NMC Summer Conference Correspondent

I am heading up to Alexandria tomorrow for the New Media Consortium (NMC) Summer Conference. The NMC is best known for producing the Horizon Report, several annual publications that for the past decade or so have charted trends in educational technology and–although the organization has always distanced itself from this word–predicted the level of adoption these technologies may see in various educational […]

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First in the World Grant

On Monday, the US Department of Education announced another round of First in the World grants, offering $60 million to eligible colleges and universities for the development and testing of innovative approaches and strategies to improve postsecondary education attainment.  A significant chunk of the grant funds–$16 million–is reserved for institutions designated as minority-serving institutions, such as Historically Black Colleges and […]

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What’s the (OER) Story Morning Glory?

This is not a request you get everyday: the creators of the OER World Map, a new project to “share information on behalf of the worldwide OER community, using local knowledge to describe the OER ecosystem” have extended an invitation to this community to share your OER story. From the website: We invite you to share your OER story with the community and tell others […]

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OpenVA 2.1: Powdered Wig Version

OpenVA is putting on its breeches and tri-cornered hat, hopping on its pony,  and heading to Williamsburg, VA. OpenVA is evolving from a centrally-organized, annual summit to more of an umbrella term for a collection of institution or group-sponsored gatherings focused on all forms of openness. This is a good thing, I think, and was the goal anyway, shared at the […]

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Community College Online

I am a little late posting this report by The New America Foundation on online learning in the community colleges. Some of the findings in the report came directly from research on the VCCS done by the Community College Research Center. Findings such as this: Given the lack of large-scale studies about online education in the public two-year sector, the […]

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VCU ALTfest: Burning Man for Educators

VCU’s AltLab will be hosting its equivalent of a weeklong celebration of culture and “radical self-expression”  in the Nevada desert with AltFest, an event billed as an “academic learning transformation festival.”  While ALTfest will have a bit less nudity than Burning Man, it will offer a “program of formal and informal special events, performances, and festive activities celebrating stories of learning transformation […]

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It’s Open Education Week

Today is the kickoff of Open Education Week 2015, and there are a host of physical and virtual events planned to celebrate. This is a global movement so there are virtual events being offered from virtually everywhere: from Belarus to Uruguay. There is a full list of events on the Open Education Week website here. Pay close attention to the listed times of these events. Of […]

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BlendKit

Sorry to disappoint you but this post is not about German pastry. The University of Central Florida and EDUCAUSE have teamed up once again to offer the fourth iteration of BlendKit, an open, online course for those interested in blended learning course design. The course is sponsored by ELI and delivered via Canvas Network. The five-week course involves: Expert and peer assessment and […]

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New America Foundation Event in DC: Community College Online

On February 17th, the New America Foundation’s Education Policy Program will host an event that will focus on the use of information technology at community colleges. The event will occur in conjunction with the release of a new report by New America, Community College Online, which features case studies of how community colleges are harnessing technology to improve remediation, student services, […]

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