Category: Future of Higher Ed

Here comes the flexed-future…

Mike is blogging again and I wish I knew as much as he does about instructional design! He keeps telling me that I have to learn Adobe Flex and ColdFusion, but I don’t have time!!! Can I quit my regular job for a year just to learn all the programming I need to catch up on? Maybe I need to go in and modify my sabbatical application. I am going to visit Mike’s team at NKU in March (on my way to ICTCM), and I’m going to absorb as much as is humanly possible in my three days there. Anyone got good advice for maximum memory absorption? Also I’ll be giving a couple presentations to the NKU math department, in case you live in the Cincinatti area. Anyways, Mike has a link on his blog to a “flex hack” of a jeopardy game that they’ve created for the instructors on his campus. Pretty cool (although I wonder how well it will take on equations?). Let’s see one with categories of integrals… I could actually use it this week. I met Mike in Rhode Island at the Flash on the Beach workshop and there I realized two things: There was SO MUCH I didn’t know!!! (that Mike did) There was SO MUCH I DID know (and I was the only one, or at least, one of the few). And I...

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When Google takes over the world…

Today we’re watching Karl Fisch’s presentation called 2020 Vision. It is kind of a fluff piece in that it is a completely fabricated “graduation speech” for the class of 2020. However, he does a really good job of integrating ideas for where technology and education are headed. I should note that Karl produced this video long BEFORE Google announced it was getting into the energy business. I’ve noticed a LOT of articles lately about the possibility that Google has world-domination on their mind. If you want to read more about the video, see his blog post about it. So, when Google takes over the world, this is what it might look like… anyone else thinking about buying some Google stock today? Possibly Related Posts: Adjuncts shouldn’t have to fix a broken system Financial Aid, WGU, and OIG 100 Technology Skills for Today’s Workforce Learning at Scale Slides from ICTCM Clickety Click Click: Awful Measures for...

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Suggestions from the Age of Distraction

A reading assignment for today: The Age of Distraction: The Professor or the Processor? by Michael Bugeja (published in The Futurist magazine) The question that Bugeja poses: Are digital distractions the cause of lowered performance measures for students? He argues that we’ve spent a lot of money on technology in education. Have we seen results? It’s a good question. It’s not an argument against technology, per se, I think he’s just making the point that we may need to retake our learning environments from technology distractions (like improper laptop use, cellphone texting, video games on calculators, etc.). Bugeja writes about what he calles “interpersonal intelligence” which he defines as “knowing when, where, and for what purpose technology is appropriate or inappropriate.” He suggests teaching incoming students some basic interpersonal intelligence. At my college, we have a seminar designed to teach students study skills, and perhaps this is where these questions belong, in addition to being reiterated in other freshman-level classes: Are you being exploited by the media? Is your internet impulse purchasing destroying your budget? When has using technology distracted you from accomplishing something? Do you have real-person communication skills, like meeting your neighbors or talking to the students in your group? How is instant feedback different from critical thinking? Hmm. I may need to revisit the third bullet point myself. I know that technology (specifically writing these blog...

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Education is NOT prepared for the 21st Century

Today, I’m sending you to read this article “21st Century Learning: ‘We’re Not Even Close‘ from THE Journal. This article summarizes the highlights of a paper published jointly by SETDA, ISTE, and the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, called Maximizing the Impact: the Pivotal Role of Technology in a 21st Century Education System. Here are some highlights (or lows, depending on how you look at it): “education is dead last in technology use compared with all major industrial sectors, and that has to change in order for schools to meet the challenges of 21st century learning” we need to incorporate technology comprehensively to prepare students for 21st century skills technology needs to be used to support innovative teaching & learning educators need training in 21st century skills themselves… our skills have become outdated as our schools have become outdated. Did you catch that last one? TRAINING!!! It took me a while to find a working link to the actual report, but I did find one here. This is a report aimed primarily at K-12, but keep in mind that K-12 students eventually become College students … and some of our community college students are really catching up on skills they should’ve learned in their K-12 eduction. If K-12 catches up with technology, and we don’t… well, you can imagine how that will go down! Possibly Related Posts: Adjuncts shouldn’t...

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