The press release doesn't really tell you what it is, but Blackboard Blog summarizes it as follows: "LTI Advantage is essentially a package of extensions that includes, at a minimum, LTI 1.1 link launching, Names and Role Provisioning Services, Deep Linking, and the soon-to-be released Assignments and Grades Services that build on the core LTI standard (LTI 1.1 and higher)." So: neat. Here's the overview page at IMS.
The varying systems of education around the world place more or less stress on goovernments. The private sector is often touted as a viable approach when governments cannot afford to provide services, but "when governments relinquish control of education to private providers, it is equally if not more important that standards be in place to regulate their work." These expenditures, and this overhead, is often not calculated into the cost of the private system to governments and families. And often, it doesn't work. "The very first step of accrediting schools in the first place is often cumbersome, prone to corruption, and therefore slow, leaving many operating without meeting even minimum safety and infrastructure standards."
This article tells us very little about this new initiative. Minerva is a startup 'university'. The "curriculum focuses on 'practical knowledge'. It "uses a novel technology platform to deliver small seminars in real time; and it offers a hybrid residential model where students live together, rotating through seven cities around the world (San Francisco, Seoul, Hyderabad, Berlin, Buenos Aires, London, Taipei)." The post describes a just-launched book about the initiative, which is unfortunately not open access. But to me, the really interesting thing isn't in the article at all: the book is co-edited by Stephen M. Kosslyn, yes, that Stephen Kosslyn, the cognitive psychologist who wrote the book on mental imagery, and much more besides. So maybe there's something to this project after all.
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