Dave's Educational Blog. Learning, networks, knowledge, technology, community. Last week, we wrapped up another successful Learning Analytics Summer Institute at Harvard.
The recordings of most of the talks and panels can be found here. Since we were already in town, Dragan Gasevic and I were invited by edX to give a talk to their staff and member institutions (we are running a course on edX in fall on Data, Analytics, & Learning). The focus for the talk at edX, slides below, was to try and get at what is wrong with MOOCs and education in general. Digital Media & Learning. Stephen's Web. Tony Bates. Danah boyd. Lisa’s. Not that long ago, there were exciting new things to try in ed tech.
It was easy to get enthusiastic about not only new products but the way the web was going, and to encourage faculty to jump in. But in the last few years, the web has gone stagnant. Certain models of development, and certain tools, have become dominant, and online teaching has become far less excitiing.