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Mathieu Plourde

Learning Analytics: Avoiding Failure - 0 views

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    "In order not to fail, it is necessary to have a clear vision of what you want to achieve with learning analytics, a vision that closely aligns with institutional priorities."
Mathieu Plourde

The Waywardness of Ed Tech Market Leaders - 0 views

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    "If one studies the interest publishers have shown in the OPM market, one sees the desire for them to create this revenue envelope by being the one-stop shop for aggregating everything their customers need: from content, to technology to program design and marketing. Even thought McGraw's next CEO, Cengage's Michael Hansen, declared recently that the company would stay away from "the business of recruiting students to schools," I would be shocked if the new McGraw Hill were not in some way equipping schools to build their own OPM capability - much the way John Katzman's Noodle is set up."
Mathieu Plourde

Why You Now Need a Team to Create and Deliver Learning - 0 views

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    nstitutions employing a team-based approach to the creation and delivery of education content and experiences will differentiate themselves and succeed, even as the pace of change - both in technology and in the disciplines - accelerates, says Daniel Christian, a senior instructional designer at Calvin College. Teams, comprised of a range of technology and subject content specialists, will be structured and function differently at each institution, but they all share a prime advantage: the ability to guide their institutions to thrive in higher education's increasingly competitive environment.
Mathieu Plourde

8 Best Practices for Moving Courses Online -- Campus Technology - 0 views

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    Chrystal chose to come down on the side of internal development. "We want to do in-house instructional design with our curriculum people, our professors and our production people. We really feel then that we can make quick changes the way we want them. If something doesn't work, we can make the change right now. We don't have to be in line with the four other clients that the company has."
Mathieu Plourde

Models for New American Research University reports - 0 views

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    The working group has heard and received suggestions across a broad range of topics. Here are a few examples: Make an institutional commitment to fostering high-quality hybrid instruction (online and face-to-face) and provide the IT infrastructure to support course development and redevelopment along those lines. Establish an experimental college with the freedom to innovate in different course formats and individualized interdisciplinary majors. Require an e-portfolio of all undergraduate students, connecting the first-year experience and co-curricular activities to their major field of study and career preparation.
Mathieu Plourde

Adapting eLearning for Mobile: Learning from Wonderful Mistakes - 0 views

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    For many companies such a project is their first small step in providing learning content for mobile (mLearning). Once again my recommendation is to resist this approach if you can. Pushing content that was designed for a desktop or laptop onto a small screen is not the best way to go about learning design.
Mathieu Plourde

Have you tested your strategy lately? - 0 views

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    ""What's the next new thing in strategy?" a senior executive recently asked Phil Rosenzweig, a professor at IMD,1 in Switzerland. His response was surprising for someone whose career is devoted to advancing the state of the art of strategy: "With all respect, I think that's the wrong question. There's always new stuff out there, and most of it's not very good. Rather than looking for the next musing, it's probably better to be thorough about what we know is true and make sure we do that well.""
Mathieu Plourde

Penn Provost | Open Learning - 1 views

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    "Penn is strongly committed to open learning - a vital part of our mission to increase access, around the world, to the educational resources that can change people's lives. Our goals as early adopters of massively open online courses are to create and disseminate knowledge, drive teaching innovation, and expand Penn's global presence.  We invite you to learn more below about our Coursera courses and the outstanding Penn faculty members who teach them."
Mathieu Plourde

Barnes & Noble Executives Blasted For Clinging To Losing eBook Strategy - 0 views

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    They zeroed in on the company's Nook e-reader as a sign of failure, demanding payout for "long-suffering" shareholders. Barnes & Noble reported a loss of $87 million in the last quarter, and it attributed about $54.6 million of that to its Nook unit.
Mathieu Plourde

Enrollment Woes Push Small Colleges to Be Strategic - 0 views

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    The challenge: identifying the best approaches, which vary from campus to campus. "Boards are either overreacting, saying we should have added MOOCs yesterday, or they're underreacting," says David W. Strauss, a principal with the Art & Science Group, a higher-education consulting firm based in Baltimore. "We know you can't be frozen right now."
Mathieu Plourde

Thunderbird Business School Tries to Calm Dissent Over Deal With For-Profit - Administr... - 0 views

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    Five trustees have bolted from Thunderbird since the $66-million deal was announced, in March, saying the relationship with Laureate will damage the business school's brand and erode academic quality. The move is pending approval by the school's accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, in October.
Mathieu Plourde

Massive: What Good is the M in MOOC? - 0 views

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    Amherst's Chair of Neuroscience Stephen A. George led the faculty rejection of edX. It wasn't a rejection of online learning or open resources or the idea of making entire courses available for free online that they rejected, he said. "It was just the massive, synchronous MOOC that didn't seem to fit" with the school's mission and identity.
Mathieu Plourde

Coursera Jumps the Shark - 0 views

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    The only thing we've heard from Coursera is that their idea for charging people for certificates of completion netted $220,000 in Q1 of this year. Given that Coursera's annual burn rate seems to be in the neighbourhood of $10M (that's on top of their partners spending $50K/course to place it on the Coursera platform), this is peanuts.
Mathieu Plourde

Plagiarism and the Google Tools to Reduce It - 0 views

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    Google Docs makes it much easier for me to spot and track down plagiariam. First my students share their work with me when they begin a new assignment and I can watch their progress daily. The new preview feature makes this very easy and I often find myself flipping through student papers to check on progress and see who I need to work with soon. Students know I do this and they know I expect to see progress.
Mathieu Plourde

Using Social Media In The Classroom For Real-World Learning - 0 views

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    "There is already evidence that teachers are using social media as part of teaching strategies, with the aim of encouraging students to view social networks as less of a pleasurable distraction, and more as something that can be used in projects and for personal expression in a medium they prefer. Steven Anderson has recently proposed a comprehensive set of general approaches to integrating social media into the classroom, and focuses on the need to carefully review existing teaching strategies and understandings of social media before making changes."
Mathieu Plourde

Content aggregation strategies and tools for engagement - 0 views

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    "The recent news that the Huffington Post surpassed the Washington Post and LA Times in online visitors affirmed what many media professionals already knew: There's real business in aggregation. Whether there are real profits as well remains to be seen."
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