[Amazon](http://amazon.com) has disrupted the normally elegant landing page experience to get you what you want fast to share some horn blowing on their part. And the information must be disinhartitning to any competitors or even to those who aspire to these standards. Continue reading Amazon sets new bars for customer-centricity
The flood of information that is coming through our personal data buses is increasing all the time. I came across a couple of comparative statistics the other day that blew me away, and I wonder if we are all foolishly ignoring that data deluge and betting on algorithms to save the day. Continue reading Verbosity and algorithmic defences
I have been predicting the increase of tablet computing in the general endpoint ecology for some time, and others have been there with me. Just last year there was a [study](http://bit.ly/mhKtaN) which showed that students were ready to go to tablets to read, and there is the general drive to get [ebooks](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/21/new-entrant-in-the-etextbook-market-amazon/) onto campuses. Now Pearson has released a survey of student ownership of tablets that needs to be factored into where the endpoints are going to shift over the next couple of years, in what I predict will be an accelerating fashion. Continue reading Tablet ownership amongst students growing rapidly
I and many others have been writing about [online learning](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/tag/elearning/) for some time, asking what mix is most effective and what needs to happen to help students succeed with this medium. Meanwhile, there has been increasing pressure to increase enrollments and bring more and more [students into HE](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/06/24/more-on-the-he-bubble-and-degree-value-inflation/), in order to grow the knowledge economy, as predicted by Friedman in the [Lexus and the Olive Tree](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lexus_and_the_Olive_Tree). Enrollment is up, waaaay up, but now the debate is being shifted to completion, i.e., getting them out the door with a sheepskin (real or digital). Some startling figures follow for an objective debate. Continue reading Effectiveness of fully on-line courses for HE
Chronicle did an interesting, if too brief, [interview](http://bit.ly/zKXYXU) with Richard A. DeMillo and Paul M.A. Baker, of the [Center for 21st Century Universities](http://c21u.gatech.edu/) where they discussed the threat to traditional HEs who focused on the wrong value proposition and tried the Christensen shield of sustained innovation. Continue reading Interview with Center for 21st Century Universities
[SNAPP](http://www.snappvis.org/) is an interesting browser bookmarklet that will analyse a forum and build a social graph of the participants, providing a way to model interactions of the forum participants. This is a neat project that feeds into the growing domain of learning analytics. Continue reading Social Network Analysis tool for LMS fora
There was quite a bit of [activity](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2012/02/09/interent2-net-services/) [recently](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2012/02/09/oer-panel-gathers-to-assess-state/) over the announcement by Apple of [iBooks Author](http://chronicle.com/article/Apples-New-E-Textbook/130399/). Now two other platforms are gaining some profile regarding their offerings. To me, it just shows à al [Christensen](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2012/02/10/current-books-on-how-education-needs-to-change/), how ripe the market is for some disruption to displace the dominant and stagnant leaders who are incumbents of sustaining the status quo. Continue reading Two new platforms to rival Apple ebook platform recently announced
[Internet2 Net+](http://www.internet2.edu/netplus/) is a group of emerging services that foster collective development and utilization of service offerings, some of the commercial, to campuses in the U.S.. Specific offerings currently offered include:
* Cloud Services: Internet2 works with third-party vendors to provide customized cloud services using the infrastructure facilities of the Internet2 Network and the federated authentication and authorization services available through InCommon.
* Box: The Internet2 NET+ Box service provides users with the ability to access, store and share content securely anywhere, anytime, on any device, a la drop box, but with enhancements.
* eText: As textbooks continue shifting to digital, Internet2, McGraw-Hill and Courseload today announced implementation of an eText Pilot Trial Pack to students and faculty at five universities for the Spring 2012 semester. The five institutions, also Internet2 members, include: University of California, Berkeley; Cornell University; University of Minnesota; University of Virginia; and the University of Wisconsin. The pilot, which is based on Indiana University’s [eText model](http://etexts.iu.edu), provides a timely and simple way for universities to quickly assess a new model for digital course materials. While an increasing number of eTexts are already available at retail prices, eTexts can cost less when institutions negotiate attractive volume price deals to dramatically reduce costs to students while efficiently paying authors and publishers fairly for each use of their digital work.
* HP cloud: boilerplate contracts for accessing cloud compute services from HP negotiated at block rates through Internet2.
Apollo Group runs the University of Phoenix, a for-profit that is [taking huge growth](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/06/27/for-profit-he-costs-surpassed-non-profit-he-costs-for-students/) in the US HE sector, has [announced](http://www.carnegielearning.com/press-room/press-releases/2011-08-02-apollo-group-to-acquire-carnegie-learning/) that it is paying $75 Million to Carnegie Mellon’s Carnegie Learning, formed by researchers at the university in 1998. A very nice pay-off. And Apollo is clearly looking to expand into further math skills remediation in a growing market segment. Continue reading Apollo Group buys Carnegie Learning for $75M
I [first wrote](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/20/mit-cracker-arrested-trying-to-download-millions-of-jstor-articles/) about Aaron Schwartz when it went public about what he was alleged to have done, and [again](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/22/sympathy-protests-for-aaron-swartz-against-jstor/) with protests against his arrest and Aaron’s own writings about his cause. Now more information is coming out and it seems that there is more strong support forming for the cause. The [Chronicle](http://chronicle.com/article/Rogue-Downloaders-Arrest/128439/) has a very good article on the subject, with quotes from different sides. What seems apparent is that all of the sides, save JSTOR and the administration, but including the faculty at MIT, as regarding the inclusion of the US Secret Service as rather heavy handed, especially when this is a clearly a case of activism and information that is all out of copyright. Continue reading Aaron Schwartz rough handedness from Feds at behest of MIT raising alarm bells