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MOOC Infographics

Every few weeks, someone seems to reach out and let me know about an interesting MOOC infographic that highlights important information (facts, stats, etc.) regarding some aspect of massive open online learning. I’ve let them collect, waiting for a day when other obligations takes precedent over generating new material for the blog.   And with tomorrow’s […]

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DML Research Hub – Not Just MOOCs

Well it was a great time at last week’s Digital Media and Learning/ DML Research Hub  conference in Boston. Not only did I run into one of my professors at the event (Pia Sörensen from edX’s Science and Cooking), but I also had the chance to hang out (albeit too briefly) with Jim Groom, the […]

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A funny thing happened as I attempted to turn from a fanatic to a leisurely learner. My original thought was that once I was done taking eight courses every three months as part of last year’s Degree of Freedom project, I would still continue to take a couple of courses at leisure, with time now […]

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MOOCs and the Engagement Funnel

I can understand the hesitancy of superimposing a metaphor like the sales funnel onto education, given that it tends to treat individual students as either objects or customers.  But if we can get past the educator’s understandable distaste for applying terminology that originates from the world of business to the business of education, I think […]

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The MOOC Funnel

Apologies for the paucity of postings this week, but with the kids off for school vacation and lots of snow on the ground, I decided to go light on the blogging front, although I did want to finish up that thought I started last time with regard to the metaphors we use to describe the […]

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Standing Still

One of my favorite ways of studying historic change is to look at it through the eyes of someone who did not modify his or her position or disposition, regardless of the fact that consensus was dramatically transforming around them. The most dramatic example of this would be Cato the Younger who did not budge […]

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MOOCs and Lifelong Learners

In both the backlash stories I wrote about last week and responses to my backlash backlash pieces, a certain argument seems to be repeated that asks why schools and investors should be sinking millions into creating educational resources (i.e., MOOCs) that we all know just benefit older, educated, professional (and by implication well-off, middle-class) lifelong […]

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The Pragmatic Maxim

Time again to take a look at MOOC and other forms of free learning from the perspective of another one of the subjects I’m studying: Pragmatic philosophy. I’ve been learning about Pragmatism through a second attempt at a self-study course, one which is going much more smoothly than the first, probably because excellent resources are […]

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MOOCs and the Flipped Classroom

I suddenly remembered that piece I wanted to write before getting into the whole backlash backlash last week.  So with Thanksgiving break looming, time to take a look at the latest role MOOC makers are hoping their programs will play: supporting the flipping of the classroom. For the few of you reading this who aren’t […]

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Innovation vs. Fad – A MOOC Thought Experiment

A number of years ago, I wrote occasional pieces for a now-defunct online publication that focused on the intersection of economics, politics and culture.  And while my writing centered on the culture and politics bits, my favorite economist at the journal was Arnold Kling (whose work can still be found here). A couple of days […]

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