Wednesday, May 31, 2023

RPP #212: Darren Catalano of HelioCampus

  • Interview with Darren Catalano, CEO of HelioCampus. "HelioCampus powers the data insights of the most forward-thinking colleges and universities to make their strategic mission and vision a reality." We discuss:

    Darren Catalano, CEO
    • Data analytics for decision-making and stakeholder requests.
    • Enrollment forecasting, student risk scoring.
    • Empathetic outreach: at-risk students.
    • Assessment, credentialing, financial intelligence solutions.
    • Data-driven decisions in admissions and financial aid.
    • Pricing strategies, generative AI integration.
    • Holistic approach for mission and financial sustainability.

  • Interview Transcript (Beta)

  • Podsafe music selection
                    Duration: 45:58

                    Thursday, April 20, 2023

                    RPP #211: Rob Abel of 1EdTech (aka IMS Global Consortium)

                    • Interview with Rob Abel, CEO of 1EdTech Consortium (formerly IMS Global Learning Consortium). 1EdTech is "focused on expanding access to edtech innovation in support of breakthrough and evolving educational models in K-12, Higher Ed, and corporate education." We discuss
                      • Rob's background
                        Rob Abel
                      • IMS Global transition to 1EdTech
                      • Growth of membership
                      • Standards, certifications, code libraries, reference implementations
                      • Trusted app ecosystem 
                      • Digital credentials
                      • Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR)
                      • ~900 members
                      • Open Badges (formerly from Mozilla)
                      • Blockchain
                      • Digital micro-credentials 
                      • Richer transcripts
                      • Alumni offerings

                    • 1EdTech Learning Impact Conference in Anaheim, CA - June 5-8
                    • Podsafe music selection
                      • Air on G String by J.S. Bach performed by UK’s Brunswick Duo
                    Duration: 46:16

                    Thursday, March 23, 2023

                    RPP #210: Bryan Alexander on AI in Education

                    • Interview with Bryan Alexander, futurist, educator, speaker, and writer. We discuss AI and its impact on education. Bryan also mentions his new book, Universities on Fire. We discuss
                      • Bryan's background and current activities
                        Bryan Alexander (and Rod)
                      • Overview of AI, especially generative AI: ChatGPT, Midjourney, Dall-E
                      • New jobs: AI "wrangler" and Bot Manager
                      • Personalized AI bot tutors
                      • Eliminate AI cheating: air-gapped PCs, paper/pencil exams 
                      • AI as a pedagogical tool: analysing writing and art to improve learning
                      • ChatGPT as an instrument for "playing the web" & role master for game simulation
                      • Can AI explain itself: sources are important in education
                      • Coming: new AI domains: China, Indian, Christian groups
                      • AI ethics and need for fact checking, combating deep fakes
                      • Military anti-AI technology and use of AI for national security 
                      • and much more
                    Duration: 58:33

                    Wednesday, February 15, 2023

                    RPP #209: Edson Barton of YouScience

                    • Interview with Edson Barton, CEO and Founder of YouScience. YouScience "helps students build confidence and connects their education to best-fit careers in every stage of their journey." We discuss:
                      • Edson Barton, CEO

                        Edson's background  
                      • Making education meaningful 
                      • Improving standards in schools and for corporate certifications
                      • Employers say that colleges are not preparing students for the workforce 
                      • Alignment of teaching with a student's career path creates engagement, retention, and improved outcomes
                      • Increased dropout rate during pandemic
                      • General studies is fastest growing major but it doesn't prepare students for the workplace
                      • Liberal Arts education has stripped out career orientation
                      • Students discover their aptitude using "brain games" 
                      • They learn the "science" of themselves
                      • Employers discover and recruit students who match their needs
                    • Podsafe music selection
                    Duration: 57:26