Thursday, September 07, 2017

RPP #157: Blackboard Roadmap - Interview with Jim Chalex

  • Interview with Jim Chalex, Vice President of Product Management at Blackboard Inc. We discuss the Blackboard Learn product roadmap. What are the various "flavors" of Blackboard Learn and how will they evolve over the next couple of years? We discuss:
    • Experiences / Course Views: Original, Ultra
      Jim Chalex, Blackboard VP
    • Deployments: Self-Hosted, Managed Hosted, SaaS
    • Mobility: Responsive web design vs new native apps
    • We answer the questions:
      • How many clients have deployed SaaS, both Original (9.1) and Ultra?
      • What are some of the new features and when will they be available?
        • Workflow improvements 
        • Inline Grading Update 
        • Responsive design optimization 
        • Embedded analytics
        • Integrated audio and video 
        • Cloud storage integration 
        • Attendance tracking
        • Community (aka Portal) functions in Ultra  
    • Blackboard Roadmap Slides based on Jim's BbWorld17 Presentation:
Duration: 34:44

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

RPP #156: Glisser - Interview with Michael Piddock

  • Interview with Michael Piddock, CEO and Founder of Glisser. Glisser is a unique audience response system that shares presentation slides to mobile devices in real-time and uses polling and Q&A to make live events and the classroom interactive. We discuss:
    Michael Piddock, CEO & Founder
    • How Glisser got started
    • How you use Glisser audience response
    • Limits of the free version
    • Key features of Glisser
      • Live Polling
      • Live Slide Sharing
      • Audience Q&A backchannel
      • Twitter Wall for events
      • Web platform, no plugin required
      • Participant note taking
      • Downloading slides
      • Translated captions (coming soon)
  • Podsafe Music Selection
    • Impossible Worries by Rod Murray - Music from Jukedeck - create your own at
Duration: 33:30

Monday, July 17, 2017

RPP #155: Connected Casebook - Interview with Vikram Savkar

  • Interview with Vikram Savkar, Vice President & General Manager, Legal Education, Wolters KluwerConnected Casebook is an integrated digital and print learning solution designed to facilitate deeper student mastery of legal thinking and stronger learning outcomes. We discuss:
    • Electronic textbooks and how they fit into mobile education
      Vikram Savkar, VP
      Legal Education, Wolters Kluwer
    • Improvements in electronic publishing
    • How authors publish books online with WK
    • How content is adapted for Millennials
    • Adaptive and competency based learning
    • The Casebook platform
    • Future of audio textbooks
    • Purchase options for students
  • Podsafe music selection
    • Maybe I'm Amazed by Blake Morgan. Licensed cover of the Paul McCartney classic.
Duration: 38:14

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

RPP #154: Maplesoft Möbius - Interview with Jim Cooper

  • Interview with Jim Cooper, CEO of Maplesoft, about Möbius their new comprehensive online courseware environment that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We discuss:
    • Maplesoft history
      Jim Cooper, CEO
    • Maplesoft course/module marketplace
    • Möbius platform and toolkit
    • LMS integration
    • Adaptive and customized learning
    • Analytics to improve learning
    • AI / Machine Learning / Deep Learning
    • Building an AI tutor
    • Pricing models
    • Podsafe music selection
    Duration: 36:37