Because of the interconnectivity and syndication, “the university starts to replicate the Web, open and transformative—transformative, in that you don’t see the classroom as isolated space any more.”
The elephant in the room when talk turns to technology in higher ed is the LMS, specifically like Blackboard (a kind of educational Sharepoint). Teachers can use it to manage teaching plans, lectures, grading, materials hand-offs and so on.
“The LMS is a great management tool, but we don’t see it as a teaching and learning tool,” said Groom. “Spaces determine how you think and learn. Blackboard as an example doesn’t exist on the Web. You wind up accessing it through an abstract login. It’s a kind of cockroach motel, locked into a space outside of time, outside of the Web. Divorce the learning and collaboration from the Web and you’re separating it from where most people are doing their learning.”