No consensus on what engagement is?
I am taking a break from #change11 to continue some work on a paper that's been in my mind for a while but I haven't had much time to work on just yet. The overall topic is a proposal for a foursquare type of service for academic environments. Location Based Services fall a bit short because GPS doesn't figure out what rooms you are in, so the article is going to propose a hybrid of
MITx - MIT innovates again?
This morning in the local news there was a story about MITx, an set of courses that are designed to be done through the Web, with no face to face component that people can take for free. While the course will have an assessment component, if people want the credential of having taken and passed that course there will be a nominal fee for logging into a secure environment to take additional
Use your medium appropriately
I was reading an article on tablet computing that @rjhogue had emailed me and it brought to mind (again) the need to be able to rethink your processes and your affordances when working with a new medium. For example, looking at eBooks, most eBooks are just text - which is fine, but it doesn't utilize the medium (iPad) very well. Now take a look at Operation Ajax, a graphic novel on the iPad,
Digital Natives: Ten Years Later
Woohoo! A paper I wrote earlier this year (that has been bumping around in my head for a while) has made it to (virtual) paper :-) My Digital Natives paper has been published in the Journal of Online Teaching and Learning (a journal I've been reading for the past few years, at least since I got into instructional design)Abstract:A lot has been written about the digital native since the coining of
Causation, meet correlation
The other day I was thinking of the research methods class that I may be teaching in the spring (as of yet there are only two students signed up) and I was reading a research article for the literature review for the MobiMOOC paper that the MRT is working on. In this article quite a few things correlated, but I they didn't necessarily cause each other. To be fair, the researchers did not claim
WTF?! Journal gone wild!
Yesterday I got a note, presumably for an editor, to ask me to submit any manuscripts I have to the Journal of Strategies & Governance. The first thing that raised the "WTF" flag was that it wasn't just an email, but an email that contained a lot of quoted "Re:" text. Well, I thought, it may have been an undergraduate student who was asked to send this out and didn't know that they
Job: Graduate Student
I was reading this most recent PhD comic last night and I found it quite funny, partly because I think it's true. There are quite a few times when I get the same, or similar, reaction when I tell people that I work in academia, or that I am still pursuing my education. Most Greeks (and any other ethnicity I've come across for that matter) seems to view education as something that should
Need a break
It's been an interesting run for Change11, and we are now at Week 15 with the topic of Authentic learning. Next week, and the week after next, are break weeks, so no new content, at least from a subject matter expert perspective. I wonder if the daily mailer will still be coming to our inboxes, or whether that will take a break as well.I think I've reached my natural saturation point
Call for Participants - Language mMOOC research paper
In a previous post I wrote about a call for paper from Language Learning & Technology for their special issue on Mobile Language Learning. I've been thinking about mLearning, MOOCs and Language Learning for a while as a potential dissertation topic (when I get started with PhD program anyways). I was thinking that this would be a good place to start building a frameworks for mMOOCs
NERCOMP conference proposal accepted - woohoo!!!
A month (or more?) ago @cdetorres tweets me (or was it IM? I don't remember) about submitting proposal for the 2012 NERCOMP conference. I had gotten a notice about this, but I had completely forgotten about it, and I was working on a MobiMOOC related paper. In any case, the deadline was that evening and my brain was sufficiently tired to not want to do work. Despite this I ended up putting