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Josh Baron

The Ed Tech Journey and a Future Driven by Disruptive Change

Teaching and learning in higher ed have advanced incrementally alongside rapid changes in technology. Is it time for some radical shifts?

Learning Amongst the Riches: Students in the Cloud

Students are moving away from their institutions in terms of their online “center.” They engage independently in learning conversations using applications of their own choosing, and they create their own digital identity--all without using campus-based technology.

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Managing Change

A new report from the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission gives us a peek into important trends regarding the future of education and confirms some of what we already know. Using a structured and targeted expert consultation exercise called "group concept mapping," the organization sought to identify, cluster, and rate the main changes in education and training expected to occur over the course of the next 20 years. The process yielded 203 unique ideas, grouped into 12 clusters and ranked for feasibility and importance.

Student-Centered Learning: Target or Locus for Universities?

As information technology brings us a mind-numbing array of options for mobile learning experiences and communications, an age-old tension between two different visions of learning--content delivery versus discovery learning--intensifies. Along with this, our modern discussions of “student-centered learning” are moving into a more strategic realm.

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4 Effective Prospecting Strategies

In the high-intensity world of student prospecting, everyone is looking for a competitive edge--but one of the greatest "edges" you can have is to simply understand what prospective students want, need, and expect and align your actions accordingly. Prospecting expert Michael O'Hara suggests four strategies colleges and universities can adopt to increase success related to prospective students.



Report from the Campus Technology 2010 Executive Summit

At the CT2010 Executive Summit on July 19 in Boston, the morning session was dedicated to a scan of the IT environment in higher education; the afternoon would focus participants’ attention on leadership issues. Discussions suggested that the trend to exclude top IT leaders from the president’s inner strategic circle was premature and perhaps ill advised. And that CIOs who represent their jobs as primarily or exclusively maintaining IT operations may be missing significant national trends and changes.

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Is There a Future for Computer Labs?

Though centralized PC labs have been an important part of both campus space planning and IT infrastructure for the last two decades, this may be changing.

We Don’t Care About the Tests; We Care About Life Outcomes

It is time to ask what outcomes we are looking for from education. Why are our “outcomes” now only about how well a student does in courses? Wouldn’t it be better if students were evaluated on their evidence of learning, and wouldn’t that kind of evaluation have more to do with real life?

A Profoundly Disruptive Technology

The Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) had its first world conference this last week in Boston, co-located with Campus Technology 2010. The group of learning and assessment experts is organized around its members' interest in ePortfolios.

How To Determine Classroom AV Requirements: An Overview

Defining appropriate room characteristics can simplify classroom design and improve the chances of its success as a teaching and learning space.