Technology will save us all!
Tue, Mar 10 2020 09:53 | administration, attitudes, continuity, emergency, faculty, MOOC, onlineLearning, pedagogy, planning, xMOOC
...or wait... will it?It's been a while since I wrote something on here†, and in all honesty, I thought about taking a sabbatical from blogging to focus on dissertation-related matters. However, I really hate the current practice of threading on twitter where someone writes 10, 20, 30, or 40 tweets in a thread. We've even invented an app to make these threads more readable.
Praxis of Virtually Connecting workshop at #DigPed UMW
From the Digital Pedagogy Lab Institute at University of Mary Washington this week :-)
When the MOOC dust settles...
Fri, Jun 10 2016 02:30 | #cck11, CCK11, cMOOC, copyright, coursera, Creative Commons, lurker, MOOC, OER, pedagogy, xMOOC
A long time ago (in technology terms), in an academia very close to us, there were stories of professors who suspended their MOOCs, or decided rant in the class forums and ultimately to walk away because the MOOC wasn't what they expected, and we all (probably) rolled our collective eyes.OK, maybe we didn't all roll our collective eyes, but I remember thinking that the "participate or get the heck
Missed Conversation with Laura Gibbs
Sat, May 21 2016 06:00 | #vconnecting, instructionalDesign, open teaching, pedagogy, teaching, youtube
A recent hangout I was on talking about online pedagogy with some really cool people :-)Note to self: Ouroboros as a pedagogical symbol...
Rhizo16 (planning) has begun...
Fri, Jan 8 2016 07:00 | #rhizo16, instructionalDesign, MOOC, motivation, pedagogy, rhizomatic, rMOOC, SNA
...and along with it the usual cast of characters and their zany antics (picture a 90s cartoon here).The debate and brainstorming currently happening is how to welcome new members in a new MOOC when we've all started developing connections, bonds, and rhizomes together over the past couple of years. Will anonymity work? New Groups? Delete old groups? Tea & Biscuits to welcome new members?
It's the battle of the SPOCs!
Thu, Jul 16 2015 07:00 | #ccourses, #clmooc, #facepalm, #mobimooc, #rhizo14, #rhizo15, cMOOC, critique, EdTech, eduMOOC11, instructionalDesign, MOOC, onlineLearning, pedagogy, PhD, rMOOC, xMOOC
"Fractured Spock" - by me and Net Art Generator, for #clmoocOver the past couple of years, since the silly acronym "SPOC" was invented to denote a course that was the antithesis to the MOOC, a Small Private Online Course, I've had issues with the acronym, and took exception to this new discovery on the part of schools that newly invented this form of education, considering that there are
Questions about Co-Learning
Wed, Nov 12 2014 04:00 | #ccourses, #DALMOOC, cMOOC, CoI, connectivism, constructivism, CoP, INSDSG684, learning, MOOC, pedagogy
What do you get when you mix connected courses, thinking about academia, and cold medicine? The answer is a blog post (which I hope makes sense) :-) As I was jotting down my initial thoughts on co-learning in the previous post I completely forgot to address some of the initial thinking questions for this module. Here are some initial thoughts on co-learning and how I would address these
Critical Pedagogy: Intentions and Realities (Online Edition)
Wed, Sep 24 2014 17:00 | #ccourses, criticalPedagogy, INSDSG684, instructionalDesign, LearningStyle, MOOC, onlineLearning, pedagogy, PhD, teaching
Back in September Maha Bali's post on Critical Pedagogy: Intentions and Realities hit the interwebs on the Hybrid Pedagogy site. It's something I've been thinking about writing an Online Edition from my own experiences teaching in an online environment. It seems to be a bit slow on Connected Courses this week (at least as compared to last week, measured in blog posts), so this seems like a good
EDCMOOC - Perhaps 3rd time is the charm?
Wed, Nov 6 2013 19:30 | #edcmooc, #ESLMOOC, #mobimooc, cMOOC, coursera, instructionalDesign, MOOC, pedagogy
A while back, when #EDCMOOC was getting setup for the first time, a fellow colleague, co-author, and member of the MobiMOOC research team, recommended the E-Learning and Digital Cultures MOOC offered by the University of Edinburgh. I think the school was his alma matter and he had good words to say about the organizers. This is always a plus.Well, first time around I was too busy - I think I was actually
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
Insert Column Name Here
Fri, Jul 26 2013 17:48 | administration, cMOOC, Management, MITx, MOOC, onlineLearning, pedagogy, profit, xMOOC
For a while now I've been thinking of having a Weekend Column on here, something to give my blogging a little more regularity now that I am MOOCless (until the fall anyway) and not reflecting as much on the learning experiences in various MOOC setups. I was going to have a "ID Stuff: Tin Foil Hat edition" (or "Cynic's Corner") column after I read this article (Who is driving the online locomotive)
Are MOOCs just online courses?: it depends!
This post is going to be badly formatted because I have yet to find an Android client for blogger that it as nice as BlogPress on my iPhone.<br>While on vacation, and on a train, I was able to catch up on the news in academia. One thing that came up, among the oodles on MOOC news is the question of whether MOOCs are just online courses (see here: http://www.thegoodmooc.com/2013/06/are-moocs-becoming-just-online-courses.html?m=1
Aboriginal Worldviews and Education
We are almost there! The course Aboriginal Worldview and Education is almost over! It's one of the few xMOOCs that survived the great course purge of late 2012 (courses that I decided to drop before they started because of my time commitment issues in March). When I signed up for the course I thought that the course was about Australia and New Zealand since I had only heard of Aboriginals in
All MOOCs are online courses, but not all online courses are MOOCs...
Seems to me, that even though I dropped the Logic Course on coursera (loved those two professors by the way!), Logic is back to haunt me ;-)I came across a blog post the other day through my RSS reader, which stated the following:As massive open online courses (MOOCS) have exploded in popularity educators are coming under increasing pressure to make an effective use of the new technology. To help
Distributed Research: or, can we play nice already?
It's the final week of CHFE12 (edfuture.net) and the topic is something that we've beat to death in the past in MOOCs like #ioe12 (which I completed a bit late this September) and #change11; in which we discussed the topic of Open Research about a year ago. I may have also seen this topic crop up in eduMOOC in 2011 and a MOOC on Open Education (not #ioe12) also running this fall.In any case, I feel
Mass is relative, and the need for numbers that make sense
This week on #cfhe12 I read a couple of posts of interest from my fellow participants (apologies, I am currently on the train with no connectivity, ore lease I would search for those post and link to them :-) ) and there were two key points that I wanted to reiterate, combine, and expand upon. The first point is that mass (well, "massiveness") is relative. I am sure I learned in physics that Mass is
Week 1 of #CFHE12
Tue, Oct 9 2012 07:00 | #CFHE12, academia, change, cMOOC, education, higherEd, learning, MOOC, pedagogy
Well, another 6 week MOOC started this week, CFHE12 (which I keep wanting to spell a CHFE12 for some reason) with George Siemens and company. This seems quite interesting, and it gives me an opportunity to check out the D2L environment in action, considering that our campus could have been a D2L campus, but we went with Blackboard instead.In any case, one of the first things for this week
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
MOOCMOOC (μMOOC) Day 5 Reflections
OK, It's Friday, one more day of MOOCMOOC, and today's topic is about creating our own MOOCs. I've written about my own MOOC creation plans (centering around teaching of language). I had hoped that I would be able to do this as part of a dissertation, but since a potential dissertation is way way way out there in terms of timing, I think I may have to move on this sooner, rather than
MOOMOOC (μMOOC) Day 2
It's day 2 of MOOC MOOC (sounds like something Zoidberg would say) and I was reading the intro for the day when I saw that a blog post of one of my colleagues (Pat Masson) was referenced. Pretty Cool! I read it pretty quickly, to be responded to late. I must admit I don't subscribe to Pat's blog, but maybe it's time to do so :-)Today's task is a video, but I don't have a ton of time to invest
2011: the year of the MOOC
With 2011 almost gone, I thought I would write a bit about the major educational venture of 2011 (at least for me), the Massive Online Open Course (or MOOC). Last year, at this time of year, if you told me that I would be spending a lot of time in MOOCs I would call you crazy. While I had heard of MOOCs in 2009 and 2010, I was too busy with a capstone project (for my Instructional Design
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
Nearing the end of CCK11 - Answers to some questions
We are nearing the end of CCK11, (and we're starting mobiMOOC at the same time!) and I came across this post by Jaap, asking a few question on how connectivism fits in with with established teaching methods. I've got a few thoughts on the issue...What does a teacher see of connectivism? What will change in education as a result of connectivism? What does a connectivist lesson look like?Connectivist
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