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Alfred Essa
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Although statements by their spokesmen are at times confusing Unizin's goals seem, at least to me, very clear.

What is Unizin? "A cloud-scale services operator for content, platforms and analytics steered by its members." 

Unizin has already standardized on Canvas at the platform layer. The content and learning analytics layer are next. According to their timelines a "rudimentary repository" will be ready in Spring 2015 and a "rudimentary analytics platform" will be available in Summer 2015. Of course, the three major components will inter-operate using open standards. Unizin's endgame, therefore, doesn't seem to be a mystery.

What's not clear is when the "cloud-scale services" will come online, how the three component layers will be architected (e.g. what does "loosely coupled" mean exactly?),  and when member institutions will start using it in production. 
Speaking of underpants gnomes sales pitches, Phil and I spent a fair amount of time hearing about Unizin at the ELI conference. Much of that time was spent hearing friends that I know, trust, and respect talk about the project. … Continue reading →
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+Michael Feldstein I should mention that my views posted on this blog are my own, not my employer's.
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New tutorial on Python for Data Analysis - Data Selection using Boolean Indexing
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Well written and insightful. Considerable mystification surrounds the topic of adaptive learning. This begins to clear the way. A must read. I particularly like: "If the vendor cannot explain the software’s capabilities in what amounts to common-sense language about teaching and learning—if all you get is techno-babble—then you should think twice about adopting. There is no reason why you should have to accept a black box as a teaching product."
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Female tech entrepreneurs on the rise...
On the last Thursday of April, Lee Mayer, 32, sat slightly hidden behind her laptop at a conference table inside Galvanize, a tech startup common work space.
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“The story of Samantha Dietz is not unique. It reflects a broad, national trend in American higher education, where some 400000 students drop out every year. (Note: I believe the number is much higher.) “What Dietz failed to examine was Fairleigh Dickinson's graduation rate.
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Thanks for the feeback. Glad to know you find the videos useful.
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VP, Analytics and R&D
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  • The McGraw-Hill Companies
    VP, Analytics and R&D, 20013 - present
  • Desire2learn Inc.
    Director, Innovation and Analytics Strategy, 2011 - 2013
  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
    Associate Vice Chancellor, Deputy CIO, 2006 - 2011
  • MIT Sloan School of Management
    CIO, 1999 - 2005
  • .LRN Consortium
    Executive Director, 2005 - 2006
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