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Digital Libraries, Classrooms and Content

Educause and the Horizon Reports

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- Read EDUCAUSE Review Magazine, view a cutting edge video lecture, or find a brief on a specific topic of interest at Educause.


Educause - Anderson University is a member of Educause, "a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology." Educause monitors and evaluates the effect of new technologies on higher education and even attempts to predict the future. It places supportive information online - evaluations, articles, video lectures, blogs, etc. - to help faculty, librarians, administrators, etc., embrace information technology.


Note that while Anderson University is a member of Educause, almost all of the information produced there is freely available online. Here are some important links. About    Resources     Professional Development 


One of the most important of Educause’s publications is the annual Horizon Report which highlights five to six technologies each year that are predicted to have significant impact on higher education in the next one to five years.  Topics covered in the 2010 issue included: Mobile Computing, Open Content, Electronic Books, Simple Augmented Reality, Gesture-based Computing, and Visual Data Analysis. You can check out the 2009 and 2010 issue at the library or find the following online:2010     2009     2008     2007     2006     2005


Of further interest is their Learning Technology Briefs, a series of over 60 diverse titles called “7 Things You Should Know About…”

Topics include those covered in the Horizon Reports, and many more including:

  • 7 Things You Should Know About Google Wave (Oct 2009)
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Collaborative Annotation (Oct 2009)
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Telepresence (Sep 2009)
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Data Visualization II (Aug 2009)
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Microblogging (Jul 2009)
  • 7 Things You Should Know About VoiceThread (Jun 2009)
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Personal Learning Environments (May 2009)
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Live Question Tool (Apr 2009)

Educause is both a great way to keep up with educational technology AND a great resource to find out more about a particular topic. The sheer volume of reflective content is astounding.


Welcome to Digital Libraries, Classrooms and Content

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Changing Times: The Impact of Technology on Libraries and Classrooms
-       By Kent Millwood

I remember my first computer. Many years ago as the director of a different library I unpacked my brand new Tandy TRS-80 with combined B&W monitor and keyboard, and two 5 ½” floppy drives and marveled at all the wonderful things my library would now be able to do.


I couldn’t wait to create catalog cards by computer. Oh, Brave New World!


Just then my assistant walked in the room and informed me in an angry (and I now realize) frightened voice, that if she had to use “it”, she would quit. Welcome to the new age of technology.


Change can be frightening at any time, but when it is overwhelming, it can leave us feeling incompetent, irrelevant, and lost. So how do you handle what is quickly becoming a sea change in educational technology when you don’t even have time to master all the bells and whistles on your cell phone?


How does the old joke go? How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.


To help faculty, staff, and administration keep up with educational technology, its gadgets, its techniques, its principles, and how it is changing  libraries and classrooms, the library has created a webpage to cull the best articles, blogs, and websites, and organize them for your use. Over time, this annotated bibliography, will grow into a clearing house of information on topics such as open content, RSS feeds, eBooks, video lectures and podcasts, Teacher Tube, mobile devices, cloud computing, Millennials, and digital teaching and learning.


It will identify the big players in educational technology such as EDUCAUSE, Connexions, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Creative Commons, OCLC, and, yes, Google. It will direct you to free educational materials and software, tips and techniques, free online conferences, workshops, and tutorials, and seminal discussions.


Moreover, you are invited to suggest topics of personal interest and even to guest blog. So, if for instance, you know a lot about iPads or Moodle, here is a chance to share your experience.


Kent Millwood