In the wake of the first keynote with Tim Cook at the helm of Apple, Andy Rush, Tim Owens, and Jim Groom reflect on the tone of the company and subdued manner in which they release new products in an age where “Apple can do no wrong”. They also talk about some of the latest software enhancements that have the potential to change the way we interact. NOTE: It was reported later that evening that Steve Jobs had passed away, a somber explanation for much of what we were conjecturing in this episode.
What role does interface design and usability play in the adoption of projects on your campus? Jim and Tim have a chat about design and how poor interface design seems to in some ways hamper the adoption of wikis as a tool in education. However Wikipedia is a shining example of that same tool being used to great effect. Where do instructional technologists draw the line in terms of the tools they support when the support from the community is lacking?
The entire DTLT crew gathers around the table for today’s discussion about the backlash of Google Plus and the responsibilities and roles of educational technologists with new tools and networks. Eugenics and iPads play a large part in the conversation as well.
In this pilot episode (meaning the first of its kind, thank you Jim) Tim Owens and Jim Groom discuss the format of the show but also talk a bit about native applications versus web applications and Tim’s inherent need to defend a multi-billion dollar company.