Monday, July 12, 2021

RPP #194: Britt Nichols of ExamSoft

Interview with Britt Nichols, Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer of ExamSoft. ExamSoft is a leading provider of educational assessment technology. "Our secure assessment platform allows educators to more efficiently create, administer, grade, and analyze assessments with the goal of improving student performance and streamlining curricular design and accreditation reviews." We discuss:
  • Britt Nichols
    Britt's background 
  • Examsoft: exam maker and reporting platform
  • Examplify: exam taker app 
  • ExamNow: audience response polling
  • ExamID: facial authentication 
  • ExamMonitor: proctoring
  • ExamSCORE: rubric product   
  • ProctorU partnership for authentication and proctoring
  • Turnitin acquisition of Examsoft
  • Future of using data to improve learning outcomes

  • Podsafe music selection
    • 50 Ways to Lose Your Luggage by Robert Lund of the Funny Music Project
Duration: 32:35

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

RPP #193: Danny King of Accredible

Interview with Danny King, CEO, and co-founder of Accredible. Accredible is a comprehensive digital badge and certificate platform. "Accredible is one of the only platforms available that is a full-service digital credentialing solution. Certificates, diplomas, badges, blockchain credentials, and wallet cards - all in one place." We discuss:
  • Danny King, CEO
    Danny's background
  • History of Accredible
  • Digital credentials, certificates, badges
  • Audience 
  • History of credentials
  • Credentials on the blockchain 
  • Integration with LMS and publishing tools
  • Revoking and editing blockchain credentials 
  • Vaccine credentials and Covid Passports
  • Evidence portfolios attached to credentials
  • Credentials sharing on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter 
  • Certificate as referral/marketing machine  
  • Podsafe Music Selection
    • Vivaldi: Concerto No. 1 in D Major (Spring, 1st Movement) from The Four Seasons by the American Baroque Orchestra
Duration: 37:33

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

RPP #192: Liz Simon of General Assembly

Interview with Liz Simon, Chief Operating Officer of General Assembly. General Assembly is a pioneer in education and career transformation, specializing in today’s most in-demand skills such as web development, data, design, business, and more. They began as a co-working space in 2011 and have grown into a global learning experience with campuses in 20 cities and over 35,000 graduates worldwide. We discuss:
  • Liz's background as a lawyer
    Liz Simon, COO

  • Obama Administration and the US Digital Service
  • Audience: students wanting to learn a new skill or companies needing to retrain staff or create a pipeline of new talent
  • Impact of the pandemic on teaching methodologies
  • Course and program time commitment
  • Three-month intensive learning, 9-5, 5 days/week
  • Differentiation with MOOCs
  • 90% get a job in their field within 3 months
  • Partnerships and articulation agreements
Duration: 31:05

Saturday, April 17, 2021

RPP #191: Marcus Popetz on Harmonize by 42 Lines

Interview with Marcus Popetz, CEO and co-founder of 42 LinesHarmonize is a discussion tool that allows students to communicate, interact, and engage more easily with one another. It supports richer discussion and collaboration. Faculty and students upload multiple files directly within posts and easily record audio and video comments. We discuss:
  • Why 42 lines?
    Visit 42Lines
    Marcus Popetz, CEO

  • What's wrong with discussion boards
  • Discussion board, group chat, instant messaging,
  • Requires LMS LTI integration
  • Analytics to lower instructor workload
  • Creating a hybrid cadence between synchronous and asynchronous
  • Integration with Zoom and other video conferencing systems
  • Accessibility accommodation including auto-captioning
  • Compatible with smartphones  
  • Visual layout with 'cards' instead of a long list of text
  • Faculty can mark up videos! 
  • Peer to peer interaction is coming
  • Future direction to use data science to build "formative drop-out detector" to improve student retention
  • Podsafe music selection
    • Kiss This! (Hey IRS)" by Robert Lund of the Funny Music Project, a parody of Faith Hill's "This Kiss"
Duration: 37:59