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Unleashing Innovation: The Structured Network Approach - 0 views

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    "This is a true story. Professor "Jones" decides to experiment with a blog in his class. It takes him about 10 minutes to set up a free site using Blogger. He then watches students engage in lively discussions of case studies outside of class, and tweaks the blog as experience teaches him how best to use the system.
    Teaching with Technology column

    Thinking that others might want to add a blog to their class as well, he goes to IT and offers to lead workshops for faculty on blogging in higher education. A few weeks later he is informed by IT that they have not only rejected his proposal, but that he is in violation of university policy and must stop immediately. Professor Jones asks what university policy he has violated, and is told that the policy has not yet been created, but will be soon. Professor Jones asks how he could possibly have violated a policy that does not yet exist.

    Soon afterward the IT department announces a new initiative to implement blogging at the institution. A committee is formed, and after nearly a year of deliberation they choose to pay for a system-rather than adopt a free, readily available system-because it allows for centralized control. IT sends out an email announcing the new system, along with a text document outlining a long list of policies that strictly limit how it may be used. No one adopts the system, leading IT to complain that faculty do not want to use technology in their teaching."
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Improving Outcomes of Higher Education - 0 views

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    Why IT Investments Often Don't Improve Educational Outcomes
    At least three basic problems have dogged most attempts to translate technological investments into improvements in educational outcomes.
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Frugal Innovation: How Institutions can Help Faculty Share LTAs - 0 views

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    When times are tough, institutions are under more competitive pressure than ever to do well for their students. Unfortunately this is the precise time when cash is in short supply, faculty workloads may have increased, and development/support staff and budgets are often slashed. For institutions that want to do a more effective job of competing and meeting external demands for quality, it's time for a more frugal approach to innovation.

    One approach to frugal innovation: help faculty share low-cost, low-risk, easy-to-explain improvements in teaching and learning with each other.  That's really two ideas, and they go well together:

    Faculty helping each other improve their courses (with a slight assist from staff to help them get together)

    Low Threshold Activities and Applications (LTAs) -- small steps toward improvement -- that each faculty member can grasp quite quickly and try safely, easily, and inexpensively and that promise real rewards if successful, e.g.  better learning, time-savings.  (For on LTAs, click here.) 

    "Frugal": These kinds of improvements are a good fit for peer-to-peer assistance because LTAs can be communicated quickly and easily: e.g., in:

    a casual conversation among faculty,
    a 5-15 minute workshop scheduled as an agenda item in a departmental meeting and led by a faculty member,
    a page-long description written by a faculty member and appearing on the web or in a newsletter,
    an eClip (brief video clip online that explains how to do something or why it's worth doing), or
    just a few sentences in an email or on a web page.
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Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning - 0 views

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    The Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning (SCIL) conducts scholarly research to advance the science, technology and practice of learning and teaching.

    The Center brings together teachers, scholars and students from around the world to study how to improve formal and informal learning across cultural boundaries.

    Established in 2002 as an independent center of excellence at Stanford University, SCIL is housed in the new Wallenberg Hall, a state-of-the-art testing ground for technology applications in the classroom.
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Yochai Benkler on the new open-source economics | Video on TED.com - 0 views

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    Yochai Benkler explains how collaborative projects like Wikipedia and Linux represent the next stage of human organization.
    About Yochai Benkler

    Yochai Benkler has been called "the leading intellectual of the information age." He proposes that volunteer-based projects such as Wikipedia and Linux are the next stage of human organization…
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Education Innovation - 0 views

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    October 29, 2008
    The New Educational Reality: Part 1

    What do you get when you combine a meatball sundae, home/school communication, brand management, the long tail, the New York Times best sellers list, Google, homework, outsourcing, and the definitions of literacy? Let's put them in the Education Innovation blender and find out.
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