for me of Super Bowl XLVII (which I watched by streaming online) was when the power went out in the Superdome.  This was a perfect tech failure because it makes us feel so much better about all of our tech failures.
February 3, 2013
Before I started blogging I never really spent time with people that work in public relations (PR).
January 31, 2013
CourseSmart is the world’s largest platform for eTextbooks and digital course materials. CourseSmart has over 40,000 titles from more than 50 publishers and over 3.5 million student and faculty users. CourseSmart Analytics provides faculty with a platform to develop insight into how students are interacting with the digital texts that they assign.  Robust analytics seems to be the logical next step of the move from print to digital in curricular materials.
January 30, 2013
This post is intended to open up a dialogue with the leadership at Adobe. I hope that people at Adobe read this post in the context of a larger discussion that is going on about the merits of outsourcing, a discussion that The Economist captures really well in its recent Special Report: Outsourcing and Offshoring. Please do not mistake these concerns about outsourcing e-learning product development and support with any negative arguments partnering with colleagues from India. As I've written in other places, I very much believe that India is positioned for a source of strength in e-learning in the years to come.
January 29, 2013
This is how I used to work. During the weekly meeting with my team I'd create an agenda (shared by e-mail ahead of time when possible), attaching time estimates to each point, and move the discussion down the agenda. I'd be sure to include everyone in the discussion, listen more than I spoke, start and end the meeting on time.
January 28, 2013
Whenever I tell people that I've decided to practice "inbox zero" they say one of four things (or some combination of all four):
January 27, 2013
The success of an academic IT department depends largely on that unit's alignment to the culture of the larger academic organization. Actions, behaviors, and a general outlook that may be appropriate for another industry (and in fact may be recognized as "best practices" within the larger IT world), may result in complete failure within higher ed.
January 24, 2013
Academic Partnerships this week announced MOOC2Degree, a new program designed to put a sustainable revenue model behind massively open online courses. The program, which so far has 8 schools signed up for the first round of courses, underwrites the development of MOOC courses and then takes an (undisclosed) revenue share for students who enroll in the teaching institution upon completion of the free online course.
January 23, 2013
For years we have been print Newsweek subscribers. Now that Newsweek has abandoned print and gone to all digital I have abandoned Newsweek. 


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