Monday, November 26, 2018

RPP #171: Virtually Inspired - Interview with Marci Powell

  • Interview with Marci Powell, Project Director of Virtually Inspired powered by Drexel University Online, and Chair Emerita and Past President of the US Distance Learning Association. We discuss technology-enhanced teaching and learning and Virtually Inspired, a website where educators can come for inspiration on how creative professionals around the globe are infusing technology with learning. We discuss:
    Marci Powell                              Dr. Susan Aldridge
  • Podsafe music selection
    • Atomic Pebbles by Rod Murray - AI Music from Jukedeck - create your own at http://jukedeck.com
Duration: 34:23

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

RPP #170: The Horizon Report - Interview with Audrey Watters

  • Interview with Audrey Watters, a self-described “education writer, an independent scholar, a serial dropout, a rabble-rouser, and ed-tech’s Cassandra.” We discuss the Horizon Report and The History of the Future of Education Technology, the special focus of her Hack Education Project
    • Like previous Horizon reports, the 2018 edition identifies key trends, challenges and developments in ed tech that are likely to impact teaching and learning in the next five years.
    • Since we don't delve into the details of the latest Horizon Report in this interview, here is a snapshot of the "important developments in technology." You can judge for yourself the real value of this report after listening to this interview. 
Ref:The 2018 Horizon Report Higher Education Edition
    • Educause stepped in to continue the work of the Horizon project after the NMC unexpectedly declared bankruptcy and ceased operations at the end of 2017.
Duration: 38:04

Friday, September 21, 2018

RPP #169: Harvard Innovation labs - Interview with Jodi Goldstein

  • Interview with Jodi Goldstein, Executive Director at Harvard Innovation Labs, a three-lab ecosystem that supports Harvard students, alumni and faculty in exploring innovation and entrepreneurship. We discuss:
    Jodi Goldstein
    Executive Director
    • The Harvard iLab, Launch Lab X, and Harvard Life Lab
    • How these innovation centers supplement the academic curriculum with experiential learning
    • Strategies that universities can use to effectively support students in their entrepreneurial endeavors
    • Success stories: 
      • Vaxess Technologies - transports vaccines without refrigeration
      • Rapid SOS - links devices to 911 and first responders
      • ArtLifting - ecommerce platform to sell art by the homeless and disabled
  • Links
  • Podsafe music selection
Duration: 33:54

Friday, August 24, 2018

RPP #168: The Blackboard Ultra (Conversion) Experience

  • Discussion with Rob McCunney, Blackboard Sysadmin and Instructional Designer, University of the Sciences. We discuss our conversion from Blackboard Learn managed hosting to SaaS and then to the Ultra Experience and Ultra Courses. 
  • We discuss:
    Adoption of Blackboard Learn Ultra
    • Moving from Managed Hosting to SaaS:
      • What were some of the conversion issues?
      • How much time/effort was expended?
      • Were there any surprises?
      • What advantages did you see?
    • Turning on Ultra Experience:
      • What were the conversion issues?
      • What are the limitations?
    • Turning on Ultra Course View:
      • What are the limitations?
    • How was Blackboard support?
  • Links
  • Podsafe music selection from Music Alley
[Disclaimer: The University of the Sciences is a customer of Blackboard.]

Duration: 31:13