Learn in Your “Micro-Moments” with MIT’s WaitSuite Apps

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has developed a suite of apps that let you learn while you are between floors on an elevator, waiting for a WiFi network to connect, or whatever. The WaitChatter instant messaging app will keep you on track, teaching you words in a foreign language related to the conversation you are having, while the Elevator Learning app will send you words to translate while your are waiting for an elevator to arrive. The team that developed the app claims that users learned about 57 new words in just over two weeks.

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What is OTT?

I learned a new educational acronym today, OTT, for Over the Top Technologies. OTT are technologies that aid in the delivery of audio, video, and media content via the Internet, without without requiring users to subscribe to, or pay for a service such as Comcast or DirecTV. It can be delivered to every device that can be connected to the Internet. Some examples of OTT interfaces are Facebook, YouTube, and Amazon Video. Some examples of online learning via OTT are TEDEd and edX. There are three ways OTT will be critical to education in the near future:

1. AS budgets for educational providers continue to shrink, OTT will lower costs.
2. Online and blended learning are big investors in OTT.
3. OTT can support OER (open educational resources).

6 eLearning Products from Educause 2016

They are:

1. Efficient IP helping campuses boost DNS security
2. Cengage’s learning objects fully prepared for competency-based education
3. Citirx’s classroom virtualization software
4. Bomgar’s two-point verification software
5. D2L’s Autumn16 release – Desire to Learn is a LMS
6. Blackboard is trying to improve the accessibility of its LMS.

New Camtasia

TechSmith has announced its latest versions of Camtasia, 9 for Windows machines and 3 for Macs. Most of the improvements seem to be for recording and editing video.

UT to Transform LMS into Online Marketplace of Courses and Credentials

The University of Texas’s Institute for Transformational Learning, with the help of Salesforce and Salesforce.org, is turning its custom learning platform, TEx, into to an online marketplace of courses and credentials. Students will be able to get real-time feedback and personalized supports services through this platform at all of UT’s fourteen institutions. According the article in Campus Technology, “The new version will track a student’s achievements across institutions through a permanent, blockchain-powered ChainScript that builds a portfolio of credits, competencies, micro-certificates, degrees and other information important for a student’s professional journey.”

The university expects the platform to be operational by as early as Fall 2017. 

 

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Third Annual Learning with MOOCS Conference

This week the third annual Learning with MOOCS conference is being held at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Joshua Kim says the the things the attendees will be talking about besides MOOCs are:

1. Enhancing residential teaching and learning
2. The postsecondary challenges of access. costs, public disinvestment, adjunctification
3. Sustaining the campus conversation on learning R&D

Joshua Kim on the Flipped Classroom

My main takeaways from this blog post it that the flipped classroom is not the new paradigm that is going to revolutionize education and that the classroom lecture is not dead. He says that creating a quality flipped class will require a lot of time and effort.