Pondering assigning groupwork...
Mon, Sep 19 2016 04:00 | assignment, Design, groupwork, INSDSG601, instructionalDesign, open teaching, teaching
The summer semester is over! Well, it's been over for several weeks now and the fall semester is in full swing, but I am not teaching this semester (focusing more on projects that have been on the back-burner for a while). Taking a break from teaching actually makes me think more about teaching in an odd way (I guess out of sight, but not out of mind).One of the courses that I teach is an intro
Educational Based Research - Part 1
Wed, Aug 13 2014 11:44 | #whyopen, appliedLinguistics, Creative Commons, Design, dissertation, EDDE801, INSDSG684, instructionalDesign, MOOC, OER, PhD, pondering, research, SLA
Well, in a week I will be in Edmonton starting off my EdD in distance education at Athabasca University. I know that most North American doctoral students probably don't think of their dissertation topic this early (I haven't even completed my first course), but I want to be pro-active and work on the thing while taking courses. So, Rebecca's post on Educational Design Research (EDR) was
Video Games and Learning MOOC - process throughts
Fri, Nov 15 2013 09:22 | cMOOC, collaboration, coursera, Design, learning, MRT, OER, research, videogames, xMOOC
Over the past few weeks I've been dabbling with a course on coursera designed by two professors from UW Wisconsin. I didn't realize who they were (Squire and Steinkueler) initially, but at the "course" progressed I realized that I had read some of their work before when I was reading about video games and learning. An added benefit was that there were some guest appearances by Jim Gee,
LMS, SIS, and empowering the learner
Last week I was reminded of the Canvas Network. Despite the fact that I have a friend and colleague that works for the company there are so many things happening at work that made me forget. In any case, I am glad I stumbled upon the Canvas Network again because it gave me an opportunity to see how another EdTech company, one whose bread-and-butter is the LMS, is approaching MOOCs. Last week I was
eLearning; mLearning; uLearning; xLearning....
It's been a whirlwind tour in mobimooc this year. Week 2 is almost done (I count my weeks by a 5-day weekday, rather than 7 days) and only one more week to go! I feel that I have not been as active in MobiMOOC this year as I was in the previous year. Perhaps it's because MobiMOOC is only half of the duration of last year's MOOC. It would be interesting to see how often I posted last
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
MOOCMOOC (μMOOC) Day 5 Reflections
OK, It's Friday, one more day of MOOCMOOC, and today's topic is about creating our own MOOCs. I've written about my own MOOC creation plans (centering around teaching of language). I had hoped that I would be able to do this as part of a dissertation, but since a potential dissertation is way way way out there in terms of timing, I think I may have to move on this sooner, rather than
It doesn't all start with engagement
I was reading a post on change11 the other day and this video was talked about. The essence of th video is that in education these days we've gone crazy with assessments and we forget about th learner. Fair enough, I believe that this is indeed true in some states and school systems, especially with things like no child left behind. The problem comes in (for me at least) when the people start talking
DS106 - Week 1 - the web domain.
This must be the easiest thing I've ever had to do for a course - absolutely nothing ;-) The preparatory items for this week include getting you own domain, which I have (http://www.club-admiralty.com) and getting some web server space. Having had a website for a long time that stuff is done. My website is designed using Rapidweaver. If you are a mac user, and you want something lighter weight than
Built-in Breaks for MOOCs
I viewed this week's live session yesterday afternoon (I really wish there were an export to MP3 function, I know WIMBA, one of the products going into Blackboard Collaborate allows this...but anyway - this isn't the MOOC facilitator's fault). In any case, I don't have much to say this week about the topic, so I will be catching up with things that other people write.I was brainstorming the other
Where does a MOOC begin life?
Thanks to Rebecca and her "Does a MOOC need a Needs Analysis?" post I was reminded that I needed to subscribe to George Siemens' blog :-) George has a recent post titled "Who are MOOCs for? Confused Personal Thoughts" in which he admits that previous MOOCs haven't been user needs driven, but rather driven by the facilitators themselves. His description reminded me a little of BarCamps or
I came across this Prezi course introduction to an "Intro to Learning on The Cloud" course. I have to say that from a teaching and learning perspective the course looks pretty compelling! This introduction was interesting as well, however there is a big caveat. I don't know if this was a self-paced presentation, or if it was used in an in-class presentation. As an in-class presentation I can see
Barriers to technology accessibility a myth?
I was reading an article recently on the 5 Myths of Mobile Learning. While I somewhat agree with most of what is said, I take issue with the "Accessibility and Cost Myth"This was perhaps one of the stranger myths I encountered, that personal mobile computing devices are inaccessible because of the inherent cost barriers. Looking around me here in India at the amazing rate of adoption of mobile devices
The value of being clear
Recently I was reading an article on Inside Higher Ed titled the dreaded grade appeal. Before I read it I thought to myself "here we go again! more faculty complaining about students appealing their grades!" I was pleasantly surprised to see that the article isn't really about grade appeals, but rather (if you read it clearly), about being clear in your expectation of the students taking your class.I
The PowerPoint Design Triangle
I saw this over at the PowerPoint ninja a while back and decided that it would be a good resource to post on here for all the PowerPoint n00bs.It's the PowerPoint Design Triangle - similar to any good-ol' project management/competing attention type of paradigm (gah! I used that word again!)Have a look - it's worth at least five minutes of your time :-)