EDUCAUSE in Denver: The DU Tour (via Sydney)

 Photo by Jenn Stringer, Stanford Univ.

This week, EDUCAUSE holds its national conference on information technology in higher education in Denver, Colorado. A group of colleagues from LehighPurdue, Sydney (AUS), Stanford, Touro and UMass toured learning space at the University of Denver

Malcolm Booth, Director of Educational and Research Services at UT Sydney, posted an excellent narrative and photo collection of the visit.

We'd especially like to thank Mark Rodgers and Jane Loefgren (University Architect's Office), and Julanna Gilbert (Director, Center for Teaching and Learning) and others for taking the time to provide an informative tour of their lovely campus and facilities.

An Open Proposal for Innovation, Part One: The Carolina Case

Recent newsletters explored examples of good-enough innovations that proved to be game-changers. At their introduction, few, if any, were regarded as either "best in class" or "state-of-the-art." It is important to acknowledge how perfectly adequate good-enough really is because within the context of well-regarded institutions of learning there are occasions when nothing short of state-of-the-art appears to be acceptable. In learning technologies, the pursuit of this ideal can lead to unanticipated costs.

High-profile institutions are, after all, in the business of attracting the best and brightest minds by offering top-notch learning, work and research environments designed to bring out their best work. When resources are plentiful, it is commonplace to hear a best-of-the-best mantra reverberating through the walls of every planning session; often with insufficient thought to operating costs associated with "cutting edge" amenities.

A "Master Classroom" circa 1991 In order to find a way to accept that now is an ideal time to re-imagine classroom tech, let us first consider how we arrived at where we are, and all we've accomplished…

Large, progressive institutions such as the University of North Carolina are renowned for blazing trails in learning technologies. For more than two decades, UNC pioneered technology-enabled learning space.

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