Monday, April 11, 2011

Tech Ed 'Must Haves' by 2014

Reading the most recent Horizon Report got Joshua Kim thinking about what educational technologies are must haves for 2014. Kim picked 2014 assuming that it takes about 3 years - 2011 to 2014 - to get a new technology fully integrated in the campus.

Campus Ed Tech 'Must Haves' by 2014 - Technology and Learning:

His 'must have' list:
  1. Lecture Capture in Every Medium to Large Lecture Classroom
  2. All Curriculum Available On Mobile Devices
  3. A Campus "YouTube" Media Management System
    By 2014, students and instructors will be able to upload, discover, permission, tag, view, share and mashup campus produced media as easily as can be done via consumer systems today. Video will finally move out of the LMS and the library reserve systems, two platforms never designed for video, and on to media management platforms specifically designed to handle online video. Increasingly, these media management platforms will encompass both browser and mobile device based applications, facilitating the creation, editing, publishing, discovery and presentation of campus media on a range of mobile devices.
  4. Rapid E-Learning Authoring Tools and Publishing Platforms Standard for All Students
    It used to be that most of the PowerPoints created on campus were done by faculty, not students. No longer. In the same way, we will move towards students creating, publishing, and sharing the vast majority of the rich media that circulates on campus. I'm thinking mostly of light weight mashup, editing, and voice-over presentation tools. Just as students today are expected to have productivity software (word processing, presentation creation, spreadsheets etc.), with this software often supplied by campus wide agreements - by 2014 every student will be expected to own and be facile with rapid rich media authoring tools. These rich media authoring tools work best when standardized, when everyone has the same baseline of tools, a fact that will encourage campus licensing for student use.
#1 - I'm not sold on lecture capture. While I think it's important and valuable to capture portions of lectures or key points from lectures, I question the value of capturing an entire lectures. Most community colleges don't have the staffing to chop these lectures up or create smaller learning objects from these lectures.

#2 - I'm all in!

#3 - The idea of video moving out of the LMS and the library is a great idea and can probably be accomplished by 2014. However a campus-wide system for "creation, editing, publishing, discovery and presentation" is probably a reach. Although the pieces may exist as part of separate applications, I don't think the system Kim is describing exists - even as a commercial entity. The idea sounds like a closed, campus only version of YouTube, but even YouTube doesn't do everything Kim is describing. Maybe a system that does a portion - publishing, discovery, and presentation?

#4 - Very intriguing! Empower the students to do the content creation - particularly rich, multimedia with which are students are increasingly adept. Again, I think this is not doable in a three year timeframe, but is nonetheless an idea well worth pursuing. This could be combined with #1 - Lecture capture, enabling the students to create mashups of lectures and build learning objects themselves. The closed-circuit YouTube idea - #3 - could become the platform for content creation and sharing.

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