More dead edtech please

Last night Twitter pointed me in the direction of a new Seth Godin post entitled “Bring me stuff that’s dead, please” in which he bemoans the the way ‘drive by technoratti‘ are obsessed with whatever the latest technology is. He makes the point that:

“Only when an innovation is dead can the real work begin.”

This applies to¬†educational¬†technology perhaps more than any other area. Many education technologists are focussed almost exclusively on the latest innovation. They often see it as being a panacea for lack of adoption as if this magic bullet will change the entire faculty’s mind about edtech without anybody having to do any messy staff development work. Read more

Is lecture capture the worst educational technology?

Lecture Capture

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Is lecture capture the single worst example of poor educational technology use in higher education?

Many institutions seem to be completely obsessed with lecture capture technology as a method of generating flexibly accesible learning content. For me though the large scale implementation of lecture capture is probably one of the costliest and strategically misguided educational technologies that an institution can adopt. Now before I go on let me say that I wouldn’t be here now if not for lecture capture. I used nascent lecture capture technology at a UK university in 1994 to record myself and then used the recording as part of a succesful job application to be an academic at an Australian university. In fact I don’t have a deep seated dislike of the technology itself, just the way that it gets used. It certainly has some uses, like getting a job. Read more