If you could have a choice between a 'teacherless classroom,' where chunks of knowledge are packaged and pushed out to potential learners by technology, or a 'classroom full of teachers,' where students are included in the teaching/learning conversation via technology, which would you pick?
Blackboard and Microsoft have joined forces to offer students access to information from their online courses on Web browsers.
Many ePortfolio systems focus on institutional assessment data, putting student assessment--especially students' own reflections on their work--in second place. Batson advocates a voice for students in the assessment process.
New communications technologies and the Internet are fostering a move toward more distributed systems of education. Here, John Ittelson suggests that key stakeholders--faculty, legislators, administrators, students, employers, and the public--come together to help plan higher education's evolving role in a complex and changing knowledge economy.
Not all faculty are actively engaged in using technology in their classrooms. For some, technical support or basic technology resources on their campuses may be lacking. But still others may be clinging to the idea that nothing has changed...
Josh Baron's examination of two award-winning implementations of the Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment.
The proliferation of Web 2.0 social networking Web sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and even Flickr got some people thinking: Which scholarly disciplines need better ways of researching, collaborating, and communicating, and could a social networking model play a role?
Socrates with a twist: Trent Batson reports on how "Brigham Young University Idaho has found a way to combine a Socratic approach with simple technology to create a hybrid lecture that guides students to teach each other." The idea is to ensure that students will always be prepared for class.
Regularly scheduled lab time has long been an accepted standard in science courses. Now there may be an argument for extending the standard to include all disciplines....
Assessing an open source or community source solution, particularly at small and mid-sized institutions, presents unique challenges. Without vendor demonstrations, user groups, and sales departments, how do you evaluate a community source product?