Category Archives: MOOC

Siemens and Downes on “Preparing for the Digital University”

For some great week-end reading in the edu world, I recommend George Siemens et al.’s “Preparing for the Digital University: a review of the history, and¬†current state of distance, blended, and online learning” which I first read about in Downes … Continue reading

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Yes, MOOCs Still Matter

I am sometimes forwarded articles from the Comical of Higher Ed and elsewhere that proclaim the death of the MOOC, that they are not ready for primetime, or that they are better for professional development. All of which I find … Continue reading

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When is a MOOC not a MOOC?

Statue of John Harvard Wikipedia The Comical of Higher Ed has a headline that says “Harvard U. Will Offer Exclusive MOOCs to Alumni.” After reading the article, the reader learns that what they are doing is giving alumni access to segments … Continue reading

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#Rhizome14: Community as Curriculum

This is my introductory post. I am participating in a MOOC facilitated by Dave Cormier called “Rhizomatic Learning – The Community is the Curriculum.” Dave’s 2008 article “Rhizomatic Education: Community as Curriculum” has informed many of my education projects since … Continue reading

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eLearning 101: Presentation from DET/CHE

I went to the DET/CHE conference in November and I had a presentation that I was going to give. What happened at the conference was interesting. After listening to other presentations and listening to the concerns, fears, and needs of … Continue reading

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eLearning 101: An Open Class for New Online Learners

Humboldt State University (Wikipedia) Our new class is slowly taking shape. The course will be based on our old DE 101 (Distance Ed 101) which in turn was based on HIM 100 (a Health Information Management class where we introduced … Continue reading

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Assessment and Accreditation of Learners using OER

Photo of Athabasca University (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Rory McGreal of Athabasca University presents on assessment of OER and OER University. “This paper examines existing and potential scalable approaches to formal assessment and accreditation to digital learning, comparing and contrasting such … Continue reading

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Open Ed 13: What Teach a MOOC? Are you crazy?

 Maria Andersen talks about her experiences with MOOCs.Twitter: @busynessgirlEmail: busynessgirl@gmail.com “If you’ve ever actually taught an online course, the thought of teaching a MOOC sounds like an absolutely crazy idea. It’s hard to get past the idea that you might … Continue reading

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Open Ed 13: OERs Rule, MOOCs Drool: MOOCs and DistRibuted Open Online Learning

Michael Caulfield discussed how MOOCs are being used.  “The “wrapped MOOC” has gained attention over the past year as a way to integrate MOOCs into traditional education. This presentation will present results of interviews with practitioners of this method to … Continue reading

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Open Ed 13: George Siemens

“George Siemens is a Professor at the Center for Distance Education and a researcher and strategist with the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI) at Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada. He is the author of the Connectivism theory of learning … Continue reading

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