Connecting the dots...thoughts about working in academia
Tue, Dec 30 2014 05:00 | adjuncts, administration, equity, faculty, higherEd, instructionalDesign, practice, work
[warning: lengthier post than usual] Before I left for December my mini vacation I had a holiday themed catch-up with a number of friends and colleagues on campus. With the semester winding down, and with the holidays as an excuse it was a good opportunity for people to get together and share some news about what had transpired over the past semester, share notes, best practices, and so on. One of
MOOC thoughts closing out 2014
Sun, Dec 28 2014 07:00 | #cck11, #ccourses, #DALMOOC, #lak11, #rhizo14, 2cents, certification, cMOOC, FUNMOOC, language, miriadax, mobiMOOC, MOOC, opencourseworld, rMOOC, xMOOC
It's the final stretch of 2014! This makes it my fourth year in exploring MOOCs - boy does time fly! When I started off with LAK11 I was really just looking for ways to continue learning for free. While I do get a tuition benefit at work, this also involves standard semesters of 13 weeks, getting work-release time (since online learning isn't covered by the benefit) and retaining the motivation
DALMOOC Episode 10: Is that binary for 2? We've reached recursion!
Sun, Dec 21 2014 13:04 | #DALMOOC, Analytics, cMOOC, dissertation, EDDE802, INSDSG684, LearnerAnalysis, Learning Analytics, MOOC, PhD, xMOOC
Hey! We've made it! It's the final blog post about #dalmooc... well... the final blog post with regard to the paced course on Edx anyway :) Since we're now in vacation territory, I've decided to combine Weeks 9 and 10 of DALMOOC into one week. These last two weeks have been a little light on the DALMOOC side, at least for me. Work, and other work-related pursuits, made
First semester done!
Hurray!The first semester of my doctoral studies is done! Well, it was done last week, but as I wrote in the previous post (on #dalmooc) it's been one crazy semester. I had hoped that I would blog once a week on the topic of EDDE 801, getting some interesting nuggets of information each week to share , but between MOOC like #ccourses, work, and regular EDDE 801 work, no such luck.
DALMOOC Episode 9: the one before 10
Fri, Dec 12 2014 18:00 | #DALMOOC, Analytics, cMOOC, corpusLinguistics, LearnerAnalysis, Learning Analytics, linguistics, MOOC, xMOOC
Hello to fellow #dalmooc participants, and those who are interested in my own explorations of #dalmooc and learning analytics in general. It's been a crazy week at work with many things coming down all at the same time such as finishing advising, keeping an eye on student course registrations, and new student matriculations, making sure that our December graduates are ready to take the comprehensive
DALMOOC episode 8: Bureau of pre-learning
Fri, Nov 28 2014 05:30 | #DALMOOC, Analytics, cMOOC, EDDE801, LearnerAnalysis, Learning Analytics, metrics, MOOC, PhD, statistics, xMOOC
I see a lot of WTF behavior from learners. This is bad... or is it?Oh hey! It's week 6 in DALMOOC and I am actually "on time" this time! Even if I weren't it's perfectly OK since there are cohorts starting all throughout the duration of the MOOC (or so I suspect), so whoever is reading this: Hello!This week the topic of DALMOOC is looking at behavior detectors (types of prediction models).
DALMOOC episode 7: Look into your crystal ball
Tue, Nov 25 2014 04:00 | #DALMOOC, Analytics, LearnerAnalysis, Learning Analytics, SocialNetworkAnalysis
Whooooa! What is all this?Alright, we're in Week six of DALMOOC, but as usual I am posting a week behind. In previous weeks I was having a top of fun playing with Gephi and Tableau. Even thought the source material wasn't that meaningful to me I was having fun exploring the potential of these tools for analytics. This week we got our hands on Rapidminer a free(mium) piece of software that provides
Designing in the Open (and in connected ways)
Mon, Nov 24 2014 04:00 | #ccourses, #DALMOOC, engagement, INSDSG601, instructionalDesign, MOOC, rigor
Wow, hard to believe, but we've reached the final module of Connected Courses (and boy is my brain tired!). I found out last week that there may be a slim chance of me being able to teach Introduction to Instructional Design (INSDSG 601, a graduate course) at some point in the new future. This is something that was offered to me a couple of summers ago, but being away on vacation at the time
Attack of the untext - my own stumbling blocks
Thu, Nov 20 2014 17:00 | #ccourses, #remixthediss, #rhizo14, cMOOC, collaboration, dissertation, MOOC, MRT, research, writing
It's been a while since Rhizo14 ended, but the community is going strong! Facebook may not be as active (or maybe facebook is hiding most Rhizo posts from my timeline...that could be it...anyway), but we are still chugging along with the collaborative *graphy. I can't call it an ethnography, or autoethnography because variables have changed. Some of us decided to get together and write
DALMOOC episode 6: Armchair Analyst
Mon, Nov 17 2014 17:30 | #DALMOOC, Analytics, dissertation, LearnerAnalysis, Learning Analytics, PhD, SocialNetworkAnalysis
Week 6 CCK11 blog connectionsI was trying for a smarter title for this episode of #dalmooc thoughts, but I guess I have to go with Armchair Analyst since I ended up not spending a ton of time with either Gephi or Tableau last week. So, the reflection for week 4 is mostly on theoretical grounds; things I've been thinking about (with regard to learning analytics) and "a ha" moments from the videos posted.I