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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I’m typing this on my way back home from the 2013 Eastern Division conference of the American Philosophical Association, a conclave where over a thousand philosophers (mostly professors and graduate students) gathered in Baltimore to ponder the universe, torture job-seekers and fret about funding for the field. Before the holidays, I argued that one method […]
This week, another discussion with someone whose work might help square some of the circles confronted by those involved with massive open online classes. The artist Lynne Harlow recently completed teaching a course entitled Experimenting with Collage for the online learning program created by New York’s Museum of Modern Art. MOMA has been at the […]
It’s been a few months since I tried my hand at applying some of the subject matter I’ve been studying to issues arising out of the existence of massive open online courses. I previously used course topics such as economics, utilitarianism and entropy as a springboard for discussion of meta-matters related to MOOCs, but today […]
I’m faced with a bit of a gap as junior year classes wrap up and senior year ones start, so no newsletter this week. While next week’s issue will feature a review of Coursera’s just-completed Mathematical Philosophy course, I’d like to take a brief look today at my experience trying to self-curate a course – […]
Last month, I talked about an Existentialism class offered by Saylor.org that is built from free material (iTunes U lectures, public domain readings, etc.) organized by a guiding hand into a course that can be described as curated, rather than produced and packaged like your standard MOOC. And because of the dearth of new MOOC […]
Given that I’m taking a wide range of courses meant to be useful not just for edification but for life, I like to occasionally look at the topic of free learning through the lens of one of the subjects I’m studying. A couple of weeks back, I went over some economics questions regarding MOOCs using […]
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