MOOC Cheater! I caught you!
Mon, Aug 31 2015 04:30 | 2cents, assessment, cheating, edx, eLearning, MOOC, onlineLearning, opinion, research, xMOOC
This past week the web was abuzz with new research to come out of Harvard and MIT on cheating identification in MOOCs, specifically xMOOCs hosted on the edX platform, but I suspect that any platform that collects appropriate analytics could see this used. The title of the paper is Detecting and Preventing "Multiple-Account" Cheating in Massive Open Online Courses and it's an interesting read.
Learning in a safe environment, and other educational assumptions (Part I)
Sat, Mar 14 2015 10:21 | #rhizo14, 2cents, CC, cMOOC, education, INSDSG, MOOC, opinion, research, sensemaking, vygotsky, wayfinding, xMOOC
It's been a few days since I started writing about the various reactions I had (and started noting in the margins ;) ) to a recent article from fellow MOOCers and MOOC researchers Frances and Jenny. I cut my previous post a bit shorter than I intended because it was getting long, and I didn't want it to go on and on. So this is a follow-up blog post to that original post with some reactions,
Online Doctorates, degree designation, and misunderstanding of what it all means...
Sun, Jan 4 2015 10:42 | 2cents, administration, alt-ac, higherEd, onlineLearning, PhD, practice, research
Happy new year to all! The other day I was catching up on some reading in my Pocket account when I read an article in eLearn Magazine about online doctorates. I feel like I should have a grumpy-cat image on this blog with a big "no" on it since there were a number of things that seemed really wrong to me about this article. Some of them are probably the author's interpretation, or way of explicating
MOOC thoughts closing out 2014
Sun, Dec 28 2014 07:00 | #cck11, #ccourses, #DALMOOC, #lak11, #rhizo14, 2cents, certification, cMOOC, FUNMOOC, language, miriadax, mobiMOOC, MOOC, opencourseworld, rMOOC, xMOOC
It's the final stretch of 2014! This makes it my fourth year in exploring MOOCs - boy does time fly! When I started off with LAK11 I was really just looking for ways to continue learning for free. While I do get a tuition benefit at work, this also involves standard semesters of 13 weeks, getting work-release time (since online learning isn't covered by the benefit) and retaining the motivation
#MassiveTeaching experiment falls on deaf ears?
Tue, Jul 15 2014 10:55 | #massiveteaching, 2cents, assessment, coursera, experiment, MOOC, research, xMOOC
Alright, #MassiveTeaching (or under its official name: "Teaching Goes Massive: New Skills Need") on Coursera is over, that's all he wrote (and then deleted, and someone else recovered). All joking aside, I decided to participate in the final assignment/test of the course which ultimately turned out to be a Level 1 evaluation. I've included the three questions in my previous blog post about this.
You've been punk'd! However, that was an educational experience
It's now the end of Teaching Goes Massive: New Skills Required (aka #massiveteaching) on coursera. Well, almost, we still have a couple of days left. I guess that the lesson here is that we were (the "learners") were punk'd† by Paul-Olivier Dehaye of the Univerisity of Zurich.After that last blog post (and subsequent pickup of the post by George Siemens and others) Inside Higher Education and the
Tepid about Tenure
Sat, Jun 28 2014 13:44 | #altcred, 2cents, Badges, INSDSG619, INSDSG684, PhD, pondering, research, teaching, tenure, work
I am back home, and with vacation behind me I guess it's time to get back to work. I've got the day-job for which I've already created a list of tasks to undertake; the teaching of my newly renumbered course INSDSG 684 (formerly 619) and the updates I want to make to the course materials as well as gearing up for my #altcred experiment, version 2.0; and finally the Great Big MOOC Book which I
More uninformed opinions on MOOCs - and my take on them
Fri, Aug 30 2013 07:00 | 2cents, assessment, cMOOC, MOOC, opinion, pedagogy, retention, vygotsky, xMOOC
The other day, through some source I came across this "4 downsides of MOOCs" from LearnDash. I should have known better than to read a vendor's blog, but then again sometimes they surprise me. Anyway, the blog post seemed like link-bait because the downsides of MOOCs do not really seem that thought out. They are more reactionary than a deep pondering if the medium. So, here are my 2c on the issues
Pre-vacation xMOOC thoughts // assessment and availability
In a few days I will be leaving on vacation, so I won't be MOOCing...or at least I won't be MOOing. I have downloaded textual materials on my iPad, and I plan on getting a local SIM where I go to keep up with my RSS feeds (until Google Reader decides to kick the bucket). I thought it would be a good idea to write a few thoughts while I have a hardware keyboard in hand.First up, edX and
PhD ponderings: Tenure...or not to Tenure
http://harvardpolitics.com/covers/higher-education/tenure-tune-up/I've been thinking about the concept of tenure these days, and the general concept or career prospects for the next 30 years for me. I've applied to a PhD program in our College of Management focusing on Organizations and Social Change. One of my old professors, who also gave me a recommendation, asked me what I wanted to
On the aversion to acronyms
A couple of weeks ago I was online at the Sloan-C conference on Emerging Technologies for Online learning. It seems as though MOOCs were the thing for this conference, and in specific the different varieties of MOOCs. That said, itseems like many acronyms were floating around both for non-MOOCs, and MOOC-like things such as SPOC, MOLE, BOOC and so on. I've written about the sillyness of acronyms
End of CFHE12
Well, another MOOC is now complete! I still have a few more readings in Pocket to go through, blogs from fellow bloggers. I have to say that the materials in this MOOC weren't a revelation for me. I have encountered these topics before in my professional career, especially more recently when topics like MOOCs and alternative credentialing and badges are hot topics. If I already knew
MobiMOOC 2012 - my participation roadmap
I just noticed on the Google group for mobimooc that my MRT colleagues (Micheal and Rebecca) have posted their guides on how they will be participating in MobiMOOC this year, so I thought that it might be a good idea to do the same since mobiMOOC just started, and it's good to set expectations ;-)I have to say that I generally don't come back for "seconds" once a MOOC is done. Once the course is done,
GameMOOC, final(isg) thoughts & distinctions
So, gamemooc is over! Well, almost! It's on Hiatus! We've completed 5 weeks (of the 6 in total) with Week 6 coming back on September 10th to wrap up. I've noted it in my calendar, and hope to be able to come back and wrap up.Coming into this MOOC I wasn't sure what to expect. It was using a site meant for guild communications, which seemed apropos for the topic, but at the same
Produsage and Participation in MOOCs
My colleagues and fellow MRT member, Osvaldo, posted an interesting blog post the other day. It is interesting in and of itself, but if taken along with the Chronicle's What's the Problem with MOOCs, if gives you a whole other dimension. Osvaldo makes reference to Bonnie Stewart's post (this was new to me, so thank you for the link :-) ) which is slightly reminiscent of the whole "digital
BonkOpen, final week, (semi) final thoughts
Well, the BonkOpen MOOC is almost over, I earned my badge (seen on the right) and in the process picked up some new knowledge, information, skills, and professional contacts! At the same time I was able to see Blackboard Learn in action as a host for a massive online course.I think, that by and large, the MOOC was a good one, and the organizers and coordinators were responsive to the people who attended
National universities using....English?!
This morning, before I left for work, an article caught my eye in my RSS reader from Inside Higher Education (amazingly, they gave me enough of a blurb to want to read the article - usually they don't!). The article is about an Italian University that is going English-Only for their instruction. This article is an interesting read (I can't wait until the comments start coming in).My initial
9 Academic Freedoms of non-tenure: a rebuttal
I don't often read Inside Higher Education these days. I used to gobble it up, but I've found that a lot of the content seems to be off-base opinion (and when there is real news, the RSS feed doesn't give you anything but the title, so I refuse to take that bait - give me at least some content).In any case, I came across a blog post by Joshua Kim the other day with the topic of 9 Academic Freedoms
eduMOOC - halfway point thoughts
Well, this week we are reaching the half-way point of eduMOOC and I am not sure what to make of it. In previous MOOCs, thinking back to CCK11 and MobiMOOC11 I thought that I had more engagement in the main discussion space. Even though CCK11 was aggregated through gRSShopper I still felt like the discussion was centralized. CCK11 felt more like a lecture hall filled with orators that stepped
ePortfolios - my take
Response to a colleague on sister campus, via our campus technology Google Group -- check out Carrie's original post here:Carrie,I was debating whether to leave a comment on your blog (as well as post on the Google group) or whether to post on my blog and the Google Group. Since this seemed like a rather lengthy topic I opted to post on my EdBlog :-) Speaking of Blackboard...all I can say about that
I guess that by this point you've guessed that I am a language geek (among other types of geek). A week or so ago I was reading this opinion piece, titled Only English Spoken, on Inside Higher Ed.The author goes through a synopsis of historical liberal arts education, and the role that foreign languages played in it. The general view of the opinion piece (which you should read, by the way) is that
Intro to Instructional Design - what should it be? (part 2)
OK, so in the last post I covered the model to be used in an introduction to instructional design class. Now the model should not be the focus of the course. The model should be an overarching theme that can be used to tie other elements together, and to be used in producing a final project in the course.In an intro class I could expect the following:Introduction to some learning theories: Theories
Intro to Instructional Design - what should it be? (part 1)
In the past couple of months I've had some interesting discussions with colleagues and classmates about the introduction to instructional design class that we've taken in our instructional design program. It's interesting that people generally tend to fall into one of two camps: the anti-Dick & Carey camp, and the for-Dick & Carey camp.Before I go on, let me just say that our program uses the Dick
Anyone can do instructional design!
In these past couple of weeks I've seen a number of articles where people talk about Instructional Design as something a laySME (layman subject matter expert) can (or can't) do.First I saw Gina's post about whether someone should be doing ID even though they can. Gina makes some pretty interesting points about whether people should do instructional design even though they think they can. This lead
I don't get #lrnchat!
It's been a while since I attended PodCamp Boston and met a lot of interesting people :-) One of those interesting people is Gina Minks (@gminks on twitter)Gina informed me about #lrnchat, on twitter (you can find transcripts here) and I eagerly wanted to check things out. What is #lrnchat? #lrnchat is an online chat that happens every Thursday night 8:30-10pm EST / 5:30-7pm PST over the social messaging
What is an Instructional Designer?
I was reading Inside Higher Ed earlier this week and there was an interesting list (similar to Educause's 7-things lists) about what define a learning technologists.Out of this list these three points are quite interesting to me, and quite possibly define my weltsanschauung with regard to educational technology and my likes at work.We learning technologists share a healthy skepticism towards the dominant
The Learning 2.0 Strategy
I was recently reading a wrap-up post on eLearningTech, which pointed me to an older post that Tony Karrer had written. In this post Tony writes about the key aspects of Learning 2.0 (briefly summarized here):Start Tactical and Bottom Up Avoid the Culture Question Avoid Highly Regulated Content (and Lawyers) Learning Professionals Must Lead Prepare Workers for Learning 2.0 Technology is Tactical not
The end of the University as we know it
I know, I know, this is a few weeks late - but better late than never :-)In any case, I was reading this Op-Ed piece on the New York Times. The thesis of this op-ed piece is that:Most graduate programs in American universities produce a product for which there is no market (candidates for teaching positions that do not exist) and develop skills for which there is diminishing demand (research in subfields
The future of e-learning is social...
I don't rant often...or rather I hope I don't rant often, however I think this will be a a ranting post. I was reading Jane's e-learning blog, specifically a post on how the future of e-learning is social.ALL learning is social, at least all the learning had in a school, with an instructor and other students in the room. Recently I keep hearing about Web 2.0 and social learning and it amazes me to
No PowerPoint? Simply use Prezi?
For a few weeks now I've been using a piece of Web 2.0 software called Prezi.I read this blog post named Throw Away your PowerPoints, Simply Use Prezi, and I knew that I had to try it.To be honest, I really didn't read the blog entry carefully because now that I have used Prezi for a few weeks I know what this means. Ignatia (blog author) says:Prezi enables anyone to quickly build a multimedia rich
Colleges obsolete by 2020? Really?
Anytime a bozo takes the stage and proclaims something radical it seems to stir up the educational community. In similar vain an article circulated the interwebs a few weeks ago about David Wiley who is getting a ton of publicity over his comments that College will be obsolete by 2020. I suppose in David's case bad press is good press....In any case his idea that colleges will be obsolete by 2020
Mediocre U.? Huh?
I was reading this opinion piece on the Chronicle of Higher Education on Careers. The author reports back on a forum discussion where people talk about your first job influencing your career. Essentially should you go get a teaching job right after you get your PhD, or should you publish your heart out and try to get to that R1 institution where fame and fortune lies (or so they say).I quite honestly
Why do you share?
I was reading a post the other day called Who owns information. It's been quite a few years since my Knowledge Management class, but I think I've read the article that Jane is referring to.I think the question here is not Who owns the information, but rather Why do you share information. In my knowledge management class we went through different ideas a tactics to use to get employees who have a wealth
Denied! You can't follow me on twitter!
I was reading this blog post on Donald Clark's blog on the subject of twitter followers. Luckily the incidents that he describes are not happening to me with as much frequency - because my tweets are private. I follow about 50 people, and 40 people follow me. The people I follow I want to follow, and the people that follow me are people that I think are interesting and I would like to interact with.Of
Attack of the bad powerpoint presenters
I had a good laugh when I read this over at the PowerPoint Ninja. The author goes though a list of the different types of bad PowerPoint presenter types (although I find that sometimes these types intermix).It's no surprise that I've survived a number of bad PowerPoint presentations. The most annoying ones are the Reader, the Apologist and the Wanderer. This tells me that they've spent NO time actually
Knowledge Overload - a response
I was reading an article called Knowledge Overload over at Inside Higher Ed about a month ago. It was quite an interesting article. I've personally experienced information overload in the last few years by discovering new blogs and information sources and it was interesting to see an academic perspective.I won't really go into the whole article, you should head over and read it if academia and academic
Debate over the MLIS
I was over at Library Journal a short while a go and I came across this article about the "debate" over the MLIS (Masters of Library and Information Science) at the most recent ACRL conference.Personally I didn't know there was an open debate among professionals - just those among us that don't want to get one but want to work in fields that are traditionally staffed by librarians. Apparently there
The community manager - every online program should have one
I came across this article recently on Community Managers.For the past year or so, ever since I created a Ning community for the Instructional Design program, and helped/consulted on the creation of a Community for the Applied Linguistics online program, I've been advocating for a community manager for all online programs.What I've noticed is that there is a void in-between semesters, especially for
13 reasons why Higher Ed is a mess
I came across this article on the Chronicle of Higher Ed recently. It was an interesting read. I can't really speak to the financial information they give because I am not involved in that area of university management. I did however have a couple of comments on other topics...Millions of workers have lost their jobs in recent months. But tenured professors are hard to fire. And some powerful faculty
Podcasts and language learning
Recently I listened to a podcast version of this video-blog.It appears that Steve and I have the same interest in language - learning language in order to communicate :-)While I agree that podcast-only methods of learning a language are not sufficient, I disagree with Steve's thesis that a podcast that has a dialog in a foreign language followed by explanations in the native language is not a good
Teaching in Virtual Worlds
Fri, Jan 9 2009 06:55 | 2cents, instructionalDesign, InstructionalTechnology, pedagogy, virtualWorlds
It's really hard to determine how well a presentation was from a simple powerpoint file. Nonetheless, here's an educause presentation on Teaching in Virtual Worlds.From my ventures into second life, I have to say that it is interesting, but trying to shoehorn it into the curriculum (just like shoehorning an LMS into the curriculum) won't work. A virtual world is a unique pedagogical environment (and
Modest Program Recommendations
OK, so it's the end of the semester, I've completed two whole classes in applied linguistics and I have spoken to many people about the program - classmates and faculty alike. I've gotten to find out what my classmates' plans are post graduation and so on. Some of my classmates are going into teaching (or remaining in teaching) while others like me are considering a PhD route.Now, the program is structured