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The promise of the digital

Upcoming travel and events December 3-5 – International School of Amsterdam, The Netherlands February 3 – Virginia Is for Learners Innovation Network, TBD, VA February 25-26 – Missouri Educational Technology Leaders CTO Clinic, TBD, MO March 10-13 – Central & Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) Annual Conference, Budapest, Hungary June 8-9 – Roanoke County Public...

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Where new learning models will thrive

There is incredible diversity within our higher-education system. I have personally witnessed a class taught by a full professor to two (2!) undergraduates at a wealthy liberal-arts college and read senior theses produced in close collaboration with full-time research faculty that would put most graduate work to shame. Online higher education can’t touch that. But...

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‘Rock star’ professor lectures + Lower-cost instructional facilitators = The future of higher education?

if Harvard is offering online courses with world famous professors, what exactly is the justification for offering an inferior product at a much higher cost? It is not at all clear why the “research university” model, with its extremely high costs and inflexible structure, should be the delivery system of choice for postsecondary education across...

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Publishing in a print journal is only minimally ‘public’

Let’s face it. “Publishing” one’s work in a print journal that languishes on a dusty shelf in an academic library is a fairly minimal definition of making something public. So the real issue here is that we are simply not accustomed to our work being discussed in public. Ever. Period. Alex Reid via http://www.alex-reid.net/2012/10/twitter-academics-and-the-public.html

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MOOCs are here. How should state universities respond?

MOOCs are here. How should state universities respond?

Here is a short essay on MOOCs that Drs. Steve Vardeman and Max Morris, Statistics faculty at Iowa State University, gave me permission to share. Their essential premises? That MOOCs are going to rock state (and other) universities’ worlds, that most institutions should immediately institute moratoriums on hiring new faculty and building new facilities, and...

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Principal 2.0 (new book!)

Principal 2.0 (new book!)

Remember last September when I made available for free my most recent book chapter, Supporting Effective Technology Integration and Implementation? Well, that chapter’s still available to you for free, but I’m pleased to announce that the rest of the book is now available as well. Featuring a diverse set of authors, perspectives, and topics, there’s...

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Universities are selling degrees, not skills and competencies

Still getting used to word press so apologies if my link back to this article from my blog got botched. We are seeing this reality play out today in the IT field where it’s less relevant what university you graduated from and much more important to hiring managers whether you have a portfolio of code...

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Academic publishing in two sentences

Academic publishing in two sentences

Time it took my article to appear in print: 3 years. Time it took this blog post to appear online: 5 seconds. [P.S. Not trying to pick on JSL; they’re great. This is an issue endemic to most of our print publications in higher education…] ADDENDUM: Time it took to edit this post four times:...