My research area is building open source educational technology that uses standards to integrate into learning management systems like Canvas, Sakai, Blackboard, Moodle, Desire2Learn, and others. If you have taken any of my on campus or Coursera classes you have used tools built using my www.tsugi.org technology.
The educational technology marketplace is at an interesting juncture where nearly 100% of the teaching is done using features built into entreprise-wide LMS systems like Canvas or Sakai. But the expectation is that more and more of the educational technology components will be assembled by teachers using smaller “apps” from some kind of educational technology app store. My research aims both at improving current generation LMS systems like www.sakaiproject.org and Canvas as well as lay the foundations for this “Next Generation Digital Learning Ecosystem” that will be more app-based and more under control of the teachers.
If you have any interest in working with me to create this new edtech Ecosystem, I encourage you to come to an orientation meeting:
Meeting: Open Source Educational Technology Research
Date: Tuesday September 26, 2017, 4-5PM
Room: 1243 North Quad
Depending on the interest at the meeting, we will come up with a plan of action. I might be convinced to run a weekly meeting or hold a hackathon / contest if there is enough interest. I have some funds to support this work and may be hiring one or more students to help me with my work if there is a shared interest.
You are welcome to just come and ask questions. Please send me E-Mail if you have any questions.