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.

Why the Future of Adult Learning is Mobile

Dr. Joshua Kim lists these factors to support his conclusion:

1. Portability
2. You can study in small bursts on mobile devices.
3. You can study in between gaps in other things you are doing.
4. You can download all your study materials onto your mobile device.
5.  Formative assessment – Short bursts of questions over the material you are studying.

LinkedIn’s New Learning Portal

The network for working professionals, LinkedIn, has announced its new learning portal, LinkedIn Learning. The social network acquired Lynda.com, which has over 9,000 coursese online, for $1.5 billion a year and a half ago. Microsoft is in the process of acquiring LInkedIn for $26.2 billion. Personal disclosure – I nave competed dozens of courses at Lynda.com.