Business schools must leap online or lose out

B-schools must leap online or lose out – The Globe and Mail.

This article discusses the increasing importance of using social media and applications as part of the learning process in universities.  While the focus of this article is on business schools, I think that it could be applied equally well to many other disciplines.  I’m currently involved in a committee that is assessing our online learning technologies.  As someone who teaches online, I am often frustrated by the limitations that are imposed by our learning technologies: The system we use, at least, is very top down in structure, instructor controlled, and very much based on the distance-based, asynchronous, and static model of learning.  I am heartened to hear that we will be getting an updated version of this learning technology and am very much hoping for a much more interactive, dynamic, and synchronous learning environment.

Is relying on gadgets making us stupid?

This article has certainly given me food for thought, if you’ll excuse the pun.  Given my love of gadgets and technology, I would probably be an excellent candidate for a study of the impact of gadgets on cognitive functions.  I’m fortunate to work in a career and environment where cognitive functions are tested rigorously every day, but I do wonder what effect my use of gadgets is having on my memory.  According to the VARK inventory of learning styles, I process information best by reading or writing it; I see my gadgets as being an extension of this style.  Tell me a phone number verbally, and I will forget it within 30 seconds; I invariably need to write it down (in one of my gadgets …).  I wonder, however, whether by feeding my learning style, gadgets are reducing even further my ability to process information verbally.

Is relying on gadgets making us stupid? – The Globe and Mail.

College Librarians Look at Better Ways to Measure the Value of Their Services – Libraries – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Good summary of the Association of College and Research Libraries conference.  It might, perhaps, be interesting to ask non-librarians to provide qualities of academic librarians, in the vein of Benjamin Franklin, to get a broader and less exclusive perspective.

College Librarians Look at Better Ways to Measure the Value of Their Services – Libraries – The Chronicle of Higher Education.