MOOCs: What's YOUR audience?
Wed, Jul 24 2013 06:00 | Analysis, audience, cMOOC, instructionalDesign, LearnerAnalysis, MOOC, NPR, onlineLearning, xMOOC
Since I returned from vacation I've been catching up on news that happened while I was away, and listening to podcasts from May that I had downloaded to take with me to listen to, but due to the hustle and bustle of vacation, I ended up not listening to anything I downloaded. I was listening to a podcast from NPR's education feed when they were reporting on MOOCs and certain school's apprehension
On xMOOCs, autodidactism, design and the banking model
So I am back from vacation, and onto the MOOC path again. I am not sure if vacationing has made me a little less interested in MOOCs (and more interested in things like sitting on my deck, drinking coffee and reading a good book), or if the glut of xMOOCs, the commercial rush for people to make LMSs for them, and the elitism of certain providers as to which institutions can join their club. All of
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
Careers, and the professoriate
While on vacation a friend and colleague sent me a small article warning about the end of the professoriate as a viable career. I was quite curious about it so I had a quick look (after all, it was about MOOCs in part, and I had a little spare time in the middle of the day once museums closed).On the surface it seems like an interesting conversation starter, but for me that's all it is: a conversation
Of text messages and telegrams
These couple of weeks that have passed I have been on vacation. While on vacation I was able to meet with a colleague that has taught for my applied linguistics department. We didn't plan to talk shop but the discussion did veer toward linguistics.<br><br>We started talking about text messaging and linguistic research, and of course what can SMS linguistic data tell us about user behavior
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
is MOOC the new "digital native"?
Last weekend one of my friends emailed me one of his Pocket readings in which the link between Second Life and MOOCs was made (i.e. is the MOOC the new Second Life?). I must admit that I laughed at this because I never found Second Life particularly useful, whereas I do find MOOCs pedagogically intriguing. The whole disruption aspect is up in the air still for me.I was excited to see,
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,