The MOOCademy Awards

This tweet, from the co-founder of Coursera, highlights several troublesome aspects of the MOOC phenomenon and the manner in which we envision online education in an age of technological solutionism (see Morozov).…

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there’s a MOOC for that

once you start MOOCing you just can’t stop.

I had a great time connecting with folks from #etmooc – I especially enjoyed the synchronous blackboard sessions. Having never participated in an interactive online classroom before, it was a surreal experience to watch a presenters respond in real time to what I, a faceless student, scrawled on the blackboard slides.…

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Which Educators are Changing Higher Education?

I came across a piece from Smithsonian Magazine profiling Sebastian Thrun, the man behind the xMOOC prototype via Stanford’s Intro to AI course (the research community needs a shorthand for this) as well as Udacity.  Thrun won the Smithsonian’s American Ingenuity Award for Education based off his work in the MOOC world, and the magazine’s piece about him starts off as most smartly written puff pieces do:  a description of the location, the unique idiosynchracies of Thrun as he and the writer meet, a tangential topic that will show its relevance later…boilerplate journalism.…

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Multimedia Affordances Learning

 

 Mini Project 4 of Assignment 1 (MMEL)

This mini project will discuss research into cognitive theory and analyse application of the principles of multimedia affordances through a multimedia artefact (Health & Safety).

Mayer (2003) argues that in order to encourage deeper learning it is not the learning environment that is important, rather it is the learners ability to cognitively process the learning material.  It is, therefore, important to understand the nature of learning, and design multimedia learning materials which promote that cognitive process.   Mayer (2003) suggests a framework for multimedia learning which considers three assumptions suggested by cognitive science: the dual channel assumption, the limited capacity assumption, and the active learning assumption.

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