Friday, October 15, 2021

RPP #197: Melvin Hines of Upswing


Interview with Melvin Hines, CEO, and Co-Founder of Upswing. "A virtual assistant and student services platform to reach, relate to, and retain your non-traditional students." We discuss:
  • Melvin's Background
    Melvin Hines, CEO
  • History of Upswing
  • Great disparities in education 
  • Reach, Relate, and Retain
  • Reach: answer questions via text chatbot
  • Relate: connect to campus or Upswing human resources via web conferencing to provide support and tutoring on more than 400 topics
  • Retain: collect analytics to identify students at greatest risk   
  • Result: 15% reduction in dropouts each year
  • Unique chatbot technology integrates with campus calendars to schedule web conferences with campus and Upswing staff and tutors
  • Support for mental health and wellness 
  • Support for faculty     
  • Changes due to the Pandemic 

Duration: 37:48

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

RPP #196: Dan Avida of Engageli


Interview with Dan Avida, CEO, and Co-Founder of Engageli. "Engageli's digital learning platform
enables higher-ed institutions to provide educators and learners with an active, social, collaborative, inclusive and engaging learning experience."  We discuss: 
Dan Avida, CEO
  • Background of founders including Dan's wife Daphne Koller,
    co-founder of Coursera
  • Works in class or online (synchronous or asynchronous) and hybrid
  • No need for breakout rooms
  • Student "table" with the group of peers: "Learn with Friends"
  • Students can talk at the same time as the instructor
  • In-class students log in so they can take notes and capture instructors screen
  • In-class student presses button to ask questions - other mics are muted 
  • Polls and quizzes embedded into presentations
  • Recordings, notetaking, captioning built into the platform
  • Integrated with the LMS using LTI
  • Works with Chromebooks - no app to download
  • Video is not re-streamed  
  • Supports thousands of students in a class using TAs  
  • Extensive analytics to detect students at risk 
  • AI and ML coming in a future release

Duration: 40:15

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

COVID-CONVERTED EDITION #6: Interview with Jeff Borden on Education 3.0


This special COVID-Converted Edition audio and video podcast series responds to the impact of COVID-19 on the way we live, learn, and work. Teachers all over the world have been thrown into teaching their "COVID-Converted" courses online. This series will focus on moving from this emergency remote teaching and learning to more thoughtfully prepared learning experiences.

Interview with Jeff BordenChief Academic and VP of Academic Affairs at D2LAccording to Dr. Borden, Education 3.0 entails a confluence of neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and education technology, using web-based digital and mobile technology to help students learn efficiently. We discuss:
  • Watch on Youtube
    Jeff's background
  • History of Education 1.0 and 2.0
  • Eric Mazur - Confessions of a converted lecturer
  • What to keep from the pandemic experience - record lectures
  • Neurotransmitters that enhance learning
  • Gamification and creating novelty to enhance learning  
  • "Habitable Worlds" simulation at Arizona State
  • Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve 
  • Drawing enhances learning
  • Community-based portal and student groups reduce drop out
  • Peer instruction and removing class barriers
  • Future of the LMS, and more

Duration: 40:23

Monday, August 02, 2021

RPP #195: Thomas Waite & Steve Mildner of K16 Solutions


Interview with 
Dr. Thomas Waite, CEO, and Steve Mildner, CRO of K16 Solutions. K16's Scaffold Designer is the industry’s first cloud-hosted, fully integrated LMS migration and course development tool that automates manual processes and improves efficiency. "Migrate Course Content. Archive Student Data. Build Better Courses. 
LMS Solutions for Educators by Educators." We discuss: 
  • Thomas and Steve's backgrounds
    Thomas Waite, CEO & Steve Mildner, CRO
  • Mission: course design, LMS migration, and archiving
  • Partners: Blackboard, Canvas, D2L, and Open LMS
  • Reduced cost of migration between LMSs
  • Global text replacement during migration (LMS name, phone numbers, etc)
  • Migration duration shortened from months to hours
  • No need to run both LMSs during the migration
  • Historical data from legacy LMS archived on the K16 platform for easy retrieval
  • Scaffold solutions for efficient course design  

  • Podsafe music selection
Duration: 50:53