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
Mon, Apr 22 2013 07:00 | appliedLinguistics, blendedLearning, instructionalDesign, languageLearning, linguistics, phonetics, phonology, xMOOC
This past week, crazy events in Boston aside, two new MOOCs began: LTMOOC, on Blended Language Teaching, and the Phonetics and Phonology MOOC from the Virtual Linguistics Campus at the University of Marburg. The Edx course on the Ancient Greek Hero took a hiatus week to allow people to catch up. I am still sticking to the Ancient Greek Hero course, and I did try to catch up with the scrolls,
MOOC certification, and a little more on Self-Paced MOOCs...
Last week I got an email from the MOOC guys running the VLC MOOC, and one of the topics was in the email was all about the certification process. In going through this MOOC (really a self-paced eLearning course, but more on that down below), I would like some sort of proof that I went through it (just in case someone asks), but by and large I really don't care for certification for individual courses.
First edX MOOC - Week 4 thoughts
I was looking over edX for a course that I could take out of interest, but also something that I could use to evaluate the pedagogy employed, as well as the platform (LMS) itself.I came across the Ancient Greek Hero, and since I never really did any classics in college, and the last time I read the Iliad was in 7th grade when I was in Greece, I thought that this would be a good chance to kill
Yay! Linguistics MOOCs!
Thu, Apr 4 2013 08:30 | appliedLinguistics, languageAcquisition, linguistics, MOOC, phonetics, phonology
Well, now we're talking! ;-)I came across two MOOCs that are related to (one of) my subject(s) of study :-) The first MOOC comes to us from Germany, although it looks like it will be conducted in English, and it's the Phonetics, Phonology and Transcription MOOC from the Virtual Linguistics Campus. I am actually quite psyched about this MOOC for several reasons:Phonetics and Phonology is something
SPOC?...another facepalm moment
OK, it's early in the morning, and I am reading my news, so I am generally going to be crankier, or more prone to have a "get off my lawn attitude," but this is just ridiculous. The most recent facepalm moment in the world of education comes from somewhere near Cambridge, MA where a local MOOC platform is getting its start. I was reading a story on Inside Higher Education while coming to work
HeckI was browsing coursera today and I noticed a course, recommended to me, for underwater basket-weaving. I was intrigued because I knew it's April 1st, so I am looking out for interesting things on the net (I don't believe anything in my RSS feed today :p).In any case, I clicked on the course (see screenshot) and it has all the trappings of a jokewhen looking at the institution's page,
Don't close the doors yet - OLDSMOOC has one more thing!
I got an email the other day that I was awarded a badge on OLDSMOOC (one of the peer reviewed badges), which prompted me to go into Cloudworks to see if there were any more peers that needed evaluating. I had already completed one peer review (see here for the first one) so why not complete a second one?It turns out that Itana Gimenes had submitted all her materials for the Learning Designer
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