The edX, Udacity and Coursera Showdown


The higher education online learning gloves are now officially off. Let’s first recap the dizzying pace of change, announcements and launches that have occurred since the Fall of 2011 between Udacity, Coursera, MITx and the latest free-learning darling, edX. October 10 – Official launch of Introduction to AI (origin of Udacity) as well as Introduction to Databases and […]

3D GameLab Could Be The Future of Learning


There is something fascinating going on at Boise State University and specifically the Department of Educational Technology. Let me introduce you to 3D GameLab, arguably an actual example demonstrating the evolution of today’s antiquated learning management system. The brainchild of Lisa Dawley and Chris Haskell, 3D GameLab is an online game-based learning environment facilitated by what are […]

16 Months of Social Learning Platform Insanity: A Recap


My, how times have changed. Two years ago, people were scoffing at the term social learning. Three years ago, social learning was solely for the nerds like me, whereas four years ago it was a term used solely in academic circles. But during the past year and a half or so, social learning has become cotton candy at the fair. Everybody […]

iTunesU Could Be So Much More (Part 2 of 2)

This is the follow-up to Part 1. Found below are two screen shots from iTunesU littered with additional thoughts from yours truly concerning how the platform could become a more collaborative and useful (social) learning portal. There are so many other opportunties to explore including the use of ‘Learning Apps’ that could tie directly into the iTunesU […]

So The LMS Is Dead: Collaboration-Talent Convergence is Next

When I read recent news that Taleo had purchased, to be honest, I was pleasantly surprised. (and not just for my buddy Dave Wilkins) No, not because I’ve been yapping about the need for the Standalone LMS to go the way of the dinosaur and thus feeling a sense of vindication, but for a […]