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MOOCs: More than the Sum of their Parts

I finally got to star in my own MOOC! Well, a mini-MOOC anyway.  Or a SPOC.  Or whatever you want to call what we previously called “online learning” before the MOOC phenom created a new set of categories with associated acronyms. My course is actually an internal one for HarvardX that attempts to make the […]

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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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My HarvardX “Embed”

As some of you already know, I’ve recently started a six-month engagement as the inaugural Visiting Fellow at HarvardX. During that time, I’ll be focusing on how to improve assessment within HarvardX’s growing catalog of online learning experiences (which I’ve already learned should not all be described under the term “courses”). And my mandate (and […]

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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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Marketing MOOCs

A discussion I had last week with Justin Reich, the person who presented those HarvardX research findings back in January, got me thinking about the notion of whether marketing MOOCs is required to attract continued “customers” (i.e., students). This question actually derived from another one regarding enrollments and completion numbers for MOOCs delivered more than once.  […]

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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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The Trolley Problem

While the sessions of the American Philosophical Society I described yesterday covered work I hadn’t directly studied during my One Year BA (albeit by philosophers I had taken courses on), the last session I attended dealt directly with something first discovered through a MOOC course: The Trolley Problem. For those unfamiliar with it, the Trolley […]

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Senior Slump

I promised to deliver the good, the bad and the ugly with regard to this project, so in between some of the loftier commentary accompanying the end of my One Year BA, I need to fess up to the agro I’ve had completing my last course for Senior Year: HarvardX’s Science and Cooking. First off, […]

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