What’s the LMS Worth?

Herein, against my better judgement, I wade into the Great Instructure social media wars of 2019.  ... The announcement triggered a great deal of, let's call it discussion, on social media, particularly Twitter. A lot of has gotten nasty and heated.  On the surface, the discussion seems to be about questions regarding what Instructure (or Canvas, or the data Instructure has collected) is "worth".  Specifically, is it worth the $2billion Thoma Bravo has valued it at and why would TB pay that?  Underlying the valuation question though, is the real concern.  Can we discern the plans and future for Canvas (and thereby schools, instructors, students, the higher ed system, pedagogy, etc) from this transaction?  There's roughly two camps. ...

The Mastodon In the Room

I'm writing this post because I can't fit my thoughts into 500 characters. This is a very loose set of (probably) ill-connected thoughts triggered by discussions on Mastodon.social.  If you don't know what Mastodon, it's a kind of open source, decentralized/federated alternative to Twitter. Sort of.  Of course some have said it's an alternative to … Continue reading The Mastodon In the Room

Running Errands for Open Learning Ideas

This is my presentation for Open Ed 2016 in Richmond, VA.   It's kind of a progress report on the LCC Open Learning Lab project.  It's very much a work-in-progress (the Lab project, not the presentation).   Assuming the universe cooperates, I'll follow-up on this posting of the slides with a few long-form posts explaining … Continue reading Running Errands for Open Learning Ideas

Coming Out Party for OpenLCC

So the journey that started with creating this blog back in 2008 is taking another big step.  Today I'm launching and announcing the OpenLCC network (openlcc.net).  Let me retrace a few steps and explain. I started this blog with two purposes: teach myself what this "blogging" bru-ha-ha was all about and to see if putting … Continue reading Coming Out Party for OpenLCC

Solar Power Looking Brighter Economically

John Quiggin of Crooked Timber sends us to Grist.org for "Solar Gets Cheap Fast" for good news about solar power.  The cost of producing solar photovoltaic cells (the silicon-based cells that convert sunlight to electricity) has been declining consistently at 20% per year since the early 1980's.  Solar power is now close to the point … Continue reading Solar Power Looking Brighter Economically