Formal education and social capital
Tue, Sep 24 2019 13:47 | curriculum, distanceLearning, eLearning, learning, social networks, socialCapital, university
You don't go to Harvard for the Education. You go to Harvard for the Connections!- someone from my past (I don't remember who).The other day a long-distance friend and colleague posted an interesting blog post pondering (or positing?) that Social and Cultural capital are the main problem in online education. A very engaging twitter thread and discussion ensued (which I am having trouble locating at
2019: The year MOOC platforms start to die? Adieu Open2Study
Closure screen on Open2StudyLast night, while browsing through my Reddit subscriptions, I noticed on one of the EdTech Reddits that Open2Study is now closed, and that the site redirects to Open Universities Australia (which was the parent entity). I was a little in disbelief, but since I had not visited O2S in a while I thought I'd check it out with my own two eyes. Lo and behold, the
Electronic Resources El30 (Week 5)
Time-vortex initiated... loading Week 5 of EL30 ;-)eL30's topic in Week 5 was all about resources, and specifically OER. This is a fun topic to return to from time to time to discuss, especially now given that my state seems to have taken it a step further by having a Massachusetts Open Education initiative which my university is promoting. There were a few things that came up as interesting
Post-it found! the low-tech side of eLearning 3.0 ;-)
Greetings fellow three-point-oh'ers(or is it just fellow eLearners?)This past week in eLearning 3.0 (Week 2, aka 'the cloud'). This week's guest was Tony Hirsch, and what was discussed was the cloud, and specifically Docker. Before I get into my (riveting) thoughts on the cloud, let me go back to Week 0 (two weeks ago) and reflect a little on the thoughts I jotted down on my retrieved post-it
University Education, the Workplace, and the learning gray areas in-between
Many years ago, maybe around 16 years ago, I was sitting in the office of my computer science major advisor, getting my academic plan for next semester signed off on. My computer science program was actually an offshoot of the mathematics department, and until recent years (2003?) they were one and the same. My advisor, while looking at my transcript, noticed that (on average) I was doing
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.
You keep using that word...
Sun, Feb 22 2015 18:31 | #altcred, #CFHE12, #oldsmooc, #rhizo14, cMOOC, coursera, discussion, eLearning, engagement, forums, instructionalDesign, InstructionalTechnology, MOOC, participation, pMOOC, rMOOC, selfpaced, xMOOC
Recently I read an article on Your Training Edge which aims to correct misconceptions surrounding MOOCs. The title of this particular post, and I guess myth that they tried to correct, was "MOOCs Aren’t Interactive, So There’s No Real Learning Taking Place". The basic idea in this misconception is really preposterous. I don't know when interactive became synonymous with learning, but it is
An initial review of Udemy, from a student's perspective
Sat, May 17 2014 19:39 | #moocfail, discussion, eLearning, mLearning, MOOC, motivation, onlineLearning, selfpaced
Udemy is one of those platforms that frequently gets lumped into the "MOOC provider" category. Perhaps, these days, with the term being anything you want it to be, Udemy fits into this category. Over the past few weeks I've been experimenting with their courses to see what Udemy is all about. originally (a year or so ago), when I first went to Udemy I experienced sticker-shock. The
Templates are killing creativity
Wed, Jan 22 2014 12:40 | #rhizo14, CBT, cheating, creativity, education, eLearning, INSDSG655, instructionalDesign, interest, learning, MOOC, motivation, selfpaced, teaching, template, WBT
Cookie cutters: detriment to creativity, or fuel to the creative fire?Last week, while I was updating something on LinkedIn, I saw one of my colleagues post a link to a post by the eLearning Brothers called The Top 10 Best eLearning Game Templates. I am generally not a fan of such list-posts, but every now and again I come across something really interesting. I usually don't teach courses on
eLearning; mLearning; uLearning; xLearning....
It's been a whirlwind tour in mobimooc this year. Week 2 is almost done (I count my weeks by a 5-day weekday, rather than 7 days) and only one more week to go! I feel that I have not been as active in MobiMOOC this year as I was in the previous year. Perhaps it's because MobiMOOC is only half of the duration of last year's MOOC. It would be interesting to see how often I posted last
From e-learning to We-learning
OK, this one goes back a while (back to September as a matter of fact!)It's been sitting in my RSS starred items folder for a while waiting for me to do something with it. For the longest period of time I did not know what to do with it. The reason for this is that what the author writes seems so bleeping obvious (with the exception of the made up term "we-learning").I remember back in the day, when