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In-house or Out-house

A couple of weeks ago Robin DeRosa, someone I follow on twitter, posted the following observation: I don't get why universities, with so many depts/experts, sub out all the design/building of learning infrastructure to 3rd party vendors. — Robin DeRosa (@actualham) August 10, 2016 The entire thread is worth a read, and I’d encourage you to go take a look at it.  While this is similar to the question often asked with regards to self hosting (or not) things like email, the question of academic infrastructure brings a nuance that is worth exploration.

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Can App Design Really Eliminate Professional Development?

So more than 21 million people are using #PokemonGo each day & no one has received formal professional development on it? Hmmm… #Edchat — Tom Murray (@thomascmurray) July 14, 2016 This quote has gotten retweeted into my feed almost half a dozen times in the last two days.  I’d say every six months or so I see or hear something similar.  You know, “if the app is designed right nobody will need training on it.”  Um, right.  Or, “why do we need to roll out training with this, it’s so intuitive?”  Sure, OK.


The Value of CONNECTing

Last week I had the opportunity to attend (and present at) EDUCAUSE Connect: Denver.  This is the third year of the Connect events, and I think they’re starting to come in to their own.  This year both facilitators and participants seemed to get the format and mostly came ready to have some fun together.


Collaboration Can’t Start with Exclusion

Next week I’m attending the annual meeting for the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI).  As part of that I’m participataing in the Leading Academic Transformation (LAT) Roundtable, and we got homework to help us prepare for the session.

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Thoughts and Hopes for 2016

Today I saw an article from Education Dive with some CIO predictions for 2016.  It’s a great article and worth a read.  I’ve never been much of a prognostigator, but this article inspired me to share some of my thoughts and hopes for 2016.

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Of Horses and Carts

Early today Inside HigherEd covered some interesting work going on at Morovian College in Pennslylvania.  They’re definitely doing some substantial upgrades to their network infrastructure (along with handing out laptops and tablets to all students), but here’s the part I find interesting:


That is Never the Price We Should Pay

I was just listening to an interview with the always interesting Audrey Watters.  Those of you who follow Audrey’s work won’t be surprised by what she had to say, and that isn’t really what I wanted to highlight.  Near the end they began talking about blog comments and threats Audrey has received.  What I want to talk about is the almost throwaway comment the interviewer made with regards to that.


Learning to Tell a Story

At EDUCAUSE this year I took the opportunity to attend a pre-conference seminar entitled Weaving a Tale So Others Will Listen: Technical to Fantastical led by Crista Copp and Michael Berman.  This wasn’t just a “make your PowerPoint pretty” workshop (although we did spend some time on that), it was a full blown introduction to the art of story telling.


New Technology Test Kitchen

Late last week I posted a quick tweet indicating that we were putting the finishing touches on our new technology test kitchen and promised a blog post to go into more details.  So here it is.