Sunday, December 03, 2023

RPP #216 Dan Lenard of World Voices

  • Interview with Dan Lenard, President of World Voices, the only non-profit international industry trade organization for voice actors. We discuss:
    • The importance of finding the right voice to help create engaging elearning courses
      Dan Lenard
    • Voice actors' role in conveying complex information, cultural literacy, and sounding natural
    • Advocating for faculty to enhance teaching skills with a good audio setup, emphasizing a human touch
    • The delicate balance of editing to maintain a natural, human-sounding voice
    • AI voice synthesis, downplaying its threat to professional voice actors
    • Benefits of professional voiceover in higher education, recommending proper recording techniques
    • New classroom technology in lecture capture, wireless body mics  
    • Podcasting basics and the importance of proper recording technique

Duration: 40:10

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Wednesday, November 08, 2023

RPP #215 AI-Powered Slide Deck Tools - MagicSlides vs. SlidesGPT

  • In this episode, Rod shares his experience using MagicSlides and SlidesGPT to generate slide decks when he was recruited to teach a new course on podcasting. He notes the pros and cons of AI-generated slides, emphasizing the essential differences between these two generative AI slide tools. In the video version of this podcast, he presents a screencast of how each tool handles the prompt: "What are the pros and cons of AI-generated slides." Rod discusses:
    • Comparisons between MagicSlides and SlidesGPT
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    • Features and capabilities, including text input, automatic image selection, content conversion, and customization options
    • MagicSlides' ability to generate slide decks from YouTube videos, PDFs, and web pages
    • SlidesGPT's ability to generate speaker notes
    • Pros and cons of using AI-generated slides, including efficiency, time-saving, customization, limited creativity, potential errors, and bias
    • Cost comparison of using these tools
Duration: 22:29

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Thursday, August 10, 2023

RPP #214: Jonas Gyalokay of Airtame

  • Interview with Jonas Gyalokay, Co-Founder of Airtame. Airtame is a pioneering force in streamlining wireless screen sharing and powering seamless collaboration. We discuss:
    • Jonas' entrepreneurial journey addressing screen sharing needs
      Jonas Gyalokay

    • Evolution of wireless screen sharing
    • Targeting K-12 and higher education sectors
    • US market entry via successful crowdfunding
    • Streamlining wireless presentation category
    • Goal: Simplifying screen use, eliminating source switching
    • Collaborating with partners for specialized functionalities
    • Overcoming K-12 school engagement challenges
    • Mission: Enhancing seamless collaboration on expansive surfaces
Duration: 42:14

Saturday, July 15, 2023

RPP #213: Cameron Stoker of SpeechCloud

  • Interview with Cameron Stoker, Founder & CEO of SpeechCloud. "SpeechCloud is an all-in-one customizable teaching tool that ends the classroom tech struggle." We discuss:

    • Cameron Stoker, CEO
      Cameron's background and involvement with SpeechCloud
    • Overview of what SpeechCloud does for instructors
    • Features that distinguish SpeechCloud from other products
    • Importance of behavior in teaching and learning
    • Technical aspects of SpeechCloud
    • Compatibility with learning management systems (LMS)
    • Addressing challenges with traditional teaching methods
    • Upcoming features and benefits of SpeechCloud for teachers and students
    • Future development plans and affordability of SpeechCloud
    • Value of a free plan and the importance of user feedback.

  • Interview Transcript

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Duration 36:50

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

                    Tuesday, January 17, 2023

                    RPP #208 Guillermo Elizondo of Territorium

                    • Interview with Guillermo Elizondo, CEO of Territorium. "AI-powered competency records for 21st-century learners and employers with over 10 million users worldwide." We discuss:
                      • Guillermo's background and history of Territorium
                        Guillermo Elizondo, CEO

                      • Received college credit for building the first App 
                      • Define and track competencies currently required by employers
                      • Measure employability, retention, and engagement
                      • Capture learning inside and outside of the classroom
                      • 1EdTech(formerly IMS)-certified comprehensive learner record
                      • Portable digital Skills wallet powered by blockchain
                      • Blockchain validated credentials
                      • LMS integration 
                      • AI for mapping outcomes to job market requirements
                      • AI career recommendation engine 
                      • Coaching institutions to improve curricula
                      • CareerBit mobile app, like FitBit for careers
                    • Podsafe music selection
                      • Vivaldi: Concerto No. 4 in G Minor “Winter” (Allegro movement) from The Four Seasons by the American Baroque Orchestra.
                    Duration: 36:01