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Ouch, that's going to hurt.

_Curriculum Management missed its July 1 advertised availability and continues to use the original Kuali Java code with only an improved presentation layer (based on their AACRAO roundtable as reported by anonymous attendees). There were no slides or other published materials available from the roundtable.+

Many people who pushed the pause button indicated that if KualiCo had not delivered Curriculum Management by that date, then KualiCo is “dead”. As of this post, 24th of August, 2015, there has been no new Curriculum Management module or any other news about it for that matter.  Kualico failed the most important test.  I wonder what University of Maryland executives are thinking now since UMD took a leap of faith and wrote a $500,000 check to KualiCo for the “new” student system.
The Dust Bowl was the name given to the Great Plains region devastated by drought in 1930s depression-ridden America. When drought struck in the 1930s the arid grasslands which had been broken out ...
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Now I know how to get my Aussie tired at the beach. I took the dogs (mine plus a friend's) to the beach, and while I wasn't looking Sherman took off after an RC car that some 20-somethings were playing with. That amused the guys, who then tried a beach-wide game of keep away. By the time this video was shot, Sherman was near collapse.
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New post on e-Literate by +Michael Feldstein - important commentary and follow-up.

Does this mean that ECC’s approach was a bad idea? I don’t think so. Differentiated instruction is a logical pedagogical response to a heterogeneous class problem. But it can only work in their environment if they have appropriately skilled, trained, and motivated faculty. ECC made substantial investments in software and facilities, but this result highlights the fact that the critical success factors in many cases will be making a substantial investment in providing faculty with appropriate professional development and a motivating compensation and promotion plan. It sounds like they have come to realize that and are taking some steps in that direction.

AND:

There. Is. No. Magic. Pill.
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Heh, "The Expert"
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Oh, this is a good one too!
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Very good (balanced, informative, honest) article at IHE on Essex County College's adaptive math program we featured on e-Literate TV.

Spoiler alert: The challenges are human-based and results not there (yet).

“Our problem is not content. Our problem is both student beliefs and behaviors,” said Walcerz.

For example, keeping students on task with the self-regulated workbooks has been a struggle for faculty members. About 90 percent of developmental math instructors at Essex are adjuncts. And the college leaned heavily on graduate students from nearby Rutgers University at Newark and the New Jersey Institute of Technology to teach parts of the adaptive courses during the first year.

That didn’t work, Walcerz said. Students often said they were on track in the sessions, even when that was far from the truth. So for the second year, Essex switched back to having its own faculty members run the self-regulated learning sessions.
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I'm working on an upcoming story about Moodle that follows up on comments I made in yesterday's e-Literate post:

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At the same time, this strategy and growth comes at a time where the Moodle community at large appears to be at an inflection point. This inflection point I see comes from a variety of triggers:
    1) Blackboard acquisitions causing Moodle HQ, other Moodle Partners, and some subset of users’ concerns about commercialization;
    2) Creation of the Moodle Association as well as Moodle Cloud services as alternate paths to Moodle Partners for revenue and setup; and
    3) Remote-Learner leaving the Moodle Partner program and planning to join the Moodle Association, with its associated lost revenue and public questioning value.

I don’t have time to fully describe these changes here, but Moodle itself is both an opportunity and a risk mostly based on its own success globally. More of that in a future post.

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I'd love to get your input on the situation, either on or off the record. Are you available for a phone call later today?

As a backup (I'd prefer phone call), we could go back and forth by email or G+.
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The New Yorker: “the fast-growing for-profit college sector” http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/09/07/college-calculus.
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Well, this is cool. For my flight next week from San Francisco to Cape Town, South Africa, I connect in Dubai. The SF - Dubai route goes straight north, over the north pole, through Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran, and Persian Gulf. I'll be on a peaceful ICBM.

https://www.quora.com/Why-does-Emirates-EK225-fly-over-the-North-Pole-to-reach-SFO-from-Dubai-DXB
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Oh, great. Let's hope Airbus figure out their math for the A380 :}
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New post on e-Literate by +Michael Feldstein - important commentary and follow-up.

http://mfeldstein.com/personalized-learning-is-hard/

Does this mean that ECC’s approach was a bad idea? I don’t think so. Differentiated instruction is a logical pedagogical response to a heterogeneous class problem. But it can only work in their environment if they have appropriately skilled, trained, and motivated faculty. ECC made substantial investments in software and facilities, but this result highlights the fact that the critical success factors in many cases will be making a substantial investment in providing faculty with appropriate professional development and a motivating compensation and promotion plan. It sounds like they have come to realize that and are taking some steps in that direction.

AND:

There. Is. No. Magic. Pill.
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And after the great video "Conference Calls In Real Life", there is now a sequel for email.
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I appreciate good software developers.
My team want to create a communication application that includes what we have been calling e-mail. At its center stays your message. Communication will be easier, richer and organized better.
It will be paired with a data management application, so you give access to files, you don't forget to attach them. Your documents are not too big.
You won't be bothered with sleeping cats when you work because you can turn off certain notifications (e.g. everything that is not related to work).
We want to identify users, so it becomes improbable that spam messages will be created automatically. Spammers will be easier to block; spam will be easy to report and we agree to stop spammers from using our applications.
We share messages with precisely who you want.
It is improbable to mistake a person for another.
The inbox will be easier to manage, so that you will not have to worry about reaching its capacity.
We can make marketing more personal and marketers more accountable. Impersonal communication (e.g. mass messaging) becomes improbable and easy to make even rarer.
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Go ahead, I dare you to not be intrigued by seeing how Pixar makes moves, at least in intro video.

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Fascinating: Cooperation between Khan Academy and Pixar to learn some cool maths along the way

www.pixarinabox.org
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Mwahahahaha.
I feel so badly for Isaac Newton having his name taken in vain like this...
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