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  1. Nov 2017
    1. mandate the use of "learning management systems."

      Therein lies the rub. Mandated systems are a radically different thing from “systems which are available for use”. This quote from the aforelinked IHE piece is quite telling:

      “I want somebody to fight!” Crouch said. “These things are not cheap -- 300 grand or something like that? ... I want people to want it! When you’re trying to buy something, you want them to work at it!”

      In the end, it’s about “procurement”, which is quite different from “adoption” which is itself quite different from “appropriation”.

    1. “I want somebody to fight!” Crouch said. “These things are not cheap -- 300 grand or something like that? ... I want people to want it! When you’re trying to buy something, you want them to work at it! [Instructure] just didn’t.”
    1. (I would add that the message, “Hey, it’s no big deal to us if we lose some adopters” is not a great one for members of the community who feel like their needs are not being met.)
    1. if cross-format identifiers like DOIs are used, annotations made in one format (eg, EPUB) can be seen in the same document published in other formats (eg, HTML, PDF) and in other locations.

      Whaa..? This sounds seriously hard. But remarkably clever.

    1. Note that Speak the Words only works in Chrome. 

      Ugh! Conceivably, it also works in Chromium. But this is the kind of thing which really changes the way a feature is used.

    1. At UMW, the vast majority of our students’ work on Domain of One’s Own happens within WordPress, and increasingly I admit I worry about this.
  2. Dec 2016
  3. Nov 2016
    1. uncertainty is bad news for the user base

      People are reacting to this uncertainty. Trying to prove them wrong achieves polarization instead of insight.

  4. Oct 2016
    1. The best way to attract and grow an audience for political content on the world’s biggest social network is to eschew factual reporting and instead play to partisan biases using false or misleading information that simply tells people what they want to hear.
    1. That's why BI Intelligence has spent months creating the most exhaustive resource on not just education, but the entire IoT: The Internet of Things: Examining How The IoT Will Affect The World.
    2. But education is far from the only area of our lives that the IoT will transform. Transportation, energy, homes, healthcare, and more will all feel the touch of the IoT in the coming years.
  5. Sep 2016
    1. Users not only need to be trained on the proper ways to use these tools and communicate with students, they also require meaningful incentives to take on the potentially steep learning curve.[40]
    1. Some of the other benefits include: Permits for peer review. Fulfills social responsibility of offering education to all. Increases standard of educational resources. Improves a university’s status and that of the researcher or educators.
    1. this article is particularly concerned with the ways that uncritical adoption of educational technologies adversely impacts the autonomy of students and teachers within the shared enterprise of learning
    1. if you are still reading these lines

      Thankfully, the TL;DR addressed this at the very top.

  6. Aug 2016
  7. Jul 2016
    1. “Like the Web” is perhaps a good place to start, don’t get me wrong,
    2. ed-tech hasn’t really changed much in schools

      Been butting against this quite a bit. One part discouragement: if we haven’t succeed in 40+ years (on the “progressive” side of the spectrum), can we ever succeed? One part nostalgia: education was so radical in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Are we going back to May 1968? Is that what #BlackLivesMatter and the Occupy Movement have been about? One part pseudo-historical: isn’t there a cycle involved, with frequent ups and downs? One part cultural: which contexts are we discussing, here? Is it only about hyperindustrialised societies? Because things sure have changed quite a bit around the world, if not necessarily in the direction we wish they did… One part conceptual: isn’t Ed Tech what we make it to be? Because it sounds like a focus on ed tech solutions, not educational use of technology more generally.

    1. The military’s contributions to education technology are often overlooked

      Though that may not really be the core argument of the piece, it’s more than a passing point. Watters’s raising awareness of this other type of “military-industrial complex” could have a deep impact on many a discussion, including the whole hype about VR (and AR). It’s not just Carnegie-Mellon and Paris’s Polytechnique («l’X») which have strong ties to the military. Or (D)ARPANET. Reminds me of IU’s Dorson getting money for the Folklore Institute during the Cold War by arguing that the Soviets were funding folklore. Even the head of the NEH in 2000 talked about Sputnik and used the language of “beating Europe at culture” when discussing plans for the agency. Not that it means the funding or “innovation” would come directly from the military but it’s all part of the Cold War-era “ideology”. In education, it’s about competing with India or Finland. In other words, the military is part of a much larger plan for “world domination”.

    1. The real innovation that we need in schools has little to do with technologies or tools or products designed to improve our teaching.
  8. Jun 2016
    1. at a time when the public opinion of the media is at an all-time low, which all serves to make today’s announcement even thornier
    2. Facebook is a social network, not a cable news network
    1. Teamann and her staff are using a data dashboard called Aware, from Plano, Texas-based Eduphoria, to monitor the growth of their students.
  9. Dec 2015