Plug in – but tune in, too @timeshighered

Inspiring stuff from Duke University, where they issued all first-year students with iPods, with no particular idea of what they were going to do with them pedagogically: Well, not so fast. I believe strongly in the importance of education addressing the urgencies of the moment, but I also oppose "techno-determinism": the tendency to think that a technology in and of itself promotes systemic change. The point of our experiment was not that an expensive technology…

Academics, News & Technology

Encouraged by this story demonstrating that academics are taking hold of technology potential to influence the world's news: When news broke that Osama bin Laden had been killed by US special forces, who was best placed to assess the global political impact: a rushed general reporter in a short-staffed newsroom, or an academic expert on the Middle East, terrorism and international relations? After bin Laden's assassination, hundreds of ill-prepared reporters around the world must have…

Seize the global day @timeshighered #altc2011

We live in a connected global environment, Graeme Harper says, so why does the sector act like it's 1911, not 2011? A really interesting post, which identifies with the paper that John Naughton gave at ALTC2011. Is the HE sector in danger of making itself redundant? In higher education, you would think this would often determine our activities and institutions' formal policies regarding teaching and research. Given that the sector is meant to be the…