2013 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Video Content Management

From streaming lectures and other video content on-demand to live event broadcasting, universities and large companies have similar needs when it comes to video content management.

Gartner, the world’s leading IT research and advisory company, recently released their first Magic Quadrant report for Enterprise Video Content Management, detailing their analysis of the enterprise video market and its future direction. This report is a must for any administrators and educational technology staff interested in evaluating lecture capture and presentation recording solutions for their institutions.

As the sole vendor in the “Visionaries” quadrant, Panopto is pleased to provide you with complimentary access to this research. To download the report, visit Panopto’s website.

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Online course providers increasingly using the term ‘learning experience’ | Inside Higher Ed

Online course providers increasingly using the term ‘learning experience’ | Inside Higher Ed.

As ed tech companies and universities search for the most effective way to teach students online, some have found the term “course” no longer captures what it means to pursue an education. Enter the “learning experience” — a term being used to describe a module of higher education not anchored to a specific place or time

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/10/28/online-course-providers-increasingly-using-term-learning-experience#ixzz2jeiIztxm

Inside Higher Ed 

Teaching & Learning – Reciprocal Feedback in the Online Classroom – Magna Publications

Teaching & Learning – Reciprocal Feedback in the Online Classroom – Magna Publications.

Understanding learners’ experiences in the online classroom can help you improve your courses for current and future students and help build a strong learning community. Jill Schiefelbein, owner and guru of Impromptu Guru, a company focused on helping individuals and groups improve communication in both face-to-face and online environments, recommends using a reciprocal feedback process to elicit this valuable information from students.

Giving feedback about the learning experience might be new to some students. In order to get students on board with this process, Schiefelbein includes two videos in her courses: one that introduces the instructor and one that explains course expectations. “I make these two separate videos because they are for two very different purposes. I don’t want to put them together. I want them to be short and to the point,” Schiefelbein says.

Read more of Rob Kelly’s article at Magna Publications website.

This article originally appeared in the newsletter Online Classroom 12.5 (2012): 4, 5. The Online Classroomnewsletter helps you stay current with the latest trends in online learning by offering ideas and advice for the new trailblazers in higher education.

New this week in Canvas

As many of you may already know, Canvas is a living and breathing LMS. Canvas schedules updates and new features every three weeks! This week canvas released several new items that I thing faculty will like.

Attendance

  • The Attendance is a new tool that Canvas just enabled.  It links to a service called Roll Call, and is used to take daily classroom attendance.  This attendance tool is supposed to be integrated with the Gradebook as well.  It’s a brand new tool, so there’s not yet any documentation, so use it as you will.

Calendar 2

  • Also enabled for us this week was the option of using Calendar 2.  This is a revamped version of the Calendar.  The new calendar is faster, supports weekly and daily views, along with Scheduler.  The scheduler tool lets you set up time slots that students (or student groups) can sign up for.  For more information on Scheduler visit the Canvas help guides.

7 Things You Should Know About Flipped Classrooms

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Abstract

The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. The notion of a flipped classroom draws on such concepts as active learning, student engagement, hybrid course design, and course podcasting. The value of a flipped class is in the repurposing of class time into a workshop where students can inquire about lecture content, test their skills in applying knowledge, and interact with one another in hands-on activities. Although implementing a flipped classroom places different demands on faculty and forces students to adjust their expectations, the model has the potential to bring about a distinctive shift in priorities—from merely covering material to working toward mastery of it.

The “7 Things You Should Know About…” series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.

In addition to the “7 Things You Should Know About…” briefs, you may find other ELI resources useful in addressing teaching, learning, and technology issues at your institution. To learn more, please visit the ELI Resources page.

Upcoming features available now on Canvas BETA

Two new features that are going to make many of you very happy are available now for testing in the Canvas BETA area.

Attendance Tracking
This is a 3rd party integration with a product called RollCall.  Unfortunately at this time there is no documentation, no references with a Google search on this product and no ETA for it’s release.
 

One Question at a Time
This feature will be included in the 12-22-12 Production release.
Instructors will now have the option in Quiz Settings to choose one quiz question at a time for all types of quizzes and surveys. This checkbox is cleverly titled “Show one question at a time” in the quiz setup. Instructors can also choose to restrict students from going back to questions they have already answered using the new checkbox titled “Lock questions after answering”.
Lock Question After Answering is only available if One Question at a Time is selected. These settings are created on a quiz by quiz basis. There are no global settings that apply to these features yet.
Students will be warned in several ways about these new features.  If Lock Question After Answering is chosen for a quiz, the student will be notified when they first take or resume the quiz that once they have submitted an answer they will not be able to go back and view or change that answer later.  The student is given a warning if the current question is blank and they attempt to move to the next question.  The warning will notify them that they can’t return to answer the blank question.
Students also won’t be able to use the back button in the browser or leave the quiz in hopes of coming back in to access a previous question.
This has been a highly requested feature in the Canvas forums and it is the first part of several Quiz Tool refactoring steps being taken over the next few releases to build out a more robust Quiz Tool.
One of the major strengths of Canvas is balancing the simplicity of the user experience with pedagogical flexibility. This new quiz feature, along with several other features in the coming months, supports that theme.
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Why the academy *must* embrace its online future

Online education is hot these days. A perfect storm of record-level student debt, stagnating job growth, and soaring tuition prices has forced a knee-jerk reaction among universities now scrambling to offer free courses online, either through their own platforms or partnerships with startups like Coursera and Udacity. Professors, college administrators, and policymakers have expressed sharply divided views over what this shift means for an institutional learning model that has persisted for hundreds of years. But amidst the debate, lost is the voice of the student.

Read more at venturebeat.com

via Why the academy must embrace its online future | VentureBeat.