The purpose of the forums
These forums have been set up for a number of reasons:
- to enable readers of the book to participate in discussion of the issues with other readers
- to generate general discussion of the issues, even or especially for those who have not read the book but have a strong interest in the topics (who I hope will then take a look at the book)
- for instructors teaching higher education management or the management of technology in higher education, as a resource to be used with their students, either directly in the forums on this site, or by creating forums on similar topics within their own ‘closed’ learning management system. (However, if you do that, we would be interested to hear about this, and perhaps even be invited to participate as guests – between us, we can handle discussions in French, Spanish, Catalan, and Italian, as well as English, if necessary)
- to extend the discussion of the book, even to ‘lurkers’ who just wish to benefit from other people’s contributions.
Whatever your reason, we hope you will jump in to the discussion topics. (We reserve the right to remove any inappropriate comments or spam).
List of forums
For a full list of topics, click here
A MOOC on the management of technology in higher education.
In October, 2011, George Siemens, Stephen Downes and Dave Cormier organized a Massive Open Online Conference on Change: Education, Learning and Technology (#Change11). Week 6 on the topic of Managing Technology to Transform Teaching was facilitated by Tony Bates and drew heavily on the book.
During the week, participants were asked to look at how university and college management can bring about changes to transform the institution. A key theme of the discussions was: Can change come from within, or do we need to re-invent new forms of higher education that are de-institutionalized?
The week included a webinar (which is available for downloading), downloadable slides, web posts, and blogs and comments on the topic from participants. To see what transpired go to the following sites: