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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Give ’em an earful: Online Skills Academy Public Listening Session

Today at 2pm EST the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration will be hosting a virtual listening session to solicit information and public input concerning the development of an Online Skills Academy described in the Obama Administration’s “Ready to Work: Job-Driving Training and American Opportunity” report. According to the report, the Online Skills Academy will… “…leverage technology to […]

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OERu: Global learning for a global workforce

While popular MOOC platforms Coursera and Udacity claim to be free and “open” but are merely free, OERu is the real thing: a truly free and open international partnership offering MOOCs for academic credit. OERu offers free courses to anyone with an internet connection who is interested in learning online with others from anywhere the world. OERu learners study independently, from home, by accessing world-class courses from recognized […]

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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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To do: upcoming events

Spring 2015 is positively lousy with EdTech-related events, meetings, webinars, and more events. And webinars. There are also meetings: lots of ’em. Below are the ones I have compiled, at least through April, the cruelest month. For a complete list, go to http://edtech2.wpengine.com/upcoming-events/. If you have an event that you would like to add, please let me know. February 06, 2015 […]

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Whole Earth Cataloged: Google Earth Pro Now Free

Yesterday, Google announced that the newest version of Google Earth Pro would be offered free of charge. Google Earth Pro is a 3D interactive globe that can be used to “aid planning, analysis and decision making,” according to the website. Users from around the world use Google Earth Pro data for visualization, site planning and information sharing tools. The upgrade to Google […]

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HB 2041

Today I had the privilege to speak before the House Committee on Education about the positive impact open educational resources have had on VCCS students. I was there at the invitation of Eileen Filler-Corn, Delegate from the 41st District of Virginia, who had sponsored House Bill 2041 to create an Open Education Innovation Council. Yesterday, an amended bill had been forwarded unanimously to […]

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