In this episode of the MEP, I interview Michael Berman, the Vice President of Technology at California State University – Channel Islands. He talks about the evolution and potential extinction of LMS and how that impacts the future of the university. He also shares his thoughts on what an ideal learning experience really looks like in the 21st century. This is an intriguing conversation, coming from the perspective of an educator with a technology background.
Michael Berman is the Vice President for Technology & Communication at California State University, Channel Islands in Camarillo, California, which he joined in 2009. He also holds a faculty appointment and teaches in the Computer Science and Information Technology programs. In past years he has been the senior technology administrator at three other universities. Michael is a member of the Board of Trustees of New Media Consortium (NMC) and has participated in the advisory committee for the NMC Horizon Reports on Higher Education since 2009. Michael also operates Amberman LTD LLC, providing IT consulting services to education and other industries. He was the cofounder in 2010 of EduSoCal, a regional conference that brings together more than 200 participants annually.
Michael holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University, and he has been a faculty member, a software developer, a systems administrator and a textbook author. Last year, he was listed by the Huffington Post as a Rising Star in its list of 50 Most Social CIOs on Twitter.
(02:06) Michael’s background
(04:29) I wanted to delve right into your thoughts into LMS. You had a talk earlier this year about the evolution and potential extinction of the LMS. Can you paint the holistic picture for the audience before we get into the questions?
(09:37) With what we know about that today and having closed LMSes, where do you think the evolution is now? Is there anything that’s close to where you think LMSes should be, or should we start from scratch?
(18:40) If we start going down the path thinking that the LMS is headed towards extinction, if you were to build a learning experience from the ground up, if you had carte blanche outside of the current structures of the university or college system. What would that look like?
(25:06) What gets you most excited about the future of learning?
(33:38) What do you think are the implications of the potential “threat” of the flattening of access to learning?
(41:49) What is the book that has most influenced you and why?
(43:33) Do you watch documentaries, and if so, what’s your favorite?
(45:15) If you could have dinner with one person you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?
his (Michael’s) dad
New Media Consortium: http://www.nmc.org/