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Mathieu Plourde

Online Course Accessibility to Benefit Everyone - 1 views

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    "The curb-cut principle is the idea that some accommodations intended for specific audiences provide benefits to others as well. For example, sidewalk curb cuts for wheelchair users are also beneficial for bicycles, shopping carts, and strollers. This same principle applies to digital accommodations. It can be very helpful to identify some accessibility fixes that are likely to have a greater impact than others. For example, captions are essential for students who are deaf or hard of hearing but are also beneficial to second-language learners or anyone in a noisy environment."
Mathieu Plourde

Having a Growth Mindset Makes It Easier to Develop New Interests - 0 views

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    "Managers and organizational cultures often signal to employees what types of mindsets are valued on the job - such as whether employees should be singular in focus or open to new areas. As the world continues to globalize, we need novel solutions to new and old problems, and these solutions will be driven, in large part, by people with deep interests who also draw connections across disciplines. Encouraging employees to adopt a growth mindset of interest may help spark that process."
Mathieu Plourde

The importance of collaboration between faculty and administrators and the roadblocks t... - 0 views

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    " You can throw all kinds of software and data at a problem, but if faculty aren't brought in early to the process in a collaborative way, effective change is unlikely to happen. Unfortunately, demands from outside actors like legislators and federal bureaucrats can often lead to friction between groups on campuses and thwart their ability to collaborate. I found that external mandates and the need to focus on compliance issues related to accreditation have stymied innovation."
Mathieu Plourde

5 Criteria to Retain the Faculty Voice in Quality Online Programs - 0 views

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    "Quite expectedly, faculty comments included concerns about creating electronic correspondence courses, lowering course quality, and otherwise silencing the faculty voice in the teaching and learning process. Indeed, success with this new mode would depend on acknowledging the legitimacy of that fear and creating a process to encourage, respect, and retain the faculty voice. Our method of achieving this is anchored by five essential elements and will be applied to more than 250 courses, including general education, in nearly 20 academic programs."
Mathieu Plourde

Is the age of management over? - 0 views

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    "Contextual awareness, peripheral vision, design thinking and a multi-disciplinary approach - these are all terms that are trending in modern office-speak. And deservedly so. A project-based and titles-free organization - where yesterday's team member is today's team lead - can deliver the flexibility and agility that businesses yearn for."
Mathieu Plourde

Reflecting on Learning Analytics - 1 views

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    "These are both important models for examining unintended biases that may arise in algorithmically based decision making. "
Mathieu Plourde

Online Program Management: A view of the market landscape -e-Literate - 1 views

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    "For the vendors, when this model works they get a far higher revenue per student that would have been possible with platforms sales or other fee-for-service approaches. As I described in a post about 2U, that company makes $10k - $15k per student per year, whereas an LMS vendor might make $20 per student per year. While 2U is the high end of the market and not all OPM vendors get that kind of revenue, we are talking about several orders of magnitude difference per student."
Mathieu Plourde

How To Get Students To Stop Using Their Cellphones In Class : NPR Ed : NPR - 0 views

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    ""I asked them to vote if I should offer one participation point for taking out their cell phone, turning it off and leaving it out on my desk. To my amazement the vote was unanimous. 100% voted yes. So they all took out their phones, put them on the desk, and we had an exceptionally engaged class.""
Mathieu Plourde

Trello - 0 views

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    "Drop the lengthy email threads, out-of-date spreadsheets, no-longer-so-sticky notes, and clunky software for managing your projects. Trello lets you see everything about your project in a single glance. "
Mathieu Plourde

Employees Are More Productive When They Can Tweet - 0 views

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    ""Having workers take small breaks on their phones throughout the day may positively influence their perceived well-being at the end of the workday," said Sooyeol Kim, one of the study's authors and a doctoral student at Kansas State University."
Mathieu Plourde

Zappos says goodbye to bosses - 1 views

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    "The unusual approach is called a "holacracy." Developed by a former software entrepreneur, the idea is to replace the traditional corporate chain of command with a series of overlapping, self-governing "circles." In theory, this gives employees more of a voice in the way the company is run."
Mathieu Plourde

50 Top Tools for Social Media Monitoring, Analytics, and Management | Social Media Today - 0 views

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    "To succeed in today's connected world, you need to build a community around your company, brand, and products. Over the last decade, social media monitoring has become a primary form of business intelligence, used to identify, predict, and respond to consumer behavior. Listening to what your customers, competitors, critics, and supporters are saying about you is key to getting great results from your social media campaigns. There are countless tools out there, offering many ways to analyze, measure, display, and create reports about your engagement efforts."
Mathieu Plourde

After Email, What If We Get Rid of Meetings - 0 views

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    "The response is not only technological. The best communication, remote meeting, collaboration or social networking solutions won't fix bad habits but can enable new ones provided they're desired. No one will switch from a reporting culture to an open work one without effort. And in the same way businesses establish social networking policies - and should even start with email policies - they should contemplate establishing meeting policies."
Mathieu Plourde

Podio - 0 views

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    Achieve more, together. Escape email overload and document chaos with Podio, the collaborative work platform.
Mathieu Plourde

Job Prospects for College Grads are Tough but Looking Up - 0 views

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    "Third, remember that all first year employees out of college (or two year school) have more potential than productivity. Today's US education system is not developing job skills, but it is attracting ambitious, hard-working people. Hire for "potential" not only for "achievement" and remember that over the first few years young people will dramatically improve their contributions to your business if you build the right environment."
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Martec's Law: Technology changes exponentially, organizations change logarithmically - 1 views

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    organizations absorb changes logarithmically - the much slower rising red curve below it. It takes time for people to alter their thinking and their behavior.
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How to Deal With Barriers - 0 views

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    "Worse, the first-order barriers often become self-fulfilling prophecies. For instance, the time needed to learn about a new technology is greatly extended by an individual's sporadic use of it. Lots of time is spent just logging in or setting up or getting back in the groove with the basics, making people feel like they are starting over-again and again."
Mathieu Plourde

Google's 80/20 Principle Adopted at New Jersey School - 0 views

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    "During her search for videos, Chellani discovered that many of them didn't cover foundational concepts. So she started creating her own using the digital content creation software Adobe Captivate. She also started evaluating the concepts she teaches and decided to move away from teaching "to the textbook." Without this built-in time every week, Chellani said she wouldn't be able to work on these projects. Through end-of-year conferences, Sheninger found out that other teaches had students blog in their English classes and create YouTube videos instead of traditional lab reports. "I don't know if that stuff would have happened if this time wasn't made available," Sheninger said."
Mathieu Plourde

The Amplify Tablet: A Device Custom Made For Teachers And Students - 0 views

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    "You may be thinking 'why do we need another tablet - there are already too many!' You're not wrong. But there are some notable features that are pretty interesting. Basically, the Amplify tablet is specifically built for classrooms."
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