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: 37:40

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

Thursday, July 19, 2018

RPP #167: Alchemie - Interview with Julia Winter

  • Interview with Julia Winter, CEO and Founder of Alchemie, which combines commercial game design with a deep understanding of how students learn. Alchemie’s digital learning tools provide an intuitive learning experience that encourages students to explore and experiment with concepts. We discuss:
    Julia Winter, CEO
    • Julia's background
    • History of Alchemie
    • How Alchemie works
    • The audience for Alchemie
    • How students learn by manipulating bonds and electrons
    • The Epiphany Platform
    • Real-time Assessment
    • Machine learning and data analytics
    • AR/VR/XR
    • Podsafe music selection
    Duration: 27:07

    Thursday, June 21, 2018

    RPP #166: FlatWorld - Interview with Alastair Adam

    • Interview with Alastair Adam, Co-CEO of FlatWorld, a digital-first college textbook publisher building a niche between the high cost traditional publishers and open education resources (OER) publishers. We answer the questions:
      • What is the background of FlatWorld?
      • How many titles are available?
      • How many faculty are using FlatWorld books?
      • How are authors recruited?
      • What formats are available? 
      • How much does a typical textbook cost - electronic and print?
      • Are electronic versions compatible with Kindle and iPad?
      • How much do authors earn?
      • Does FlatWorld support the LMS?
      • What special features are available?
      • What is "FlatWorld Unlimited"?
      • Podsafe music selection
        • Mine Again from Passion Leaves a Trace by Black Lab
      Duration: 36:02

      Tuesday, May 29, 2018

      RPP #165: Coursetune - Interview with Maria Andersen

      • Interview with Maria Andersen, CEO and Co-Founder, Coursetune. Coursetune has a completely new way to visualize the underpinnings and framework of curriculum design - a way to "harmonize" your curriculum. We discuss:
          • Maria's background
          • Need for a Coursetune
          • Improving curriculum design beyond spreadsheets and whiteboards
          • How Coursetune works
          • Why it is like "Autocad" for learning design
          • Target audience
          • and more
      • Podsafe music selection
        • "See the Sun" by Black Lab from California with tunes featured in the movies "Spider Man" and "Blade: Trinity"
      Duration: 39:12

      Wednesday, April 18, 2018

      RPP #164: Future of Education Discussion with Bryan Alexander



      Duration: 62:27

      Monday, March 26, 2018

      RPP #163: Academia Beyond Millennials with Bryan Alexander

        Duration: 47:35

        Saturday, February 24, 2018

        RPP #162: Starfish - Interview with Howard Bell

        • Interview with Howard Bell, Senior Vice President of Higher Education Student Success and the General Manager of Starfish at Hobsons. We discuss their Starfish Enterprise Success Platform including Early Alert, Connect, and Degree Planner, and how it helps scale student support initiatives in a way that enables students to engage with the campus community and achieve their academic goals. We also discuss:
        • Howard Bell
          SVP Hobsons
          • Interface with the LMS and SIS
          • Automatic flags and progress surveys
          • Predictive analytics framework
          • Student points of contact
          • New Degree Planner features
          • Partnering with student networks
          • Measuring return on investment
        • Links to Related Podcasts
          • RPP #101: Starfish Retention Solutions: Interview with David Yaskin (March 2012)
          • RPP #158: StudyTree - Interview with Ethan Keiser
          • RPP #159: AEFIS - Interview with Mustafa Sualp
          • Podsafe Music Selection 
            • "Run" from the new age piano album "Lines Build Walls" by Ehren Starks
          Duration: 38:58

          Wednesday, January 24, 2018

          RPP #161: USciences eLearning 3.0 Conference


          • Rod discusses the new USciences eLearning 3.0 Conference, including
            • Background and history of this conference in it's 16th year
            • What is eLearning 3.0
            • Keynote Speaker, futurist Dr. Bryan Alexander
            • Panel on the Future of Higher Education including Dr. Alexander, Dr. Bobbe Baggio, Dr. Paul Katz (USciences President), Dr. Ken Hartman (past President of Drexel eLearning, Inc.) and Dr. Rod Murray.
            • Program schedule and registration
            • Social networking hour with craft beer provided by the USciences Brewing Certificate Program 
            • Sponsors
                • Platinum: AEFIS
                • Gold: Practice, Ferrilli
                • Silver: Blackboard, DubLabs, Evolve IP, Labster
                • Bronze: Examsoft, SixRedMarbles, Glisser, PADLA, StudyTree, MapleSoft, Mersive, Mediasite
            • Podsafe music selection
              • Vivaldi: Concerto No. 4 in G Minor “Winter” (Allegro movement) from The Four Seasons by the American Baroque Orchestra. 
              Duration: 14:09