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MOOCs in 2015

Now that we’re a good three years past “The Year of the MOOC,” I decided to see how far we’ve come since the New York Times named 2012 after the massive open online course by looking at what it would take to put together a new One Year BA curriculum using free-learning resources available two […]

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Esprit de Course

Part of the professional test-design experience I’m trying to bring to MOOC development includes the generation of specific learning objectives (tied to overall course goals) that spell out exactly what students should know after being exposed to course materials such as lectures and reading. This type of detailed breakdown will be familiar not just to […]

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Inside Higher Education Survey on Online Learning

In recent years, the publication Inside Higher Education has published a Survey on Faculty Attitudes Towards Technology, the most recent of which highlighted continuing skepticism over online learning in general. The summary article linked above provides a good abstract of the Insider Higher Education survey results, and reading that (and the detailed results) over, there […]

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Making MOOCs

A number of people have asked about what’s it’s like being on the inside of the MOOC-development process, now that my recent Fellowship puts me in the middle of the action of course creation. While I could wax rhapsodic about the joy of working with smart and dedicated colleagues (vs. just consuming their output, as […]

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The Educational Technology Paradox – The Shallows

We just recently updated our kids’ tele-technology, letting the older boy purchase his first smartphone (an Android) and getting our younger one a device just for phoning and texting (no data). At 15 and 12 respectively, they’re a bit behind their peers with regard to personal tech.  In addition to those phones, the family still […]

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Mother Minerva Project

If the phrase “wrecking balls smashing through windows of classrooms” (with an accompanying image) is showing up in a popular mainstream magazine, that can only mean that another high-tech “alternative to college as we know it” option has come online, generating zeal and condemnation similar to the year-long roller coaster ride the MOOC story took […]

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Learning by Doing

Well my break from blogging was not accompanied by a break from thinking about the subject of learning, especially that mix of real world and virtual learning experiences that might ultimately lead to a genuine rewriting of the rules of education. The first experience which triggered this line of thought came from a visit to […]

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Competency Based Learning

One of the regrets I had while writing that upcoming MIT Press book on MOOCs was that the laser-focus of the Essential Series did not offer the chance to include a wider discussion of how Massive Open Online Courses fit into a wider ecosystem of educational experimentation. Long before “The Year of the MOOC” (previously […]

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Beyond the MOOC Hype/Disruptor, Distracter or What?

As I started to dedicate the summer’s Monday “Cost of College” postings to book (and occasional film) reviews, it dawned on me that some works specifically on MOOCs have so far gone undiscussed on this site. To rectify that glaring deficiency, I’d like to talk about a book and monograph that provide important information to […]

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MOOCs In Search of a Problem

That web site update I mentioned earlier will likely be finished over the weekend and for blog readers the only significant change will be that these entries will now appear on a specific blog page, rather than making up the entirety of the site. New pages focus on my upcoming book (which now looks slated […]

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