Half-way there! Mid-semester tired thoughts.
Wed, Oct 21 2015 16:22 | #gamification12, EDDE801, EDDE803, EDDE804, education, gamification, internship, MDE620, MOOC, PhD, popCulture, television, xMOOC
Well, in addition to being Back to the Future Day (you know, October 21, 2015), I noticed that my count-down on my phone is telling me that it is also exactly mid-semester! We have completed 44 days of coursework and there are 44 more days to go! EDDE803 is progressing smoothly I would say, the internship in MDDE 620 is still pretty interesting, and the forums there are quite active. I
xMOOCs as on-demand documentary viewing
Mon, Oct 19 2015 05:00 | #creativityHE, #ioe12, CC, cMOOC, completion, coursera, documentary, education, learning, MOOC, OER, participation, PhD, xMOOC
For the past semester I've mostly ignored synchronous learning on coursera. Instead of consuming materials as they are released, I log in once a week, download the videos for the course, and I keep them in my video library. If there are textual materials available as well, I donwload those, but I tend to focus more on video materials. When inspiration (or curiosity) strikes, I dive into
So long, farewell, auf viedersehen, adieu! ;-)
Fri, Oct 16 2015 05:00 | communities, CoP, EDDE802, EDDE806, INSDSG, NERCOMP, network, Ning, PhD, research, social, UMass
Well, after a couple of month of not paying the Ning bill UMassID.com is dead! Well, the domain is still fine, @cdetorres got that one for 10 years, but the Ning community that it pointed to is pretty much dead.So what is was UMassID.com? Well, back in 2008, when I started my MEd in instructional design, the outgoing class was looking for a new president for the student association (GIDA - Graduate
Week 5 down... Week 6 here we come!
Tue, Oct 13 2015 05:00 | EDDE803, education, gamification, instructionalDesign, internship, linguistics, MDE620, MOOC, PhD, xMOOC
Time seems to be on fast forward these days. Either that or I have too many things to do, and not enough time to do them in. When did week 5 just end? Time flies when you're having fun, and when you have a ton of your plate I guess. The past couple of weeks on EDDE 803 have been relatively 'quiet'. We haven't had discussion forums, and our live session was cancelled due
Lurk on, dude, lurk on!
Mon, Oct 5 2015 04:30 | #mobimooc, assessment, cMOOC, completion, CoP, disruption, documentary, engagement, learning, lurker, MOOC, participation, PhD, SNA, xMOOC
The other day, while catching up on my (ever growing) pocket reading list, I came across a post from, friend and fellow MobiMOOC colleague, Inge on MOOCs. It was a rather on-the-nose post about MOOCs, learning, assessment, and the discourse used in MOOCs about learners. Concurrently I am working with a Rhizo team on a social network analysis post where the topic of 'completion' came up, and
The other day I was reading a recent post by Jenny Mackness on questions about being open. Jenny had attended the recent ALT-C conference and was responding to a fellow ALT-C participant's questions on openness. Specifically Viv Rofle ponders:I’m questioning not just openness by my motives behind wanting to contribute to it.What motivates academics and teachers to get involved in areas of
Are job titles passé?
I was reading this post on InsideHigherEd the other day by Joshua Kim. The post, A plague of directors, which was a bit comical; the mental image that came to mind was one of plague carrying zombies with name tags that said "director" - yeah, I know, sometimes my imagination runs wild and comical video games like Plants vs. Zombies get mixed in with titles like Josh's.Joshua wonders if
Participation somewhat achieved - lurking only partial (PSA-LOP).
I was thinking of CLMOOC, and more specifically my participation in it this past summer. I still see some posts in the Facebook group for clmooc, which draw my attention to the MOOC that I really didn't participate in, and I have a look at the posting from time to time.CLMOOC (2015) in theory had all the raw ingedients for me to be active in a MOOC. There were people there I knew
Week 2 of 13 sort of done
Sat, Sep 19 2015 04:00 | autoethnography, cMOOC, dissertation, EDDE803, EDDE805, education, INSDSG, learning, MDE620, MOOC, PhD, pMOOC, reflection, research, rMOOC, xMOOC
If I think about it long enough...I would say that rubber has met the road, with week 2 of EDDE803 almost over. People have started being active in the course forums, interesting perspectives and illustrative stories are shared and discussed, and projects are in progress! This semester we are joined by two members of Cohort 6, who I think will be added to our cohort, and thus adding to the diversity
Second life? Whatsdatnow?
Last week I was reading this article about abandoned campuses on Second Life - you know the virtual world that took the educational world by storm back in 2008(ish) and is now more or less synonymous with major flops and misdirects in educational technology.For the past few days I've been looking like a madman through old backups of screenshots I had taken when I was more active in second life; to