Blackboard's product strategy has moved from that of a course management platform to a suite of integrated, enterprise systems that span a range of institution-wide services from communications to e-commerce. And Blackboard leadership--including Blackboard Learn President Ray Henderson--has placed a new emphasis on client support and openness. Trent Batson spoke with Henderson about the company's new direction.
A look around any college campus is all the evidence you need to predict the future of learning.
What does it mean to be literate in the digital realm? Susan Metros, University of Southern California CIO, reminds us that literacy isn't just about reading and writing anymore: "Now, it's much broader. It's about understanding information and technology, being able to communicate digitally and visually, and having the critical thinking skills to make valid, credible, and ethical choices and decisions."
Indiana University’s enterprise licensing agreement with Adobe has made possible free, ubiquitous access to industry-standard digital tools for its 100,000-plus students, faculty, and staff. This strategy of “abundance” allows students to develop relevant professional skills, creates a standardized technology environment faculty can depend on for innovative course design, and ramps up workplace technology for campus staff.
The Executive Director of The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL.org), the professional association for the world portfolio community, presents a preliminary report on the current status of global portfolios, the development of a new portfolio-inspired field of inquiry, and the surprising variety of uses academics are discovering for portfolio technology.
Trent Batson asks why, while higher education institutions have made many changes to offer an updated campus environment and bring themselves “in tune” with the times, they still maintain what he calls a “voodoo education” model in teaching and learning that harkens back to 19th century classoom practices.
Campus Technology talks with Susan Metros about some of the topics she’ll present in her live keynote at the upcoming CT virtual event (November 18, 2010). Metros offers her views on both why and how IT leaders should strive to understand teaching and learning principles at their institutions more fully, and to support them--and today’s students as “mobile, global, and digital citizens”--more directly in IT strategic plans.
A major share of creativity and innovation in our country, both from our universities and elsewhere, occurs “on” the Web. But what is built on the Web has no rebars in its foundation, indeed, often no physical foundation--such as offices--at all.
Administrative systems designed to streamline processes and provide the keys to better decision making might end up as "shelfware" if institutions fall prey to some common mistakes in large implementations. Find out how to avoid these pitfalls...
The LMS is an enterprise-wide and critical platform, but it has mostly remained unconnected to the cloud and to the social Web. But now a new management platform, plugjam from CommonNeed, turns the LMS into a truly seamless member of the Web.