Research Questions

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Research Question One

What would you list among the established technologies that learning-focused institutions should all be using broadly today to support or enhance teaching, learning, or creative expression?

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  • Micro-blogging / status messaging. Maybe arching over the hump of "Why would I keep telling the world what I ate for lunch" the explosion of real time messaging a la Twitter and Facebook begins to reveal useful applications, from using twitter to be a data communication vehicle Twitter reporting Traffic reports - alan alan Sep 6, 2009 - ninmah ninmah Sep 17, 2009 While we are probably not seeing micro-blogging being used wide-spread in class (, it is likely due to the comfort level and perspective of the faculty ( Aside from being a paradigm shift in how we teach - micro-blogging is great for collaboration and encouraging participation (,, not all feel at home with the habit of using the technology, or understanding its potential. Until we can get over this divide, a number of institutions may relegate the technology to campus alerts or the like. - Dougdar Dougdar Sep 17, 2009 - ojolubodun ojolubodun Oct 6, 2009 Real time web applications are particularly useful during conferences and sage-on-the stage events as they allow people to communicate, exchange ideas and pull together the various tweets on the subject to view the different perspectives. The comments can be projected as backchannel talk - bdieu bdieu Sep 22, 2009˜ Agree with Doug, live micro-blogging is a big control shift that a lot of teachers are not willing/ready to make. I'm not even sure we are mature enough yet with obvious practices around this (baring backchannel) to make this be more than a niche tool right now with bleeding edge educational practitioners. It would be good maybe to have wikipages associated with each of educause's 7 things docs to help collate and suggest learning and teaching practices associated with such tools.[[|1254115129]]I'd like to see more uptake on these tools, but "should" makes me hesitate here. I've played with Twitter in my classes for about 18 months, and only this semester have I found a good fit for it. That's partly because I'm using it for participation by the class *and* a librarian who offers synchronous and asynchronous participation with the class via the stream. It's hard for me to see this as a "should" for *broad* participation given the slow uptake on even more central tools such as macroblogging, wikis, etc.- gardnercampbell gardnercampbell Sep 29, 2009 I now see Alan has scooped me again, but addons like can be potentially useful for learners for helping them manage time and notice patterns in how they learn - sleslie sleslie Sep 30, 2009 These real time micro-blogging applications are also useful to bring in live feeds from other locations, to help steer discussions in class, between classes, between groups (when classes are divided). True it's a shift hard to educators to make, but communicating best practices will help - Eva Eva Oct 2, 2009Micro-blogging definitely belongs here - while many faculty are still stuck on the celebrity Twitter nonsense, it's pretty easy (in my experience) to get them past this barrier by demoing a couple of good searches, tools for visualization (already referenced above), automated referral systems (e.g. Mr. Tweet -, directories of professionals (e.g. Connexions Directory -, applications beyond personal info sharing (e.g., backchannel, informal open collaboration calls).- rubenrp rubenrp Oct 3, 2009 I've seen the power of twitter/microblogging first hand and I am a real believer. The integration approach is the issue. Some of the things I believe we need are real pedagogies that are shareable and can applied to a broad number of disciplines. To the first point made by Alan (I believe), we need to get over the hump on these technologies. I think real research and solid pedagogical approaches are key in driving adoption of environments that appear at first to be very disruptive. One thing we've been looking at is when and how students tweet related to a given course. My colleague and I have been tracking our students twitter patterns by identifying categories of tweets (encouragement, resources, questions, etc) and then tracking them on google calendar using Twistory ( This is taking us down a path of being able to quantify how twitter is impacting a learning environment. I believe the answer to the use of these tools lie in better scholarship. - colecamplese colecamplese Oct 3, 2009 - Gavin Gavin Oct 4, 2009I think that micro-blogging has great potential in supporting learning, with learners sharing and addressing challenges, bringing their contributions to subjects under discussion. I agree with those who highlight the challenge in developing appropriate pedagogies and wonder whether their use is best built on fanning the flames of learning rather than focus on instruction and teaching - NancyProctor NancyProctor Oct 4, 2009I've read several reports that Twitter and Facebook are mainly attracting older audiences. This makes sense because they are network-based platforms, and young people don't typically have an extensive or geographically-dispersed network; only later do work/research needs drive their managing contacts on a national or global scale, and then networking tools prove their worth. So by incorporating microblogging and instant messaging into the curriculum, teachers are both giving students experience with tools that will be critical to future work and research endeavors, and creating scenarios in which students can develop the networking skills that will outlast any given social media technology. They are essential tools for learning and communications in the 21st century. I think "proliferation of messaging methods and services" might be a good overall term for this realm. We used to have the single inbox of the email client (and IM for real-time); now students and others message each other through a growing number of apps. - dancohen dancohen Oct 4, 2009
  • Wikis. Solid architecture, diverse number of platforms, enormous amount of examples. Academic uses are also diverse, such as this one for cell microbiology - - bryan bryan Sep 8, 2009 bryan on Sep 5, 2009 7:36 pm Are they really on the future horizon? I might have pegged them a few years back - alan alan Sep 8, 2009 I also do not see much new happening here, and would argue they are mainstream already (under our 16% definition derived from Rogers)- Larry Larry Sep 12, 2009 agreed -- wikis are already mainstream. - ninmah ninmah Sep 17, 2009 The question is "should all be using broadly today", so if it is really mainstream (not here where I live at least, nor with management either - just some illuminated teachers) this is an even stronger reason to have them on the list.- bdieu bdieu I too support - danahboyd danahboyd Sep 20, 2009 same here - helga helga Sep 25, 2009 I think wiks are changing as well. Multimedia is standard. Issues of trust and reliability still in focus. - bryantt bryantt Sep 21, 2009 See this article, Eight Ways To Use School Wikis, to read how wikis are currently being used: - Sonja Sonja Sep 22, 2009 for me this is old, wikis appear embedded in learning management systems and others apps, so 'use' is often hard to trace publically and some don't even know they are using wiki technology as it is embedded inside other tech/apps - Nick Nick Sep 27, 2009I think wikis belong here. They're over a decade old, yes, but their use is still plenty innovative in many teaching/learning environments, and I think they *should* be used broadly in all such environments. They're mature, well-understood, and still potentially revolutionary in their effects, despite being co-opted by Learning Management Systems. Also, they're a Web 2.0 tool whose use is obvious in both sciences and the humanities: witness Jean-Claude Bradley's "Open Notebook Science" project: Wikipedia article (justly) helpful here too: - gardnercampbell gardnercampbell Sep 29, 2009 Wikis should now be consider "Late Majority" stage tools and so belong here in response to Question 1 - sleslie sleslie Sep 30, 2009I agree that wikis are in the "should all be using broadly today" category - but I think they're so established that it's a bit like saying "should all be using a web browser". If anything, I've seen more than a few projects where a wiki was being used instead of other collaboration tools better suited to the particular task at hand because of wikis' name recognition.- rubenrp rubenrp Oct 3, 2009 Wikis seem to gaining popularity in mainstream teaching contexts, but how they are managed over time still seems to be a mystery to many of the faculty I work with. The notion of "anyone can edit" brings fear, opportunity, and a need for new practice. I am convinced that we could be providing better guidance as it relates to formal and informal governance models -- much like Wikipedia. I am beginning to see faculty adopt them to replace the Course Management System, but keeping editing locked down to a select few (the faculty member and the TAs). In this model, they are not using them to encourage collaborative activity, but instead to move their content outside the CMS and into an easy to use authoring space. This approach may end up being one of the larger wins for wikis on campus as it relates to teaching and learning ... to support the design and authoring of course materials without the need of the course management system. - colecamplese colecamplese Oct 3, 2009 . One can also think of a "directed wiki" like this Horizon Project wiki. Many classes are now forming their own wiki for each course. These are produced by the so-called "social learning networks". See examples in - jpj100 jpj100 Oct 3, 2009- Gavin Gavin Oct 4, 2009Agree with others that wikis are well established, but wonder how widely they are established and used. Becta research at (2009) seem to suggest (p16) that many school teachers are not using Web2.0 technologies at all, and school systems are not set up to encourage their use. Turns out that not everybody agrees with the usefulness of Twitter for education. See, for example, - jpj100 jpj100 Oct 4, 2009One of the great values of wikis to my mind, and Wikipedia in particular, is how they lay bare the network of researchers who contribute to the development of knowledge, and the process through which 'fact' and 'truth' are established, revealing them to be contingent, temporary, and debatable. Wikipedia (and the Internet in general) can teach us to read critically; to question everything; to look for supporting evidence and verification. Using wikis in education drives the message home: don't believe everything you read; think for yourself and take responsibility for what you know.- NancyProctor NancyProctor Oct 4, 2009Wikis have opened up an entire world to collaborative work in online learning while also providing a writing tool at no cost and addressing content storage issues as well. - drvdiaz drvdiaz Oct 5, 2009
  • High Quality Portable Media Capture to Publishing Platforms. The capabilities of digital cameras and video recorders keep expanding and spreading to consumer models (witness the success of the Flip). Pair this with wireless tools for seamlessly uploading content-- EyeFi for cameras and the easy publish to YouTube capability of the iPhone 3Gs and we have tools for content capture to publishing online... in our pocket. - alan alan Sep 6, 2009 The easy publishing part is key; devices that go straight from capture to publish are going to change the dynamic of making and sharing media. - ninmah ninmah Sep 17, 2009 The introduction of Apple's new iPod Nano with video - - supports the broad adoption of media capture and direct publishing. While this is established, and is, by the way, considered a great tool for creativity and documentation because of cost and portability, the ability to converge it with a smart phone will only open new doors to ways this can enhance experiential learning and creative expression. - Dougdar Dougdar Sep 17, 2009 Analyst Tim Bajarin also makes this point in recent PC Mag article,2817,2352765,00.asp - KeeneH KeeneH Sep 18, 2009 ease of use is one aspect ... a necessary but not sufficient, where is the obvious list of associated pedagogiuc practices employing such tools? - Nick Nick Sep 27, 2009Many of my colleagues are very interested in this technology and would like to include it in their work, if they could figure out how to make the writing multimodal, and how to evaluate the results. A "yes" here from me.- gardnercampbell gardnercampbell Sep 29, 2009 Such tools can be excellent for learning languages. Video blogging is just being introduced for languages very successfully (see UOC's LANGBlog application video) and the possibility to upload multi-media content can be a next step for this type of courses (aside from others) - Eva Eva Oct 2, 2009The new tools for simple packaging and delivery of portable media, captured lectures, student content with other pedagogically relevant content will allow the reuse of captured content for out of class personal tutorials. Simple capture tools integrated into presentation tools make it easy for anyone to create simple tutorials out of existing content with voice overs and dynamic illustrations. - Don Don Oct 3, 2009A very definite "yes" on this one - looking over my list of questions I've been asked repeatedly in the past year by faculty, "which Flip-type device should I get" and "how do I get one-step video publishing" are in the top ten. In addition to the uses/practices already described, I'm seeing the devices used in a variety of "show me" scenarios (e.g., lab setups, field data gathering).- rubenrp rubenrp Oct 3, 2009 I might argue that this is not mainstream on the teaching side. Faculty still tend to struggle with publishing, but as many others have stated with the emergence of devices that can shoot and upload with a button press this will grow very quickly. I think use cases like this example from Dr. Sam Richards at PSU should catch on ( should be promoted. Helping faculty understand how powerful it is to be able to extend the conversation from the classroom is critical. Classes are too short and typically fail to capture the attention of the students. By following up using easy to use technologies to capture and share video based observations will be killer. - colecamplese colecamplese Oct 3, 2009 After generations of consuming images, audio and video created and manipulated by professionals, it's salutory for students to get hands-on experience in editing and producing content themselves, and these handheld consumer technologies are a great way to open these doors. Beyond providing more tools for creative expression, image, audio & video capture and publishing are fast becoming skills of basic literacy that will facilitate global communication: among people who speak different languages, and with people who are not textually literate.- NancyProctor NancyProctor Oct 4, 2009
  • Video Messaging There has been an increase of the use of video by learners, to communicate with each other, replacing text chats in some instances, and email. Video messaging is a technology that can contribute to reducing the affective gap that is brought about by text-only technologies. See for a closer look at these technologies Also (carried over from 2009 Horizon Wiki) And not to mention the conversational commenting in YouTube by video reply - alan alan Sep 8, 2009 yes but I wonder with a lot of these things on learning update for direct instruction purposes ... will there be a get out of my YouTube reaction a la MySpace? - Nick Nick Sep 27, 2009 If "video messaging" means short-form video roughly equivalent to the 140-160 character limit for text SMS, I don't think uses are well-enough understood to be a *should* for widespread use. On the other hand, video responses via YouTube commenting and VoiceThread participation may well gain greater traction in teaching/learning over the next year or so. I'd put this one a little farther out on the horizon.- gardnercampbell gardnercampbell Sep 29, 2009 Every application is specifically good for something. Anything that includes the possibility for recording audio will be of great use for language education, law, marketing communications and others. - Eva Eva Oct 2, 2009 The use of video for vocational training will dominate distance education for practical course based training especially when a hybrid approach that allows the use of 3D is involved - ojolubodun ojolubodun Oct 6, 2009I think this one is tied to adoption of the previous item. Texting really took off on phones, rather than computers - I would expect video messaging to do the same.- rubenrp rubenrp Oct 3, 2009 I don't see this behavior in the mainstream for the support of learning on campus. I see quite a bit of it happening in our distance education programs, but that is almost always driven by the faculty member. Faculty hold video office hours in iChat and Adobe Connect. Students still seem to prefer audio or text (from my observations) to video. The bandwidth requirements along with a lack of understanding of the tools, it just isn't catching on yet. - colecamplese colecamplese Oct 3, 2009 I use this a lot in my intercultural telecollaboration class. It is a great tool to introduce one another and raise some questions in intercultural settings.- kaoki kaoki Oct 4, 2009 One of our trustees that I often talk with about technology shared a great example of the use of this concept in a very practical way for education, his daughter, they live in Dallas BTW, wanted to take piano from a specific composer that resides in Canada. They contacted the composer and she agreed. So, when it is time for the lesson, they connect via iChat and do the lesson. Simple solution, great potential beyond this basic idea. He reports it works great for all and the set up is a no brainer for his daughter to handle solo. Extending learning opportunities by connection students, groups, and classes to specialists regardless of geographical considerations, and without the hassle of complicated solutions or costly overhead. I've included a picture of the set up they use below:
DSC_0009.png- Dougdar Dougdar Oct 4, 2009
  • Analytics + Data Visualization - Greater awareness with visually representing data from different sources. (carried over from 2009 Horizon Wiki) -- Apps for visualizing your own data on mobile devices, like Roambi - ninmah ninmah Sep 17, 2009 See ManyEyes: and more complex Open Source Graphiz: - bdieu bdieu Gapminder: visual statistics based on world data - wshapiro wshapiro Sep 19, 2009 Wired - Best Science Visualizations: beautiful video and ideas for visualization - wshapiro wshapiro Sep 19, 2009 Visualizing Information, Edward Tufte - wshapiro wshapiro Sep 19, 2009 Visual Complexity; a site leading to interactive visualization from a wide variety of disciplines including art, knowledge networks, music, pattern recognition and more [[user:wshapiro|1253396309] Scientific research is depending more and more on visualization for greater insights into the meaning of data. This needs to be extended into education. Learning is enhanced and heightened when students are able to work with real data, solving real problems. - wshapiro wshapiro Oct 4, 2009 Sense making software to analyze patterns/tags, mapping values (such as ethics, or employee attitudes to safety) across broad populations and associated benchmarking : - bdieu bdieu in terms of visualization on mobile devices, Hong Kong has one of the highest densities for mobile phones in the world and yet in education their use hardly exists .. is this just the lack of agreed tech standards or again are the pyschological barriers for learners and teachers. For me, this would be in a different horizon. - Nick Nick Sep 27, 2009 FlowingData is a good visualization reference and example website [[|1254246916]] Swivel is another good example website of the potential for easily visualizing data. And the programming language for non-programmer designers called Processing is also gaining acceptance as a technology to visualize data. - KeeneH KeeneH Sep 29, 2009Absolutely a *should* for me, but I don't see it happening in a very widespread fashion yet. I too struggle with the wording of the question at this point. I do think that data visualization has the potential to transform a class's understanding both of the content it learns and the activity of its own learning in community. Hans Rosling's TED Talks are great examples of the difference a compelling visualization can make: and Jon Udell has a fine interview along these lines as well, with Eric Rodenbeck of Stamen Designs: But perhaps this too is farther out on the horizon.- gardnercampbell gardnercampbell Sep 29, 2009 I think there is an entirely different take on this which is about analytics of the learning interaction. This may or may not entail visualization (though I like others think visually and find it hard to imagine not using visual formats to represent complex data). Dave Wiley wrote about this many years ago, and has returned to it again recently in a post about the Large Hadron Collider and the paucity of educational data comparable to data collected by physicists (he's been accused of 'physics envy' but he's not alone). The point is we measure a very complex process in course by providing a number, 3.2, and saying you're above average. Biologists spent 120 years collecting data about the natural world before we began to have enough natural history to begin theorizing with data. We have yet to really start in education but we have to and analytic tools which Diana O. and John C. have described uses of academic analytics by Baylor, NAU, and others. This is at least a 2-3 if not 5 year horizon issue but it IS an issue.- Phillip.Long Phillip.Long Oct 2, 2009 The academic use of powerful business analytics (BI) tools has provided many new tools to conduct institutional analysis, create performance scorecards and provide for data driven decision making. - Don Don Oct 3, 2009A very important topic - and one that definitely belongs here - but so big, that I think it would benefit from being broken up into subcategories, since they have different adoption horizons and audiences. A first pass, where the horizons are progressively further out, would be: • social visualization (the Swivel/ManyEyes scenario): what you get when data sets and the tools for visualizing them are shared on public sites; • interactive visualization (the Rosling scenario): what you get when the default toolkit for visualization does not generate a single view at a time, but rather a window onto a dynamically changing set of views; • ubiquitous visualization (the Roambi scenario): what you get when any piece of data or information can be translated into a visualization, anywhere, anytime.- rubenrp rubenrp Oct 3, 2009- lisaspiro lisaspiro Oct 4, 2009- drvdiaz drvdiaz Oct 5, 2009I don't see this as a widespread application of technology in undergraduate courses yet, and it it should be. The variety of tools available supports the goals/practices of data analysis, visual literacy, and enables different communication of ideas, observations and insights by students and faculty. - jgetman jgetman Oct 6, 2009
  • Open Content / Open Learning / Open Education Resources See Carnegie Commons book on Open Up Education itself in open content forms. Much more than MIT! OER Recommender OER Commons and David Wiley's writings on Open Accreditation Oh, and also the experiments with Massively Open Online Courses like Connectivism (carried over from 2009 Horizon Wiki) Another example is Otago Polytechnic's Facilitating Online Communities Course on Wikieducator: and the Composing free and open online educational resources Course on Wikiversity: - bdieu bdieu "The World is Open" by Curtis Bonk, many examples, - bryantt bryantt Sep 21, 2009 New Zealand has certainly become one of the world leaders in this area but I struggle here between the "should" in the question and the "are" ,,, should we be doing this now, absoultely yes, are the main stream, no. - Nick Nick Sep 27, 2009 Absolutely yes for this one. Open courses, yes, a la Downes and Siemens. More open course resources via open-web blogs, wikis, etc. But we should also note the many other resources that contribute vitally to teaching and learning, or should: TED Talks (, IT Conversations (, In Our Time ( and other BBC podcasts, etc. Teachers and students should be eclectic and passionate in identifying and gathering such resources. - gardnercampbell gardnercampbell Sep 29, 2009 See also Connexions,, which enables people to create their own learning modules or assemble courses by arranging and remixing modules produced by others.- lisaspiro lisaspiro Sep 30, 2009 Yes for this one as well, open content means access to all, the challenge is filtering the content to ensure quality and reliability, for those that do not have a mentoring or teaching system in place. Another open content example is Sun's founded Curriki - Eva Eva Oct 3, 2009 Something I'd like to add to this conversation is the emergence of incidental openness ( on our campus. We do not have an official, top-down, OER initiative but we are seeing more and more faculty place their content into the commons. In a lot of cases these are not full online courses, but the open posting of content and conversations around the postings. I would love to see us promote the use of open platforms that encourage more open publishing. By open platforms I mean non-authenticated (read access) for faculty to use instead of the traditional CMS/LMS. I've watched more content flow into the commons in the last year because of our open blogging platform. - colecamplese colecamplese Oct 3, 2009 I like the idea of OER. But, in reality I suspect a lot needs to be done to make it really useful and accessible by teachers. I've seen a number of content in OER, but I haven't really heard anybody seriously using it in Japan, especially. - kaoki kaoki Oct 4, 2009 Other resources and The biggest issue in OERs is not so much the content, but the growing community. This is a really "stone soup" operation. There needs to be more contributions other than the resources, part of that contribution includes cataloging resources, adapting and using, and evaluating and improving them. - alanwolf alanwolf Oct 4, 2009 Open Access, too, is a big issue for researchers - making research materials such as magazines and latest articles and results available at no cost to the scientific community- helga helga Oct 5, 2009. Open content has several issues yet to address: quality, credibility, and the economic model upon which it resides, but there is potential here. Using a hybrid model such as a commercial entity to manage some of the overhead to address these issues may help. If nothing else, it is prompting the publishing industry to evolve. - drvdiaz drvdiaz Oct 5, 2009
  • Enterprise Status Messaging / Microblogging aka Private Twitter? As organizations see potential of fast group communication/collaboration across multiple platforms (web/phone/etc) in twitter, adoption of similar systems in a more focused interest/area (or a walled garden?) Edmodo - microblogging for education Yammer (TechCrunch 50 winner) (carried over from 2009 Horizon Wiki). This makes more sense to me than using the same public tools. - danahboyd danahboyd Sep 20, 2009 I worry about walled gardens here. Higher education needs more network effects, not fewer. - gardnercampbell gardnercampbell Sep 29, 2009Agree with Gardner here; additionally, given Twitter's own tools/settings for private tweeting, I'm not sure separate systems will have enough differentiating features to gain much traction.[[|1254576207]] While it makes more sense to use a private tool it also fractures the conversation in a lot of ways. I'd prefer for us to start talking about how to use existing infrastructure to make it easier to mark some content as open and some as private. I'd hate to see the emergent open dialogue happening around teaching and learning go back into the walled garden. How do we create pedagogy that encourages responsible open micro-conversations? - colecamplese colecamplese Oct 3, 2009- Gavin Gavin Oct 4, 2009So much of the value of micro-blogging conversations can be lost by the use of walled gardens. It links to the tension with security and safety in use of such tools, which is being dealt with in different countries in different ways. See
  • Clickers, or personal response system. These small, light, inexpensive wireless devices have rapidly swept education. They allow us to deepen group discussion and interaction. There's already one scholarly book on the subject (2009). Clickers are the second great educational success for mobile devices, after laptops. What's next? - bryan bryan Sep 13, 2009 Derek Bruff's book won me over, and I was not a fan. Instant polling has very powerful uses in all sorts of settings. I would like to see them used more widely and imaginatively.- gardnercampbell gardnercampbell Sep 29, 2009 Clickers are a great success. However, as the smart-phone gains ground and reaches critical mass on campus, it won't be too long before they inherit the niche ( I'd say, while there is still a functional role for clickers, it is a technology that has peaked. - Dougdar Dougdar Sep 17, 2009 I think this is mainstream, beyond emerging. - amichaelberman amichaelberman Sep 18, 2009 old, clickers on mobiles can be here but the practices don't really shift. I might mention this in the trends section of the report but not here. - Nick Nick Sep 27, 2009 What is emerging is the integration of standard response systems (e.g. clickers, personal device inputs) into standard classroom interaction tools to provide easy setup and simple seamless use. The technology has been around for some time but the use has been limited to those with one to one special purpose devices. - Don Don Oct 3, 2009. A simple, low cost technology with high adoption possibilities in the laggard adopter community and lots of research on best practices available.- drvdiaz drvdiaz Oct 5, 2009 The polling everywhere online service works just as well as the actual devices - students use their already existing cell phones. Increased flexibility and functionality. - jevans jevans Oct 5, 2009Effective strategy and software that should be accessible froma mobile device already in student hands- jgetman jgetman Oct 6, 2009
  • Learning Activity Management System aka LAMS . An innovation in designing, managing and delivery of online collaborative learning activites. It provides visual environment that teachers could use flexibly to create and order sequences of learning activities. It could be integrated into other known LMS like Moodle, Sakai for enhanced performance etc., - ojolubodun ojolubodun Sep 14, 2009 It is integrated into Moddle I believe (as well as BB) but not to my knowledge into Sakai (and Sakai don't have it on their list), so I for one can't use it i/e/ it's use right now its quite restricitive. - Nick Nick Sep 27, 2009 The value of LAMS is that is provides the ability to make pedagogical practice explicit and in a form that can be shared, improved and reused by others. - Don Don Oct 3, 2009 I've been trying to use LAMS for some time. LAMS not only visualize pedagogical practices, but also shift our focus on learning activities instead of teaching activities. - kaoki kaoki Oct 4, 2009
  • Dynamic Frequently Asked Questions aka DFAQ The future of creative use of technology for learning that will have wider acceptance will depend on its low cost especially in developing countries. dfaq provides the innovation of a technology that gives opportunity to the use of mobile phone for students to ask questions anonymously by SMS through the use of their phones at very low cost and receive a reply from the teacher or whoever is responsible for their learning. Find some details here,, - ojolubodun ojolubodun Sep 14, 2009 I like this item a lot, but the timeline is farther out for it, I think. - gardnercampbell gardnercampbell Sep 29, 2009 What is the relationship between DFAQ & semantic web?- NancyProctor NancyProctor Oct 4, 2009I like this a lot as it goes to the challenge of information/knowledge management but I am not sure how widespread this application of technology is already. Seems that we still depend on large-scale somewhat cumbersome solutions (ala helpdesk knoweldge base style)- jgetman jgetman Oct 6, 2009
  • Mobile Applications. Custom apps like the one Stanford commissioned from Terribly Clever ( (subsequently bought by Blackboard), MobileEdu (; productivity and education apps from the app stores (there are stores for iPhone, Nokia, Blackberry, Android, and more -- like language apps, Evernote, MyHomework, Voice Memos, Roambi; apps for finding people, places and things, like Where, WikiMe, Come Here, Urbanspoon, iDiscover; apps for managing personal data, like Wesabe, AccuFuel, CheckPlease, PocketMoney, Nozbe. Whether custom-designed or off-the-shelf, mobile applications can help students and teachers with all kinds of tasks related to teaching and learning. - ninmah ninmah Sep 17, 2009 Yes! MIT has released an open-source framework that is browser-based but I would still consider a mobile application - - amichaelberman amichaelberman Sep 18, 2009 The recently launched WidgetPad is a free, open-source, online environment for smart phone app developers. It uses standard web technology like HTML 5: - Sonja Sonja Sep 24, 2009 I definitely would like to see more widespread use here. Platform is a bit of a problem, even with the lead iPhone has. Yet much development for smart phones can be and will be done cross-platform, as discussed in this podcast on IT Conversations: (The speaker is Christopher Allen of Sounds to me like students can also play in the app-dev world. And let's not forget mobile apps as in apps run on a notebook computer. I'd be ecstatic to see more widespread use of the established technology of the laptop! Maybe that should be an item here, now that they're being banned in some settings. - gardnercampbell gardnercampbell Sep 29, 2009 Equiz type applications for trivia quizes could be great for educational settings as well. - Eva Eva Oct 3, 2009This one definitely belongs in the "hot now" category. While the Palm and Windows Mobile platforms allowed for this type of use in the past, Apple's iTunes App Store has changed the rules of the game, making it easy to find apps, install them, and keep them updated. More innovation here than I've seen in a long time - multiple developers thinking about the iPhone as a tool to use as a complement to a laptop, rather than a replacement for it. Stanford's iPhone programming course ( is a great resource for students/faculty/institutions interested in developing their own apps.- rubenrp rubenrp Oct 3, 2009 We are now witnessing the same sort of rise in mobile web use that we saw in the adoption of fixed web in the 90s. If we want to reach people widely through the web in future, we'll have to make our information and content available to mobile devices. In the museum space, new platforms like the iPhone are encouraging us to think beyond the audio tour paradigm to come up with new ways of engaging visitors and non-visitors alike, and integrating the museum into their already mobile lives. Important opensource projects in this space include Fluid Engage, Omeka, and TAP/TourML: See also Koven Smith's paper from Museums & the Web 2009: - NancyProctor NancyProctor Oct 4, 2009 Agreed. With the increased prevalence of smart phones, greater utilization of mobile applications seems a natural win for students, faculty, and other constituent groups as well. - Dougdar Dougdar Oct 4, 2009. - drvdiaz drvdiaz Oct 5, 2009 Article showing just how transformational mobile in some parts of the world - - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 5, 2009
  • Multimobile Services. These are services that can automatically respond to user requests in a variety of forms such as SMS, email, phone menus, and the web. See - ninmah ninmah Sep 17, 2009 This is certainly the way Drupal is thinking, which will also help wide spread adoption. Their principal messaging module operates on this idea. - bryantt bryantt Oct 5, 2009 The opportunities provided by all-in-one multimedia channel in online course offering will dictate the next direction in determining the actual person doing an online course- ojolubodun ojolubodun
  • Cloud-based applications. Everyone thinks of Google Apps here, but there are others as well, such as Microsoft, Zoho <>, providing a collection of cloud-based applications. There are also niche applications that are important for teaching and learning, such as Slideshare <>, diigo <>, Live Question Tool <>, VoiceThread<>, and many others.- mbrown mbrown Sep 18, 2009 I would add Basecamp ( as another that's particularly useful. - amichaelberman amichaelberman Sep 18, 2009 Google is making it very easy for schools to use Google Apps: - Sonja Sonja Sep 22, 2009 Other cloud-based apps:, and Important to recognize The Tower and the Cloud here as well: an important statement on how this game is changing: MIT is reporting the release of a beta Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) service by Amazon that lets people "merge their own computer systems with its cloud-computing services"--and lets those resources appear as part of a local network of servers, using an IPsec protocol. More @ - jasonr jasonr Oct 1, 2009 A significant issue here is the provenance of legal purview over data stored in the 'cloud'. Most folks in the US won't care about this but the EU, Australia and other countries care about it deeply- to the point that in the HZ09AU report 'private clouds' were listed as an emerging technology to watch but pointedly NOT public clouds (aka Google, Amazon E3C, etc.). Attention to this has to become a part of the policy structure of cloud-based architecture, which John Seely Brown and John Hagel write about in the Deloitte Center for the Edge of Innovation The availability of simple tools to create free cloud storage (e.g. Microsoft Azure) is transforming the use of the cloud. These tools make it simple for agile creation and management of simple, class level, faculty specific personal clouds. - Don Don Oct 3, 2009 I think this space is where all the action will take place over the next few years. I'm not interested in a particular vendors solution, but am very interested in real-time conversations that are enabled to happen inside the creation of collaborative work. Even something as pedestrian as google docs for creating shared texts is ultimately very exciting when taken within the context of new instructional practice. The notion of sharing documents with students and not having them turned in creates so many new ways to close feedback loops, increase faculty-student engagement, and much more. I think as we go forward helping students and faculty understand how to manage their cloud based work (and identities) will be critical. - colecamplese colecamplese Oct 3, 2009 Good "executive summary" podcast interview on Deloitte's "Shift Index" here: gardnercampbell gardnercampbell Oct 4, 2009 I think there's a general movement here that could be part of the report as an umbrella: outsourcing of applications and related elements (like storage) that have been on campus for several decades - dancohen dancohen Oct 4, 2009 - Dougdar Dougdar Oct 4, 2009. - drvdiaz drvdiaz Oct 5, 2009 This is a significant topic from the perspective of institutional strategic planning; it has been challenging in terms of creating a comon understanding/definition of "cloud computing," an appreciation for the increase in individual activities "in the cloud" and balancing perceived risks associated with security, "lack of control" and the benefits of access to power, tools and content." It was in past year's report but it is a strong trend with teh potential to have an impact - tecnological, pedgogical and financial.- jgetman jgetman Oct 6, 2009 See UW Madison Guideline on use of Cloud Computing - timmodugdale timmodugdale Oct 6, 2009 - Online multimedia editing tools are becoming increasingly sophisticated such as online photoshop and online multitrack audio editing from Aviary called Myna - J-Madden J-Madden Oct 6, 2009
  • Persistent, multi-modal storage. Overlaps with some of the items above - systems that store info in the cloud and allow it to be accessed via computer or mobile device - examples include Dropbox, Box, Evernote While these could be viewed just as other cloud-based apps, there is a transformational quality to being able to access your data anywhere, anytime that will have a big impact. - amichaelberman amichaelberman Sep 18, 2009 Plus these tools provide abilities to share files with other, or connect a dropbox like folder with a cloud-based backup. And there is more to these than just storing files- images loaded via mobile phone cam to Evernote become searchable- see - alan alan Sep 30, 2009 Tools like Microsoft Live Skydrive provide free storage in the cloud and MS Mesh tools provide simple file management and access from any device mobile, at home, classroom or in the office.- Don Don Oct 3, 2009 Thumbs up for DropBox - bryantt bryantt Oct 5, 2009 - we have been using dropbox across research groups between researchers and supervisors with great success, the public folder and sharing aspects and the 2GB + referral program is plenty of storage for even multimedia work. - J-Madden J-Madden Oct 6, 2009
  • The Portable Document Format gets a new life on Mobile platforms - A number of good PDF readers are showing up for mobile devices. These take the ubiquitous format that many papers and publications are in and moves them off the desktop to more mobile devices. PDF is already widely used in education, now it just gets more mobile. Clearly, new mobile formats are emerging that may replace the PDF on mobile devices, but due to the PDF's ubiquity, its important to pay attention to technologies that can make the format usable on mobile devices. See these iPhone apps for examples: Good Reader, PDF Expert and AirSharing Pro (also standard version) Also see the Kindle DX PDF capabilities which are not that great, but there if you need it and the eSlick Reader, specifically for PDFs Good Reader and eSlick allow for PDF text reflow for reading on smaller screens, something that needs to be perfected for the format to be competitive on mobile devices. [[|1253307482]] Is there mileage to be had from the Adobe Air platform, which makes content portable in an off-line context, but also gets updated as soon as the client has an Internet-based connection to the publisher? - NancyProctor NancyProctor Oct 4, 2009
  • Improving and making better use of Email. Yes, Email. While not sexy or the next big thing, email is the bedrock of many educational tech faculty and staff. Embracing systems that make better use of email by tying into more modern social networking for example will enable more efficient conversations, better collaboration and better information dissemination/organization. Good examples include CC:Betty and Google's forthcoming Wave, Posterous and the email client Postbox built on top of the open source Mozilla and Thunderbird efforts InDev's MailTags and Mail Act-On for Apple Mail are also good utilties for better managing the one technology that can snow us under. All promise to transform and improve on the one thing just about everyone online has, an email address. The revisited technology of WebFinger by Google also promises to make new use of email address as an ID on the web.. Privacy issues of course will come up, but its another use for email as more than email. KeeneH KeeneH Sep 18, 2009 I second email but for a slightly different reason. Unlike the newer technologies, email is not seen as peer-based form of communication. This makes it ideal for supporting parent-teacher-student interactions and keeping them culturally and socially separate from peer-based conversations. I also think that helping students be familiar with this backbone of professional life is rather important. [[|1253462518]] I agree - helga helga Sep 25, 2009 I know what the developers of Wave say, but I feel that looking at something like Wave and calling it "better email" limits our thinking. I think it's about better and more comprehensive tools for collaboration. - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 4, 2009. - drvdiaz drvdiaz Oct 5, 2009
  • Wikipedia - It's not a technology per se, but it's a great platform for getting students to understand how content is constructed (and biased more generally). Learning how to make sense of and contribute to Wikipedia provides a brilliant and often untapped opportunity for media literacy and information understanding. This approach runs counter to most teachers' fears that Wikipedia is useless in a learning environment. To the contrary, it can open up tremendous conversations. [[|1253462518]] I couldn´t have put it better myself and agree with you once more - helga helga Sep 25, 2009 Agree as well Wikipedia is a great resource for technology information and can increasing be used adequately in scholarly circles with some care. [[|1254240993]] I agree completely. I regularly point students and faculty colleagues to Jon Udell's "Heavy Metal Umlaut" screencast, still an eye-opener for many folks, and a catalyst for the use of Wikipedia and wikis generally, as it gets "under the hood" into the information design of wikis both clearly and compellingly: - gardnercampbell gardnercampbell Oct 4, 2009 I totally agree - see my comments on wikis in general above, and their value in teaching critical thinking. - NancyProctor NancyProctor Oct 4, 2009 Surely, except for a few who just don't "get it", this is mainstream now? - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 4, 2009 I also agree that wikipedia provides the opportunity for anyone to learn how to create content and be a part of a community of scholars that will shape the world of knowledge. It is good place to begin and developing countries where poverty is high will find this a good initiative- ojolubodun ojolubodun Oct 6, 2009
  • Hand-held devices - We are not yet at a point where laptops are broadly available in classroom settings. That said, we are much closer to the possibility of having hand-held devices available. As we think about established technologies available to us, I think that we need to think about the platform and what's available in a classroom setting. In some ways, I think that handhelds might be a more appropriate device for doing lightweight information access and manipulation during a traditional lecture than laptops precisely because of their constraints. [[|1253462518]] - helga helga Sep 25, 2009 As I said above, I'd like to see more uptake on laptops, and I think this should precede a move to smaller hand-helds, in part because they offer useful disruptions and augmentations to traditional content-delivery modes like large-scale lectures. Users can manipulate many more simultaneous information resources on the larger screen, and they can also do more work with file-exchange, multimedia creation/manipulation, and the like. They can also interact with a wider range of information resources they themselves have generate in their other courses--i.e., material stored on the larger hard drives available on laptops. I confess it's been an ongoing disappointment to me to see laptops relegated to the status of desktops students take home on the weekends. - gardnercampbell gardnercampbell Sep 29, 2009 And devices in between may even be more appropriate and realistic in a classroom setting, such as writable and wifi electronic books and tablets such as TechCrunch Tablet - Eva Eva Oct 3, 2009 Moving away from the richer parts of the world, laptops can never hope to have the impact that hand-helds are having now. - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 4, 2009
  • Blogging - While microblogging is all the rage, there's a lot to be said about working with students to construct thought-out critiques and ideas without the constraints of a quick update. The simplistic CMSes behind blogging make it easy for many teachers to provide an outlet for students to self-publish (at least to their peers) and respond to one another's content production. [[|1253462518]]SAgree with danah and feel that platforms like Wordpress have all it takes to become the hub, an individual/personal learning space, congregating feeds, widgets, plugins and interacting with other platforms.- bdieu bdieu An example from Hamburg, Germany: the life web magazine and community platform for students of the educational science faculty at University of Hamburg provides syndicated blogs. Registered users will also be able to start their own blogs - the platform is still in its beta stage. Additional features are described here, however in German only helga helga Sep 25, 2009 old and again may be embeeded inside LMS or sites like Ning - Nick Nick Sep 27, 2009 A big yes here, for the reasons cited by danah, Barbara, and Helga. UMW Blogs are a conspicuous success story whose example has been emulated by UBC, CUNY, Penn State: : My own projects at and , following the UMW Blogs example, use Wordpress Multi-User to support both individual blogs and "motherblogs" that act as class dashboards and aggregations sites, allowing easy visualization of class reflection, interaction, and resource-gathering activities. .- gardnercampbell gardnercampbell Sep 29, 2009 Blogs continue to be the big story on our campus. We are now using blogs to power our ePortfolio efforts (, some of our OER work (, course conversation, faculty pages (, and so much more. I can't stress enough that what seems like old news to us is still emerging in a huge way on our campuses. - colecamplese colecamplese Oct 3, 2009 Obviously I could not agree more. This front-page article from the NY Times makes the case, too: See also one of my student's responses here: - gardnercampbell gardnercampbell Oct 4, 2009 Group blogs; community rating systems and increased use of multimedia have added a new dimension to the ways in which they are being used in courses - building on their original strength as channel for students to develop their individual voices.Still not widely adopted. Another interesting discussion point is class privacy versus bringing the dialogue into the public forum - a powerful educational aspect of blogging - managing and responding to comments from the greater unknow population of readers and thinkers.- jgetman jgetman Oct 6, 2009
  • Games - I'm mostly thinking of PC based games, mods of commercial games, or the creation of games as a student project. (Middle East, conflict resolution), (Civ IV Mod example), (Globalwarming and politics), (Protein construction) - bryantt bryantt Oct 5, 2009 [[|1253545642]] Another game about climate change sponsored by the BBC is found @ : . Games in the "persuasive games" genre can be found @ , including Darfur is Dying, Ayiti! (life in impovrished Haiti) and Oiligarchy (play an oil baron). Other persuasive games include Homeland Guantanamos : and Hush (a unique game about the genocide in Rwanda): . Other persuasive games resources include Games 4 Change - Real World Games, Real World Impact: For an immersive look @ developing world economics, check out Global Conflicts, Latin America by Serious Games, Interactive.: - jasonr jasonr Sep 21, 2009 It would be interesting if faculty and students could not only play but devise games and software online themselves to raise awareness to problems found on the net, like for instance, privacy : and . Penn State this fall opened our first University wide gaming lab, the Educational Gaming Commons ( The EGC is a physical location that supports faculty and students in their use of games for teaching and learning. We have built educational games that teach various topics, are working with off the shelf games to teach things (music, history, etc), and are now working to integrate serious game design into various curricula. - colecamplese colecamplese Oct 3, 2009 Agreed. My students are now *steeped* in gaming culture, and they understand hacking and modding and platforms and so forth. They're sophisticated users, though not yet sophisticated creators--and that's where our higher-education "value proposition" (sorry) should be located, IMO.See also "Center for the Edge" report on World of Warcraft and innovation: - gardnercampbell gardnercampbell Oct 4, 2009 The University of Minnesota has developed an online traffic control game that gives students a chance to try their hand at working in the engineering and transportation fields." Gridlock Buster", See - jpj100 jpj100 Oct 4, 2009 Both IT and business professionals understand that processes are critical to success. They just look at them from different perspectives. INNOV8, the IBM Business Process Management (BPM) simulation game, gives both IT and business players a better understanding of how effective BPM impacts an entire business ecosystem. Both IT and business professionals understand that processes are critical to success. They just look at them from different perspectives. INNOV8, the IBM Business Process Management (BPM) simulation game, gives both IT and business players a better understanding of how effective BPM impacts an entire business ecosystem. . - jpj100 jpj100 Oct 4, 2009- Gavin Gavin Oct 4, 2009If use of games becomes a standard pedagogical approach in schools what opportunity and challenge does that present to HE? See Consolarium in Scotland [] which appears to have assisted fundamental change in Scotland's curriculum for schools. - NancyProctor NancyProctor Oct 4, 2009 For me, a seminal text on the value of games for informal learning and engagement in museums was Jane McGonigal's 2008 talk for the Future of Museums: [previous contributor unidentified] I think there's still the need for a fundamental breakthrough that will radically drop the cost of development before games become a mainstream tool. - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 4, 2009 See the UW Madison Games and Simulations Award program - timmodugdale timmodugdale Oct 6, 2009
  • Video/TV/Film via IP - Slingbox type technologies, Hulu and other international sites, Netflix streaming. How much longer will satellite and cable last on campuses. Many commercial users now getting all of their video via the internet. - bryantt bryantt Oct 5, 2009
  • Ebook readers - now widely available at least in the US and elsewhere -emerging in the UK -course readings, annotations - EduCause Quarterly “A Campus-Wide E-textbook Initiative.” see Northwest Missouri State University. As more devices become web enabled and prices drop or are linked to subscriptions. Staffordshire trialling Sony ebook readers with full course readings. Library Finder, powered by OverDrive, lets you check out eBooks from your local library.- DaveP DaveP Sep 21, 2009 Fully agree that this should be adopted immediately, but there are challenges to be solved, like agreeing on standard formats to be used and definitely, connectivity and editing capabilities is necessary. For eduation purposes, a teacher could revise students' assignments, write notes and email or update other platforms from the device itself - Eva Eva Oct 3, 2009 I have mixed feelings here - in the end, general-purpose devices (something more like the iPhone) always win over point solutions like Ebook readers. There's a particular confluence of business models and technology that makes them viable now but I think they will be the PDA's of the future, i.e. their functions folded into something more like a mobile phone or laptop. - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 4, 2009. - drvdiaz drvdiaz Oct 5, 2009- rubenrp rubenrp Oct 6, 2009
  • Automated Lecture Capture Solutions -- Lecture halls that have some easy-to-use ability to record class lectures and send them to users in a variety of formats -- - timmodugdale timmodugdale Sep 22, 2009 See also Lecture2Go, developed at University of Hamburg - helga helga Sep 25, 2009 This article offers an example of a recorded lecture that allows for student participation: During the lecture students posted questions and engaged in a live discussion on a blog, which was projected onto a screen in the classroom. - Sonja Sonja Sep 28, 2009 Delivery and usage of rich media online is the core of the OpenCast Community Project led by UC Berkeley, and more specifically, the project Matterhorn is an end-to-end platform that supports the scheduling, capture, managing, encoding and delivery of educational audio and video content, worth followin-up. - Eva Eva Oct 3, 2009 Louis King led a fascinating project at Michigan in which a Twitter backchannel was captured along with the lecture/discussion chapter, then time-synced so that the playback included both front and backchannels. Nice. He described the project to me at either ELI or an NMC meeting--can't find it on the web.- gardnercampbell gardnercampbell Oct 4, 2009 I think this gets even more interesting when you can capture more than lectures--say, a group learning process. How much more emphases do we really need to place on "being told" as a way to learn? Record the best 1000 lectures and be done with it. - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 4, 2009
  • Project management software - not the bulky software way, but for the skills needed learners/faculty to manage multiple tasks and projects. [[|1253732418]] Agree! Project management, Information management and Aggregation are so key to getting handle on information. Students and educators who can do this effectively will have a leg up on compiling data and synthesizing knowledge out of it. Some nice examples are 37Signals Basecamp and Cultured Code' Things [[|1254241736]]
  • Information management (I'm on a management kick, it appears) - faculty need to assist learners in using simple tools like delicious for sharing information [[|1253732418]] I would second this too. I think utlizing tools that leverage technologies like XML for data sharing and integration are important to understand and use. How to make the best use of an RSS reader, how to aggregate and organize content from lots of sources using a personal database. Tools like NetNewsWire, the service Instapaper which can be a glue to pull together many types of information into one place. It is increasing being used by Twitter and RSS reader clients to save articles for reading later and even offline. Effectively using Twitter clients to save and collect information and effective use of JavaScript bookmarklets in browsers. Apologies to PC users. I am on a Mac so most of the tool links are Mac based if they are not web based. [[|1254241736]] Whenever I show a student or faculty member Zotero, they're dazzled. As researchers conduct more and more of their information online, they need tools to capture, organize, annotate and share information.- lisaspiro lisaspiro Sep 30, 2009
  • Aggregation - students and faculty need to be able to track a distributed conversation through pageflakes/twitter/google alerts/ etc. [[|1253732418]] I agree too. See above bullet point. [[|1254241736]] This will gain huge imprtance for teaching as more and more students want to write in their personal spaces and share that content back to the instructor. By blowing up the LMS/CMS we've once again dissagregated course conversations. We need strong tools to easily let students drop off feeds and share them into a central location. We are experimenting with PLIGG ( as a potential step in the right direction. - colecamplese colecamplese Oct 3, 2009 Agreed. Mike Wesch's "A Portal to Media Literacy" is a great example of his own efforts at aggregating course activities into a course portal that encourages feedback loops to increase involvement: I've used a blogging platform to republish student blogs, delicious links, comments on each others' blogs, and now a Twitter stream onto a "front page" for the course that functions as a dedicated RSS-reader one-stop: The idea here is that aggregation is information management, but it's also a kind of data visualization that can feedback and feedforward, allowing the class to see itself as a learning community. Perhaps thinking about interesting "sites of aggregation" will help more general concepts like RSS finally start to catch on in the mainstream? - gardnercampbell gardnercampbell Oct 4, 2009 Find everything, where and when you want it and in the format you want it - that's the goal. - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 4, 2009
  • Live help - yes, libraries have so-called 'live chat' installed on landing pages, but live/skype video support is a basic must-have for various academic support units [[|1253732418]] Twitter can work here as well, if specific courses have hashtags that can filter and feed the undifferentiated data stream in specific directions. - gardnercampbell gardnercampbell Oct 4, 2009 Tools like Adobe Connect can help with guided walk-thrus. - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 4, 2009
  • Lecture capture - audio/video lecture recording - hopefully somewhat sync'd with PP [[|1253732418]] iTunes offers many free lectures from myriad universities. - Sonja Sonja Sep 24, 2009 See also Lecture2Go, developed at University of Hamburg - helga helga Sep 25, 2009 they major software player for this though seems to make it prohitively expensive. Also what is the pedagogy here - typically didactic transmission or are we putting this under open content? - Nick Nick Sep 27, 2009After a rough start with version one, Apple's Podcast Producer 2 may hold some promise as a solution for streamlining workflows, making it a realistic possibility for instructors to directly publish lectures in a systematic way. - billshewbridge billshewbridge Sep 28, 2009 As mentioned earlier, the Matterhorn project in open source is a newly developed platform for lecture capture and distribution worth following up - Eva Eva Oct 3, 2009 - Echo360 formerly known as Lectopia has a complete lecture capture system and integration management with course delivery systems such as Blackboard. - J-Madden J-Madden Oct 6, 2009
  • Targeted Adoption of Virtual Worlds - We’re all familiar with the affordances to learning given to us by worlds such as SL, even as businesses within these worlds seem to teeter-totter on remaining in business. According to the Gartner group, 90% of corporate virtual world projects fail in 18 months…However, businesses are learning. According to the same Gartner report, by 2012 it’s estimated that 70% of organizations “will have established their own private virtual worlds and predicts that these internal worlds will have greater success due to lower expectations, clearer objectives and better constraints.” . Moreover, according to a recent report by Virtual Worlds News, market research is showing that the “global population of virtual world users growing from 186 million today to almost 640 million by 2015.” (this according to a virtual worlds market forecast 2009-2015), with microtransactions expected to grow, “from slightly over $1 billion in 2008 to $17.3 billion in 2015”. Universities may find it easier to target specific needs for specific audiences in virtual spaces. Targeted adoption of virtual worlds (such as SL) may help provide yet another tool for immersive, experiential learning, without needing to re-create the traditional campus in a virtual space. - jasonr jasonr Oct 5, 2009 [[|1254236708]] Very important point here. Just when we all thought SL might have exhausted the ingenuity and patience of early adopters, a new UT initiative offers a bold example of taking the targeted adoption to a new level: - gardnercampbell gardnercampbell Oct 4, 2009 While Second Life remains a great environment, there are still a number of constraints on the portability of intellectual property. Will it finally be superseded within the next few years by another platform? This is not a criticism, but in some ways it seems like we are fast approaching a zenith within the SL world. Just a thought. - Dougdar Dougdar Oct 4, 2009
  • Understanding and Implementing backup technology. Not sexy, but oh so necessary. As we compute across multiple devices and increasingly collect more digital data, understanding and implementing backup technology is important. Students, and not just institutions should understand how to back up their data and take some responsibility for it. I have all to often seen critical data lost because there was no backup. Today, the options are numerous for doing this at various scales. Nothing puts a damper on learning or a creative project like losing your data. Technologies like Apple's Time Machine, The Drobo system, external hard drive backups, backups to a NAS, backups to the cloud (Amazon S3 and backups to offsite storage such as Backblaze, Mozy and Crashplan are all viable and increasingly inexpensive options that should be explored. - KeeneH KeeneH Sep 29, 2009 Just keep everything online AND cached locally - thru dropbox or similar tools - and backups become an obsolete concept for the end-user. - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 4, 2009 - Spideroak is another system that allows multiple devices to sync and backup to a single account. Another issue besides backup is the synchronisation of data across devices and locations. - J-Madden J-Madden Oct 6, 2009
  • E-portfolios document student learning and prompt self-reflection. Some universities (Clemson, Virginia Tech, LaGuardia Community College, etc) are embracing e-portfolios as part of their assessment strategy. See,, and lisaspiro lisaspiro Oct 1, 2009 e-portfolios are a big item in the e-learning project "scene" at the universities in Hamburg, too. Several projects are ongoing: studIPort at Hamburg University of Technology aims to integrate student portfolios into the LMS stud.IP which is used there. ePUSH at University of Hamburg has a part aspect in e-portfolios as well. E-assessment tends to enter into the topic fairly quickly, but so far I am finding there´s a certain insecurity as to what and whom the e-portfolios are ideally to serve, also as to what their added value can be. In other words: certainly a topic to follow from my point of view - helga helga Oct 2, 2009 ePortfolio is finally, after 10 years of heavy work, taking off on campus. We currently have several thousand students managing ePortfolios on campus via the Blogs at Penn State ( We will be launching a new workshop series and revised website in the coming weeks ( This will also tie into our institutional assessment strategy -- blogs will be able to be "packed up" and dropped into our assessment management environment. - colecamplese colecamplese Oct 3, 2009 A note of caution here. Kathleen Blake Yancey's article in AAC&U Winter 2009 argues that too often ePortfolios have been driven by assessment agendas and have not actually been very effective as a metacognitive or teaching/learning affordance. Her essay mentions ePortfolio 2.0 initiatives that find student-designed and highly customizable ePortfolios to be much more effective in teaching and learning. The move toward "ePortfolio 2.0" nicely summarizes the possibility of a new wave of truly effective ePortfolios, perhaps blended with Personal Learning Environments or even Personal Cyberinfrastructures. See Kathleen Blake Yancey, "Electronic Portfolios a Decade into the Twenty-first Century: What We Know, What We Need to Know," Peer Review, vol. 11 no. 1 (Winter 2009), pp. 28-32.- gardnercampbell gardnercampbell Oct 4, 2009 Has anyone re-thought ePortfolios as an aggregation tool rather than another big "system"? - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 4, 2009 ePortfolios as assessment should definitely go beyond those programs that have obvious digital artifacts being produced. The value of results-based learning that can demonstrate a progression of growth from the outset of a student's academic career also aids them after they more from the class to the work place. - Dougdar Dougdar Oct 4, 2009 Thanks for the Yancey recommend, Cole. She's brilliant, always worth reading. -Bryan
  • Increasing use of Content Management Systems for maintaining web sites - Open CMS systems such as Drupal, WordPress and Joomla and others seem to be catching on around campuses as they rework their websites into dynamic sites that focus more on delivering information that can be linked to, annotated, tagged, commented upon, etc. CMS has moved from the realm of the individual blog to something more and for more complex content. - KeeneH KeeneH Sep 29, 2009 Weebly is a new web site creation and hosting service aimed at educators. Looks promising especially for smaller schools with little web support - KeeneH KeeneH Sep 30, 2009 WebLion at Penn State is using the Zope/Plone environment to help move this problem to the center of the University ( The web is the primary mode of communicating with nearly all stakeholders of the University and having a scalable and supported environment is critical. - colecamplese colecamplese Oct 3, 2009 Our college has seen the impact of a dysfunctional CMS. Managing content on the Web in some shape or form is a must if we want to get the technology out of the way of content provides being able to maximize the mediums benefit and start focusing more on what goes in and less on the how. - Dougdar Dougdar Oct 4, 2009
  • The revised browser -After the Internet Explorer hegemony, the browser world has cracked wide open. First, Firefox has become an open source success story. Not only has it eaten into IE's market share in a big way, but its field of extensions has changed the way users use their browsers, and hence experience the Web. Second, Chrome has raced into the field with classic Google minimal design and high technical skills. It lacks the FF extension advantage (so far), but boasts growing interconnections with Google's empire of services and swarms of users worldwide. Both impact how students, instructors, and staff interact with documents and each other (think LMS, open Web, e-reserves, social media, Webmail). Both are stable, reliable tools, with development constantly on the march. Each challenges Redmond. And both are free downloads. - bryan bryan Sep 29, 2009 I agree completely. I'd emphasize that librarians, instructional designers, and faculty should be working hard to acquaint students with FF extensions and plug-ins for their amazing information-organizational utility (e.g. Zotero), for their ability to download video content from Flash-based sites such as YouTube (e.g. Download Helper) but also for their usefulness in illustrating the malleability of database-driven webpages (GreaseMonkey powering PiggyBank, etc.) An underused and vital teaching and learning affordance here. - gardnercampbell gardnercampbell Sep 29, 2009 Hyperwords adds an incredible amount of extra functionality into Firefox- translations, look up, etc - alan alan Sep 30, 2009 I think the real change emerging is in HTML5 (and This has the potential to remove or at least greatly reduce the mess of browser plugs to do real work with rich media and applications in a browser across platforms. (have we heard that before?). It has the potential to eliminate Flash, Silverlight, and JavaFX all of which means the commercial forces are likely not going to be happy but... - Phillip.Long Phillip.Long Oct 2, 2009 Phil, I hope you're right - but the forces of commercial differentiation continue to find ways to undermine new standards.... - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 4, 2009
  • Virtualization can reduce energy consumption and save money. From a teaching and learning perspective, virtualization provides students convenient access to the software applications they need.- lisaspiro lisaspiro Oct 4, 2009 Virtual labs have a lot of potential for wide distribution of complex software environments. - amichaelberman amichaelberman Oct 4, 2009 This is also an option that comes up in the budget discussion each year when we look at licensing fees. - bryantt bryantt Oct 5, 2009
  • Text visualization. Most of the technologies and ideas described above result and benefit from Collaboration, frequently implemented throug wikis, like this one.As technologies facilitate text creation, students and faculty face the challenge of trying to understand the basics/summary of a text at hand. Take all the answers above to Question One.Can we visualize them in one image, computer generated ? Enters tools like Wordle which presents all the text above as a cloud of words whose font size is proportional to the frequency of their appearances. Copyong and pasting this text in one gets a good image of this text. QuestionOne.jpgOther techniques can be combined with Wordle, such as automatic text summarization like in or - jpj100 jpj100 Oct 2, 2009- lisaspiro lisaspiro Oct 4, 2009 My students love Wordle. Every semester, at least one of them finds it a major revelation. Again, this is a form of data visualization that adds meaning in a medium that's already loaded with semantic potential (i.e., language). An interesting example of hybridity between the "two cultures" that are too-often at odds with each other? - gardnercampbell gardnercampbell Oct 4, 2009
  • Flat screen displays. Libraries, learning commons, computer labs, and multi-media labs can use large flat screen displays to feature student and faculty work, to alert potential users to available services, and to do brief instruction via videos or tutorials. SInce many Net Gen students are visual learners, it makes sense to integrate visual displays into informal learning spaces, communicating information of interest, helping students understand what kind of work they can create in various spaces, and showcasing exceptional student and faculty work. Examples of institutions doing this include the U. Kentucky library's Hub and the NC State University learning commons - JoanLippincott JoanLippincott Oct 5, 2009

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