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Rebekah Nathan’s Freshman Year

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Book/Film Reviews

I just finished a book that provides an interesting response to the question I hinted at in my last posting, namely, what makes up that component of the college experience that seems to command so much more of the cost of college than do classes alone? My Freshman Year, by Rebekah Nathan (a pseudonym, for […]

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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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Interview with HarvardX Researcher Justin Reich

Today’s podcast guest is Justin Reich, Richard L. Menschel HarvardX Research Fellow, a Fellow at the Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and a visiting lecturer in the Scheller Teacher Education Program at MIT. Justin was that guy some of you saw on stage when Harvard released its research findings back in January.  And […]

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MITX and HarvardX Research Findings – The “Typical” Student

Time to blend some of the data dweebiness you’ve been reading in the first two installments in this series with some of the philosophy dweebiness that can be blamed directly on my One Year BA. In this case, the fusion between these two worlds derived from having been reminded of the relevance of a particular […]

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MITX and HarvardX Research Findings – CopyrightX

If I had been less of a wuss and chosen to drive through the snow to last Tuesday’s presentation of research findings from HarvardX, and had I made it and been fortunate enough to get to ask a question, the one I would have raised would have been about the results of one specific course […]

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MITx and HarvardX Research Findings – 1

While nature was dumping mounds of snow on the region (albeit less than promised), Harvard and MIT decided to release a comparable amount of data to the public that provides some important insight that can inform the next round of discussions surrounding MOOCs, discussions that promise to go beyond the inflated expectations that began 2013 […]

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Define MOOC

The author of this book on crowdsourcing took a bold move in trying to define the term in a way that would make it clear when one entity (like the t-shirt company Threadless) should be considered an example of the phenomenon while another (like Wikipedia) should not.  And since I’m writing a title for the […]

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An Answer to the Question of MOOC attrition rates?

Data relating to MOOC activity has been trickling out for quite some time.  For instance, the University of Edinburgh released this 42-page report detailing their analysis of statistics related to six courses they released via Coursera in 2013.  And data related to edX’s popular Circuits and Electronics course has been making the rounds for quite […]

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Measuring MOOCs – Human vs. Data

I had no sooner finished drafting a section of my senior thesis which hails Canada’s contributions to the massive learning phenom than a note arrived from George Veletsianos, Canada Research Chair at the Royal Roads University School of Education and Technology. In it, Professor Veletsianos pointed me towards an e-book he and his students put […]

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Stephen Downes

Anyone who has played this side of the street for even a little while will have run into Stephen Downes, one of the earliest participants in something that can (and was) called a MOOC and tireless champion for the vision of connectivist learning that makes up the “c” in “cMOOC” (which contrasts with the xMOOCs […]

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