42 videos from the recent e/merge event, including e-learning and African culture with Gertjan Stam, Munyaradzi Mawere and Tutaleni Asino, Open course development by the OERu by Danielle Dubien, Kenyan Teachers embracing technology in Education by Esther Gaccio, and Open Courses for eLearning Capacity Building: The (potential) impact of open courses by Bernard Nkuyubwatsi.
This article looks at xAPI and especially some recent work to popularize it by Megan Torrence. This is the relevant point: " xAPI’s real might is interoperability. Understand the basic tenets of xAPI, and you will be able to critically see any educational technology, and explore its possibilities within the context of integration." Of course, the road to interoperability isn't smooth, and xAPI will have to achieve it not only with the core specification but also the models and recipes for using xAPI.
Mozilla has transferred stewardship of the open badges initiative to the IMS Global Learning Consortium and is ending support for the Mozilla backpack; users will be transferred to Badgr. The badge project ran the same course as pretty much every ed tech project: "early badge work put learners at the centre of the design" but ultimately began also to "serve the needs of incumbent education providers like school systems." Anyhow, "The technology and services originally prototyped by non-profits like Mozilla and Digitalme and companies like Concentric Sky and Credly have now attracted corporations like IBM, Pearson and Microsoft." The revolution will be institutionalized.
EDUCAUSE has released the 2018 New Media Consortium Horizon Report (60 page PDF). Thi year's is worth a look because it's NMC under new management. The process, though, is basically the same: "Dozens of meaningful trends, challenges, and important developments in technology are examined for possible inclusion in the report for each edition before the expert panel selects the 18 topics profiled in the report." Is it better this year than in the past? Well, no. It's the usual mix of AI, learning spaces, analytics and measurement, mixed reality, makerspaces and robotics.
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