Neither Andy or Tim actually attended Educause this year but thanks to the beauty of Twitter, hashtags, and Gardner Campbell we were able to follow along with this year’s keynote by Seth Godin. There were a lot of great things said, each quote with the potential of being its own hour long episode, but we try to cover them quickly in this episode.
Mozilla today announced their Open Badge Interface project in a press conference that included Secretary of Education Arne Duncan promoting it as a possible “game-changer” in education. Needless to say while the concept divorced from education may have potential, the idea of badges revolutionizing certification and credentials in learning spaces received a lot of kickback on Twitter. We join the mob with our own take even though, much like the honey badger, we don’t care.
The New York Times had an article recently on corporate sponsorship of events and promotions in higher education. The sad fact is that a lot of universities are buying into the idea that brands have a place in higher education as a supplement to what the University can offer. The whole team sits down to talk about some scary examples of what buying into this idea can mean for your school.
In this episode we have an exclusive interview with a fellow friend, Antonio Vantaggiato, from USC in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Antonio is currently writing a book on the myths of teaching and learning with technology which covers in part the idea of the value of higher education and how disruptive technology has become to the concept of formal education.