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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

Leverage Content Strategy to Create 'Sticky' Learning Experiences - 0 views

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    "Marketers are proficient in using a content engagement cycle, a practice for deciding when to engage whom with what kind of content during the customer journey. They plan months, quarters and even years in advance to create a content strategy that aligns with business goals and engages their audience pre- and post-sale. L&D professionals on the other hand, often think about each training session or learning program singularly instead of looking at the overall learner experience. Mapping out the learner lifecycle and assigning content that engages them along the way not only helps create unforgettable learning experiences but also aids in the transfer of knowledge after a training session ends. "
Mathieu Plourde

@Ignatia Webs: #Blockchain in #learning exploring for #validation of lifelonglearning #... - 0 views

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    "What I am looking for is a stackable certification solution, which blockchain for learning or education can provide. This stackable way of organising or linking learning could enable a validated, personalized certification procedure covering both formal learning (e.g. certification, degrees, micro-credits) and informal learning (e.g. badges, skills, experiences). Practically: each learner has a learning wallet or portfolio, and you - as a learner - can add each learning step as you 'earn' it and you are issued a certificate/badge of what you learned by a learning authority/individual/group).  "
Mathieu Plourde

After decades of pushing bachelor's degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople | PBS NewsHour - 0 views

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    ""I'm a survivor of that teardown mode of the '70s and '80s, that college-for-all thing," he said. This has had the unintended consequence of helping flatten out or steadily erode the share of students taking vocational courses. In California's community colleges, for instance, it's dropped to 28 percent from 31 percent since 2000, contributing to a shortage of trained workers with more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor's degree."
Mathieu Plourde

Another Big Move Hits Higher-Ed Publishing, as Wiley Buys Knewton - 0 views

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    "Knewton's pivot in 2018 toward tools that combine adaptive-learning technology with open educational resources was a big part of the attraction for Wiley. With its Alta digital-courseware platform, Knewton is primarily an OER company now, Wiley's president and chief executive, Brian Napack, told The Chronicle. The product costs students about $40 per course. Wiley wants to "double down" on low-cost options, Napack said. "We're doing this because we think the future needs to look different than the past.""
Mathieu Plourde

Airtable - 0 views

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    "Part spreadsheet, part database, and entirely flexible, teams use Airtable to organize their work, their way."
Mathieu Plourde

Online business course utilizes artificial intelligence - 0 views

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    "David-John Palmer, an instructor at FIU and associate director of educational technology at FIU Online, has spearheaded the recent AI initiative in his own Introduction to Information Systems course in partnership with Cognii Inc., a leading provider of AI-based educational technologies. His course, offered through the College of Business, is the first online FIU course to feature AI in instructional design."
Mathieu Plourde

Cognii - Technology - 0 views

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    "Cognii VLA is a type of an intelligent tutoring system that engages learners in a real time, one to one coaching conversation, helping them revise their answers. Unlike other tutoring systems, Cognii VLA uses learners' own natural language, not their selections in multiple choice items, as the basis for assessment. Because open response questions are more accurate than multiple choice questions in assessing deep understanding and critical thinking, Cognii VLA can provide better coaching than earlier systems. "
Mathieu Plourde

Peter Molyneux: Meet Milo, the virtual boy - 0 views

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    "Peter Molyneux demos Milo, a hotly anticipated video game for Microsoft's Kinect controller. Perceptive and impressionable like a real 11-year-old, the virtual boy watches, listens and learns -- recognizing and responding to you."
Mathieu Plourde

IMS Guidelines for Developing Accessible Learning Applications - 0 views

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    "The challenge of presenting alternative "views" of symbolic and semantic content makes up the leading edge of accessibility research today and many problems have yet to be solved. This document presents an overview of approaches currently in development or in use in fields such as: Mathematics Sciences Simulations and immersion Robots and telepresence Charts, diagrams, and tables Geography and maps Music Languages"
Mathieu Plourde

Meet the fake people who will soon crowd your timelines - 0 views

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    "Welcome to the other side of the uncanny valley of profile photographs. The attention of generated imagery has so far focused on "deepfake videos," in which a real person's face is grafted semi-realistically (for now) onto someone else's body. There's a different impact with deep-learning AI-generated fake still-photo faces that look realistic but aren't attempting to match the appearance of any actual person. And they're so new that these images have yet to get a name-perhaps deepfaces will win out. Deepfaces have a greater potential to add to the noise of troll farms, social-media griefers, and outright scammers and fraudsters because they look legitimate and fail reverse-image searches. As Craig Silverman, a long-time exposer of online frauds and BuzzFeed media editor, says, "I think it presents a big challenge for some of the existing approaches used by investigators, journalists, and police and others to follow a breadcrumb trail.""
Mathieu Plourde

McGraw-Hill to Merge With Rival Textbook Publisher - 0 views

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    "McGraw-Hill and Cengage plan to merge in a deal that would create the second-largest provider of college textbooks and other higher-education materials in the country."
Mathieu Plourde

Digital Credentials Initiative - 0 views

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    "Our mission is to create a trusted, distributed, and shared infrastructure that will become the standard for issuing, storing, displaying, and verifying academic credentials, digitally."
Mathieu Plourde

MIT Starts University Group to Build New Digital Credential System - 0 views

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    "When a college goes out of business, all of its alumni can suddenly find themselves in an unexpected dilemma: How can graduates prove they actually earned their degrees when no one is left at the institution to send academic transcripts to prospective employers or graduate schools? That scenario is one reason that a group of nine universities, led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, today announced a collaboration to build a system that would let institutions issue digital diplomas and credentials in a way that can be verified without needing to check with a human registrar. The idea is to encourage widespread use of digital credentials across all kinds of academic institutions, and even at more informal places of learning, so that students end up taking ownership of how to communicate their learning to employers."
Mathieu Plourde

(Why It's Time to Admit) the Capitalist Internet is a Failure - 0 views

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    "The internet should be either a post-capitalist good, or a public good. A public utility. Like a town square. Things like Facebook and YouTube and Twitter never should have been capitalist at all. Like all town squares, the rules of civilized speech should apply. I can't call someone a nasty name, harass them, intimidate them, bully them there - nor should I be able to here. The capitalist internet is one of history's great failures, my friends. Whether we know it now or not, our grandkids will certainly regard it that way. They'll be incredulous that we were seduced and then addicted by its garbage culture, its trash spectacles, its junk food for the human mind and spirit, all so we could get a desperate hit of feeling power and control…while our planet, democracies, future, and lives were all melting down. It's up to us to build a better internet, and do it now. And whether we do that through post-capitalism, or through public goods - or both - that challenge is very real, very urgent, and very noble."
Mathieu Plourde

Arizona State Working with Community Colleges in Interactive OER Pilot - 0 views

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    "What Anbar has in mind is something he calls "active OER." That's taking the standard digital textbook and expanding it with the addition of digital resources, including simulations that are both interactive and adaptive. "The learner doesn't just move something around in the simulation but actually gets prompting feedback that guides them to success," he explained. That's where Smart Sparrow comes in: The company produces aero, a learning platform that allows the instructor to pull together lessons from a set of templates that can include text, tests, assessments, virtual labs and field trips, and other digital components. For the purposes of the consortium, those elements would be pulled from OER materials."
Mathieu Plourde

Live Online Video Classes Are 'The New Face-to-Face.' So How Many Students Can They Han... - 0 views

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    "Nelson says the new version of the system lets professors quickly divide a large class into groups of up to 12 students. Those break-out groups of students can then participate in a small-group discussion while each student fills out a "structured worksheet" that can be graded later by a TA following a rubric to make sure each student was following along and participating. During the live class, the professor can peek into any of the breakout sessions, either by appearing as one of the participants, or lurking in the background so that he or she can see and hear the students but they don't know the professor is there. The requirement of filling out the worksheet, or doing some other activity like a poll or quiz, makes sure students in breakout groups stay on task, Nelson says."
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