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
#edcmooc - A chat with Prof. Eliza
I was thinking about what to create for my digital artefact for EDCMOOC. My initial thought was to create a sample dialogue between a fictionalized EDCMOOC student and Prof. Eliza. Prof. Eliza would be, of course, based on the the venerable ELIZA computer therapist program. I could then go in and modify the specific psychotherapy lines with something specific to education.In the faceless
OLDS MOOC, week 1 thoughts
So... week 1 of OLDS MOOC is about to be done!When I signed up, I wasnt' sure what my participation level would be (so I didn't set hard objectives for myself). I did want to work on the MOOC as much as I could, given the constrains of every day life. Week 1 wasn't bad. I did create a cloud in CloudWorks to consolidate my own learnings and interactions in the MOOC in one easy to find place.
Leadership isn't about "me too"s
Yesterday, while commuting, I had written a longer post about my MOOC-coverage fatigue. It seems as though MOOC coverage has gotten out of proportion and it's spilled over to other non educational news outlets that I frequent, where I go for non-educational news. In any case, it seems as though the Google Blogger client of my iPhone ate my post. Maybe for the best, because I feel like I
Coursera mLearning fail
The other day, seeing that there were a couple of videos in the HCI that were available. Since I didn't have time to watch them during lunch, and as established coursera has no offline viewing for their courses, I decided to try my luck with the iPhone while commuting.Since I do use coursera, and I do watch videos on my iPad when I am at home from time to time (on wifi), it would make sense that I
BlendKit - Content & Assignments
We are now in Week 4 (of 5!) of BlendKit2012 and the subject of the week is content and assessments. The questions to ponder for this week are as follows:In what experiences (direct or vicarious) will you have students participate during your blended learning course? In what ways do you see these experiences as part of the assessment process? Which experiences will result in student work that
Blendkit, I am flipping the tables on you!
Wed, Oct 3 2012 17:30 | #blendkit2012, blendedLearning, courseDesign, instructionalDesign, mLearning, onlineLearning, SloanC
BlendKit, prepare to have your mind blown!OK, I am a exaggerating a bit, but I am going to come to this MOOC from a non-traditional approach. I've been thinking about the DIY activities, and I have to say that the DYI tools (4th column, DIY project deliverables) are pretty nifty; not just for blended learning, but also for instructional design purposes in general. Now, I don't think I will have a ton
MobiMOOC 2012 | Final Week!
This is it! The final week of MobiMOOC is upon us! I have to say that this MOOC really passed by so quick that it was really hard to keep up with it :-) Last year's mobimooc seemed like it was much longer than 6 weeks (in a good way), and this year's mobimooc seemed shorter than the 3 weeks that it runs.Comparatively, I think last year I joined the mobimooc with the intention to be a moderately
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
What IS mLearning anyway?
One of the first things to deal with when tackling any topic is quantifying what we are talking about. Since this is MobiMOOC, one of the key terms that ought to come up in the discussion is what exactly is mobile learning? This discussion did indeed come up yesterday (see forum here).Let me just say that mLearning definitions are probably incomplete and they are subject to an ever evolving
Campus Tech 2012 wrap up
Fri, Jul 20 2012 18:00 | Campus Technology, Conference, iOS, LMS, mLearning, mobile, MOOC, SloanC, tablet, technology
Well, one more campus technology conference and expo is done!The Campus Technology annual summer conference is the nation’s premier higher education technology conference, where leading innovators and experts in technology for higher education guide faculty, instructional designers, eLearning program managers, information technologists, and campus administrators into the new realm of teaching and
Here is a preview of the facilitator lineup for MobiMOOC12 (straight from the MobiMOOC group!)With the start of the course still two months away, our grand group of facilitators was completed last week and here are the guides-on-the-side for all the upcoming mobile learning topics (in completely random order). All of us cover 4 continents and 9 different mobile learning topics:Mobile
Mobile Learning Manager - Future Trends
I am in the process of finishing up the Mobile Learning Manager certification course (also known as mLeMan) and I am on the final unit. Here are a couple of interesting videos. (More on my experience with mLeMan later on...if I don't forget ;-) )The first is Mobile Madness: Making Sense of the Converged, Multidevice World from: IDCeXchange held on 4/292011This second
...two more started
Seems like this will be the summer of professional development :-)On a tip from Igne I signed up for the Mobile Learning Manager certification course which is a self-paced learning program to certify managers of mobile learning initiatives. I think the US equivalent would be a training manager, focusing on mobile learning. The course is a bit rough around the edges (which is why they wanted some
NMC2012, Day 2 Highlights
Here's a quick recap of yesterday's NMC12 breakout sessions. I decided to skip the morning plenary- 2 hours of 15 minute presentations is a little too much for me, and I can get those on iTunesU anyway ;-). Yesterday's breakout sessions were mostly interesting (and I had quite a few interesting side conversations!) Exploring a Tablet Application for the seminar ClassroomWith Eric Gordon from:
Blackboard Mobile wishlist
This is my first semester teaching (yay!) and since we're eventually migrating to Blackboard Lean 9 on my campus I've decided to be part of a pre-pilot using Coursesites (fantastic and free service, by the way, if you are looking for a free LMS).One of the perks of coursesites, that briefly was taken away from us last year but is now back, is access to Blackboard Mobile on iOS, Android and Blackberry
Need a break
It's been an interesting run for Change11, and we are now at Week 15 with the topic of Authentic learning. Next week, and the week after next, are break weeks, so no new content, at least from a subject matter expert perspective. I wonder if the daily mailer will still be coming to our inboxes, or whether that will take a break as well.I think I've reached my natural saturation point
Mobile Language Learning - Call for papers
While looking up the most recent issue of Language Learning and Technology I came across their most recent call for papers. This time around the topic is mobile language learning, both topics I am interested in! I was wondering if there are any change MOOC participants out there who are interested in mLearning, and Language Learning to work as part of a collaborative research team on the
mLearn 2011 conference proceedings now available!
I was reading Micheal's blog the other night and I realized that the Conference Proceedings for mLearn 2011 are now up! You can download them from the Conference website, or you can read them on Scribd (see bellow)In other news, it seems like the MobiMOOC research team is big in China :-) We were contacted yesterday by PhD students (under the direction of their advisor) to see if we would consent
Congrats to the MobiMOOC research group!
Congrats to everyone in the MobiMOOC research group for getting the Best Paper Award at the mLearn 2011 conference! In addition to myself, the team is made up of (alphabetical order): Sean C. Abajian, Inge deWaard, Michael Sean Gallagher, Rebecca Hogue, Nilgün Özdamar Keskin, and Osvaldo Rodriguez .A big thank you to Rebecca, Michael and Nilgun
Misconceptions about mLearning
I thought it would be great to start a blog post about misconceptions that you've come across about mLearning that you would like to share. To kick this off here's what I've heard a lot:"you can't even begin to look at mLearning until everyone has an iPad (or other tablet)"FALSE!You can indeed start to look (and implement!) a load of mLearning options. Good mLearning is not device dependent
Answers to some of the questions on Zoraini's SMS use...
I finally had an opportunity to view the presentation by Dr. Zoraini Wati Abas (video below) for Week 2 of Change11. I must admit that having read the blog posts prior to viewing the presentation did influence how I viewed the presentation. First I read Jaap's blog post, which lead me to Louise's blog. Both Jaap and Louise had some questions, and I viewed the presentation based on these questions.
mLearning is a fad!
Ha! Got you to look!OK! OK!, all juvenile attempts to get attention aside, I don't really mean what I wrote in the title! It was a not-so-clever ploy to get you to this post. As a matter of fact mLearning is not a fad! Well, I guess if you consider Computers in general to be a fad, then mLearning and mobile devices are a fad too, I guess it depends on your world view. For me, and for the
Better Outlines - Increase in Learner Success
OK, so it's week two of ChangeMOOC and I am looking at the Course Outline which points me to a Google Spreadsheet. I see that the topic this week is Mobile Learning (über-cool!) and I am asked to go to another page where supposedly I will have access to some content, activities, and other things that one would expect in a learning module. Now there are two problems here:(1)
If you build it...
A famous movie line goes as follows "if you build it they will come." My experience has taught me, as far as educational technology goes anyway, that if you build it they might or might not come. It just depends on their needs. Sometimes the problem is that students, and the faculty that teach them, don't know their needs and quite a lot of times he tools used transform their practices so much that
mLearning at Campus Technology 2011
This past week I spent a few days at the Campus Technology conference and Expo (incidentally it was also collocated with the AAEEBL ePortfolio conference) and it was quite illuminating! I wanted to spend some more time with ePortfolios, but I ended up spending most of my time in eLearning (and oddly enough Rubrics, but more on those on another post).Three sessions I went to dealt with mLearning:Engaging
Mobile Development day 3: Android
OK, so today was the penultimate day for "getting started" types of mobile development workshops. Today's topic, as you might surmise from the title, was Android development. Today's development environment was Eclipse with the Android SDK. The nice thing about Android development is that it is all XML and Java, which is pretty nice. I am familiar with XML and I did do Java as
Mobile app development day 2: Windows Phone 7
OK, now some of my fellow Apple people, and some of you Android fanbois will scoff at me for going to a Windows Phone 7 development workshop, sponsored by Microsoft, but I'll tell you it was fun! I think that as much as I like the iOS, Windows Phone 7, with the MetroUI seems interesting as platform and with the backing of Nokia I think we'll see it rise up and be viable competition to Android
Mobile Development week
Last week a colleague of mine alerted me to some free local workshops for educators. Initially I saw the first week's workshops and thought that they might be too basic for me, but luckily another co-worker pointed out that Week 2 had some mobile development workshops - I guess the lesson here is to never judge a set of workshops by the first week!In any case, since mobiMOOC was a recent occurrence and
mLearning and Foursquare-type academic Check-ins
I've been a bit silent on mobiMOOC these past few days, mostly sitting back, reading and taking time to think about things. One of the ideas that has come to mind is using services like GoWalla and Foursquare to check-into locations and using this as some sort of mLearning platform.At UMass Boston the College of Management has a Management Achievement Program (MAP). In this program undergraduates,
mobiMOOC: lots of academic sources!
I just had quite an interesting realization - it's only the end of Week 2 on mobiMOOC (1/3 done with the course) and there are already a ton of resources that have been contributed by participants; a lot of these resources are scholarly resources in the form of studies and published research articles on mLearning. This is pretty cool! There is also a delicious mobiMOOC repository available