It’s the End of the University As We Know It (and I feel fine)


I will be attending the NJEDge.Net Annual Conference this week (November 28-30, 2012) and will be doing a presentation on Friday.

My presentation will be part of an IGNITE session where five presenters each get five minutes to speak accompanied by 20 auto-advanced slides at 15 seconds each. The challenge is to “ignite” the audience on a subject - generate awareness and stimulate thought and action on the subjects

My session is titled "It’s the End of the University As We Know It (and I feel fine)" and it comes out of my ideas about how the next ten years will transform universities in ways that will be frightening for anyone hoping to hold onto the university model that has
existed for almost 900 years. It is very likely that, powered by technology, movements such as open educational resources, MOOCs, big data, non-degree programs and alternatives to a traditional university degree will lead to the end of University 1.0.

What will be the tipping point that brings about not only University 2.0 but also a broader School 2.0?

If you are attending, please stop by my poster session in the afternoon and tell me your thoughts.  For non-attendees, I will post the slides after the conference in a post here.

Humanizing Technlogy: NJEDge.Net Conference 2012

NJEDge.Net's Conference 9.0 has the theme this year of "Humanizing Technology." The conference is always a vibrant forum for the NJ K-20 community to showcase, discuss and explore best practices on today's campus.

Plenary speakers include:
Jon Landis, Assistant Professor, Ed. Leadership & Ed. Technology, Millersville University
Brett Bixler, Lead Instructional Designer with Training Services, Penn State University
Ellen Wagner, Executive Director for WCET
Kevin Kelly, Co-founder and Senior Maverick at Wired magazine

Also presenting will be Steve Abubato, the renowned NJ broadcaster, who will lead a provocative discussion on issues pertinent to CIOs, CAOs, presidents and provosts at the invitation-only Executive Dinner on Wednesday evening.

On Friday the 30th, there will be a round of Ignite sessions with some of the most innovative educators in the state to motivate attendees to take new ideas away from the conference and into their schools.

And there are many breakout sessions in tracks such as learning innovations, mobility and assessment.

The NJEDge Annual Conference package deal is discounted by 10% off last year’s registration cost. How often do you hear that a conference is lowering prices in this day and age?

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Register for Blog Action Day

Who is Blog Action Day? YOU!

Blog Action Day is a free event for bloggers, social media users, vloggers, podcasters, designers, infographic and data producers.

It is open to people from all countries, languages, backgrounds, and areas of interest. It doesn’t matter if your blog talks about cooking, politics, gardening, animals, development, business, music, culture, science, social change, faith or even yourself.

Blog Action Day is the one day of the year where thousands of bloggers can work together to focus on one important global topic, and help raise awareness and money for charities and social causes.

The theme for Blog Action Day 2012 on October 15 will be “The Power of We.” This theme was chosen because of the popularity of the your suggestions: Community, Equality, Transparency/Anti-Corruption and Freedom, in our theme poll. Secondly, "The Power of We" is a celebration of people working together to make a positive difference in the world, either for their own communities or for people they will never meet half way around he world.

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Learning with BYOD in the Cloud: Optimizing the Learning Experience with BYOD and Client-Aware Cloud

Learning with BYOD in the Cloud: Optimizing the Learning Experience with BYOD and Client-Aware Cloud - Thursday June 7, 2012 | 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST

In the current budget-constrained environment, schools are turning to bring-your-own-mobile device approaches to improve access to technology. Having students bring a variety of devices presents challenges to assuring high-quality learning experiences. In this webinar, you will learn how client-aware clouds can help optimize service delivery and improve the learner's experience. Attendees will get an overview of client-aware cloud solutions with specific examples from schools that have addressed the challenges and made it work well.

Presenting: Greg Boitano, Marketing Manager, Intel Business Client Platform Division and Anil Rao, VP of Sales Enterprise, Stoneware