On the territorial dimensions of MOOCs To what degree have the territorial dimensions of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) been made visible? Remarkably little, I would argue. This point came has been in the back of my mind for some time on the basis of following coverage about MOOCs including the three high profile leaders of the pack (Coursera, edX, Udacity), other MOOCs (Udemy and WeduboX), and complementary online learning platforms (e.g., Course Hero, iTunesU, Kahn Academy, OpenClass, Open Learning Initiative). Of course there is a long history to the development of these MOOCs (see 'Adjacent possible: MOOCs, Udacity, edX, Coursera' by the MOOC pioneer George Siemens), not to mention the impact of openly accessible courses in the 1970s and 1980s via ‘open university’ platforms that once used public television stations (e.g. British Columbia’s Knowledge Network), but we’ll leave the usually neglected historic foundations story to the side for now.
Collaborative Writing Why Collaborative Writing? Group writing assignments have traditionally been confined to a word processing program where one group member would attempt to record all of the group's ideas into one coherent product. However, having your students write collaboratively online allows them to share ideas in real time, peer edit, contribute to the writing process from any computer with internet access and they can share their live edits with you with a unique web address for their paper. Online, collaborative writing is an outstanding platform for a group writing assignment because it allows all group members to participate in the writing process. Whether students are working in a computer lab or from a computer in their home, the writing process is extended beyond the classroom with online, collaborative writing. Some of the key advantage of online, collaborative writing include:
The Professors Behind the MOOC Hype - Technology Dave Chidley for The Chronicle Paul Gries, of the U. of Toronto, has taught MOOCs on computer science. By Steve Kolowich What is it like to teach 10,000 or more students at once, and does it really work? Derek Markham Log in Derek Markham add A 45 year-old male from Silver City, New Mexico. All Posts Collections Likes Following Followers Subscribed Collections Edible Estate Home Forest Garden
What is the theory that underpins <em>our</em> moocs? If you’re even casually aware of what is happening in higher education, you’ve likely heard of massive open online courses (MOOCs). They have been covered by NY Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, TV programs, newspapers, and a mess or blogs. While MOOCs have been around since at least 2008, the landscape has changed dramatically over the past 10 months. In this timeframe, close to $100 million has been invested in corporate (Udacity) and university (EDx and Coursera) MOOCs . And hundreds of thousands of students have signed up and taken these online course offerings.
Sessions Sessions Registration 8:00-9:00 AM Check in and coffeeEdTech Showcase How to Find a Skype Partner Do you use Skype? Skype is a great service for video calling. You need a computer with Internet access and a web camera. Many laptops have built-in web cameras. You can use Skype to practise speaking with other English learners (and teachers). The only difficult part is finding a partner! New Forms of Assessment: measuring what you contribute rather than what you collect Once again, as we do at the start of every school year, we are hearing about the rampant cheating that goes on, especially online, but in fact, everywhere, and without remorse or regret. As Nikhil Hoyal writes, "Cheating is an epidemic in schools across the nation. A 2010 survey of 2,000 Stuyvesant students revealed that more than 72 percent of students copied their homework from others and about 90 percent of seniors cheated on tests." In the past I've commented on the likelihood that students will emulate their role models, and so if there is a cheating epidemic in schools, it is likely the result of a cheating epidemic in society in general. So I've linked to articles with titles like "'Cheating culture' finds corruption everywhere in U.S. society." It reads: "Enron.
Transformative Learning Technologies Lab Funded by: Euan Baird and SEED (Schlumberger Excellence in Education Development) Foundation, Castilleja School, Lemann Foundation Description: 20 strategies for learner interactions in mobile #MOOC Let's be honest, we all LOVE research *grin*, or facts, or lists, or useful practices ... or practical strategies for that matter. Well, here is a new set of useful strategies for mobile MOOCs, I hope you like it! In my latest research I focused on the impact of mobile access on learner interactions in a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). The research was done to get my Master in Education at Athabasca University. As always all of the Athabasca faculty was supportive to get the research up to their standards (ethical approval, relevant literature...). The readable and hopefully useful list of 20 mobile strategies to increase learner interaction in a MOOC that came out of my research can be found below in this post, but feel free to read the full thesis here, it has links to ethical procedures (e.g. informed consent form), some web analytics, community of inquiry use to screen learner interactions....
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Why the internet will never replace universities As Education Secretary David Willetts has recognised , it also has a vital role to play in growing UK higher education’s share of the global student market. In a speech earlier this year, he urged UK universities to take advantage of an “historic opportunity” to meet soaring international demand. Online learning also offers a more affordable option for those for whom a full-price bricks and mortar university degree is simply unattainable. But again, this not about replacing one model with the other. Roles Throughout this site, the term "role" refers to the different parts we play in different situations. Our motivations, our goals, even our behavior can vary greatly depending on the role we play. In the Pilot Fire Simple System for Everything, designing a balanced, passionate life depends on learning about our roles and tuning them for our unique skills and interests. The power comes from understanding why we do what we do, pursuing what it means to be our best, and finding people who support us through their modeling, honest feedback, inspiration, collaboration, and love, especially when we fail. Every decision, goal, every plan, every action we take is enhanced by our understanding of our roles.