Formal education and social capital
Tue, Sep 24 2019 13:47 | curriculum, distanceLearning, eLearning, learning, social networks, socialCapital, university
You don't go to Harvard for the Education. You go to Harvard for the Connections!- someone from my past (I don't remember who).The other day a long-distance friend and colleague posted an interesting blog post pondering (or positing?) that Social and Cultural capital are the main problem in online education. A very engaging twitter thread and discussion ensued (which I am having trouble locating at
A look back at this summer's PD - Part I: Conferences
Summer is usually the time for some professional development, after all during the academic year things are going at such a fast and furious pace that it doesn't leave much time (let alone brain/mind-space) to undertake much professional development. This summer (because of "factors") professional development was not as easy going as it has been the past few years, so I needed to pick a
Hey! This isn't what I signed up for!
In my last blog post I was responding to the academy that isn't - or, perhaps, as some comments indicated, the academy that never actually was. This past week I was at MIT's LINC conference. It was a good opportunity to attend (since it was local), listen into some interesting panel discussions, and meet some folks from all over the world doing interesting things. It was also a good
This is not the academy you are looking for...
Have PhD...(source)George Station had posted this article titled "The academy I dreamed of for 20 years no longer exists, and I am waking up" with the lead in of: Ellen Kirkpatrick has yearned for an academic career for many years. But 18 months after finally earning her doctorate, she is no longer sure she wants to remain in a sector defined by precarity, exploitation – and ‘quit lit’ George
Learning and Certification - thoughts inspired by CC Cert
Over the few weeks and interesting discussion has been taking place over the Creative Commons Open Platform mailing list. The Creative Commons group has created, and is now offering, CC certification. The certification consists of a 10-week online course with a traditional number of students in the cohort (around 20), and there is a cost associated with it ($500). I'll be honest, when I saw the
2019: The year MOOC platforms start to die? Adieu Open2Study
Closure screen on Open2StudyLast night, while browsing through my Reddit subscriptions, I noticed on one of the EdTech Reddits that Open2Study is now closed, and that the site redirects to Open Universities Australia (which was the parent entity). I was a little in disbelief, but since I had not visited O2S in a while I thought I'd check it out with my own two eyes. Lo and behold, the
EL30 - Agency (Week 9)
The last week of EL30 was on the topic of Agency. The video chat was quite interesting to watch but the topic of agency wasn't as big as I thought it would be (maybe time to rewatch? It's been a few weeks since I watched it). The conversation started off with some interesting examples of community agency, but it seems to have gone beyond that. I have taken some snippets of the conversation
El30 - Experience (Week 8)
Well, the penultimate topic for EL30 is on the subject of experience. I wasn't quite sure, when I started watching that week's recorded chat, what I would get from the week, but unsurprisngly I had a few "AHA!!!" moments.From the course page: "It is a truism that we learn from experience, and yet creating a role for experience in learning has been one of the most difficult problems in education.
El30 - Community (Week 7)
Continuing on with my quest to experience the remainder of el30 before work begins again, today I'll write a bit about my thoughts about the topic of Week 7 which was community.From the course page for the week:"The traditional concept of community was built on sameness, on collections of people from the same family, speaking the same language, living in the same place, believing the same things.
Electronic Resources El30 (Week 5)
Time-vortex initiated... loading Week 5 of EL30 ;-)eL30's topic in Week 5 was all about resources, and specifically OER. This is a fun topic to return to from time to time to discuss, especially now given that my state seems to have taken it a step further by having a Massachusetts Open Education initiative which my university is promoting. There were a few things that came up as interesting