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Tech Chatter: A very nerdy podcast

Jude Higdon and Colin McFadden talk about emerging trends in academic technology. It's even nerdier than it sounds.

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MOOCs and vendor conferences

This week, Jude and Colin discuss the pros and cons of vendor-specific conferences, and the state of MOOCs in summer 2013

28mins

1 Aug 2013

Rank #1

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Open Source LMSes and Attending Conferences

Jude and Colin discuss the news of EdX partnering with Stanford for open source LMS development. In addition, they discuss tips for getting the most out of conference travel.http://allthingsd.com/20130402/stanford-to-work-with-edx-open-source-learning-platform/

25mins

4 Apr 2013

Rank #2

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Wearable Computing

Jude and Colin talk about wearable computing - the Pebble watch, Google Glass and fitness trackers.

20mins

21 Feb 2013

Rank #3

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To the Cloud

Jude and Colin discuss the pros and cons of the "juicy middle" of cloud service migration - hosted SaaS applications.

20mins

8 Feb 2013

Rank #4

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E-Textbooks

Jude and Colin discuss the latest news about e-textbooks out of CES. For details, check these links:http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/09/kno-launches-kno-me-interactive-textbook-metrics-lets-you-stu/ http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/8/3850550/textbooks-ces-highlight-changing-education-industry-mcgraw-hill-smartbook http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/08/mcgraw-hill-smartbook/

21mins

24 Jan 2013

Rank #5

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Big Data

This week, we discuss the immediate and long term impacts of Big Data in higher education. For a quick primer on some of the uses, check out this article from Texas.

28mins

11 Jan 2013

Rank #6

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Computers in Africa

Jude and Colin discuss digital education in Africa, spurred by this article from the Economist:http://www.economist.com/news/business/21567972-schools-africa-are-going-digitalwith-encouraging-results-tablet-teachers?frsc=dg%7Ca

16mins

13 Dec 2012

Rank #7

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Flexible Degrees

Jude and Colin discuss the UW system's new flexible degree scheme - for details, check out http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/university/uw-milwaukee-will-be-st-system-school-to-offer-flexible/article_69884608-3961-11e2-8fb6-0019bb2963f4.html

21mins

29 Nov 2012

Rank #8

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MOOCs

The triumphant return! Jude and Colin discuss the rise of MOOCs.

24mins

19 Nov 2012

Rank #9

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Jstor and Patents

Jude and Colin discuss the increased confusion and outrage surrounding patents, and the case of Aaron Schwartz and Jstor.

19mins

5 Aug 2011

Rank #10