The Guardian: Pearson to axe 3,000 jobs after slump at main US business. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw8Mis7zk
Amazon grows its education footprint with Amazon Inspire, a free platform for learning materials | TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2016/06/27/amazon-jumps-into-online-learning-with-inspire-a-platform-for-free-crowdsourced-and-premium-materials/
Are games fun? This is an important question for people in training because not only animation but now “gamification” is a new trend. But are “games” fun? Winning is fun. Interacting with others with whom you are playing can be fun. Games can be entertaining and sometime they are fun, but when we think about making training more effective, we need to think less about having fun and more about what it means to learn.
How to connect apps to Slack for use in the classroom – TechRepublic http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-connect-apps-to-slack-for-use-in-the-classroom/#ftag=RSS56d97e7
Learn alongside innovators, thought-by-thought, in context – O’Reilly Media https://www.oreilly.com/ideas/oreilly-oriole-learn-alongside-innovators-thought-by-thought-in-context
Built on Drupal, the Getty Institute’s Getty Scholars’ Workspace provides a platform for art historians, and researchers in similar fields, to work collaboratively on multiple projects without having to use several different platforms.
A Drupal-based platform for collaborative research | Opensource.com https://opensource.com/education/16/3/getty-scholars-workspace
The platform includes scholar friendly features like importing Zotero files to create bibliographies and collaboration tools like forums and shared documents. If course it is Drupal so it’ll take some take configuration to get it going. With checking out.
Sony Is Building An Education And Testing Platform Powered By The Blockchain | TechCrunch http://techcrunch.com/2016/02/22/sony-is-building-an-education-and-testing-platform-powered-by-the-blockchain/?ncid=rss
Why the community needs an open credential system | Opensource.com http://opensource.com/business/15/11/3-reasons-open-badges-credentials?sc_cid=70160000000x3xCAAQ
Unlike regular college/ university courses, MOOCs can attract many thousands of enrollees around the world. They can come in the form of active course sessions with participant interaction, or as archived content for self-paced study. MOOCs can be free, or there can be a charge – either on a subscription basis or a one-time charge. Free MOOCs sometimes have a paid “verified certificate” option.
— The 50 Most Popular MOOCs of All Time http://www.onlinecoursereport.com/the-50-most-popular-moocs-of-all-time/
A good list, but be sure to read the caveats at the beginning and end.
Penn State has announced the launch of BBookX—new technology they developed that works with faculty to use artificial intelligence to build textbooks from open resources. The software, which was created in August, works to create personalized textbooks by extracting open source information from the Web, based on user input.
This is an interesting development. Trying it out requires an account.