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Open Education for a Better World

I am excited about this and have volunteered to be a course mentor. Whenever someone hears me talking about OER coming from the community rather than a publisher, this is what I mean: the University of Nova Gorica and UNESCO … Continue reading

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MOOCs, Student Success, and Instructional Design

One of the common problems with online learning and MOOCs is student success and retention. Traditionally, there is a large gap between the success and retention rates of face-to-face and online courses. Just as some students need help in understanding … Continue reading

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Online Learning Efficacy Research Database

One of the challenges with working with faculty new to online teaching and learning is helping them to understand that learning modality (online or off) is not a factor in student success. Oregon State University is meeting this challenge with … Continue reading

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Why Open Matters

For myself, “open” covers open pedagogy, open education resources, and open textbooks. I think open education is one of the most significant things to hit education in 500 years – probably since the invention or the wide-spread use of cheap … Continue reading

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Betsy DeVos Cancels Solar Eclipse

I don’t know if you have gotten this letter yet. Seems a little strange to me but I guess that is where we are now:  August 16, 2017 Dear Fellow Educator, I am writing this letter to announce that the … Continue reading

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Course Rubrics: OEI

The first rubric I will look at in this first of a seven-part series looking at course evaluation rubrics is the California Community College’s Online Education Initiative rubric. Who wrote it? This rubric was created by the California Community College … Continue reading

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Evaluating Online Courses: a prelude

This is the first of a seven part series examining how different institutions evaluate online courses. Each of the seven blog postings after this will feature a different rubric from a different institution for evaluating online courses.  I am specifically … Continue reading

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CmapTools for iPad

I have used Cmap on nearly every computer I have owned or worked with. It is a very useful tool and, I think, very under-rated. I used to think it was difficult to work with until I had a conversation … Continue reading

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A Letter to Blackboard on W²3k

Dear Blackboard, GBC Education Consulting’s upcoming new product “WidgetWare 3000” (aka W²3k) is going to revolutionize education. This will be THE killer app for schools that changes the way we think about teaching and learning. In fact, it will change everything. … Continue reading

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On Learning Objectives: A Response to Jeff Noonan

Jeff Noonan wrote a great blog posing called “Ten Theses In Support of Teaching and Against Learning Outcomes.”I have called this a “response” but what it is really semi-random notes. This will be one of those postings that folks in … Continue reading

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