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Community in the Telepresence Classroom

Educación flexible y abierta - 22 Abril, 2016 - 08:52

Telepresence courses help colleges and universities serve geographically distributed students and thus achieve their goals of helping all students succeed.

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Optimizing Student Learning with Online Formative Feedback

Educación flexible y abierta - 22 Abril, 2016 - 08:51

Online formative feedback using Google Forms and Sheets combined with FormMule facilitated instant data collection and structured feedback for a course at the University of Colorado Law School to optimize learning outcomes.

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Blackboard CEO’s First 100 Days: Reorganization and Learn Ultra Updates

e-Literate - 22 Abril, 2016 - 06:22

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Just over four years after Providence Equity Partners acquired Blackboard and three years after they brought in Jay Bhatt to replace co-founder Michael Chasen, the company hired Bill Ballhaus as its new CEO at the beginning of January. 100 days in, Ballhaus is starting to make changes to the organization and providing some insights into future corporate directions.

The most significant change is a reorganization that combines strategy, product management and marketing in one group under Katie Blot. In an interview Michael and I had with Ballhaus and Blot earlier this week, they described the primary motivation for the organizational change as the need to more tightly align those functions. Also significant is that this change means the departure of Mark Strassman, SVP Product Marketing & Management, and Tracey Stout, SVP of Marketing & Sales Effectiveness. Blackboard provided the following statement.

We are deeply grateful for the many contributions both Mark and Tracey have made at Blackboard. Both of these individuals have been critical to driving the transformation and evolution of our PMM and Marketing organizations.

Katie Blot joined Blackboard in 2008 as President of Global Services and has been SVP of Corporate & Industry Strategy since early 2015. Her long experience at Blackboard is worth considering as is the fact that both departing executives both worked with Jay Bhatt at Autodesk earlier in their careers and were brought into Blackboard as part of his new management team. I am not suggesting that the purpose of the move was based on corporate pedigree, but I am suggesting that the move effectively changes the balance in how much ed tech experience and even Blackboard experience rests with the top company executives.

When we asked Ballhaus about lessons learned after his listening tour with customers, he told us that the company must do a few things very well. And the top of his priority list is the Learn LMS product family. This focus on products stands in contrast to Bhatt’s broader and more vague focus on solutions. Michael noted the change in tone back in the 2013 BbWorld keynote:

The big corporate keynote had to be one of the strangest I’ve ever seen. CEO Jay Bhatt ran through a whole long list of accomplishments for the year, but he only gave each one a few seconds as he rattled through the checklist. He mentioned that the company has a new mission statement but didn’t bother to explain it. It took nearly an hour of mostly talking about big macro trends in education and generalities about the categories of goals that the company has set before he finally got around to new product announcements. And then commenced what I can only describe as a carpet bombing run of announcements—a series of explosions that were over by the time you realized that they had started, leaving you to wonder what the heck had just happened.

At that same 2013 keynote (and in Michael’s post) Blackboard announced a major UX overhaul for Learn (the Ultra part) and a move to the cloud (the SaaS part). By the 2015 BbWorld conference Michael shared how Ultra was a year late and not yet ready for schools to test. The company has tripped over itself in not getting product out the door and not being able to create effective messaging. Just what is Learn Ultra and Learn SaaS and when will real colleges and universities get to evaluate them?

When we asked when Learn Ultra would be available for schools to actively pilot (real courses, real students, with major integrations to student rosters, etc), it was interesting to hear both Ballhaus and Blot take a very different approach and give what appears to be much more conservative estimates. Learn Ultra should be available for limited-functionality pilots for specific faculty (e.g. for courses not using the LMS heavily) by Fall 2016 and more broadly for institutions in Spring 2017, leading to general availability in Summer or Fall 2017.

It is encouraging that Blackboard appears to be increasing its focus on getting the core LMS product updates, and we have also noticed a tighter message about Ultra over the past two months. There is now a Learn Ultra preview for educators, where people can sign up and play around with courses both in Original View (what you know as Learn 9.1) and Ultra View (the new UX). Part of the purpose of this preview is to enable customers to get a better feel of Learn SaaS and also to help them determine whether a Fall 2016 or a Spring 2017 Learn Ultra pilot makes sense for them.

We will bring you more analysis of the Learn Ultra preview and of the broader analysis of the organizational changes at Blackboard in future posts. Stay tuned, and you can also sign up for more information on our upcoming e-Literate LMS subscription service.

"2016 is going to be an eventful year for the LMS" ® by @mfeldstein67

— Phil Hill (@PhilOnEdTech) February 19, 2016

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ResNet Bandwidth Sees Explosive Growth

Campus Technology - 22 Abril, 2016 - 02:04
A new study from ACUTA and ACUHO-I has found that "robust" WiFi on college and university campuses has nearly doubled in the last few years and that now nearly two-thirds of campuses are dedicating at least 1 Gbps to their residential networks, as access to quality WiFi has become another important factor in attracting and retaining students.

Ed Tech Moonshot

OLDaily - 21 Abril, 2016 - 23:56

This tongue-in-cheek title was used for the whole day of discussions George Siemens and I and guests had at the LINK center at the University of Texas in Arlington (Part One, Part Two, Part Three). This presentation was delivered impromptu to an assembled audience at noon. It explored the core purpose of learning technology, as linked to lessons learned through the four major domains in my career: media, computing, philosophy, and education.

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Personal and Personalized Learning

OLDaily - 21 Abril, 2016 - 23:56

In this presentation I outline the major differences between personal and personalized learning. "In the case of personal learning, the role of the educational system is not to provide learning, it is to support learning. Meanwhile, the decisions about what to learn, how to learn, and where to learn are made outside the educational system, and principally, by the individual learners themselves."

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Washington D.C.

OLDaily - 21 Abril, 2016 - 23:56

Stephen Downes, Flickr, Apr 21, 2016

Photos from last weekend in the U.S. capital. See also my photos from a week in Italy: Naples, Amalfi Coast, Isla Procida.

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The powerful hacker culture

OLDaily - 21 Abril, 2016 - 23:56

Daniel Lemire, Apr 21, 2016

Daniel Lemire has authored a few posts on hacker culture over the last year or so and his take is essentially that the hackers are winning. Compare, he says, the hacker ethic with academia: who is responsible for progress? I quote:

  • Academics are great at self-promotion. Hackers who try the same strategies often fail.
  • Academics are usually not interested in building a new technical process.
  • Successful academics are mostly people who have found ways to get others to work for them.
  • Academics succeed mostly by their mastery of communication. Hackers let their work speak for themselves.

If you want progress, Lemire argues, "you need people who thrive when they solve hard practical problems." Hackers thrive by getting something done. "And once it is done, academics will take the credit."

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The Open Access Interviews: Sir Timothy Gowers, Mathematician

OLDaily - 21 Abril, 2016 - 23:56

Richard Poynder, Open and Shut?, Apr 21, 2016

In what he calls a "watershed moment" for open access, Richard Poynder writes (18 page PDF), "legacy publishers have now effectively co-opted the OA movement. And this has been done in a way that will enable them to continue to control scholarly communication, and to continue making what many believe to be obscene profits from taxpayers (who ultimately foot the bill)." In addition, according to Poynder, the leaders of the open access movement - notably Stevan Harnad - have given up. Who next to lead? he suggests British Mathematician Sir Timothy Gowers. But this doesn't change the fact that it is academics themselves who have been lethargic. Academics themselves who demonstrate through inaction that they don't care about affordability. Why would we expect academia to support open access? That's like suggesting that the peerage abolish the knighthood.

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Link-Systems Updates WorldWideWhiteboard

Campus Technology - 21 Abril, 2016 - 23:05
WorldWideWhiteboard 6.0 offers several new distance learning options.

Research: 5 Ways Adaptive Learning Has Changed

Campus Technology - 21 Abril, 2016 - 22:54
In three years, adaptive learning has evolved from an ill-defined concept in higher ed to a key category of education technology, according to a new report from consulting firm Tyton Partners. And the most significant change since 2012: the development of new adaptive technology features to meet institutional needs.

Josep Masalles, contigo empezó todo

Arran de pupitre - 21 Abril, 2016 - 19:50

Avui, com qualsevol persona interessada en la millora educativa d'aquest país, tinc un motiu de 'honda satisfacción' que representarà, sense cap mena de dubte, ara sí, un abans i un després en la millora del pèssim sistema educatiu que fa temps patim. No serà un camí de roses, però des de l'aparició de les aules d'acollida probablement aquesta és la millor notícia que podia arribar. Sí, s'ha presentat a Barcelona la posada en marxa del programa Escola nova21- Aliança per un sistema educatiu avançat. Al capdavant hi veig cares conegudes, també  molts amics i coneguts: el Boris Mir, el Ramon Grau i la resta de centres de la Xarxa d'Instituts Innovadors de l'ICE de la UAB, la Coral Regi, la Núria Miró, el David Adzet, l'Ismael Palacín... . El Bages hi està ben representat amb el SINS Cardener i la veïna escola Ítaca. S'ho han guanyat després de picar pedra. Espero, per cert, que els primers acabin tenint un edifici com déu mana i els alumnes de 4t d'ESO no hagin de pixar en WC de l'antiga escola d'Educació Infantil. M'alegra que hagin callat per segona vegada (la primera va ser amb l'obtenció del 2n premi a la Innovació Educativa de Fundació Telefònica) les veus crítiques que han hagut de suportar. Resulta que, certament, feien alguna cosa més enllà de donar menjar a les gallines del pati. M'alegro molt, especialment, per la Conxita i la Fina Monell (Ítaca) . Pel Toni Tubio i pel DAvid Adzet (SINS Cardener).
Espero i confio que  el bon fer de l'equip que s'ha posat al davant sàpiga guiar amb destresa el procés de canvi. No serà fàcil i en aquest trajecte potser val la pena no cometre errors del passat. Bàsicament, que si realment hi ha la intenció de canviar el sistema caldrà destinar-hi recursos. I no pas pocs. 
Caldrà també ser valents i recolzar els que durant molt de temps han fet infructuosament de cheerleaders en els seus centres. Aquest suport és la veritable palanca de canvi. Com també ho és el suport d'Inspecció Educativa, les Delegacions Territorials, etc.
Res, que som molts els que ens alegrem d'aquesta bona nova tot esperant que arribi a bon port. Hi donarem tot el suport que calgui, tot sigui perque les generacions que pugin tinguin una educació millor.
A banda d'aquests bon desitjos volia acabar el post fent un just i merescut agraïment al Josep Masalles. Ell, com ja ens té acostumats, no surt a la foto però sincerament crec que hi hauria de sortir, persnalment l'hi trobo a faltar. Amb el seu bon ull, com a ànima de l'ICE de la UAB va saber veure la necessitat de canvi fa ara ja uns anys iniciant la xarxa d'institut innovadors. Veig moltes cares a la foto d'avui conegudes i que pertanyen a aquesta xarxa.  Crec que és de justícia reconèixer-li el mèrit d'haver contribuït el que avui ha estat notícia. És més, estic segur que sense ell no hauria estat possible. És el que té ser pencaire i pensar més en els projectes i en els demés abans que en un mateix. Va ser la Xarxa d'Instituts Innovadors, el recolzament inicial a Callús'96 (aquest mes farà 20 anys), Espurna, l'Equip TIC+C ...
Josep Masalles, el meu reconeixement i admiració. 'Contigo empezó todo' Oh yeah!
El Gramona que tinc a la nevera me'l beuré a la salut de la gent que és al darrera d'aquest projecte però especialment a la teva, Josep. Marta, també a la teva. Gràcies per ser la nostra referència al llarg d'aquests 20 anys. Gràcies també al Josep Maria Tatjer i a la Montse Pérez, per ser-hi també.
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Stanford Updates Energy Education Course Portfolio

Campus Technology - 21 Abril, 2016 - 18:30
Stanford will offer new and updated online courses in energy innovation to energy professionals.

OER in Higher Ed: 'Huge Awareness-Raising Effort Needed'

Campus Technology - 21 Abril, 2016 - 17:51
Open textbook projects are gaining momentum, says Creative Commons' Cable Green, but there is still work to be done.

Dodgeball pedagogy

Learning with 'e's - 21 Abril, 2016 - 13:45
Here's a thought provoking article from our subject leader in Physical Education here at the Plymouth Institute of Education. Dr Tim Lynch, who joined us recently from his previous post at Monash University in Australia, writes about a game played by children across the globe - dodgeball (or 'poison ball') and how it can be used with trainee teachers as a way of determining the quality of games in physical education.

Tim shows how what is considered a risky and potentially dangerous game can be adapted to a safer, quality learning experience. This is innovation in pedagogy - using existing and familiar contexts, to revise and modify as great learning experiences. It's good to have Tim as a member of our great team of educators.

Dr Tim Lynch's Professional Website

Plymouth Institute of Education blog

Photo courtesy of Suarts on Flickr

Dodgeball pedagogy by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's

Marietta College Improves Bandwidth Management

Campus Technology - 21 Abril, 2016 - 13:01
Marietta College in Ohio has implemented a bandwidth optimization platform to help its network operations team address the problem of network saturation during peak usage periods.

Algoma University Automates Recruitment and Admissions with CRM

Campus Technology - 21 Abril, 2016 - 13:00
Algoma University in Ontario, Canada has implemented a cloud-based constituent relationship management system to automate its admissions and recruiting processes.

20 blogs de docentes para educar y crear buenos lectores

Estos veinte blogs nos ofrecen un banco de recursos para desarrollar todo tipo de actividades ligadas a la lectura en todos los niveles educativos. Forman parte de la recopilación de espacios educativos de la sección "Navega" de CeDeC.

Estas bitácoras son muestra de la gran cantidad de enfoques y opciones para hacer de las aulas espacios de los que surjan lectores críticos, formados y motivados. Se trata de una muestra de la diversidad de recursos que los docentes generan y comparten diariamente.

Textos, materiales didácticos para la lectura, experiencias de aula y recursos para superar las dificultades lectoescritoras son algunos de los materiales que ofrecen estos blogs de aula.

Ser docente en la escuela digital

Educación flexible y abierta - 21 Abril, 2016 - 08:45

En esta nueva ecición del suplemento Profesional de Magisterio, abordamos los temas 'Ser docente en la escuela digital', a cargo de Manuel Area, el 'Panora

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