Wednesday, November 28, 2012

RPP #107: Ensemble Video: Interview with Scott Nadzan

  • Interview: Scott Nadzan, Director of Marketing & Sales for Ensemble Video. Ensemble Video is like an institutional YouTube with the flexibility and controls required in higher education. 
  • We answer the questions:
    • What is video content management?
    • How is it used?
    • What formats are supported?
    • Why isn’t Youtube good enough?
    • Does it work with my LMS?
    • Can you use it for iTunes U videos and GoToMeeting recordings?
  • Podsafe Music Selection
Duration: 25:46

Monday, October 08, 2012

RPP #106: ApprenNet: Interview with Karl Okamoto & Emily Foote on LawMeet MOOC

  • Interview with Karl Okamoto and Emily Foote, co-founders of ApprenNet LLC.

    Online LawMeets® leverage the ApprenNet platform to bring a community of lawyers together in order to foster knowledge sharing without the high costs that traditional apprenticeships entail. Online LawMeets offer the ability to scale significant predictors of skills acquisition, including: observation, social capital and mentorship.
    • They answer the questions:
      • What is a traditional law ‘Meet’
      • What is a MOOC?
      • How do you use a MOOC to simulate an apprenticeship?
      • How does LawMeets work?
      • Can anyone use ApprenNet?
  • Podsafe Music Selection from the Music Alley
Duration: 22:39

Friday, August 31, 2012

RPP #105: Blackboard Analytics for Learn

  • Interview with Mark Max, Vice President of Blackboard Analytics (formerly iStrategy)
    • Blackboard Analytics for Learn combines the data from Blackboard Learn with student and course attributes from the student information system to create reports and dashboards. We discuss how this product is used by students, faculty and leadership, for example:
      • Students: How do I measure up to my peers?
      • Faculty: How can I easily find students who are at-risk?
      • Leadership: Who are the most innovative instructors?
  • Podsafe Music Selection from the Music Alley
Duration: 23:25

Friday, July 27, 2012

RPP #104: Blackboard World 2012 Wrap-Up

  • Blackboard Corporate Keynote Wrap-Up
    • Blackboard CEO, Michael Chasen, opened the corporate keynote and announced...
      • Project XP: xpLor - XP stands for "cross-platform" and Lor stands for "learning object repository". Finally a way for faculty content experts to share and consume modular learning objects.
    • Ray Henderson, CTO and President of Academic Platforms, discussed recent advances and the future roadmap for Learn 
      • ConnectTxt - new 2-Way SMS Platform 
      • Bb Learn Service Pack 8 - improved global navigation, assessment insight, item analysis, and more 
      • Bb Analytics for Learn - new dashboards for improved decision making
      • Bb Collaborate v12 - improves Learn integration, including grade book, and mobile delivery
      • Bb Social - social learning coming in the fall for FREE with Community module
    • Katie Blot, President of Global Services Division, presented new professional services aimed at expanding program and course development, marketing, and student lifecycle support. 
    • Kayvon Beykpour, General Manager of Blackboard Mobile showcased new capabilities in Blackboard Mobile Learn and Mobile Central
  • Podsafe Music Selection from Magnatune
    • Concerto No. 2 in G Minor (Summer) by the American Baroque Orchestra. The full CD "The Four Seasons by Vivaldi" is available at

Saturday, June 30, 2012

RPP #103: Managing Your Social Media

  • News from the Podosphere
    • New Podcasts App from Apple liberates audio and video podcasts from iTunes with a dedicated app for iOS
  • Integrating your Social Media
  • Podsafe Music Selection from Magnatune
    • "Run" from the new age piano album "Lines Build Walls" by Ehren Starks
Duration: 14:38

Friday, May 25, 2012

RPP #102: Seton Hill's iPad Experiment

  • Interview: Dr. Mary Ann Gawelek, Provost, Seton Hill University on "An iPad2 for Everyone". This is a follow-up with Dr. Gawelek, who I interviewed back in September 2010 (RPP# 87) just as they were about to launch their trend setting iPad program. I asked:
    • Why did you provide both iPads and Macbook Pros to students?
    • Did you “flip” your classrooms?
    • How is your faculty adjusting to this new paradigm?
    • Did you save on printing costs?
    • How about iBook Author or other e-textbook programs?
    • What lessons did you learn?
    • How do you gauge the success of the iPad program?
  • Links to resources mentioned:
  • Rod's Delicious iPad Bookmarks
  • Podsafe music selection from Music Alley
    • "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme" performed by Jane Aubourg, a solo electric violinist using digital effects
Duration: 28:45

Friday, March 30, 2012

RPP #101: Starfish Retention Solutions: Interview with David Yaskin

  • Interview: David Yaskin, CEO and Founder of Starfish Retention Solutions, Inc.
    • Starfish Retention Solutions
    • Learn about the Starfish enterprise student success and retention platform. We discuss Starfish CONNECT and Starfish EARLY ALERT, how they interface with the LMS and SIS, and how you can measure your return on investment.
  • Podsafe music selection from Magnatune
    • Concerto No.1 in D Major (Spring) - First Movement by the American Baroque Orchestra. The full CD entitled "The Four Seasons by Vivaldi" is available at

Duration: 26:49

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

RPP #100: TaskStream: Interview with Courtney Peagler

  • Interview: Courtney Peagler, Vice President of Strategic and Business Development, TaskStream
  • Other Podcasts on ePortfolios
    • RPP #99: GoingOn: Interview with CEO Jon Corshen
    • RPP #97: ePortfolios: Interview with Trent Batson
  • Podsafe music selection from Music Alley
    • "Too Long" by Yael Naim, the acclaimed singer/songwriter from Israel, from her album Yael Naim. She gained fame when her song “New Soul” played during Apple's Macbook Air ad campaign
Duration: 27:23

Monday, January 16, 2012

RPP #99: GoingOn: Interview with CEO Jon Corshen

  • Interview: Jon Corshen, CEO of GoingOn
    • GoingOn has developed an innovative academic social networking platform, enabling students, faculty, and administrators to more effectively connect, collaborate, and learn. We discuss:
      • Beginnings at University of Pennsylvania
      • Use as messaging tool and ePortfolio 
      • LMS Integration
      • Contrast with Facebook, Twitter, Ning and others
      • and more
  • Podsafe music selection from Magnatune
    • Vivaldi: Concerto No. 4 in G Minor “Winter” (Allegro movement) by the American Baroque Orchestra. The full CD "The Four Seasons by Vivaldi" is available at
Duration: 28:37