Badge MOOC Challenge 1: Define a Current Ecosystem
Sat, Sep 14 2013 14:49 | #altcred, #ESLMOOC, #OpenBadgesMOOC, Badges, cMOOC, dissertation, education, ESL, Evaluation, languageAcquisition, MOOC, mozilla, PhD
Who am I?** Updated on 9/19 with more detailed personas** Well, I will try to stay regular with these Mozilla Badge MOOC challenges (goal is it get them our each Saturday so I don't fall behind and other things get in the way). I've decided that for the Badge Challenge I will start brainstorming on the topic of my ESL MOOC, that topic that's been floating in my mind as a potential PhD Dissertation
New Semester, New MOOCs
Wed, Sep 11 2013 07:00 | #altcred, Badges, coursera, coursesites, games, learning, linguistics, literature, MMORPG, MOOC, narrative, New Media, pragmatics, teaching, videogames
Well, new semester, new experimentation with xMOOCs (I didn't see any cMOOCs on the docket this fall). I decided to try out a few MOOCs on subjects that are interesting to me, as always, while I try to find my way toward a potential dissertation proposal.The first two MOOCs are on coursera and they are "Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative" from Vanderbilt and "Video Games and Learning"
Awarding the right thing
scavenged imageI am not sure where I found this blog post (probably through an RSS feed somewhere), but I am glad it came my way. In his initial reflections on the Hyperlinked Library MOOC, this author talk about feeling a bit patronized by earning certain badges. It's like you can't take two steps before someone throws a badge at you and tells you that you're awesome ;-)A while back, when
Say hello to SMOC (another pointless acronym ;-) )
A SmockThe other day an article came across my radar with the title "Don't Call it a MOOC." Well, of course, I really had to read it because it kind of sounds like MOOC is an insult, so don't insult a course by calling it a MOOC ;-) As if MOOC isn't a bad enough acronym, UT-Austin somehow found a worse one, SMOC (pronounced "smock"). So, what is this SMOC, other than a poor, and unnecessary acronym?Basically,
MOOCs in Higher Education - Must resist feeding trolls...
Mon, Sep 2 2013 05:00 | #fslt12, #oldsmooc, articles, assessment, cMOOC, distanceLearning, facilitation, MOOC, teaching, vygotsky, xMOOC
Happy Labor Day everyone!The other day I was going through my two Learning Solutions Magazine articles to see if there were any comments (Part 1 and Part 2 here) that I might be able to address. I think it's great when people engage with the reading material on the web in a constructive way, it helps everyone expand their knowledge a little. That said, the comments weren't that many, and they
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
Thu, Aug 29 2013 07:30 | #oldsmooc, capitalization, commercialization, intellectualProperty, MOOC, open access, spam
NegotiableI was pretty surprised to get an email the other day, from the OLDS MOOC list of all places. The subject heading was "MOOC vs MOC." Sure, I was hooked in, both because I enjoyed OLDS MOOC and because it seemed like an interesting discussion to have. Then I realized that this was sort of spam ;-)Here is the body of the message:Maybe wrongly, but I think of " an OC" as simply
PhD journey: Hidden Literature
Tue, Aug 27 2013 05:30 | accessibility, CALL, cMOOC, ESL, foreignLanguage, languageAcquisition, languageLearning, library, MOOC, open access, PhD, publishing, research
Image by DawnOfHope2012Over the past few weeks I've been knee deep in an initial literature review. This past summer, while vacationing, I met up with a colleague who teaches for my department as an adjunct, but he's got him own full post in Greece as well. While having coffee and talking about life in general we spoke about my PhD prospects, and my current feeling on the subject is that I am
MOOC Hype...disruption...and more acronyms - oy!
Now that my fun (and educational) little excursion to the world of the Ancient Greek Hero is over, I am more energized to go back into the world of the reportage and punditry around MOOCs. I am not all caught up yet, but I did go through enough articles to have some thoughts on the news that has transpired over the last couple of months in the world of the MOOC. First of all, more Acronyms.
First EdX (classics dept.) course done!
It's been a while, but I have completed the course. I don't know if EdX considers me a "completer" but I got what I needed from the course ;-) That said, the course I started back in the spring was The Ancient Greek Hero, offered through EdX (HarvardX in specific). I had been looking for an EdX course to take so I could evaluate the platform and the pedagogy, but most of the topics