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22 DECEMBER 2013

Global Technology Outlook 2013: Personalised Education

"An industry at the brink of transformation: The education industry is at the brink of an IT–enabled transformation. This transformation is driven by a demand for quality education that outstrips supply especially in the growth markets, misalignment between education and employment needs, and impatience with inefficiencies of education systems. For example, the government of Brazil is already funding students to go abroad because of a shortage of education infrastructure and quality educators. If growth continues to follow the existing trajectory, India will need about 800 more traditional universities than current levels today of about 350 universities.

Today, the most talked about application of technology to address these gaps is the advent of Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOC, which are growing rapidly. Several startups have emerged including Udacity, Khan Academy and Coursera, with millions of students enrolled across hundreåds of countries. Large amounts of new data are being created, which thus far is untapped for its potential.

What is Personalized Education: Education today is mainly delivered on a one size fits all basis. This is a key cause of the poor quality and inefficiencies associated with the industry. Educational institutions can learn from healthcare by drawing the parallels of doctors to educators, patients to learners, medicine/treatment to courses/learning, and payers to education loan providers. From a technology point of view, the use of electronic health data to form patient records, derive evidence, and provide patient–centric personalized healthcare can be extended to education, with the formulation of digital student records helping to inform and provide personalized learning pathways based on the capabilities of the learner and the desired outcomes.

Implications for the industry: The education industry is ripe for innovation, as new business models are instantiated on the emerging new sources of data, in particular the longitudinal learning data (tracking student information over multiple years in multiple schools). Predictive and prescriptive analytics will be applied to improve outcomes and efficiency. Clustering learners into groups, assigning new learners to existing clusters, identifying when a learner is deviating from a particular path are some possible outcomes. Prescriptive analytics would identify personalized learning pathways, track progress, and provide feedback to ultimately improve timely graduations and employability. Combined with industry demand data, supply estimates could be provided and targeted courses created with intakes tweaked to meet estimated demand. What will it take to succeed?: Ultimately there are many stakeholders who will be involved in improving education. This includes academic institutions, state education departments, students, learning management systems (LMS) and MOOC providers, government social service agencies and corporations. In order to achieve their often–shared goals, particularly to improve graduation and employment rates, they'll need to come together to create an open platform for sharing this data and insights from the analytics."

(William LaFontaine, 2013, IBM Research)

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2013 • Alabama State Education • analyticsBrazilCourseradata integration • demand for quality education • Desire2Learn • digital student records • e-learningeducationeducation and employment • education industry • education shortage • electronic health data • healthcareIBM • IBM Global Technology Outlook (GTO) • IBM Research • IndiaKhan Academy • learning management systems • LMSlongitudinal learning dataMassive Open Online CoursesMOOCsone-size-fits-all solution • outcomes and efficiency • patient records • patient-centric • personalised educationpersonalised healthcarepersonalised learning • personalised learning pathways • predictive analytics • prescriptive analytics • Qatar Supreme Education • study abroadUdacity

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Simon Perkins
18 DECEMBER 2013

Video lecture of the December TEL Event at Bournemouth University

"BU December TEL Event", Uploaded on 17 Dec 2013 by BU Business School.

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2013Blackboard (LMS)Bournemouth UniversityBrazil • Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP) • creating and integrating small dataDesire2Learneducation technology • Gelareh Roushan • IBMIndian • internet learning • John East • learning engagementlearning technologyLMS • Media School at Bournemouth University • MOOCspeople and organisationspersonalised educationpersonalised healthcareRaspberry PiRavensbourneremote learningresearch and innovation • reverse outsourcing • small data • Small Private Online Course (SPOC) • SPOCs • Stephen Heppellstudent engagementTELvideo lecture • window on the world • Wipro Technologies Ltd

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Simon Perkins
08 JULY 2012

Emerging Trends in LMS / Ed Tech Market

"For the past decade, the LMS market has evolved from providing tools that were purchased at the departmental level to enterprise–class systems purchased at the institutional or even system–wide level. However, since about 2004 the market has been fairly consistent, dominated by Blackboard corporate strategy.

Blackboard went public in 2004, signaling a real market worth of investors' attention. In 2005–2006, the market was dominated by Blackboard's acquisition of WebCT, the number 2 player in LMS, resulting in a somewhat extended Department of Justice approval cycle. Starting in 2006, Blackboard was awarded the infamous '138 patent and subsequently filed suit against Desire2Learn, the new number 2 player in LMS. About this same time, open source started to become a viable alternative to proprietary systems in general, and Blackboard in particular, in the form of Moodle and Sakai. From 2006–2009, open source became fully established for campus–wide or system–wide LMS deployments. In late 2009, Desire2Learn successfully fended off Blackboard patent lawsuits, ultimately resulting in all 38 claims being ruled invalid by a US Court of Appeals. On the heels of these efforts in 2009, Blackboard purchased Angel, taking another competitor out of the market."

(Phil Hill, 4 August 2011, e–Literatee–Literate)

Fig.1 "LMS Market Share", [http://www.deltainitiative.com/higher–education/lms–strategy]

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200420062009analytics • Angel (LMS) • blackboardBlackboard (LMS) • BrainHoney • BYU • campus-wide • Cengage MindTap • competitive market • competitor out of the market • contentcontent delivery • content delivery systems • content integration • corporate strategy • data reporting • Department of Justic • Desire2Learn • eCollege • ed tech market • enterprise-class systems • established • established LMS vendors • funding models • growing trend • HE • IMS • keep students engaged • key trends • learning from data • LMS • LMS deployment • LMS market • LMS provider • LoudCloud • market share • mine transactional data • Moodle • Moodle (LMS) • MoodleRooms • new LMS solutions • online programmes • open sourcepatent • patent lawsuits • patentsPearson • Pearson LearningStudio • Pearson MyLabs • proprietary systems • public institutions • regulatory changes • report transactional data • rSmart • SaaS • SaaS model • Sakai • Sakai (LMS) • SIS • software as a service • software as a service model • software deploymentsoftware functionality • software instructure • strategically important • Student Information System (SIS) • student information systems • system-wide • tools • Unicon (LMS) • university • US Court of Appeals • usabilityuser interface • viable alternative • VLEWeb 2.0Web 3.0WebCT

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Simon Perkins
04 DECEMBER 2010

e-learning 1.0: LMSs, VLEs, e-portfolios

"the dominant learning technology employed today is a type of system that organizes and delivers online courses – the learning management system (LMS). This piece of [e–learning 1.0] software has become almost ubiquitous in the learning environment; companies such as WebCT, Blackboard, and Desire2Learn have installed products at thousands of universities and colleges and are used by tens of thousands of instructors and students. The learning management system takes learning content and organizes it in a standard way, as a course divided into modules and lessons, supported with quizzes, tests and discussions, and in many systems today, integrated into the college or university's student information system."

(Stephen Downes, 17 October 2005)

Downes, S. (17 October 2005). "E–learning 2.0." eLearn Magazine, an Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. publication.

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2005 • ACM eLearn Magazine • Assessment 2.0blackboardCanadacollege • Computer-Based Learning • content • corporate training • Desire2Learndiscussion forumdistance educationdistance learninge-learning • e-learning 1.0 • e-learning 2.0e-portfolioeducationeducation technologyinformation system • instructor • knowledge management • learning content • learning environmentLearning Management Systemlearning technology • lessons • LMSmodulesNational Research Council of Canadaonline coursesonline educationonline learning • performance support • quizsoftwareStephen Downesstudenttechnologytesttrainingtransmission model of communicationuniversityVLEWebCT

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Simon Perkins
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