This week Georgia Tech announced a very revealing and draconian interpretation of FERPA, the law meant to protect student data, and by doing so removed all previous course content from a managed wiki server on that campus. Edtech folks are abuzz with the news and wondering of its implications on the practice of open online learning and constructivist teaching practices. We sit down to talk about it on DTLT Today.
After soldiering her way through over 70 episodes of DTLT Today, Leslie Lindballe (aka @onepercentyello on Twitter) finally joins us in person to talk about her work as well as how some of our projects at UMW are inspiring her.
Last week Tim and Martha had a chance to attend the regional CanvasCon conference in Washington D.C. Canvas by Instructure is the Learning Management System adopted this year by the University of Mary Washington and it’s quickly become a popular solution for colleges and universities looking to dump Blackboard for something better. In this episode we talk a bit about how other institutions are using Canvas and some of the interesting features that could help professors and students better use the system.
Mozilla today announced their Open Badge Interface project in a press conference that included Secretary of Education Arne Duncan promoting it as a possible “game-changer” in education. Needless to say while the concept divorced from education may have potential, the idea of badges revolutionizing certification and credentials in learning spaces received a lot of kickback on Twitter. We join the mob with our own take even though, much like the honey badger, we don’t care.
Jim and Martha are both a part of a committee at the University of Mary Washington that is looking at the development of an online learning initiative. Online and Distance Learning is not a new concept, but it is a space where innovation has traditionally been lacking in lieu of creating a factory assembly style machine where the goal focuses less on learning and more on revenue. In this episode we discuss how UMW imagines doing this differently and how other institutions could model this approach.