This weekend I stepped in it. I made the mistake of challenging Jim Groom in public on his casual claim that “the open web kicks learning management systems (LMS) asses when it comes to teaching and learning in higher ed”. Oh, I meant what I said, and in a couple subsequent Twitter conversations I both suggested my point of view and gave notice that I am willing to be the champion for the LMS in some kind of a throwdown.
Yes, Bill, ^ for you.
I know, it seems to be a pretty masochistic position to put myself in Continue reading
Of course anytime we see a novel technology enter the consumer market we also see nerd-minded educators (like myself) and business-minded observers (not usually me) begin asking how the Latest New Shiny will revolutionize education. Google Glass, wearable computer with a brand new acronym (OHMD) is one of those.
Actually, I don’t know if Google Glass is one of those. Continue reading
OK, maybe “starts” is not the right word as this discussion has been happening – albeit often in small, sometimes closed circles — for some time (see also Klapdor and Fernandez for example).
But having been on both sides of the ed tech purchaser / vendor fence (I spent over a dozen years in higher ed online learning and currently work for Canvas by Instructure), and still having the desire to turn that fence into something more neighborly, I agree with a lot that Michael Feldstein has said about the challenges that hype-driven trends toward solutionism present to both parties.
Mike Caulfield wrote a great post musing on the origin of and instruments for innovation in teaching over at e-Literate, focusing on an area that I’ve always been particularly interested in, if only peripherally: the users. The following is a slight expansion of the comment I left on that post: