Built To Last

I was telling students last week to broaden their definition of video. People are taking the oft-maligned PowerPoint type of presentation, screencasts, and photo slideshows and saving them in video formats and putting together some good video content.

This video, "Built To Last," was the Winner of The Congress for New Urbanism CNU 17 video contest. The short film looks at the connection between New Urbanism and environmental issues. The film was created by independent filmmaker John Paget with First+Main Media.

Report: The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age

A new report from HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) has been released called, “The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age”(available free online at MIT Press).

It is an abridged version of a book-in-progress by Cathy N. Davidson and David Theo Goldberg titled The Future of Thinking: Learning Institutions in a Digital Age.

They argue that traditional institutions must adapt or risk a growing mismatch between how they teach and how this new generation learns. Forms and models of learning have evolved quickly and in fundamentally new directions. Yet how we teach, where we teach, who teaches, and who administers and serves have changed only around the edges.

“Universities must recognize this new way of learning and adapt or risk becoming obsolete. The university model of teaching and learning relies on a hierarchy of expertise, disciplinary divides, restricted admission to those considered worthy, and a focused, solitary area of expertise. However, with participatory learning and digital media, these conventional modes of authority break down.”

One of the ten principles for redesigning learning institutions was open source education:
“Traditional learning environments convey knowledge via overwhelmingly copyright-protected publications. Networked learning, contrastingly, is an 'open source' culture that seeks to share openly and freely in both creating and distributing knowledge and products.”

The online report was made possible by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in connection with its grant making initiative on Digital Media and Learning.

Call For Proposals NJEDge.Net


The call for proposals for the NJEDge 2009 Annual Conference is still open. They are particularly interested now in proposals for the areas of: Policy Issues & Institutional Strategic Planning, Technology Management (projects and work on the network, Internet, IT management), Enterprise Computing, administrative services, Authentication & Federated Identity Management, Video Systems and networking.

They are open to proposals on enrollment/financial aid, Banner, fund raising/Raiser’s Edge, and perhaps more prescient presentations of new policy and strategic planning changed due to the economy. Proposals that are formed in collaboration are definitely of interest.

The Program Committee will be deciding on all submitted proposals and the determination will be complete by August 12 when the full agenda will be posted.

Conference 6.0 will address the broad interests and concerns of the New Jersey Higher Education community, K-12, research institutes, hospitals and other nonprofit partners, and provide opportunities for you to explore innovations in educational and administrative technologies with your colleagues. At a time when national economy is at a crisis level opportunities for faculty development are curbed. IT budgets are cut or on hold. NJEDge.Net is ready to step up and investigate course management systems, videoconferencing, help desk issues, identity management, backbone and system upgrades and other means to achieve economies of scale across the academic enterprise. Conference 6.0 "Building a Community through Collaboration, bit by bytes" is the antidote! For 2½ days faculty, professional staff, librarians, institutional researchers, CIOs and other executive administrators will see best practices, emerging technologies, vendor exhibits, and other opportunities for faculty development in an atmosphere that fosters collaboration.

Public By Default

Facebook announced today that it has begun making status messages, photos and videos visible to the public by default instead of being visible only to a user's approved friends.

Private was an important part of the Facebook experience (for me, anyway) and I don't really understand the reason for the change.

I suspect they could end up with the same kind of backlash that occurred when they made changes to privacy settings and terms of service.