Category Archives: Instructional Technology

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Technologically Adrift?

In many posts I have criticized what I would characterize as CUNY’s “institutional drift.” Departing chancellors take several years to leave, followed by an interim administration of a year or more, followed by a new administration taking many years to … Continue reading

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SUNY Gets It (Part 3) A Tale of Two Universities

Note: On January 2014, Open SUNY was started with a full roll-out to happen in September 2014. This post reflects on their online strategy as a university and calls for CUNY to begin to address hybrid/online from a university perspective. … Continue reading

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The CUNY Center for Innovative Technologies and Learning (Part 3)

Note:  This entry continues my discussion of the need for a CUNY Center for Innovative Technologies and Learning. E. Technology Evaluation and Testing In a previous blog post, I wrote about the veritable “sea of instructional technologies” out there vying for … Continue reading

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The CUNY Center for Innovative Technologies and Learning (Part 2)

Note:  This entry continues my discussion of the need for a CUNY Center for Innovative Technologies and Learning. C. Centralized Online/Hybrid Oversight In several blog posts (link), I have bemoaned the lack of guidance from CUNY Central in dealing with … Continue reading

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Can CUNY Thrive with “Disruption”?

Clayton Christensen, the Harvard professor who coined the term “disruptive innovations,” has followed his book with a recent Chronicle article entitled, “How Disruption Can Help Colleges Thrive.” Although his theme is that such “disruptions” produce better outcomes in the long … Continue reading

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New York Times — Say It Isn’t So!

So the “paper of record” weighed in on online learning in its February 18th editorial entitled “The Trouble with Online College.” Overall, the editorial paints with a wide brush and distorts the reality of online teaching and learning. Below is … Continue reading

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Evolution of a Course

I have been fortunate to teach a capstone course for the CUNY Online B.A. program. Capstone courses in many programs are the culmination of work toward a B.A. degree, taught in small classes. Students are asked to produce a project … Continue reading

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When Paradigms Collide

Note: In this post and others to follow, I depart from observations about online trends, instructional technology, and even strategic planning, to focus on the essential issue of teaching and learning. We are in the midst of a “paradigm shift” … Continue reading

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Forum for CUNY Instructional Technologists

Overview of Event As a followup to my panel at the CUNY IT Conference entitled “Navigating the Sea of Instructional Technologies at CUNY Campuses,” I will be hosting a forum on that topic at CCNY’s CETL this January 15th.  All … Continue reading

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Envisioning Educational Technology’s Future

Every once in a while I come across a work that is truly exceptional in its thinking and execution.  Such a work is that of Envisioning the Future of Educational Technology.  Looking 30 years into the future in terms of  … Continue reading

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