Thursday, April 23, 2009

Acrobat 9

Earlier today I watched the electronic portfolio presentation by Adobe’s Steve Adler and Mark Caruso. (ppt attached) Very interesting evolution of Acrobat 9 . . . it’s come a long way.

One comment they stated many times: purchasing Acrobat 9 is supported by Obama’s stimulus plan, and it meets the criteria on many levels.

If Acrobat 9 meets the criteria it seems ePortfolios should as well. Something to think about …

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Future of Electronic Portfolios: Do They Help with Accreditation?

Wow! I'll be published. Reminds me of my grandma saying "I'll be damned!"

Dear Kathleen Willbanks:

Thank you for your submission to ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications to be held in Honolulu, HI, USA, June 22-26, 2009.

We are pleased to inform you that the Program Committee of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications, after rigorous peer review, has decided to ACCEPT your submission for presentation. (Review Policy:

Please note that the reviewers may have recommended and, therefore, accepted your proposal under a different presentation category. Reviewers of your submission may have written author comments to offer recommendations on how your submission can be modified or improved. If provided, these comments appear at the end of this e-mail.
Paper ID: 26699
Title: The Future of Electronic Portfolios: Do They Help with Accreditation?

>> Accepted as: Full Paper: Other <<

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

NPR 4/14/09 re: "Tuning"

NPR – Talk of the Nation : April 14th Show
Sure, everyone takes Psych 101. But do you think we all actually know the same stuff? A new approach at some universities will require that your degree reflect a defined set of skills rather than another multiple choice test. In our first hour today, Phyllis Safman, assistant commissioner for academic affairs at the Utah System of Higher Education, and Gary Rhoades, General Secretary for the American Association of University Professors and a Professor of Higher Education at the University of Arizona, will examine whether or not education "tuning" is better, or just different. More info on Utah: You can follow the progress of this effort by monitoring the Undergraduate Studies web site at or you can see the specific web tools that Mark has created for assessment of Gen Ed courses at

Saturday, April 11, 2009

IMS Standards article

Wired Campus op ed piece:

Opinion: Demanding Educational Software Standards that Work

by Charles F. Leonhardt, principal technologist for Georgetown University and the university’s representative to the IMS Global Learning Consortium.

The IMS Global Learning Consortium is developing a new standard called “Learning Information Services” to provide student, course, and enrollment information from student-information systems to other systems, including course-management systems. So far, support for the new standard has been announced in products released by Inigral (for Schools on Facebook), Oracle (for the Student Administration Integration Pack), and Unicon (for Sakai). Companies including Angel Learning, Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Moodlerooms, and SunGard have all announced their intention to release products based on the standard.