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New post in the Chronicle
MOOCs Are Dead. Long Live Online Higher Education. https://shar.es/1w7rul 
The hype has faded for the massive courses, and their leading commercial proponents have moved on to other gigs. But they’ve left a legacy of the transformative potential of online technology in teaching.
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Hundreds of millions of dollars squandered, perhaps billions. I'm less sanguine that future events could very compensate that incredible loss / opportunity cost. And like kudzu, MOOCs are hard to get rid of. My school can't quite figure out how to kill off the public Janux (on which it has spent millions of dollars), even though the courses are just as badly designed now as they were when it started several years ago with all the usual MOOC hoopla.
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+George Station - The Soberanes fire is burning my eyes today. Can't you put a fan up and divert smoke?
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You know, Horshack is a very old and respected name; it means "the cattle are dying".
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Melinda Gates said she and her husband, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, learned an important lesson from the fierce pushback against the Common Core State Standards in recent years. Not that they made the wrong bet when they poured hundreds of millions of dollars into supporting the education standards, but that such a massive initiative will not be successful unless teachers and parents believe in it.

“Community buy-in is huge,” Melinda Gates said in an interview here on Wednesday, adding that cultivating such support for big cultural shifts in education takes time. “It means that in some ways, you have to go more slowly.”
Melinda Gates: The rocky rollout of Common Core showed that ‘community buy-in is huge.’
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another for the #GatesEffect  link collection
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THIS is funny:

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“An explorer is deep in the jungle, being led by a native guide. They are hacking their way through dense tropical growth when suddenly drums start pounding in the distance. The explorer freezes. His guide reassures him: “no worry. drums good.” “The drums are good? No danger?” “Yes, drums good. Keep going.”

The explorer takes a deep breath and they trudge on. As the jungle gets thicker and denser, and dusk starts to fall, the drums continue, pounding louder, ever closer. The explorer asks again, “Are you sure those drums are okay… nothing to be afraid of? It sounds like they’re getting louder.”

“No. no worry. Drums good.” They continue on.

As night falls and they start to break camp, the drums become even louder, more intense. The explorer cannot shake a sense that they spell impending doom, but his guide continues to reassure him: “drums good.”

Then, just as darkness settles most completely over the jungle, the drums suddenly stop. The guide’s face goes ashen, a look of horror in his eyes! The explorer asks, “What? What’s the matter? The drums stopped– is that bad?”

The guide responds, “When drums stop, very bad! Bad thing coming! No good for anybody!”

“What!? What is it? What happens after the drums stop!?!”

The guide responds: “Bass solo.”

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FROM: http://forum.cockos.com/showpost.php?p=284011&postcount=332
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Schoology: The strongest LMS you've never seen -e-Literate http://ow.ly/pK133037kyw

#LMS #Schoology #edtech
LMS evaluations are typically painful ordeals for not just committee members but also for the vendors. They have to provide multiple demos, have lots of Q&A, and write 100+ page proposals based on
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Thanks Phil.  The 1,000 number was from last November (around the time of their Series D funding round), so the growth in their enterprise client base is significant.
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New post at e-Literate

http://mfeldstein.com/instructurecon-2016-company-still-formidable-misunderstood/

But the proof of the pudding is in the eating. The first test for Instructure will be Mastery Paths, which was announced to be in beta at the conference and is scheduled to be released this quarter. How “innovative” or “ambitious” is this work? Selective or conditional release functionality has been around in mainstream LMS platforms at least since WebCT Vista. These features are getting new attention because of the increasing interest in CBE and mastery learning. You could argue that Mastery Paths is Instructure playing catch-up. And that’s undeniably true. But it may also turn out to be only part of the story—depending on the details of the released product. Experience with existing implementations tells us it’s hard to build this kind of authoring functionality in a way that is easy enough to use that it gets broad adoption. More often than not, anything beyond the most basic gates or triggers only gets used by instructional designers and some hard-core early adopter faculty members. Instructure has set a goal of making mastery learning authoring functionality easy enough to use that it will be broadly adopted.
When I talk to Instructure competitors or critics, I usually hear two complaints about them:They "open wash" or are "fauxpen."They have no vision.Having attended Instructurecon 2016 a couple of
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But the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
This is the only proper usage I've seen in maybe a decade. Cc +Laura Gibbs +Karen Conlin 
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College Scorecard: With victories like these, who needs failures? -e-Literate

http://ow.ly/Empm303yCOi based on Chronicle interview with ED's Ted Mitchell
Goldie Blumenstyk had a fascinating interview with the Depart of Education's Ted Mitchell on Friday that is well worth reading and / or watching (they have video of the interview along with full trans
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Changes at D2L: A second-hand view from users conference -e-Literate http://ow.ly/TOe1303iM8n
As I have described to several executives at D2L, there is an interesting gap between the progress we have seen with the company's product improvements and the reaction we hear from many of their cus
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New post on e-Literate:

Safe and huge? Let’s go.

There are a few caveats to consider first, however. Let’s call them quibbles.

http://mfeldstein.com/techcrunch-edtech-untapped-safe-investor-opportunity/
David Bainbridge, CEO of UK-based Knowledgemotion, wrote a post on Saturday in TechCrunch titled "Edtech is the next fintech" calling out the huge, untapped potential of EdTech. Thanks to Alan Levine
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In collaboration with a charter school network, Facebook has developed a student-directed learning platform aimed at public schools.
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+Laura Gibbs nor I either -- saw it on somewhere else too and almost passed on account of FB/charter/msm confluence. How could I resist checking an LMS configuration with this double recommendation
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MoodleMoot US 16: Playing small-ball -e-Literate http://ow.ly/CZWs302RRL2

#Moodle #LMS #opensource
At the MoodleMoot in late June in Los Angeles, which serves as close to a users conference for the open source Moodle LMS community as any other event, there was a strong sense of continuity and gener
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+Bob Puffer Thanks for note and wish we had met.

To be clear, I didn't say that Moodle community had no improvements or activity - just pointed out iterative "small ball" improvements instead of bigger changes. All of the examples you mention sound quite useful but iterative in nature.

As an example, the approach to usability improvements is a new theme and upgrade to CSS framework (yes, guided by UMN lab results), nothing bigger. That might be appropriate (which is why I point out the importance of watching the November release), but it is not a big bet or big change. Likewise, I heard nothing of significance about multitenancy, yet I hear of many Moodle users (MPs and institutions) doing their own work to move onto AWS and address mulitenancy.

Where I am critical is in the assumption about "no big deal" when so many schools switch to Canvas. I have heard institutions and MPs wanting something much more aggressive to address the competition AND the new set of end users expectations. I would think that the community should place more importance on this issue - not so much in "we must have XX% market share" but more in "this is a growing trend - we need to learn and (strongly) adjust". Maybe the UMN lab plus new theme will have an impact - need to watch.
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