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
eLearning 3.0: How do I show my expertise?
With my dissertation proposal in the hands of my committee and off for review, I thought I'd participate in a MOOC while I wait to hear back. Yes, I do have some articles that have piled up (which may be of use to my dissertation), but I thought I'd be a little more social (lurk a little, post a little). The funny thing is that as soon as I lamented the lack of cMOOCs...there it was, eLearning
Mentor-Teacher-Hybrid Presence-course design...
Fri, Oct 28 2016 03:30 | #altcred, Badges, CoI, gamification, HybridPresence, INSDSG601, mentoring, pondering, research, teaching
This semester is turning out to be one that is quite busy. It was a good idea to not teach a graduate this semester so I can focus on my dissertation proposal, however (like that irresistible desert at the end of the meal) various collaborative projects have come in to fill the "void" left in my schedule from not teaching (the one that is supposed to be going into dissertation prep), and these
Getting beyond rigor
Sun, May 8 2016 02:00 | academia, Badges, INSDSG601, instructionalDesign, pondering, rhizomatic, rigor, teaching
The other day I got access to my summer course on Blackboard. With just under 25 days left to go until the start of courses, it's time to look at my old syllabus (from last summer), see what sorts of innovations my colleague (Rebecca) has in her version of the course, and decide how to update my own course. I had some ideas last summer, but since then the course has actually received an
Gimme an El! Gimme a Pee! Gimme and Ess and an Ess!
Thu, Mar 31 2016 03:00 | #altcred, #DALMOOC, #NRC01PL, Badges, cMOOC, CoP, MOOC, open learning, PLE, social, SocialMedia, socialPresence
What does that spell? elp-ss-ss ;-) OK...well that sounded more funny in my head...Anyway! Week 5 of NRC01PL (last week! All caught up! yay!) was about Learning Performance Support Systems. My first introduction to LPSS (a brief one at that) was in an instructional design course almost 10 years ago (if my memory works). The funny thing is that we did talk about LPSS (without using
Seeking the evidence
Wed, Mar 9 2016 03:30 | #blendkit2012, #oldsmooc, achievement, assessment, Badges, cMOOC, evidence, gaming, INSDSG601, INSDSG684, MOOC, pMOOC, xbox
In my quest to catch up on Pocket - before the news becomes stale, I came across this post by cogdog on seeking the evidence behind digital badges.The anatomy of the Open Badge include the possibility of including links to evidence for the skill that you are being badged for. Of course, just because there is an associated metadata field available for people to use, it doesn't mean
Gamifying Learning - EDDE 803 edition
Tue, Nov 10 2015 06:00 | #gamification12, Badges, EDDE803, games, gamification, instructionalDesign, InstructionalTechnology, MOOC, Presentation, xMOOC
It feels like it's been a long time since I've written here. Well, still here, still alive, still cracking away at those books, and articles, and assignments for 803. Initially, before this course started,I thought it would be a walk in the park given my background in instructional design. Maybe that was my error. While, content-wise, it is a walk in the park (given my background)
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
Thu, May 28 2015 08:56 | #rhizo15, appliedLinguistics, assessment, Badges, competency, computerScience, instructionalDesign, learning, MBA, MOOC, xMOOC
Image from Flickriver, Brian HillegasA few days ago, and totally by stroke of chance, I happened upon a twitter discussion between @HybridPed, @otterscotter, @actualham, and a few others. I am not sure what the original topic was but I came in when they were discussing assessment. Do we assess learning or competency? Some regarded learning as transcending competency and some saw competency
Post-Grades Assessments...and Grades...
Tue, May 19 2015 05:00 | #et4online, #ioe12, assessment, Badges, grading, INSDSG601, instructionalDesign, MOOC
I wrote (a few days ago) that I am re-designing an introductory course in instructional design (see syllabus here). In my assessment activities I've decided to go with a pass/not pass model. There will still be something approximating traditional rubrics and categories for different things that learners need to address in each activity, but I am toying with the idea of doing away
Tepid about Tenure
Sat, Jun 28 2014 13:44 | #altcred, 2cents, Badges, INSDSG619, INSDSG684, PhD, pondering, research, teaching, tenure, work
I am back home, and with vacation behind me I guess it's time to get back to work. I've got the day-job for which I've already created a list of tasks to undertake; the teaching of my newly renumbered course INSDSG 684 (formerly 619) and the updates I want to make to the course materials as well as gearing up for my #altcred experiment, version 2.0; and finally the Great Big MOOC Book which I
No Walled Gardens badge
Wed, Apr 2 2014 11:05 | #altcred, #rhizo14, Badges, engagement, INSDSG619, instructionalDesign, motivation, PLE, teaching
Well, we are in Week 9 (or 13) in the course I am teaching this semester, and the badges experiment is continuing! This weekend, as I was reading assignment submissions, I saw that some students, in their design documents, have started incorporating Web 2.0 tools (should we just call them "web tools" now?) that encourage the use, formation, or exploration of personal learning environments
Discussion Kindler Badge - revealed!
Well, it seems one more week has passed by in INSDSG619, and one more badge had been earned by some learners, and therefore revealed to everyone! Last week the Discussion Initiator was revealed, and this week, the Discussion Kinder has come out!Discussion KindlerDescription:This badge is awarded to students who have made an effort to keep the discussion going by responding to peers and helping to tease
One More Badge - discovered!
We are now in the middle of Week 7 (of 13) of the course I am teaching (INSDSG 619: The Design and Instruction of Online Courses) and one more of the secret badge is revealed!Discussion InitiatorCriteria: Must hit all elements of the discussion board grading rubric,Must be the first to respond in any given week, Must be a post that encourages other to respond and engage in discussion (i.e. have
(Some) Secret Badges Revelaved!
Well, Week 4 has begun in the graduate course I am teaching, and it was time to tally up some numbers to see if any secret badges needed to be released and awarded to students in the course. Of the 8 secret badges I designed for this course, four of them have been discovered by students one-quarter of the way through the course! This is actually pretty nifty! So what are the secret badges
The forum is an illusion
Fri, Feb 21 2014 07:00 | #altcred, #rhizo14, Badges, INSDSG, INSDSG619, INSDSG697RM, instructionalDesign, LearnerAnalysis, LearningStyle
Well, last week of #rhizo14 and we're all pondering where to go from here, planning the next steps I guess. Although I am getting the distinct feeling that participants are going through the stages of grief ;-) In any case, the topic of this last week ties into enabling student independence, which was the topic of week 3, except that this week it feels more like kicking the birds out of
What MOOCs Can Do for the Traditional Online Classroom (Part I)
Note: An MS Word or PDF version of this can be found here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/205134044 IntroductionIt’s been a few years of extreme sentiments around MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). 2012 was proclaimed the year of the MOOC (Pappano, 2012). 2013 was the year that MOOC criticism was the new trendy or “in” thing (Rees, 2013). Perhaps in 2014 we’ll move away from such dichotomies and
FutureLearn Corpus Linguistics course - first thoughts
Fri, Jan 31 2014 11:46 | #altcred, #edcmooc, #rhizo14, apling629, Badges, cMOOC, corpusLinguistics, coursera, futurelearn, linguistics, metaMOOC, MOOC, VLC, vygotsky, xMOOC, ZPD
Check, check. Is this thing on?Linguistics isn't generally considered a topic, like one of those sexy STEM courses, that everyone talks about when they talk about degrees and fields to study for job related purposes. For this reason we haven't seen a lot of linguistics related MOOCs. Last year we had the Virtual Linguistics Campus offer three MOOCs using their own approach to teaching MOOCs which
New Year, New Badges!
"Design Gold" badgeHappy and Prosperous 2014 to anyone who is reading this :-)Since it's a new year, and the semester is starting in about a month's time, I've decided to spend the month-and-a-half between semesters thinking about the course that I teach: The Design and Instruction of Online Courses, a course for graduate level instructional design students. I was first assigned the course
Badge MOOC Challenge 6: Building a Successful Badge System
Tue, Oct 15 2013 04:30 | #altcred, #ESLMOOC, #OpenBadgesMOOC, Badges, cMOOC, dissertation, education, ESL, Evaluation, instructionalDesign, languageAcquisition, MOOC, mozilla, PhD
Trust Network BadgeWell, this is it! We are in the final week of the #OpenBadgesMOOC, and this is the last post (for badge purposes anyway) from Mozilla's #OpenBadgesMOOC. As with previous blog posts in this series I am brainstorming about including badges in an #ESLMOOC that I am thinking of designing, developing, implementing and them studying for a potential PhD. With this week's
Badge MOOC Challenge 5: Authentic Assessment and Evidence for a Badge Ecosystem
Fri, Oct 11 2013 16:00 | #altcred, #ESLMOOC, #OpenBadgesMOOC, Badges, cMOOC, dissertation, education, ESL, Evaluation, languageAcquisition, MOOC, mozilla, PhD
The real badge?Alright! The penultimate week in #OpenBadgesMOOC, brought to us by Mozilla and Coursesites. Continuing this week is the exploration of how badges can be incorporated into this #ESLMOOC that I've been thinking about designing, implementing, and hopefully collecting some data for some interesting analysis. Dissertation-wise it seems like a good topic, but considering
Badge MOOC Challenge 4: Accreditation and Validation Frameworks for a Badge Ecosystem
Sat, Oct 5 2013 11:39 | #altcred, #ESLMOOC, #OpenBadgesMOOC, Analytics, Badges, cMOOC, dissertation, education, ESL, Evaluation, languageAcquisition, LearnerAnalysis, Learning Analytics, MOOC, mozilla, PhD
Value Map BadgeIt's Saturday, so it must be #OpenBadgesMOOC time :) The thing that I just noticed about these badges on the #OpenBadgesMOOC is that if you look closely enough they look stitched. Maybe there is an easter egg hidden somewhere, whereby if you earn all #OpenBadgeMOOC badges they send you a sash with all of them stitched on - LOL :)In any case, it's the end of Week 4 on the
Badge MOOC Challenge 3: Competency Frameworks for a Badge Ecosystem
Sat, Sep 28 2013 10:06 | #altcred, #ESLMOOC, #OpenBadgesMOOC, Badges, cMOOC, education, ESL, Evaluation, languageAcquisition, MOOC, mozilla, PhD
Custom is an odd name of a badge :)Week 3 of the Mozilla Open Badges MOOC on Coursesites (half way through) and we are continuing our exploration of using badges for the #ESLMOOC. As with previous posts, the prompt of the challenge comes first followed by my thoughts on the subject.Prompt:Challenge Assignment 3: Competency Frameworks for a Badge EcosystemAt the next level of complexity, we consider
Badge MOOC Challenge 2: Define the Currency of an Ecosystem
Fri, Sep 20 2013 05:00 | #altcred, #ESLMOOC, #OpenBadgesMOOC, Badges, cMOOC, education, ESL, Evaluation, languageAcquisition, MOOC, mozilla, PhD
It's week two (of six) in the #OpenBadgeMOOC and the challenge for this week is to think about and define the Currency of an Ecosystem. As with the first blog post in this series, this thought process relates to the #ESLMOOC that I am thinking of developing as part of a potential dissertation proposal, and the writing instructions for this challenge are posted in the first part of the blog post,
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
Don't close the doors yet - OLDSMOOC has one more thing!
I got an email the other day that I was awarded a badge on OLDSMOOC (one of the peer reviewed badges), which prompted me to go into Cloudworks to see if there were any more peers that needed evaluating. I had already completed one peer review (see here for the first one) so why not complete a second one?It turns out that Itana Gimenes had submitted all her materials for the Learning Designer
OLDSMOOC: Peer Review #1
OK, s, I (re)discovered that there are some crowd-sourced badges. I knew this in the first week of the course, but somewhere along the lines I forgot about them (probably because I wasn't planning on applying for those badges anyway ;-) )In any case, if you are participating in OLDSMOOC, do have a look at the badge application page, and help out a fellow oldsmoocer! I'm doing my part
End of CFHE12
Well, another MOOC is now complete! I still have a few more readings in Pocket to go through, blogs from fellow bloggers. I have to say that the materials in this MOOC weren't a revelation for me. I have encountered these topics before in my professional career, especially more recently when topics like MOOCs and alternative credentialing and badges are hot topics. If I already knew
Open Education - The Badge Edition!
With the Introduction to Open Education course now done (and only 6 months late!), I decided to consolidate all of my posts here for the badge requirement achievement requirements. I hope I am not too late to claim these badges ;-)OpenEd Overview Requirements (Novice level, complete for all 12 topics to earn the badge)Watch the topic video.Skim the topic readings.Write a short blog post summarizing
MOOCs, and accreditation
Mon, Sep 10 2012 17:00 | #change11, accredidation, Badges, cMOOC, coursera, Design, instructionalDesign, mobiMOOC, MOOC, participation, xMOOC
It's quite interesting, but the topic of MOOCs and accreditation keeps coming up :-)The post that prompted this blog post came from a post I saw on MobiMOOC today regarding information assessment and recognition of success. In MobiMOOC 2012 one of the new things that is baked into the course is the awarding of badges, with an eye toward Mozilla's Open Badges. There are currently three types of
Open Assessment - More than just badges
This week on #ioe12 I tackled Open Assessment. Now, I am no newbie to badges. I can't say I've been there "since day 1," but it was pretty darned close! Before going through these materials, which included a a video from the launch of the HASTAC and MacArthur Foundation DML competition, I thought of open assessment as something that dealt with badges for life long learning, and something that
OpenSyl - A badge for the OpenEd Assessment Designer challenge
With more than half of #ioe12 done, I decided to tackle the OpenEd Assessment designer badge. You can see my crude attempt at a badge on the right. The background is taken from David Wiley's stock badges, with an overlay of the Open Access logo (I like the unlocked padlock) on a Syllabus that is on a scroll. I was going for a Wax Tablet (going with my Greek roots), but I could not find
GameMOOC, final(isg) thoughts & distinctions
So, gamemooc is over! Well, almost! It's on Hiatus! We've completed 5 weeks (of the 6 in total) with Week 6 coming back on September 10th to wrap up. I've noted it in my calendar, and hope to be able to come back and wrap up.Coming into this MOOC I wasn't sure what to expect. It was using a site meant for guild communications, which seemed apropos for the topic, but at the same
GameMOOC Weeks 3 & 4
Mon, Aug 6 2012 17:30 | #gamemooc, assessment, Badges, games, gamification, gaming, motivation, open
We have now entered week 5 (of 6) of GameMOOC, and I completely forgot to add a quick synopsis of take-aways for the past couple of weeks (time flies!) So here is a quick synopsis of notable things in these two weeks.Week 3: GamificationWeek 3 was all about gamification. There were a number of interesting discussion thread this week, and one of them (which also produced an interesting
#ioe12 OCW: Expansion Pack 2
As part of the researcher badge requirements I need to also contribute some new resources to the course for fellow participants. Here are some sources that I have found interesting:Academic ArticlesFriesen, N. (2009). Open Educational Resources: New Possibilities for Change and Sustainability. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning. 10(5). Retrieved from: http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/664/1388This
#ioe12 OCW: The Expansion Pack
I thought that the OCW week would be a good week to work on the Researcher Badge for #ioe12 for two reasons: I am a big proponent of Open, especially with openly sharing and iterating through better course materials; and up until recently (#NMC12 to be specific) I wasn't completely clear as to the goals of OCW. Yes, I could have reader the fine "about OCW," but I didn't - my bad :-)In any case, my
Open-Licensing :: The Expansion Pack
One of the things that we need to do for #ioe12 (to earn the "researcher" badge) is to provide some additional resources for three topics. This week I will be contributing some resources for the Open Licensing portion of the course.Scholarly ResourcesSawyer, M.S. (2009). Filters, Fair Use and Feedback: User Generated Content Principles and the DMCA. Berkeley Technology Law Journal. 24. pp 363-404.If
Come get your badges!
Rhizomatic Week Achievement in Change11An interesting brainstorm item on gaming, motivation and achievement came up while reading and commenting on Jaap's blog. This particular blog is about badges (or achievements) in MOOCs. Interestingly enough I also saw Dave Cormier's tweet about having a badge on his blog (seemed like a tongue in cheek post). Serious, or not, I've included the image in this post.In
In defense of badges?
I love MOOCs, because it gives me an opportunity to meet interesting people and read what they have to say. It's both educational and a discovery tool! In any case, I read a blog post by Alex Reid today on the aversion to badges (you know, those things that you get for "achieving" stuff in various places and services." (I'd link to the article but my laptop has crashed three times today