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Am I an Ed Tech Nerd?

September 19, 2013

Joshua Kim of Inside Higher Ed created a list called “33 Signs You Are an Ed Tech Nerd.” In the interest of science, and because I recently started a Master’s program in Learning Design & Technology, I am posting my answers and score below.

  1. I knew that MOOCs did not start with some Artificial Intelligence guys at Stanford. I did not know, however, that apparently this was a thing. Do people simply come to believe it on their own because of the popularity of a particular MOOC on AI from Stanford, or because the Stanford guys laid claim to starting MOOCs? (Awarding myself 0.5 a point)
  2. I do not have any opinion about the WebCT interface, because I have never seen it. Let me go check it out. Ah. I see, it’s a Blackboard thing. Well, I assume this item refers to the interface used by instructors, rather than students, but I have never seen it. (Awarding myself 0 points; Running tally = 0.5 points)
  3. I do not curate a display of my old hardware in my office, but I do take the reference to “curate,” and I do have all of my old computers and cell phones arranged in a scattershot manner at home. (Awarding myself 0.5 a point; Running tally = 1 point)
  4. I have not made myself any sort of promises of planning a conference, but I can certainly appreciate the value of power strips everywhere. (Awarding myself 0 points; Running tally = 1 point)
  5. I do not have fond memories of hanging out with people at a Moodle or Sakai event, because I have never been to one. If this were about hanging out with people via a Twitter chat, I could’ve answered Yes. (Awarding myself 0 points; Running tally = 1 point)
  6. I neither understand the difference between “lecture capture” and “presentation capture,” nor do I have strong opinions about them. I did watch a recording of a class yesterday that made the distinction between “lecture” and “instruction.” So I’ve got that going for me. (Awarding myself 0 points; Running tally = 1 point)
  7. I have not worked with an instructor to incorporate Twitter, Flickr OR Pinterest into a class, much less all of them at once. I did once consider integrating a Twitter plug in into a Captivate course, but that’s as far as I took it. (Awarding myself 0 points; Running tally = 1 point)
  8. I’m not sure what “open education” is, neither did I know Thomas Friedman made comments about higher ed. Also, I am not on a campus. (Awarding myself 0 points; Running tally = 1 point)
  9. Multi-tenant cloud architecture? Sounds like one of those things a phrase generator comes up with. I do know what the cloud is. (Awarding myself 0 points; Running tally = 1 point)
  10. Michael Chasen? Never heard of him. Did he die? Is that why no one can dance with him at Blackboard World? (Awarding myself 0 points; Running tally = 1 point)
  11. I remember Macromedia’s e-learning products, but I never used them. I used a product called Quest back in the day, in lieu of Authorware. Any of my Quest peeps out there? (Awarding myself 0.5 a point; Running tally = 1.5 points)
  12. I’m not bitter about not having come up with “flipped classroom,” as I’m not sure it’s entirely a good idea for the people I teach. I have trust issues. (Awarding myself 0 points; Running tally = 1.5 points)
  13. I have never been on the EDUCAUSE vendor floor. In fact, until I started doing some research for the draft of a paper I turned in this week, I had never heard of EDUCAUSE. Why do we spell it in all caps? Is it an acronym? (Awarding myself 0 points; Running tally = 1.5 points)
  14. I do not know what the IMS e-learning standards are. Let me look them up to see if I give a damn about them. Oh, I see. Has to do with trading information between LMSes and such. I can certainly see why people would get all agita over this, but I don’t use an LMS at present, so I’ll leave the worrying to others. (Awarding myself 0 points; Running tally = 1.5 points)
  15. I rarely think Wikis are a good idea, but I should probably re-think this.  (Awarding myself 0 points; Running tally = 1.5 points)
  16. I have not been on the Education channel for YouTube, but thanks for the tip.  If they have Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talks on there, I can at least say I’ve seen those. (Awarding myself 0 points; Running tally = 1.5 points)
  17. Pretty sure I have never used the phrase “small pieces loosely joined,” or the word “interoperability.”  (Awarding myself 0 points; Running tally = 1.5 points)
  18. I do not have an external keyboard for my iPad, and I did not have a Palm Pilot . I am/was poor.  (Awarding myself 0 points; Running tally = 1.5 points)
  19. There was no #19 on the list. Not sure if this is some sort of math test that somehow also correlates to being an Ed Tech Nerd. (Awarding myself 0.5 a point; Running tally = 2 points)
  20. Don’t think I’ve ever participated in an event that overwhelmed a WiFi access point. (Awarding myself 0 points; Running tally = 2 points)
  21. I don’t know who Stephen Downes or Daphne Koller are, but I’m also not a coffee guy. (Awarding myself 0 points; Running tally = 2 points)
  22. I do not know what ECAR stands for, and I don’t know what ELI stands for, unless it’s “Explain Like I’m,” which it probably is because I could really use the points. (Awarding myself 0.5 a point; Running tally = 2.5 points)
  23. I have used the term WYSIWYG, but not “WYSIWYG editor,” and I’ve never said it to a faculty member. (Awarding myself 0.5 a point; Running tally = 3 points)
  24. I’ve just recently come across the term “disruptive innovation.” I can certainly imagine how this would be overused. (Awarding myself 0.5 a point; Running tally = 3.5 points)
  25. Have I seen an instance of the Horizon Report? Maybe once, by coincidence. Can’t say that I’ve sought it out. Is it the kind of thing you read for the pictures? (Awarding myself 0 points; Running tally = 3.5 points)
  26. I do not have any opinion about “open source” vs. “community source,” as I have never heard of the latter. Seems like the kind of thing condo board members would argue about. (Awarding myself 0 points; Running tally = 3.5 points)
  27. I do not have the Canvas app (don’t even know what it is), but I do have the Blackboard app, but it’s on my Android device, not an iOS one. Do Ed Tech people not realize the superiority of Andriod over iOS? Also, although I have the Blackboard app, I do not use it because it costs money and I am poor/cheap. Despite not using it, I have not uninstalled it because I am lazy, and have convinced myself that someday they will grant access for free. (Awarding myself 0.5 a point; Running tally = 4 points)
  28. Don’t think I know any of the interesting e-learning people from Australia, but I look forward to learning about/meeting them. (Awarding myself 0 points; Running tally = 4 points)
  29. I know who Michael Feldstein is! Well, I read one of his blog posts that I cited in that paper draft I wrote. I have not heard of Phil Hill, but cool people are neat. (Awarding myself 0.5 a point; Running tally = 4.5 points)
  30. I know what Desire2Learn is, but I did not realize it was based in Canada. Also, I thought everyone hated their own LMS; why would I want to hang out with the people who design them? Is Desire2Learn an exception to this rule? (Awarding myself 0 points; Running tally = 4.5 points)
  31. Other than embedded advertising, I have no ideas on how to monetize a MOOC. (Awarding myself 0.5 a point; Running tally = 5 points)
  32. I am not aware of all the contexts in which “active learning” has been used, but I will keep an eye out for it. (Awarding myself 0 points; Running tally = 5 points)
  33. Pretty sure my family does not understand the details of what I do. Perhaps because I’ve told them I teach accounting to dolphins. (They love wearing the little visors and some half-glasses!) (Awarding myself 1 point; Final tally = 6 points)

Will this be scored on a curve?

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