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EDUCAUSE Now - #25 - 1) How Will Mobile Devices Evolve? 2) How Will Digital Objects Survive?

This month on EDUCAUSE Now we talk mobile devices with faculty who are beginning to explore their use in the classroom, we also explore the complex question of digital objects and their long-term sustainability, and we present a commentary from EDUCAUSE President Diana Oblinger on reframing our view of IT. EDUCAUSE Now is a monthly podcast, focusing on the intelligent use of information technology in higher education. Join producer and host Gerry Bayne for this informative podcast.

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This episode of EDUCAUSE Now features:

How Will Mobile Devices Evolve?
From the QWERTY keyboard to the development of more learner-centered apps, we feature a discussion with several presenters on the subject of mobile devices from the ELI Annual Conference. Our discussion includes:

  • Karen French, IDEA Studio Coordinator, University of Texas at Austin
  • Christopher Higgins, Manager, Learning Technologies, University of Maryland
  • Kyle Dickson, Director, Digital Media Center, Abilene Christian University
  • Jeffrey S. Nugent, Associate Director, Center for Teaching Excellence, Virginia Commonwealth University

Commentary: EDUCAUSE President, Diana Oblinger
With such a complex portfolio of services, we must take a look at a variety of evolving issues in IT, including policy and skillsets, to remain effective.

How Will Digital Objects Survive: Digital Preservation, Curation, and Sustainability
What happens to scholarly digital objects in the long term? After the grant has run out and the hype has passed, where does digital scholarly content live and remain accessible? EDUCAUSE Now spoke with Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information to hear some of his thoughts on the matter. We also hear from Bretty Bobley, CIO for the National Endowment for the Humanities. Also, some case studies on sustainability strategies are mentioned in this story.

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Running time: 20m 50s
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I think this is a very interesting topic. If we want to look at the future of mobile devices, we must look at the SixthSense by Pranav Mistry. I believe it will go in that direction, he plans to make the entire project open source in the near future. 

It seems like throughout my education, the uptake of new technologies was a bit slow, but these sorts of things are really empowering.

As an adult, I'm constantly learning beyond school, and mobile devices, especially the mobile browser really helps with that. I can use any smartphone (or not even necessarily a smartphone) to mee a lot of the mainstream educational needs with a browser like Opera Mini ( ) and access any kind of information or website that I want on the go...

I think that the mobile device itself is really just an extension to how we use the Web, so how it fits into education is more about how education leverages web technology more than anything.