Thursday, May 14, 2020

RPP #185: RedShelf - Interview with Greg Fenton

  • Interview with Greg Fenton, CEO & Co-Founder of RedShelf. We discuss the RedShelf e-textbook platform offering more than 1 million digital titles including study tools from most publishers at a significant discount. We discuss:
    • How Redshelf got started 
      Greg Fenton, RedShelf CEO
    • How they compete against Amazon 
    • Free student access because of COVID-19
    • Which publishers they work with (almost all)
    • How they deliver publishers' ebook content  
    • Features make e-textbooks better than print (read aloud, flashcards and study guides)
    • Student's desire for hard copy textbooks
    • Reading e-textbooks offline 
    • Faculty authors options to self-publish
    • Business model (student and institutional purchase)
    • Future directions including "inclusive access"
  • Links
    • Podsafe music selection
    Duration: 31:43

    Saturday, April 11, 2020

    COVID-CONVERTED EDITION #1: Introduction to Actionable Tips and Tricks to Teach Online in Real Time

    This special COVID-Converted Edition audio and video podcast series is in response 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 online learning experiences.

    This episode is an interview with Gary Dietz and Shannon Forte, partners in a new venture to bring teachers affordable, practical techniques to engage learners and deliver effective online instruction. We discuss their Workshop including:
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    • Presenter backgrounds
    • Need for workshops to teach instructors
    • Intended audiences for these workshops
    • Activities used in the workshop and taught 
    • Sensorial approaches using music, sound, drawing
    • Use of video in place of "talking heads"
    • Using private chat to manage classroom
    • Advantages of online over physical classroom
    • Overcoming obstacles for teachers new to online
    Podsafe Music Selection:
    Duration: 38:20

    Friday, March 20, 2020

    RPP #184: Bongo - Interview with Josh Kamrath

    • Interview with Josh Kamrath, CEO of Bongo. Bongo offers Video Assignments and a Virtual Classroom that power experiential learning, assessment, and feedback. We discuss:
      • Josh's background and evolution of Bongo
        Josh Kamrath, CEO
      • How did Bongo get started
      • Not just web conferencing
      • Putting knowledge into action
      • Structured video assignment workflows 
      • Peer review and assessment  
      • Auto-analysis using AI and machine learning  
      • Integration with the LMS
      • How they are different from competitors
      • Sentiment analysis in the development pipeline
      • Podsafe music selection
      Duration: 37:17

      Wednesday, February 05, 2020

      RPP #183: Academia Next with Bryan Alexander

      • This special edition is a wide-ranging talk with Bryan Alexander, author of Academia Next, about the futures of higher education. Bryan is a futurist, researcher, speaker, and educator. His focus is on the future of higher education, especially under the impact of technology. We discuss:

        Dr. Bryan Alexander
        • Teaching at Georgetown U
        • His new book, Academia Next
        • EDU scenarios in 2035 and longer
        • Technologies with largest impact
        • Next-gen learning environment
        • Mixed/extended reality
        • Gamification
        • Technopanic
        • Open education
        • Influence of science fiction
        • Quantum computing
        • Geriatrics
        • Social trends
        • Policies and politics
        • Cyberwarfare
        • Future jobs
      Duration: 46:16