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Mark Smithers
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Edtech and elearning person for more years than I care to think about
Edtech and elearning person for more years than I care to think about

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I have deep concerns about the revenue sharing business model. I am less unhappy with fee for service although both approaches outsource the, often unrecognised, capabilities of key staff in most universities for no real benefit. From my experience there is a tendency for OPMs to design and develop lowest common denominator online learning because it costs less.

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Watching: "MOOCS and Social Learning Networks" by @downes http://bit.ly/1KjTmuW

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I partly agree. I think some ideas have characteristics that lend themselves to diffusion easily but the inherent value of the idea is critical as well. Everett Rogers work the Diffusion of innovations is the essential reading on t\

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Good stuff: "Open Badges MOOC: The Year In Review [2014]" by @OpenBadges#badgealliance #digitalbadges http://www.slideshare.net/OpenBadges/open-badges-mooc-the-year-in-review-2014 via @lesposen

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Looks good. I'll be going.
Community call for open badges users in Australia and New Zealand, or those who are interested in learning more about open badges.

If you have an experience you'd like to share, or question you'd like to ask, please get in touch!

We'll gather talking points and post closer to the time.

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It is Open Education Week 2014 and what better week to kick off a new community call for Open Badges users in Australia and New Zealand?

OBANZ (Open Badges Australia and New Zealand) community calls are similar to the Open Badges community calls that Mozilla runs.  The difference is that the OBANZ calls happen in our down under timezones.

Community calls are intended to highlight Open Badges projects and to facilitate the sharing of questions, issues, experiences and research. Many organization in New Zealand and Australia are exploring open badges or have already set up projects.  The calls will let us learn from each other, and explore what Open Badges could achieve down under. We are anticipating a monthly call initially, increasing in frequency as more projects kick off and the community grows.

The Mozilla team has been very helpful to get us started, and we are lucky that for this first call, two team members, Doug Belshaw (Web Literacy Lead) and Jade Forester (Global Community Coordinator) are joining us to talk about the Open Badges project, specifically current topics like
- the web literacy map
- BadgeKit
- Cities of Learning

We hope you join us. You can use the Q&A function if you have questions you would like to ask of Doug and Jade. We would also like to hear from you if you have suggestions for OBANZ, would like to present on your project or issue, or even better, would like to volunteer to help out.

See you all on Thursday!
Joyce Seitzinger & Julian Ridden

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Mark Smithers commented on a post on Blogger.
Interesting post, as always, Phil.

For me, in the higher ed sector, I'm not too surprised. There is exceptionally low churn in institutional LMSs mainly because of contracts lasting 4 or 5 years and an extreme unwillingness to invest in the necessary change management if an alternative LMS is identified at the LMS review process carried out (a year or 2 before a contract expires).  A new LMS has to offer exceptional feature benefits compared to an existing LMS for a change to be even considered. In my experience, even when a review identifies a 'better' LMS at the review process it will still not be adopted because the academic managers of the LMS consider the required change management to be to great. 

Most institutions are unwilling to invest in meaningful, widespread development of staff to use an existing LMS let alone have to think about re-training those that have embraced the current system.

I'd also question the ability of most review panels to actually understand possible strategic benefits of a new LMS. They are almost always staffed and led by those that don't use the system with token practitioners included whose voice will generally be overlooked by 'practical' considerations. This isn't helped by the fact that most HE institutions have fragmented or non-existent visions for online learning. I could go on....

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Mark Smithers commented on a post on Blogger.
Hi Kevin, tx for this article and the others. I've got this code working but I'm struggling with how to modify the email address in the Manage view. I think I must be missing something simple. Any pointers?
Tx
Mark

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