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It's alive! Release of e-Literate TV Series on Personalized Learning:

http://mfeldstein.com/release-of-e-literate-tv-series-on-personalized-learning/

Direct link: http://e-literate.tv/series/personalized-learning/

Today we are thrilled to release the initial episodes in our new e-Literate TV series on “personalized learning”. In this series, we examine how that term, which is heavily marketed but poorly defined, is implemented on the ground at a variety of colleges and universities. What does it really mean in practice? What problem is intended to solve? And how well is it working?
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Not to be outdone by ASU and edX ...

http://blog.coursera.org/post/118152158892
Today, we are proud to announce an entirely new way to earn a graduate degree in business. The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign College of Business is developing the first open online MBA...
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Oh those massive egos!!!!
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Since +Laura Gibbs is on my case on Twitter for MOOC study, I find the perfect distraction.

"The current process for mass assessment of student writing is appalling," said Elijah Mayfield, vice president of new technologies at Turnitin. "Turnitin Scoring Engine changes the way we think about assessing student writing, while maintaining the high levels of accuracy and reliability that institutions demand. We want institutions to spend less time and energy on testing and placement. This will encourage schools to let instructors focus more on helping students learn to write and focus less on preparing for tests and grading test essays."

http://turnitin.com/en_us/about-us/press/turnitin-announces-availability-of-turnitin-scoring-engine-for-automated-writing-assessment
Turnitin is the leading academic plagiarism detector, utilized by teachers and students to avoid plagiarism and ensure academic integrity.
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+Bob Calder Yes, exactly, because it is all about target vocabulary specific to the exercise. They need large numbers of student responses for any given prompt (which means small number of prompts with extremely limited range of responses to that prompt), and teachers have to mark a substantial number of those responses to "teach" the machine. Now, if they have backed away from that to make it more turnkey, then it's going to be even less worthwhile (and I didn't even see it as worthwhile to begin with).
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And they're on it. FIRE jumps into the ridiculous GWU Indian swastika case.

The George Washington University (GWU) has ignored both context and its own promises of free expression by suspending a Jewish student for placing a souvenir Hindu swastika obtained on a trip to India on his residence hall’s bulletin board. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), along with the student’s attorneys and the Hindu American Foundation, are calling on GWU to revoke the suspension.

On March 16, the student placed a small, bronze, Indian swastika on a bulletin board at GWU’s International House residence hall. He intended to educate his friends and co-residents about the symbol’s origins, which he learned about during a spring break trip to India. The student had learned on his trip that although the swastika was appropriated by Nazi Germany, it has an ancient history in many cultures as a symbol of good luck and success.

After a fellow student reported the swastika to the GWU police department, the university quickly suspended the student and evicted him from university housing, pending the outcome of five disciplinary charges. The university also referred the incident to the District of Columbia police for investigation as a potential “hate crime.”
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2015—The George Washington University (GWU) has ignored both context and its own promises of free expression by suspending a Jewish student for placing a souvenir Hindu swastika obtained on a trip to India on his residence hall’s bulletin board. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), along with the student’s attorneys and the Hindu American Foundation, are calling on GWU to revoke the suspension. On March ...
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What Bob said. What Michael said.
This whole thing just makes my head hurt.
Here is the nice Indian su-astika I share with my students every semester:
http://writingwithaesop.blogspot.com/2013/02/sanskrit-word-in-english-swastika.html
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Brightspace by D2L releases new version, focusing on 3 items:
 - Use of LeaP for adaptive content release;
 - New faculty UI; and
 - Support of OpenDyslexic font.

This video gives preview of the UI.

http://www.brightspace.com/resources/video/view/?id=1_2xjf1tkc
A sneak peek at some of the enhancements the new UI will introduce.
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New report by Educause on Next Generation Digital Learning Environment (p.s. I had light involvement in one meeting plus review of draft).

An early conclusion from our research is that although the NGDLE might include a traditional LMS as a component, it will not itself be a single application like the current LMS or other enterprise applications.7 Rather, the NGDLE will be an ecosystem of sorts, characterized by the following:
At the built layer, it will be a confederation of IT systems, including content repositories, analytics engines, and a wide variety of applications and digital services.
One key to making such a confederation work will be full adherence to standards for interoperability, as well as for data and content exchange.
_ Instead of uniformity and centrality, it will need to support personalization as an option at all levels of the institution. The NGDLE will not be exactly the same for any two learners,
instructors, or institutions._
 For users, it will be a cloud-like space to aggregate and connect content and functionality, similar to a smartphone, where users fashion their environments directly with self-selected apps.
 If the paradigm for the NGDLE is a digital confederation of components, the model for the NGDLE architecture may be the mash-up. A mash-up is a web page or application that “uses content from more than one source to create a single new service displayed in a single graphical interface.” Hence it uses a heterogeneity of components to produce a homogeneity of function. The confederation-based NGDLE will be mashed up at both the individual and the institutional levels, as opposed to consortia forming to create open enterprise applications.
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This is the most scathing attack on The End of College that I've read. 

Kevin Carey's book, The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere, has been receiving a lot of attention in the press lately. Carey boldly pronounces that colleges and universities should be and will be held accountable for their deficiencies, such that their complete demise is only a matter of time. Good riddance, he sneers. Reading that cocksure call, one wonders whether Carey and his enablers will hold Carey similarly accountable for his own professional liabilities.

The main narrative hook of The End of College is that Carey took time away from his job and his family to complete a free online college course called "The Secret of Life," and he's mighty proud that he received an 87 percent grade overall in the course.

Because of that transformative experience, Carey thinks himself now able to peer into and predict the future, and to do so with tremendous confidence: Residential, brick-and-mortar colleges and universities will have to close shop, he augurs. Everything will, instead, be online. Education will be free. It will be worldwide. It will be accessible. It will be meritocratic. Gone will be professors. Gone will be PhD degrees. Gone will be Harvard. Carey now knows The Secret of Education.
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That's my alma mater! (Pomona College) 
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New post at 20MM based on Fall 2014 data from NACS.

There are several factors at play to help explain the divergence of what textbooks costs and what students spend, including students opting to not acquire materials due to price, the introduction of OER options, and the rise in illegal downloads of materials. It is clear from the data, however, that students are choosing textbook rentals as an alternative cost-reduction method to acquire textbooks more often than other options.
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My students are currently discussing edge case career decisions and how quickly they are squashed +Phil Hill. Sometimes wanting to "live the life" brings us to risky decisions.
I used an article on click farming in the Philippines to start them thinking.
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New post on e-Literate; cliff's notes:

Company (year founded, funding total)  Market Valuation

Pluralsight (2004, $169m)          $1.0 billion
Instructure (2008, $79m)               $554 million
Lynda.com (1995, $289m)             $456 million
Coursera (2012, $85m)                   $367 million
Open English (2006, $120m)        $350 million
Craftsy (2010, $106m)                   $339 million
D2L (1999, $165m)                        $330 million
Lumos Labs (2005, $68m)           $265 million
Clever (2012, $44m)                      $247 million
Edmodo (2008, $88m)                 $236 million
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+Bob Calder Not sure if that was a freudian slip - typos fixed now. Thanks.
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So George Washington University is not the only organization blindly reacting to swastikas.

The government’s plan was simple enough: Rid Moscow of swastikas or any other symbol of Nazism before Victory Day, the celebration of the Soviet Union’s defeat of Germany and the most important political holiday in Russia.

But in the frenzy to comply, bookstores aiming to please the censor found an unlikely victim: “Maus,” the Pulitzer-Prize winning graphic novel about a Jewish family during the Holocaust. Muscovites discovered this week that the book, which bears a swastika on its cover, had been quietly stripped from the shelves of the largest bookstores across the Russian capital.
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I didn't know that about it being the biggest holiday in Russia. Fascinating. ...As to misunderstanding swastikas . . . they are among the oldest symbols extant. As Jung tells it, they are the symbol of the mandala, turned wrong so as to symbolize the Nazis rather than "the universe." +Phil Hill 
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