Tag Archives: Stephen Downes

Impacts of OER in Community College

I appreciate Stephen Downes take on OER – that there should be “no significant difference” between classes taught with OER or commercial text as far as outcomes go. I got into education to see that happen. The impact that I … Continue reading

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Connectivism, Neuroscience, and Education

I have never been comfortable with proclamations by educators or scientists (and yes, there is a difference) about how the brain works. The logical fallacy goes something like this: “we have isolated a mechanism in the brain, learning takes place … Continue reading

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Some Notes on Connectivism and Peer Review

A social network diagram (Wikipedia) I have been looking at social constructivism and the social generation of knowledge over the last week. I am interested in this line of thought because I feel that for us to really get a … Continue reading

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MOOCs and Student Support

Internet Penetration (% Population). Red indicates no statistics available. (Wikipedia) I read an article this week that I found via Stephen Downe’s blog that is from the eLearning Africa News Portal called “The Underlying Inequality of MOOCs” by Alicia Mitchell. … Continue reading

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MOOCs: Disruption is the Mother of Invention

Stephen Downes There is an article in the Boston Review by Thomas Leddy called “Are MOOCs Good for Students?” In this article Leddy claims that “MOOCs pose a great threat to the most important value of higher education: ‘literacy.’ By … Continue reading

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MOOCs, Group Work, and Instructional Design

Debate Chamber of the Oxford Union Society (Wikipedia) Everything Old is New AgainIn my last post I pointed out that all the arguments about MOOCs sound so much like the old arguments against online education in the 90s. One of … Continue reading

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MOOCs: Lets Do The Timewarp Again!

I love all the arguments from the 1990s that were leveled at online teaching and learning that are now being leveled at MOOCs. I re-read all of my favorite straw-man hits from the 90s including the digital divide, lack of … Continue reading

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MOOCs and Other Four-Legged Chickens

I have just moved to Humboldt State University. The college is fairly rural but we get a lot of folks from urban areas. I over heard a very interesting conversation between some students in the cafeteria.  One of them was … Continue reading

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What Part of MOOC Don’t You Understand?

Stephen Downes (Photo credit: WordShore) Educators who have not taken a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) and do not understand their history, are currently writing about these courses which is causing them to be inaccurately represented in the press. The … Continue reading

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MOOCs and Connectivist Instructional Design

George Siemens (Photo credit: heloukee) I am very interested in the instructional design of MOOCs. While I was working at Tacoma Community College, I co-taught a course called “Health Information Management 101.” The purpose of the course was to introduce … Continue reading

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