Second life? Whatsdatnow?
Last week I was reading this article about abandoned campuses on Second Life - you know the virtual world that took the educational world by storm back in 2008(ish) and is now more or less synonymous with major flops and misdirects in educational technology.For the past few days I've been looking like a madman through old backups of screenshots I had taken when I was more active in second life; to
Previously on EDDE:AU:MOODLE
Sat, Sep 12 2015 04:00 | #vconnecting, EDDE803, instructionalDesign, internship, linguistics, MDE620, PhD, teaching
I think my interactions with Autumm in virtual connecting made me want to create a little trailer with dramatized highlights from my doctoral studies thus far. Alas, no budget for extras, scripts, sets, and green screens, so I guess I'll leave it to plain text for now ;-)This week marks the beginning of my second year at Athabasca's EdD program (survived year 1!), and I just began
Conflicting perceptions on Education
One of my resolutions, just before this new semester starts, is to not neglect periodicals that come in from time to time and at least thumb through them. Don't let too much work, of any sort, detract from the professional development of looking through work related periodicals (sounds oxymoronic, doesn't it?). Well, at least this way they won't pile up in the office ;-).Anyway, in keepting
Valuing teaching...and teacher effort expectations
Thu, Sep 3 2015 03:30 | #digped, equity, HR, INSDSG, INSDSG601, INSDSG619, INSDSG684, instructionalDesign, Management, teaching
Yesterday another faculty member took on the role and responsibilities of department chair. This is quite exciting for a variety of reasons, but one of them that comes to mind is that I get to experience things anew. "Training" a new department chair, even though my colleague and I report to them, provides an opportunity to explain to someone new what the operating rules of the university
MOOC Cheater! I caught you!
Mon, Aug 31 2015 04:30 | 2cents, assessment, cheating, edx, eLearning, MOOC, onlineLearning, opinion, research, xMOOC
This past week the web was abuzz with new research to come out of Harvard and MIT on cheating identification in MOOCs, specifically xMOOCs hosted on the edX platform, but I suspect that any platform that collects appropriate analytics could see this used. The title of the paper is Detecting and Preventing "Multiple-Account" Cheating in Massive Open Online Courses and it's an interesting read.
Virtually Connecting at #digPed 2015 (Day 5)
This is also cross-posted on VirtuallyConnecting.org The final virtually connecting session of the DigPed Lab Institute (don’t call it a conference!) was on Friday August 14, 2015 and despite the fatigue as people crossed the finish line for this lab institute we had an engaging and lively discussion for our vConnecting session!Joining us in the virtual realm in this vConnecting session were
How to teach swarming?
Mon, Aug 24 2015 04:00 | #rhizo14, #rhizo15, #rhizoANT, EDDE801, EDDE802, INSDSG601, instructionalDesign, swarm, writing
The other day I came across a post on someone's blog on group work, and I saw this funny (but true, at least to most of my experiences) graphic on group work. One of the soft skills required to graduate in the MEd program I teach in is to be able to demonstrate the ability to work with others on projects and joint efforts. This is quite broad as it doesn't specify whether someone is cooperating
Some thoughts on Peer Reviewed writing...
Fri, Aug 21 2015 04:30 | #rhizo15, #rhizoANT, axiology, EDDE802, journal, peer review, PhD, publication, research
Pondering like it's 1999It seems like forever ago that Sarah H. posted a link to an article on Times Higher Education titled The worst piece of peer review I’ve ever received.The article doesn't seem to be behind a paywall so it's worth going and having a read either before or after you read this blog post. As I was reading this article my own thoughts about peer review, and now being a journal
The past is calling, it wants its disruption back!
Another story I had in my Pocket account (for what seems like forever) is this story from campus technology talking about how nano-degrees are disrupting higher education. I don't know about you, but it seems to me that people just love the word disrupt, or the pairing disruptive innovation. I have a feeling that in 10-15 years when we're past this fad we will look back at this time period
Have you registered you badge?
Mon, Aug 17 2015 04:30 | #altcred, accreditation, Badges, Campus Technology, degree, learning, objectives
When the Rhizo Team (well a subset of the Rhizo team) and I worked on the article Writing the Unreadable Untext for Hybrid Pedagogy we used Wordsworth's phrase “We murder to dissect”. If memory serves me right it was Sarah H. that initially brought this idea forward....or was it Keith? † That's the beauty of swarm writing, individual credit evaporates and it's what we accomplish together