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The Week in Learning Technology - May 19-31 2011

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 More Distance-Education Students Means More Off-Site Instructors, Survey Finds Enrollment growth in distance education at community colleges outpaced overall growth in higher education, and colleges are increasingly turning to off-campus instructors who telecommute to deal with that demand, according to the results of the Instructional Technology Council’s 2010 Distance Education Survey. The Wired Campus 5/18/2011
 U. of Chicago Students Hope to Revolutionize Course Packs Most of the articles in the photocopied collection of readings were available through a database of journals the university’s library already subscribed to, or could be found on a free public Web site. The Wired Campus 5/31/2011

The Week in Learning Technology - May 3-18 2011

posted May 20, 2011, 6:55 AM by   [ updated May 20, 2011, 7:12 AM ]

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 YouTube Teams Up With Film Schools to Offer Video Boot Camps YouTube has teamed up with the University of Southern California and Columbia College Chicago to run boot camps this summer for a select group of amateur video makers chosen by the company and the schools’ professors. The Wired Campus 5/3/2011
 Microsoft agrees to buy Skype for $8.5B Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy the popular Internet telephone service Skype SA for $8.5 billion in the biggest deal in the software maker's 36-year history. AP 5/10/2011
 Researchers at U. of Texas and Yale Use Computers to Simulate Schizophrenia A research team including computer scientists at the University of Texas at Austin and a professor of psychiatry at Yale have been testing various theories of how schizophrenic brains misfire as they process information. People with schizophrenia often have trouble repeating different stories, for instance, frequently combining elements of separate stories and inserting themselves into the narrative. The Wired Campus 5/9/2011
 Will the Internet Destroy Academic Freedom? The cherished principle of academic freedom may be Googled to death, according a new article in the journal called—appropriately—Academic Freedom. Philo A. Hutcheson, associate professor of educational-policy studies at Georgia State University, writes that academics used to be seen as society’s experts, but the Internet makes everybody think they are experts because knowledge is at their fingertips. And if society no longer believes professors have special expertise, it may no longer grant them the ability to pursue controversial ideas that grow from it. The Wired Campus 5/11/2011
 The Library of Congress Adds a Jukebox The free online music repository features streaming versions of recordings from Victor Talking Machine Co. that were made between 1901 and 1925, a period predating the use of microphones in recording. Sony Music Entertainment provided the music from its catalog. More recordings housed by Sony, from Columbia Records and OKeh, will be added to the jukebox. The Wired Campus 5/10/2011
 Yale U. to Offer Digital Images of Objects From Its Collections Yale University announced today that it is making digital images of objects in its many collections freely available online. “In a departure from established convention, no license will be required for the transmission of the images, and no limitations will be imposed on their use,” the university said in its statement.
 The Wired Campus 5/10/2011
 Online Courses Should Always Include Proctored Finals, Economist Warns Online economics students do not absorb much material from homework and chapter tests during the semester—perhaps because they expect to be able to cheat their way through the final exam. That is the lesson from a study that Cheryl J. Wachenheim, an associate professor of agribusiness and applied economics at North Dakota State University, will present in July at the annual meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. The Wired Campus 5/10/2011
 The Rise of Teaching Machines At Arizona State University, a high-tech teaching tool with roots in the pre-Internet 1950s has created a bit of a buzz. The Wired Campus 5/8/2011
 U. of California Faculty Leader Questions Online Effort The University of California should not develop any new courses for its online pilot project beyond the 29 it has already selected until the online courses can be properly evaluated, the chair of the system’s academic senate wrote in a letter to President Mark G. Yudof last week.
 The Wired Campus 5/13/2011
 More Distance-Education Students Means More Off-Site Instructors, Survey Finds Enrollment growth in distance education at community colleges outpaced overall growth in higher education, and colleges are increasingly turning to off-campus instructors who telecommute to deal with that demand, according to the results of the Instructional Technology Council’s 2010 Distance Education Survey. The Wired Campus 5/18/2011

The Week in Learning Technology - April 5-14 2011

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 More Pupils Are Learning Online, Fueling Debate on Quality The growth has come despite a cautionary review of research by the United States Department of Education in 2009. It found benefits in online courses for college students, but it concluded that few rigorous studies had been done at the K-12 level, and policy makers “lack scientific evidence of the effectiveness” of online classes.
 NYT 4/5/2011
 Seizing on Student’s File-Sharing Case, Advocates Press for Copyright ReformBut for copyright-reform advocates, a lawsuit filed against Mr. Tenenbaum by the music industry has provided an instrument to sound alarms about a broader issue: how fear of enormous damages can chill innovation that involves even a minimal risk of copyright liability.
 The Wired Campus
 Reversing Course, U. of California to Borrow Millions for Online Classes In the midst of a budget crisis, the University of California plans to borrow at least $2-million to pay for a controversial project to build online courses rather than relying entirely on outside grants or donations, as university leaders had previously said. The Wired Campus 4/8/2011
 Stanford Students Start Their Own Course-Management Web SiteA student-run Web site at Stanford University seeks to convince students to input their class assignments to keep themselves—and their classmates—more organized. It could, founders hope, grow into a student-run course-management system.
 The Wired Campus 4/8/2011
 Colleges Aren’t Keeping Up With Student Demand for Hybrid Programs, Survey Suggests Students want hybrid programs that blend online and face-to-face experiences. But colleges don’t seem to be providing enough of them to meet the demand. The Wired Campus 4/14/2011
 Internet2 Upgrade Will Let Researchers Share Data Faster A new network under development by Internet2 will give researchers at member colleges and other participating institutions up to 10 times more bandwidth—making it easier and faster to share large data sets. The Wired Campus 4/14/2011

The Week in Learning Technology - February 22-March 7, 2011

posted Mar 9, 2011, 5:48 AM by

Guilt Is Not Enough to Stop Students From Texting in Class
A survey of students at the University of New Hampshire found high rates of texting during class, and plenty of guilt about the behavior.
 The Wired Campus
A WikiLeaks Clone Takes On Higher Education
WikiLeaks, scourge of governments worldwide, now has a copycat for academe. And the new group is itching to publish your university’s deepest secrets.
 The Wired Campus
Professor’s Online Lecture Gets Lift From Bill Gates
Bill Gates apparently listens to lecture podcasts while on the treadmill. That’s what David Christian, then a history professor at San Diego State University, learned one day when Mr. Gates called him in his university office, explaining that he heard his recorded lecture and wanted to meet.
 The Wired Campus
 TED, Known For Big-Idea Conferences, Pushes Into EducationThe leaders of the annual TED conference, known for featuring short, carefully prepared talks on big ideas about technology and society, hope to apply their approach to education.
  The Wired Campus 3/2/2011
 Textbook Publisher Announces ‘App’ Approach to Learning Materials Today a major textbook company, Cengage Learning, announced a new e-textbook publishing platform that lets professors plug in apps, some made by other software companies, to add to traditional textbook content features like tutoring services or the ability to trade margin notes with other students.  The Wired Campus 3/2/2011
 U. of Kentucky’s Technology Leadership Center Will Be Run From Iowa Testing the limits of distance education and administration, the University of Kentucky has hired a professor and the technology leadership center that he directs away from Iowa State University—but will leave the professor in Ames to work remotely, unsettling some of his new colleagues, according to a local newspaper.  The Wired Campus 3/7/2011
 Why the Obama Administration Wants a Darpa for Education A new agency—its name would be “Advanced Research Projects Agency-Education”—would have more flexibility to identify specific problems and direct efforts to solve them, he says. Plus, it would be able to attract top outside talent to work on these projects.  The Wired Campus 3/4/2011
 Online, People Learn Best from Virtual ‘Helpers’ That Resemble Them That’s the finding of a study on how people’s perception and performance in online training is affected by the appearance and communication style of online learning “helpers,” or virtual agents that pop up on a screen and guide people through a program.  The Wired Campus 3/3/2011

The Week in Learning Technology - February 15-21

posted Feb 22, 2011, 3:55 AM by   [ updated Feb 22, 2011, 4:56 AM ]

Talking About a Digital Public Library of America
 In October 2010, Robert Darnton, the historian and university librarian at Harvard, talked to Wired Campus about the possibility of building what was then being described as a National Digital Library. Since then, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, with money from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, has stepped into the role of coordinating plans for what’s now being designated a Digital Public Library of America. The Wired Campus
 Lehigh U. Journalism Professor ‘Crowdsources’ His Teaching Philosophy Jeremy Littau embraces social-networking tools like Twitter and crowdsourcing in the journalism classes he teaches at Lehigh University. So when the assistant professor began to prepare materials for his two-year professional review, he put a call out on Twitter for former students to give their take on his teaching philosophy—in 140 characters or less. The Wired Campus 2/18/2011
 College President Posts Popular, Candid Messages on YouTube and TwitterJohn Maeda, leader of the Rhode Island School of Design, gets his message out on YouTube or on Twitter better than any other college president—at least, if you go by the number of views on videos of talks he’s given, or the number of people following his tweets (more than 141,000).
 The Wired Campus

The Week in Learning Technology - February 8-14

posted Feb 22, 2011, 3:42 AM by

The 2011 Horizon Report
The 2011 Horizon Report, an annual look at technology trends affecting higher education, points to mobile devices as one of six technologies to watch. Of the other five trends, game-based learning and learning analytics—using data to track student progress—are new additions for 2011.
 The Wired Campus
Online Textbook-Rental Company Moves Into Bricks and Mortar, an online textbook-rental company, announced an agreement on Wednesday with a major college-bookstore association that could lead many bookstores on campuses to offer textbook rentals for the first time.  The Wired Campus
‘U.S. News’ Highlights ‘Most Wired’ Campuses, but Some Question Methodology
A list released today by U.S. News & World Report highlights the nation’s 15 “most-wired campuses,” comparing each college’s student population to the number of computers on campus.  The Wired Campus
Publishers Struggle to Get Professors to Use Latest E-Textbook Features
Publishers studying the effectiveness of their latest interactive e-textbooks are finding that the biggest challenge is getting professors to use the new features of the digital texts.  The Wired Campus
Obama Wireless Event Puts the Spotlight on Northern Michigan U.
The information-technology shop at Northern Michigan University must be in a state of digital bliss today. Instead of listening to professors gripe about glitches in the course-management system, they got to watch President Obama rhapsodize about the miracles of the university’s wireless networking and distance-learning technologies.  The Wired Campus
After Complaints, Dept. of Labor Amends Rules for E-Learning Grant Program
Two weeks after college leaders raised concerns about what was perceived as a restrictive technical requirement in a new $2-billion federal-grant program, government officials issued an amendment that eliminates the requirement.  The Wired Campus
Smartphone App Makes Book Citations a Snap
 Quick Cite, which costs 99 cents and is available for both iPhones and Android-based phones, uses the camera on a smartphone to scan the bar code on the back of a book. It then e-mails you a bibliography-ready citation in one of four popular styles—APA, MLA, Chigaco, or IEEE.  The Wired Campus
 New ‘Electronic Literature’ Anthology Shows Fluid Definition of the GenreA new collection of “electronic literature” proves that the genre of interactive storytelling comes in an array forms and technological platforms. In fact, if you’re not sure what exactly electronic literature is, you still won’t know after clicking around on this Web site that mixes video, audio, and text into works that are not quite video games, not quite poetry, and nothing like a traditional novel.
 The Wired Campus 2/14/2011

The Week in Learning Technology - February 1-7

posted Feb 22, 2011, 3:33 AM by

 ‘Social Teaching’ Company Gets Buy-In From Capella Education What happened to music because of the Internet—going from few creators to many—is going to happen to education very soon, says Don Smithmier, and his new “social teaching” Web site, Sophia, is going to be part of that change. That’s a big claim for a small start-up now in beta testing, but it seems more plausible the first week of February, after Capella Education, the corporation behind the online educator Capella University, made a substantial investment in his company. The Wired Campus 2/4/2011
 New Wine Facility at UC-Davis Goes High Tech A new facility at the University of California at Davis pairs winemaking with Wi-Fi to make the process more precise. The Wired Campus 2/4/2011
 Carnegie Mellon Researchers Find Crowds Can Write as Well as Individuals Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have found that “crowd-sourced” articles written piecemeal by dispersed writers stack up well against those drafted by one author. The Wired Campus 2/3/2011
 Obama Calls for New Education Technology Agency The Obama administration wants to establish a new agency with the U.S. Department of Education to support the creation of education technologies and to promote their adoption by teachers, according to a news article in the journal Science.
 The Wired Campus 2/7/2011
 UCLA Researchers Use iPhone to Track Parkinson’s Disease An iPhone application has been used by researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles to keep tabs on the progress of patients afflicted with Parkinson’s disease. The Wired Campus 2/7/2011
 Health Problems Force Professor to Pull Camera From Back of Head An NYU professor triggered a debate about campus privacy in November when he decided to implant a camera in the back of his head for a year-long art project. The Wired Campus 2/7/2011
 Secret Deal With Recruiting Site Gets McGill U. Student Leader in Trouble A new job-hunting Web site for students almost cost McGill University’s student-government president his own job. The Wired Campus 2/7/2011

Tools vs. Teaching

posted Feb 3, 2011, 8:29 AM by

Tools vs. Teaching

Keeping priorities straight

As an instructional technology guy, I am constantly on the lookout for the next new thing.  Few fields change as constantly and rapidly as instructional technology; it's exciting, challenging, but never boring.  One of the pitfalls I always have to guard against is the tendency to become enamored with and attached to a certain tool.  Some of the tools I work with are cutting edge, and (to me at least) just too cool to ignore.  I enjoy learning about them (I call it "playing"), and can spend hours figuring out how they work, what their limitations are, and imagining ways they could be used for teaching and learning.

And herein lies the trap.

Imagining ways instructional technology tools could be used for teaching and learning is like imagining ways I could use a hammer or a saw.  It puts the tool first, a solution looking for a problem.  Those of us who work with instructional technology need to keep our priorities straight.  We need to focus first on the teaching and learning, and only when an issue arises that cannot be best resolved by other means or an opportunity presents itself that may benefit from the application of a technological solution should we look to our well-stocked tool set.

 "If I had a hammer, I'd use it on Peter, Paul, and Mary..."

The Week in Learning Technology January 23-31

posted Feb 1, 2011, 12:13 PM by

 Google Apps Marketplace Adds an Education Aisle Google today unveiled an education-focused section of its Google Apps Marketplace, a directory of Web-based services, which could expand options for colleges and universities that have adopted Google’s free e-mail and application suite. The Wired Campus 1/25/2011
 Technology Leaders Balk at Technical Guideline in Federal Grant ProgramSome higher-education leaders say a little-noticed technical note in a new $2-billion federal grant program could make it difficult for colleges to use the money to build free online course materials.
 The Wired Campus 1/25/2011
 Video Uses Student Voices to Explore New Directions in Education He wants “to hear from probably the most important voice in the question of where to go next with education, and that voice, of course, is the students themselves.” The Wired Campus 1/26/2011
 A Digital Library Guru Discusses New Rules on Sharing Scientific Data Last week, a significant change went into effect at the National Science Foundation: The agency will now require researchers to submit data-management plans with their grant proposals. The Wired Campus 1/28/2011
 Biology Professors Use Cloud Computing to Reach Students To help reduce the number of dropouts in freshman biology courses, professors at the University at Buffalo have turned to the power of collaboration and cloud computing to build an online teaching tool designed to explain concepts better than a textbook can. The Wired Campus 1/28/2011
 Upstart Course-Management Provider Goes Open Source Instructure, a course-management software company that recently won a large contract in Utah, announced on Tuesday that it would make most of its software platform available for free under an open-source license. The Wired Campus 1/31/2011
 iPhone App Raises Questions About Who Owns Student Inventions An iPhone app designed by a team of students for a contest at the University of Missouri at Columbia has helped lead the institution to rewrite its intellectual-property policies. The Wired Campus
 McGraw-Hill to Provide English Instruction and Test Prep Through Cellphones in India McGraw-Hill is building a mobile-phone platform to teach English and college test preparation to people in India, which the publisher hopes will help it tap into rapidly expanding cellphone use in emerging markets. The Wired Campus 1/30/2011

QR Code

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Here's a QR code to LTU's main web site:


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