EDUCAUSE 2011 Day 2 Sessions 4, 5, 6, 7

The Value of Distributed IT Leadership: Sally Jackson, Daniel Jacobsohn, Charles Thompson

Impact of IT@Illinois workshops. Anyone on campus could write a paper giving their concepts of what IT@Illinois should look like – interesting approach. Nice slides. What if you ignored the politics? Nice idea if you can manage it. Like discussion of ‘Bright Spots’ with Andy McGinn from Blackboard – ‘signal-to-noise’ idea, can’t get rid of the noise, focus on amplifying the signal. Question: is politics noise? Leading up and down. Question: is leadership noise?

Most people think IT is a strategic resource. Most think campus leaders don’t have time or expertise to ‘get’ IT. I don’t think they need to get IT. I don’t think I need to be in this session (exits).

A Conversation with Campus Counsel on Current Developments in IT Outsourcing: Legal Challenges & Practical Suggestions: Steven J. McDonald & Joshua Dermott

Lawyers don’t make decisions for you – they help you make better decisions. It appears that a contract really isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. Doesn’t matter if it’s fair & reasonable. Doesn’t matter if you’ve read it. Doesn’t matter if you understand it.

Contracts say: who; what: the rights & duties of the who; the rights & duties of the parties; where; when; why: any relevant background, what you’re trying to achieve; how: the method of performance; how much; what if.

You’ve got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there‘ Yogi Berra. If you don’t know & specify what you want to achieve, you will get what the vendor wants to give you. Ignore ‘It’s organic, we can’t specify details now’ – compost (bullshit) is organic, it deteriorates. Common warranty often basically means ‘Abandon hope all ye who enter here. We don’t know if this thing works & we’re not even sure if we own it’.

As Learning Goes Mobile: Lee Rainie, Pew Internet

How they navigate the world – flaneur again maybe? Mobile connectivity is changing public/private space/time continuum. Consequences for Learning: volume, velocity, valence/relevance. Can regulate our own information flows – Nicholas Negroponte: the Daily Me.

50% of adults & 80% of teenagers use social networking. Consequences for learning: become more important in learning strategies.

  • Social networks act as media ‘sentries’.
  • Social networks act as information evaluators. Is this true? Does it matter?
  • Social networks as audience – new media are the new age neighbourhood.

The mobile revolution. 327.6 million mobile phone subscriptions in the USA; population 315.5 million. 35% own smartphones. 63% connect wirelessly. 25% of smartphone owners use it as primary access device. High in young people, ethnic minorities, low income, lower levels of education. 17% of American adult smartphone users have bumped into someone or something while using their phone. 35% have apps; 24% use apps. SMS is tool of choice for young people to communicate.

The Cloud – people don’t know/care where it is, just want access to stuff. People who use mobile devices are just into more stuff – conversation starter. Surely partly function of alerts? Stuff just comes to you. Also: opportunism & pain avoidance.

Mobile connectivity creating instant ‘smarts’ (search functions); new cognition? – critical thinking is more privileged when everyone can get to the same stuff; impetus to share; deeper connection & consultation; perpetual/pervasive awareness. Augmented reality: merger of real world & data.

Small screens are changing attention & media zones. Continuous partial attention in streams. It’s stressful – is it? Or is it just different. Or is difference stressful. Whatever.

The rise of amateur experts.

Info-snacking – Angry Birds specifically designed as a short-span boredom buster.

People can be alone together. People can be together alone.

Shana Ratner (1997) old: learning as transaction, knowledge is objective & certain; new: learning as a process, knowledge is subjective & provisional.

Like the prosthetic mind – was always so, but even more so what people can know/do is an amalgamation of what everyone else can know/do.

The Unbundled University: Challenges for the Future – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Don’t know about the unbundled University – definitely feeling unbundled myself, so out of here.


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