Technology will save us all!
Tue, Mar 10 2020 09:53 | administration, attitudes, continuity, emergency, faculty, MOOC, onlineLearning, pedagogy, planning, xMOOC
...or wait... will it?It's been a while since I wrote something on here†, and in all honesty, I thought about taking a sabbatical from blogging to focus on dissertation-related matters. However, I really hate the current practice of threading on twitter where someone writes 10, 20, 30, or 40 tweets in a thread. We've even invented an app to make these threads more readable.
Academic Facepalm (evaluation edition)
Back in December, I was searching for the #tenure hashtag on twitter. There was some discussion (probably stated by Jesse Stommel 😜) which prompted me to search for this #hashtag out of curiosity to see what was tagged. Along with heartwarming stories of people who've just earned tenure (a nice perk right before the winter break!), there was this wonderful tweet specimen...I'm
MOOC Completion...according to whom?
Wed, Jan 22 2020 12:22 | accomplishment, Badges, cMOOC, completion, coursera, CV, defunct, documentation, edx, futurelearn, learning, MOOC, Open2Study, xMOOX
The other day I had an interesting (but brief exchange) with Kelvin Bentley on twitter about MOOC completion. This isn't really a topic that I come back to often, given that completion-rates for MOOCs, as a topic, seems to have kind of died down, but it is fun to come back to it. To my knowledge, no one has come up with some sort of taxonomy of the different degrees of completion of a MOOC†.But
A decade in review...onward to 2020!
Wed, Jan 1 2020 16:57 | #altcred, #vconnecting, AR, athabasca, Badges, cMOOC, Educause, elgg, MOOC, Ning, NMC, QR, RSS, social networks, xMOOC
I didn't quite expect this, but it seems like everywhere you turn you see "a decade in review" news stories (radio and TV), "the internet" (in general) and blog posts, twitter threads, and Instagram stories (more specifically). I hadn't really thought about doing one of these posts, but what the hay, why not join in? 😜 . The last decade has certainly been eventful. I kicked off the
Brief notes on CC-Licensing, Copyright, and Greece
Disclaimer/Heads-up: This is a short post connected to my work on the Creative Commons Workshop (aka “mini book report” or “homework”). It’s not meant to be an exhaustive copyright analysis, nor legal advice. Reader discretion is advised. Oh yes - this is also licensed under CC-BY 4.0 😃For this final post for CC-Cert will look briefly at Greece, specifically with regard to Copyright
A learning circle, and CC-licensed handbook, for program admins
This blogpost is connected to my participation in this fall’s Creative Commons Certification course. The track that I picked was the educator track, but I’ll deviate a bit from the traditional educator track♦ and put on the hat of a college administrator♥. In my day job, I am the main administrative person for an online master’s program. To borrow a phrase - the “Soup to Nuts” guy
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