Today we are thrilled to release the the final episode in our new e-Literate TV series on “personalized learning”. In this series, we examine how that term, which is heavily marketed but poorly defined, is implemented on the ground at a variety of colleges and universities. While today's episode is the final one released due to its analysis of what we learned in the five case studies, it was designed to be used as an introduction to the series.
We have deliberately held back from providing a lot of analysis and commentary within each case study - letting faculty, students, administrators and staff speak for themselves - but in today's episode we share some of the key lessons we learned. We had a variety schools profiled in the series, and our analysis addresses the commonalities and differences that we saw. You can see the analysis episode at this link or in the embed below.
This episode introduces a new feature in e-Literate TV. We can now embed other episodes as well as YouTube videos directly in this episode. As viewers watch us discuss different lessons, they can also watch additional video-based discussions in context for a deeper dive into the topic at hand. As we discuss specific case studies (Middlebury College, Essex County College, Arizona State University, Empire State College, or UC Davis), the actual case study episodes appear on the right side.
We also had the chance to participate in a panel discussion on the series at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) conference along with Malcolm Brown and Veronica Diaz. They made some of their own observations and asked some excellent questions. We have embedded the specific questions from the conference as YouTube videos with the analysis episode.
e-Literate TV, owned and run by MindWires Consulting, is funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. When we first talked about the series with the Gates Foundation, they agreed to give us the editorial independence to report what we find, whether it is good, bad, or indifferent.
As with the previous series, we are working in collaboration with Memory Tree in Toronto, our partners providing the platform and video production. Telling Story platform allows people to choose their level of engagement, from just watching the video to accessing synchronized transcripts and accessing transmedia. We have added content directly to the timeline of each video, bringing up further references, like e-Literate blog posts or relevant scholarly articles, in context. With In The Telling's help, we are crafting episodes that we hope will be appealing and informative to those faculty, presidents, provosts, and other important college and university stakeholders who are not ed tech junkies.
We welcome your feedback, either in comments or on Twitter using the hashtag #eLiterateTV. Enjoy!