Do (educational) discussion forums need managing?
I was reading Lisa's response to #bonkopen the other day. Both the post and the comments were quite interesting. One of the issues is blackboard as a platform. OK, sure, LMS in general stink - regardless of whether it's Moodle, Bb Learn, Bb Vista (formerly WebCT, ANGEL and so on. Lisa does prefer the distributed mode of communication which is typical in MOOCs like Change and CCK, but despite
Week 1 Recording of BonkOpen viewed - interesting
One of the things that participants need to do in #bonkOpen in order to receive a badge for being part in this MOOC, was to attend (or view the recording of) each weekly live session. I've said it before, and I will say it again: I am not a fan of synchronous conferences; I just don't like sitting there for an hour...or two...or three...listening to people do their thing. I prefer my visual
Drinking from the firehose!
Sat, May 5 2012 10:02 | #bonkopen, #change11, Analytics, learning, Learning Analytics, metacognitive, MOOC, paradigm shift
Well, the Bonk MOOC (Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success) is almost at the end of Week 1. There certainly is A LOT of discussion going on, with more than 3000 registered participants; at least that was the number at last count. I honestly would LOVE to see the analytics at the end of the MOOC. That would certainly be some cool data to crunch (and perhaps write
Online behaviors of faculty [the documentary]
This past week in Change11 we had George Veletsianos as the facilitator. It was a pretty nice week, I really enjoyed the three articles he posted as readings. It seems like most of the posts in the daily (the few posts) were about MIT and Harvard and EdX....yaaawwwwnnnnn....Seriously, isn't EdX just a continuation of the OpenCourseWare movement that MIT started? Let's just call it
Awoken from my change slumber for Week 34: where articles go to die?
I have come out of Change11 retirement (lurking status) this week (and probably the next few weeks). I was reading the Change11 daily yesterday when I noticed that George Veletsianos was facilitating the topic of Scholars' online participation and practices. I've been following George for a couple of years now, and I was really looking forward to this week, so I am back!I download the articles
Wow, our first citation!
A weird thing happened the other day. I was on my Google+ profile, looking to get the URL for my Google Reader Shared Items. By mistake I tapped on the URL for my google scholar profile and I noticed that one of my articles had a citation. A citation? A citation! For one of my co-authored articles? It seemed so! But who would cite us?Don't get me wrong, I believe that the quality of the work
It's the start of a new MOOC!
Sun, Apr 29 2012 09:35 | #bonkopen, #change11, #fslt12, academia, ds106, MOOC, motivation, podcast, teaching
Well, actually, it's the start of two new MOOCs!I know that Change11 and DS106 are still going, but change11 seems to be on life support. It seems to me anyway that the same 4-5 people are posting, and even though there are interesting people in these final weeks, most people have moved on, which is too bad. I still read the daily digest, and those 4-5 people post some thought provoking stuff, but
Free Course: Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online success
I am not sure if this counts as a MOOC, we'll see :-)In any case, I got this notice through coursesites.com the other day (I use coursesites to teach my research methods course this semester), and it seems interesting - at least I am curious about it.Here's the link to register for the course in case you are interested.Free, Open Course With Dr. Curt Bonk: Enroll NowPlease join us in CourseSites
Goal Setting in MOOCs
Last week I had a conversation with Lou McGill, a researcher collecting data for the Change11 MOOC. Our conversation was quite interesting and it seemed to be revolving around learner self-awareness and goal setting. I did take th change MOOC survey, but I have no idea what my responses were when I took it - it seems like such a long time ago (I know I have a copy of the responses, I am just too lazy
Programming vs Technology
Recently I read an article on the Chronicle of higer education on Program vs Technology. It was interesting, I'll give it that. It's just that recently (last couple of years) geeks both the blogosphere and the twittersphere seem to be longing for a time when computer science was taught in all of our schools (high school and specifically in this article University), and we've moved away from a "computer