The Role of Technology in the Classroom
With the rise of the technology, the landscape of education has changed dramatically in the last decade. Graduates are now expected to navigate a fast-paced, quickly changing world and to integrate numerous forms of technology along the way. In the classroom, teachers are taking on larger roles as facilitators while encouraging students to become active learners in a more independent educational process.
We had the opportunity to speak with Matt Pittinsky, CEO of Parchment, and the co-founder and former CEO of Blackboard. Motivated by education and lifelong learning, Pittinsky joined Parchment, a company dedicated analyzing and applying the data within credentials and transcripts. As Pittinsky tells us, at the center of education are credentials. Through Parchment, higher ed institutions, as well as students, are able to release the power within the data provided in credentials and transcripts. Together, we discussed what products and services Parchment can offer, including Docufide, what role they play in academic analytics, and exactly how institutions can utilize this data. We thank Dr. Pittinsky for taking the time to speak with us!
We recently had the opportunity to speak with Trace Urdan with Wells Fargo Securities. As Trace sat down with us in Las Vegas, he discussed current events with us, including the government’s regulatory involvement in the sector, competition from the traditional sector in the marketplace, and of course, hopes for the future of the education sector. Trace also went into a little more detail about his personal opinions regarding laudable efforts to improve regulations, as well as the current economy and its impending implications. We had a great time chatting with Trace, and thank him for taking the time to speak with us at APSCU 2012.
Jami Morshed, , Three Rivers Systems
At APSCU 2012, we were excited to have the opportunity to speak with Jami Morshed, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at Three Rivers Systems, touted as “The only truly disruptive academic ERP serving higher education.” And how exactly is Three Rivers Systems disruptive? According to Jami, by coming into an established market but offering innovative technology that can change the order of business, Three Rivers Systems is able to essentially do what Netflix did to Blockbuster. We asked Jami what it takes to adopt these systems for schools, the implementation process the process, and which establishments can benefit most from Three Rivers Systems services. As Jami says, institutions are often bogged down by tasks that don’t advance their original purpose—to educate the public—and Three Rivers Systems seeks to help institutions focus on that important goal. We enjoyed our chat with Jami, and appreciated him taking the time to chat with us. Bogged down with tasks other than their original purpose—to educate students.
LeadiD had a unique vision to allow Lead Buyers (Schools, Agencies, and Aggregators) and Lead Sellers (Organic Lead Providers, Call Centers and Aggregators) to operate in a trusted environment. The LeadiD Platform has been developed in collaboration with lead providers and lead buyers to provide an independent neutral technology. LeadiD allows Lead Sellers to definitively prove that they are generating and selling authentic quality leads. LeadiD allows Lead Buyers to make the best decisions about the leads they buy based on the true history and origin of the lead. For an easy analogy, think of LeadiD as the issuing agency of an auto VIN number, a Universal LeadiD, combined with the definitive data of the CarFax Report, a LeadiD Audit. Founded in January 2011, LeadiD traces its roots to conceptual conversations as early as 2007, when industry insiders and influencers began discussing how to solve the last fundamental problem in lead generation.
Ryan Busch of Today's Campus Magazine Interviews Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University
July 1 marks Dr. Michael Crow's 10th year as president of Arizona State University. In all regards, his last decade has been an interesting one to watch. He was named by TIME magazine as one of the top 10 university presidents and has promoted his model for ASU's growth under the banner of "The New American University". We spent nearly an hour together in this indepth discussion. Our discussion ranged across topics of leadership, innovation, operations, and even touched his time as a college athlete.
Robert Rosenbloom, CEO, College Week Live
CollegeWeekLive is a well-known platform for delivering rich and exciting virtual college fairs online. Their service is used by colleges and universities from around the world and tens of thousands of high-school students.
Paul Freedman and I spent a few minutes together at the recent ASU Education Innovation Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Sky Song complex. Paul's company, Altius Education just released a new idea in higher education called Helix--and he's looking for feedback. You should visit MeetHelix.com for more information. I hope you also enjoy my performance at the start of the video as I try to remember the name of the conference! Enjoy!
Non-Disruptive Innovation in Higher Ed - The Case of OESPs
“Disruptive innovation”, introduced by Clayton Christensen and now stretched almost beyond recognition through misuse, actually refers to a unique and specific type of change in markets. A new product or service is introduced that offers a different set of benefits...
Minding the Gap--Instructional Technology and Pedagogy
A college in my neck of the woods is seeking to build its capacity in digital learning. Like many other institutions, they see their campus as the core of the institution, but they realize that the time is now to make a bigger investment in digital.
In the course of my conversation with them, they asked what the relationship between instructional technology and pedagogy ought to be. This question, while certainly difficult to answer succinctly, actually gets to the heart of the key issue: how to create great educational experiences.
Instructional content in higher education used to be a simple matter: the Instructor selected textbooks, maybe put together a set of badly photocopied readings, and added his or her own course notes.
But as "digital" washes over higher education, the issue of instructional content has become increasingly complex. Options now include ebooks, OER, self-publishing, LMS-based content, digital textbook supplements, freemium textbooks, digital course packs, print-on-demand, library subscription services, custom-publishing, and the still complex nature of Internet copyright laws.
Todd Hitchcock is a great guy. Not only is he easy to talk to, but he's incredibly passionate about the work he's doing with Pearson. That passion is no wonder considering his background in education. Like so many of us in higher education business, Todd's early career was spent on the front lines as a Teacher. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did while having it.
Long Tail Article
The focus of digital higher education during the previous decade was overwhelmingly on the technology itself - learning management systems, bandwidth, faculty literacy with technology, student technology support, and so forth. But I entered the world of higher education through an interest in interaction of culture and markets, and for me digital content (or media) is key. The rest? Mere plumbing. Okay, I admit that's overstating it. But digital content is where people, culture, technology, organizations and markets meet. It’s messy, human and creative. And the potential of rich media, integrated with analytics and social platforms, to radically improve the quality and economics of higher education is extraordinary.
Ryan Busch Interviews Garland Williams, Vice President of the Military Division at University of Phoenix
We kicked-off our 2012 series on student diversity with a feature on military students in the Jan/Feb 2012 issue of Today's Campus magazine. I had a great opportunity to speak with Garland Williams from University of Phoenix. Garland not only runs this expansive division for the university, but he is himself a retired Colonel from the US Army. With the shifting of US troops, military students represent a huge opportunity for colleges and universities, and University of Phoenix does a great job in meeting special needs of incoming military students.
Publishing Your Institution's Educational Content - Possible Implications
Value is shaped by context. We attribute value and meaning to people, objects and other things on the basis of the circumstances in which we experience them.