Blackboard and Mozilla digital badges could have role in MOOCs

Digital badges could help denote achievements in MOOCs and other forms of online learning.

Learning management system (LMS) giant Blackboard has partnered with the nonprofit Mozilla to introduce a new update to its LMS software that would support the use of digital badges in education.

With the update, students can use Mozilla’s Open Badges Infrastructure to earn digital badges through the Blackboard Learn system and then share those badges across the internet.

The concept is an attempt to recognize achievements and skills that are not always illustrated by a college transcript or degree. A journalism degree, for example, demonstrates graduating from such a program, but may not show a future employer that the graduate excels in using social media to find sources.…Read More

Learning analytics tools aim to boost student retention, outcomes

Learning analytics software helps professors evaluate their course structures and ensure better student outcomes.

As policy makers and campus leaders focus on boosting college completion rates, learning analytics is a field that has exploded in importance. A number of programs now exist to help instructors and campus leaders track student progress more closely, leading to better student outcomes.

Some of these programs are standalone software packages, while others are modules or features included in leading student information or learning management systems. Here’s an overview of some of the many products that can improve communication between students and professors, allowing everyone to gain a clearer perspective on students’ needs.

Canvas Analytics…Read More