04 juin 2016

The New-Brunswick Step-Function

Résultat de recherche d'images pour By Alex Usher. So there’s a kerfuffle going on in New Brunswick about the government’s new “tuition-free” policy for students from families with under $60K in income which I mentioned in passing a couple of weeks ago.  Basically, the problem is that the government drew up the program hurriedly, on the back of an envelope, and didn’t think through the consequences. More...

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UC Davis, Sakai, and Open Source

By . Phil has been a busy boy, putting out two pieces about some Blackboard research that had gotten some negative responses and two more on a horrifically bad LMS outage for UC Davis and other universities using support vendor Scriba. More...

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SRI’s Study on Gates Personalized Learning Grants Is Out

By . This is almost old news now, but we just haven’t been able to dig into it yet. As part of its Adaptive Learning Market Acceleration Program (ALMAP) program, the Gates Foundation funded SRI to do a study of the results of the grants after two years. More...

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UC Davis LMS Back Online: Update on what we know about Scriba Sakai outage

By . I’ve been told by two sources that the UC Davis LMS outage I described in this post may be over, and the SmartSite LMS is back online (SmartSite is UC Davis’ implementation of Sakai, hosted by Scriba). I would like to update what we know about the overall situation while we wait for additional confirmation. More...

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Scriba Disaster: Sakai-based LMS for UC Davis is down with no plans for recovery

By . In what might shape up as one of the worst LMS outages in recent history, UC Davis has been working without an LMS for the past week and does not expect their vendor to fix the problems before the end of the term. UC Davis uses a version of Sakai hosted by the LMS remnants of rSmart. More...

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No, Blackboard Report Did Not Conclude That Online Classes Are “A Poorer Experience”

By . Did Blackboard just commit an act of unintentional honesty acknowledging that students don’t like online courses in general? That would be quite the headline. But it would not be accurate. More...

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Comparing Fully-Online vs Mixed-Course Enrollment Data

By . Mike Caulfield wrote a post yesterday about a new Blackboard report on design findings regarding online students. The focus of Mike’s post was that people often assume that the norm for an “online” student is taking all courses online, when in fact it is more common for students to take some courses online and some face-to-face. More...

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Previous LMS For Schools Moving to Canvas in US and Canada

By . During the most recent quarterly earnings call for Instructure, an analyst asked an interesting question (despite starting off from the Chris Farley Show format). More...

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What Homework and Adaptive Platforms Are (and Aren’t) Good For

By . I was delighted that we are able to publish Mike Caulfield’s post on how ed tech gets personalization backwards, partly because Mike is such a unique and inventive thinker, but also because he provided such a great example of how “personalized learning” teaching techniques are different than adaptive content and other product capabilities. More...

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Our LMS Subscription is Available Today

By and . Today we are pleased to announce that our LMS subscription service is available for purchase. As promised, we have kept the promotion on the blog to a minimum, providing details instead to people who specifically sign up for the mailing list. More...

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