ACU’s ConnectEd Summit offered great insight
The ACU Connected Summit was extremely valuable to anyone asking questions about the impact that mobile computing will have on education. I feel good about my university’s strategy to prepare for an onslaught of many different mobile devices. Our getting out of the device distribution business does fit where Higher Education should be. I do think that K-12 may be ready for device distribution especially when tied to e-textbook distribution. Of course the summit was dominated by Apple devices, primarily the iPad. But the iPad is the current benchmark, I just worry that the iTunes tether needs to be relaxed to make life a little easier for our IT Service Desks to be able to effectively support them.
The opportunity to listen to Steve Wozniak casually address us on random nerd topics was quite comforting. Observing a geekier geek then yourself is uplifting in many ways. I liked Karen Cator’s energy, our Department of Education could really use it. But it was Adrian Sannier who I really wanted to hear. As I expected his new identity as Pearson evangelist does adjust his rudder a bit, but he is still out there on the edge telling us what we all want our Academics to realize. I do think that his connection with Pearson provides added credibility for his predictions for the demise of textbooks, bookstores, LMSs and let’s hope not Education.
Hear what many of us had to say about Mobile Computing’s effect.
Another star of the Summit was the unveiling of the AT&T Learning Studio. Yes it is a dream to most of us, but it does provide a very nice template for those dreams.