Monday, August 17, 2015

RPP #134: Bb World 2015 Recap: SaaS vs Ultra

  • Rod discusses his experience at Bb World 2015, especially what he learned about the new SaaS offerings and Ultra Experience. Listen to the audio podcast as usual or listen and watch accompanying slides via Youtube. 
  • Thanks go to Jim Chalex, Sr. Director of Product Management, and Greg Ritter, Product Management Director at Blackboard Inc, for their BbWorld presentations on this topic. I hope I got it right!


View Rod's #bbworld15 Tweets
    • SaaS vs Ultra
    • Bb Learn 9.1 & Ultra Roadmaps
    • Bb Collaborate Ultra Roadmap
    • Bb Mobile Ultra Roadmap
    • New Persona-based Apps
    • Benefits of SaaS
    • SaaS: Standard, Plus & Advantage
    • Transition and Migration Options
    • Ultra Tabs and Modules
    • Blackboard up for sale!
    • Podsafe music selection from Music Alley
      • Don't Be Long: The Beatles v Elken, a mashup of George Harrison's Blue Jay Way by Elken, a 60's influenced band from Dublin, Ireland. 
    Duration: 21:58

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015

    RPP #133: Blackboard Ultra: Interview with Mark Strassman

    • Interview with Mark Strassman, Senior Vice President, Industry and Product Management, Blackboard Inc.
      • Mark Strassman oversees the company's product and integrated
        portfolio strategy to ensure Blackboard continues to build solutions that serve institutions, administrators, educators and students. 
      • We discuss the new Blackboard Ultra:
        • What are Core, Essentials, Insight, Student Retention?
        • What is the update roadmap for hosted systems?
        • Versions of Ultra SaaS, multi-tenant, single-tenant
        • New web REST API
        • Is Ultra completely adaptive/responsive? 
        • New Bb Student app
        • Ultra workflows subset for Community
        • Mobile compatibility; adaptive design
        • Future of Mosaic
        • "Persona Apps" 
        • New Collaborate Ultra
      • Links
      • Podsafe Music Selection
      • Duration: 35:26

      Thursday, May 28, 2015

      RPP #132: D2L Brightspace - Interview with John Baker, CEO, D2L

      • Interview with John Baker, CEO, D2L
        D2L (formerly Desire2Learn) announced the next generation of its learning platform, Brightspace. By featuring a new faculty user experience and bringing adaptive learning to the masses, D2L says that Brightspace is more flexible, smarter, and easier to use.
        • We discuss D2L and their next generation LMS, Brightspace
        • We answer the questions:
          • Does it replace "legacy" D2L?
          • What is adaptive learning and LeaP?
          • What features can be used in-class?
          • What about student retention support and e-portfolios?
          • What's the new faculty UI?
          • How is it delivered? Multi-tenant Cloud? Hosted? On premise?
          • Podsafe music selection from Music Alley
            • "Fly Fly Fly" by singer/song writer Adrina Thorpe - Influenced by Sarah Mclachlan, Tori Amos, and Coldplay
        Duration: 27:12

        Tuesday, April 21, 2015

        RPP #131: Echo360 Active Learning Platform - Interview with Greg Golkin

        Duration: 29:55