Straumsheim, Blackboard’s All-of-the-Above Strategy

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Carl Straumsheim has an interesting piece over at InsideHigherEd.com about Blackboards newest release “Ultra” and its strategy to support its legacy app as well.  The real question comes down to wether or not Blackboard can transition to the cloud and still support non-cloud hosted versions.  He quotes Glenda Morgan, a research at Gartner that specializes in educational technology.  She said blackboard “is trying to do too many things and not disappoint many people.”  She continued:

Down the road that means a fragmented and unsustainable model. . . .  They need to figure out what the strategy is and just be really clear about it, and then if they end up changing it, be really hones about it.

The article provides a good overview of the growth of Instructure’s Canvas product and Blackboard attempt to upgrade itself and move past some missteps in recent years.

The full article is here: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/04/25/analysts-colleges-question-blackboards-all-above-strategy

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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Webinar: Shifts In Video and LMS Adoption: Impact On Student Outcomes

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Shifts in Video and LMS Adoption: Impact on Student Outcomes

Although the LMS and video capture have been nearly ubiquitous for a decade, faculty use is only now beginning to accelerate, as cloud-based tools create opportunities to better engage students and experiment with new, technology-enabled pedagogical models.

How can next generation lecture capture tools enable faculty to engage students before, during – and after class?  Can data streams from LMS and lecture tools combine to provide faculty with newfound insights into student behavior?  Will shifts in LMS and video capture adoption create opportunities for entirely new categories of instructional technology to emerge? Continue reading “Webinar: Shifts In Video and LMS Adoption: Impact On Student Outcomes”

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Webinar: Online Education: More Than MOOCs

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On January 8, 2014, Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman led a lively discussion of online education issues in a free webinar.

The slidedeck for the webinar is available here.

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Book: Online Education: More Than MOOCs

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“Online Education: More Than MOOCs” is a collection of news articles and opinion essays — in print-on-demand format — about the many forms of online learning that continue to develop outside the white-hot glare of hype surrounding massive open online courses. The articles aim to put recent developments in online education into long-term context, and the essays present the timely thinking of commentators about experts about how distance education is affecting learning and colleges’ business models.

The goal is to provide some of Inside Higher Ed’s best recent material (both news articles and opinion essays) in one easy-to-read place. 

The book is available here.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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Promoting Excellence Online: How to Develop Excellent Online Instructors

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This webinar from Academic Partnerships’ Faculty eCommons, hosted by Kenneth C. (Casey) Green of The Campus Computing Project, features a lively conversation with Rena Palloff, PhD, owner of Crossroads West, who works with institutions, organizations, and corporations interested in the development of online distance learning and training programs.


Click here to download the accompanying slide deck.

The Inside Higher Ed site for the webinar is here.

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Webinar: Good for Students, Good for Faculty: The University of Washington Reviews the LMS

On November 6, 2013 from 1-2:00 PM EST, Casey Green–senior research consultant for Inside Higher Ed and founding director of The Campus Computing Project–will look at the process by which UW moved from three disjointed systems to selecting Canvas by Instructure as it only institutional LMS after a year long pilot.

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Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States

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The 2011 annual suvey conducted by Babson Survey Research Group and the College Board is now available.  The report was produced in conjunction with Sloan-C, Kaplan Univeristy, Inside Higher Ed, and Pearson.

The survey shows that the growth rate in online enrollments is ten times that rate in higher education in general.  The key findings of the report are:

  • Over 6.1 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2010 term, an increase of 560,000 students over the previous year.
  • The 10% growth rate for online enrollments far exceeds the 2% growth in the overall higher education student population.
  • Thirty-one percent of higher education students now take at least one course online.
  • Reported year-to-year enrollment changes for fully online programs by discipline show most are growing.
  • Academic leaders believe that the level of student satisfaction is equivalent for online and face-to-face courses.
  • 65% of higher education institutions now say that online learning is a critical part of their long-term strategy.
  • There continues to be a consistent minority of academic leaders concerned that the quality of online instruction is not equal to courses delivered face-to-face.

The full report is available here.

Or, here: goingthedistance

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