thrasymakos | Just another WordPress.com site Udutu VOA Student Union Today’s post comes to us from Jemince, (or in Mandarin ‘如馨 贾’) from Beijing, China. She was studying English Chinese translation in Beijing International Studies University for her Master’s Degree until she arrived at Binghamton University together several month ago. She’s currently majoring in Comparative Literature and studying law on her own so as to get her Bachelor’s Degree once she returns to China. Today, she offers some thoughts on a question she recently asked herself: “Why Can’t Chinese Students Make Friends With Westerners? Since there is a growing trend for Chinese students to study abroad, many youngsters start to live their lives completely differently from their families or friends in China. I was about to study in the US together with other three Chinese students from Beijing, and both the positive and negative sayings about the country and its people just made me so curious but meanwhile anxious about the unknown life that was approaching me. Why so?
Educational Insanity – You either love a good dichotomy or you don’t. This is about online learning, mostly in higher education. Especially in the wake of the UVA fiasco, I’ve been pondering online learning and the term “MOOC” (massively open online course), which I believe has been co-opted from folks like George Siemens, Dave Cormier, and Steven Downes. Those guys taught the Connectivism MOOC in 2008 and, most recently, the Change11 MOOC. In a similar vein, though clearly with their own spin and innovations, Jim Groom et al. have been offering ds106 (digital storytelling) as a MOOC in recent years. Then, along came the folks at Coursera and Udacity and Udemy and… It’s unclear if the founders of these entities explicitly adopted the MOOC terminology or if the “mainstream” media applied the term to those outfits. So, what we have, essentially, are two VERY different kinds of MOOCs. So, that’s our first dichotomy… The second dichotomy comes from Mike Caulfield who writes about “residential online.” Thoughts? Tags: higher ed., MOOC, online learning
Rewordify.com | Understand what you read The Ubiquitous Librarian June 10, 2015, 1:56 pm By Brian Mathews June 8, 2015, 1:55 pm Carrie Donovan A few weeks ago I heard Carrie Donovan (Head of Teaching and Learning, Indiana University Libraries ) give a keynote address at The Innovative Library Classroom Conference. Here are the slides from her talk: Shaking up the Sediment: Re-energizing Pedagogical Practice while Avoiding Bottle Shock. My main takeaway was the transition that Carrie is experiencing from teaching to consulting. [caption id=”attachment_4953″ align=”aligncenter… Read More June 5, 2015, 2:53 am Should librarians challenge the status quo? I decided to ask a professor. You’ve mentioned online that libraries should challenge the status quo. Read More June 3, 2015, 10:21 am Here is a quick interview with Andrew Whitworth, Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Manchester and Programme Director of the MA: Digital Technologies, Communication and Education. What is radical information literacy? Mainstream IL – competency-based,…
Why We Need HASTAC (and PhD Lab) Now More Than Ever An important new study by the British Library and JISC, begun in 2009 with 17,000 doctoral students surveyed from over 70 higher education institutions, was just published by Researchers of Tomorrow, focusing on doctoral studentsborn between 1982 and 1994. The study underscores the importance of "learning the future together," as we say at HASTAC, and is one of the reasons why Duke is starting a new Ph.D. Lab in Digital Knowledge in the Fall. The key issues in this study are ones that motivate both the HASTAC project, begun in 2002, and the new PhD Lab I'll be co-directing here at Duke and that will have a constant, consistent public interface to extend far beyond Duke. You can read the entire study here and also dowload it from the JISC Site: Here are some keypoints (quoted from the abstract) on the JISC website: "Our research findings reveal:
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