It seems to me, as an interested observer of the higher education landscape over more years than I care to think about, that we are reaching the point where it can be argued that the private sector is behaving increasingly in ways that universities should behave and some universities are increasingly behaving in ways that we expect profit motivated corporations to behave. Nowhere is this clearer than in the ways organisations encourage or discourage blogging and, by implication, the degree to which they trust the members of their organisation (employees for corporations and faculty/students for universities).
I was interested to see this new lecture enhancement technology being bought to market. Prof: ‘Engage Students Through Their Laptops’ — Campus Technology.
I particularly liked this quote:
“The key is to engage students through their laptops or cellphones, so they don’t drift off onto social networking sites”
Of course maybe they actually prefer collaborating online than sitting passively in massive lecture hall. Shouldn’t we take advantage of that?