Determined to reach digital natives where they live, the School of Social Work at SUNY's University at Buffalo has taken on technology outreach projects ranging from a simple Facebook page to the launch of a course in Second Life. But the largest commitment in this overall effort has been to a biweekly podcast series. In part 1 of this two-part series, the podcast producers share some lessons they've learned in undertaking this digital media initiative.
Early adopters may wonder why other faculty seem so slow to incorporate technology in their courses, but there are actually many external barriers to adoption, including long-held expectations by students and their parents, the endurance of classrooms designed as lecture spaces, and several other standing elements like existing syllabi, textbooks, and even the need to fulfill tenure requirements.
The Hank Greenspun School of Journalism now has one of the most noteworthy homes on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus. Brand-new and beautiful on the outside with a full array of industry-standard production technology inside, Greenspun Hall is more than just a stunning building--it represents a new era of journalism education...
High performance network operators Internet2 and National LambdaRail (NLR) will be collaborating on development and deployment of a unified Cisco TelePresence service offering for the research and education community. The collaboration will enable Internet2 and NLR members to have TelePresence-based conferences with each other.
Like the hedgehog, higher education should find its one best survival strategy and use it. And that may be portfolios.
The California State University is launching a major campaign to drive down the cost of learning resources for students while offering greater access to no- or low-cost academic content for faculty. The campaign, Affordable Learning Solutions, builds on the rapid emergence of high-quality, digitally delivered content, and on the CSU’s long history as a national leader and innovator in this area.
Information technology has taken us well beyond the collection-and-search of information archives. Educators should consider how they will respond to an era in which the teaching and learning conversations must center not around pre-existing, "finished" and past-tense information, but around information that is currently being created in the "continuous tense."
Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, WA has expanded its use of streaming media and lecture capture. With about 4,000 students, the college is one of the smallest in the state but covers one of the largest geographic areas, 4,500 square miles. Faced with budget restrictions in 2008, the staff reconsidered how it was doing videoconferencing for its distance learning program.
Rochester Institute of Technology in New York has installed a new wireless network in an effort to beef up access to collaborative technologies and to distribute educational materials and replays of major campus events. For the deployment, RIT used Cisco 802.11n wireless gear and Cisco VideoStream.
As anticipated, Apple formally unveiled its new mobile device, the $499 iPad, Wednesday, heralding the company's entry into the space currently dominated by netbooks and its first serious move into the category of electronic book readers.