With Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) a remote application is launched from your Learning Management System (LMS). Schools can get information about activity from the LTI tool provider, but as this site notes, "there are significant differences in the type and volume of data made available, the format in which the data is presented, the way certain data is defined, and the costs involved in obtaining the data." The idea of LTI Insights is to provide "a common approach for retrieving data from each learning product." The pilot starts in January.
This is the sort of headline that makes people tear their hair. First of all, there's no evidence that tech brands have any interest in saving public education. Most of what I see from that sector involves attempts to privatize it. Second, there's no evidence that tech brands have any particular knowledge that would give them a special insight into how to rebuild public education. Case in point: the main spokesperson cited is from a company called Learning Counsel. The fund "KnowStory, a new social media concept now in beta version offered in a freemium model to the education world. As a social media site with discussion forums about 'all the digital learning things." Just what education needs: freemium social media.
This is something interesting from Yishay Mor: "An EXP is a journey, a digital book, a community, and much more." You might be able to see this intro video on LinkedIn. They're accepting applications for a closed pilot; I might join and write about it.
One of the great things about podcasting is that you don't need any special logins or credentials. The podcaster simply publishes an RSS feed with a link to an MP3, and the listener simply finds the location of the MP3 and opens it. But there's nothing great that commercial media won't destroy, and so we have this proposal to replace podcasting with PodPass, a mechanism that requires that listeners authenticate before listening. "Identity-based access is increasingly required," writes Jake Shapiro. But by whom? No listener is out there saying "please block my access to a podcast with asubscription form."
"Micro-credentials alone will not meet any nation’s future educational needs," writes Beverley Oliver in this report (56 page PDF). "The key opportunity is to enable formal qualification systems to evolve to include short form credentials, some of which might be credit-bearing." What she calls for is essentially a system of stackable credentials. But more, she argues that there needs to be common credential standards (see p.15 for examples), and a mechanism for lifelong credentialing (see p.33 for a list of national initiatives already underway).
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