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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

Adaptive Learning Systems: Surviving the Storm - 1 views

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    "The effective implementation and use of adaptive learning systems requires a broad, more inclusive conversation among institutions, vendors, and other stakeholders to realize the benefits of next-generation personalized learning."
Mathieu Plourde

Evidence-Based Principles for Online Faculty Development - 0 views

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    "Responding to calls for additional resources to support postsecondary instructors, many vendors and organizations now offer online educational development resources. The ultimate goal is to improve instruction and student learning, but to get there, higher education institutions must examine and evaluate these tools, as well as consider the specific needs of diverse campus stakeholders. After research and discussion, the Professional and Organizational Development Network developed eight principles to guide institutions as they explore and select online educational development resources for their campus communities."
Mathieu Plourde

A new nonprofit takes aim at ed tech pricing. First target: The iPad - 0 views

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    "Lack of price transparency makes it difficult for school districts to negotiate with vendors, Friedlander said. In the case of Apple's iPads, for instance, the Technology for Education Consortium said it had found that prices ranged from $367 to $499 for identical devices. "This is just wrong," Levy said. "This is taxpayer money. And these are school kids.""
Mathieu Plourde

Online Program Management: Spring 2018 view of the market landscape - 0 views

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    "As the online education market has matured, however, there has been a growing pushback against revenue-sharing as the only model available. Thus there is an emerging unbundled fee-for-service OPM model, in which the companies offer the same services, or some subset, for the market price of those services. The institution pays for the services used, mostly independent of the amount of tuition revenue coming into the online program. This category leads to the program, or institution, to take the up-front financial risk but not have to sign contracts sending ~40 - 60% of the tuition revenue to the vendor. Fewer strings attached but more responsibilities and risks for the school."
Mathieu Plourde

Teaching with MOOCs: Four Cases - 2 views

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    "Last month in a blog post titled "Better Than a Textbook?", I noted that some faculty find it easier to think about the massive open online courses (MOOCs) provided by vendors like Coursera as "super-textbooks" than as actual courses. Earlier this month, Vanderbilt computer science professor Doug Fisher wrote a guest post for the blog ProfHacker titled "Warming up to MOOCs," in which he described his experiments in using MOOCs in this fashion."
Mathieu Plourde

How the Pioneers of the MOOC Got It Wrong - IEEE Spectrum - 0 views

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    "early MOOCs failed to incorporate active learning approaches or any of the other innovations in teaching and learning common in other online courses. The three principal MOOC providers-Coursera, Udacity, and edX-wandered into a territory they thought was uninhabited. Yet it was a place that was already well occupied by accomplished practitioners who had thought deeply and productively over the last couple of decades about how students learn online. Like poor, baffled Columbus, MOOC makers believed they had "discovered" a new world. It's telling that in their latest offerings, these vendors have introduced a number of active-learning innovations."
Mathieu Plourde

OPM Readings: New policy briefing from UCT and other useful coverage - 0 views

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    "Rather than just focusing on the OPM market itself, Czerniewicz and Walji place the subject into the broader context of "marketisation, digitisation, unbundling and austerity climates." This placement is valuable, as it frames the appropriate questions that colleges and universities should address when considering OPM or OPE vendor support."
Mathieu Plourde

Collaborize Classroom - 0 views

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    Online Education Technology for Teachers and Students
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    This is great. I really like the direction that education is taking. I think that the more we incorporate technology into our schools, the more the students will respond and make significant gains.
Mathieu Plourde

Tiki-Toki - web-based timeline software - 1 views

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    "Create beautiful timelines! Tiki-Toki is the best and easiest way to create beautiful interactive timelines that you can share on the web"
Mathieu Plourde

Flat World Knowledge to Drop Free Access to Textbooks - 1 views

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    "Sometimes free costs too much. As of January 1, 2013, Flat World Knowledge, which used to describe itself as the world's largest publisher of free and open textbooks online, will no longer offer content at no charge."
Mathieu Plourde

Open-Education Company Helps Develop Textbook-Free Associate Degree - 0 views

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    Colleges following what the company calls the Textbook Zero model would offer a section using open-education alternatives for every required course and elective needed to earn the degree. Lumen is now testing the model with an unnamed community college on the East Coast, and is also looking for colleges interested in applying the model to general-studies and computer-science degrees.
Mathieu Plourde

Why Portage Public Schools Filters with Blue Coat - 0 views

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    When deciding what to filter, the IT department considers two questions: 1) Is there a relevant ­educational need for the site? and 2) Does the site potentially expose students to inappropriate material? "The toughest area to assess is social media," Vomastek continues. "Right now, we block Facebook and Twitter during the school day but ­allow users of our guest wireless network to access them during non-school hours. There's no one choice that will make everybody happy."
Mathieu Plourde

Duke U.'s Undergraduate Faculty Derails Plan for Online Courses for Credit - 0 views

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    "The university's Arts & Sciences Council, the governing arm of the undergraduate faculty, voted down a proposal to join a consortium of top colleges offering for-credit online courses through 2U, a company that specializes in real-time, small-format online education."
Mathieu Plourde

Update on Boundless Learning, and the 'open educational resources' movement, which could upend textbook publishers - 0 views

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    Boundless has been met with a number of lawsuits from top textbook publishers and is currently trying to resolve these differences in court. But, in the meantime, it's pressing on and is today officially adding a familiar name - some legitimacy - to its open textbooks through Creative Commons.
Mathieu Plourde

National Study Shows How Much Our Personal Google results Affect our everyday relationships - 0 views

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    "BrandYourself recently conducted a national study with Harris Interactive that looked into the Googling habits of over 2,500 online US adults. It was surprising to see how much a persons Google results influence everything from who we vote for, do business with and even date. You can view it here and below we included a summary of the key findings and key takeaways from each of the main sections of the study."
Mathieu Plourde

Virallock - 0 views

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    Cleanup service for social media.
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