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May 1, 2013

Peer Learning, Online Learning, MOOCs, and Me: Response to the Chronicle of Higher Education
Cathy Davidson, HASTAC, May 1, 2013

Cathy Davidson reacts with some bemusement on finding herself at the top of the list of movers and shakers in the MOOc works, as seen by the Chronicle of Higher Education. "Am I a key player in the MOOCs being supported by venture capitalists at a handful of elite or Ivy or near-Ivy institutions? Hardly!"


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Online Learning as a Possible Cost Saving Measure: What Canadian Researchers Tell Us
Contact North, May 1, 2013

Short report from Contact North consisting mostly of summaries of the relevant research reports. The conclusion is utterly unsurprising: "the consensus seems to be that no amount of research will ever result in a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer to the question of whether or not online learning saves money while maintaining quality." This is in large part, to my mind, due to a rampant vagueness about what constitutes 'quality'.

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May 1, 2013


From the website: "Since 1990, MindFuel has been dedicated to creating and delivering unique science programs for kids in classrooms and online. Science should be fun, intriguing and inspiring, so our programs are designed to be just that. We give students a chance to interact with different materials, experiment with a variety of solutions and explore unique online worlds." Mindfuel is formerly the Science Alberta Foundation, and is evolving to a model similar to the Australian Academy of Science's PrimaryConnections. Mindfuel programs include Wonderville (explore careeers in pipelines),  Ignition Pack (formerly the the Science-in-a-Crate Program) and Edacity (science social network for rural students).

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Smart Ecosystem Network
SMART Technologies, May 1, 2013


From the website: "The SMART Ecosystem Network (SEN) is a community designed to nurture the growth of companies and individuals interested in working with SMART. The network provides technical resources, accreditation programs and marketing support to its members, ensuring they are given the resources they need to develop and market software and content that work well with... SMART products."

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Contendo, May 1, 2013


From the website: "we develop a competency training package that relates directly to your facility. We base our entire training program on the design specifications of your process and equipment. We provide a realistic representation of your facility, in a format that delivers it in a consistent manner to all staff." Contendo currently specializes in competence-based training for the oil and gas industry. Based in Belledune, New Brunswick, with an office in Calgary.

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May 1, 2013


From the website: "Equella is a digital repository that provides one system to house your teaching and learning, research, media and library content. Equella has been deployed for copyright resource collections, research materials, managing and exposing materials through web sites and portals, content authoring, workflow, institutional policy and document management." Equella is owned by Pearson.

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Learning Bird
Learning Bird, May 1, 2013


From the website: "We match lessons to each child according to their individual state, grade level, and learning profile. Our recommendation engine gets better with time and use and we're constantly working to improve it, allowing us to craft the most efficient learning experience available."

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