The Struggle to Define Our Jargon – Excerpts from MOOC Research

Note: I will use this space over the next month to share excerpts from my dissertation The Evolution & Impact of the Massive Open Online Course. The research was a Delphi study bringing together 20 MOOC experts to discuss the MOOC in educational, political, and sociocultural terms (slides from the oral presentation can be seen here).

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Tell me EVERYTHING about you: What’s next in #QuantifiedSelf?

Tell me EVERYTHING about you: What’s next in #QuantifiedSelf?:

…#clmooc reflection, interrupted. I’m guessing the Quantified Self, besides not having much privacy, may be less inclined to reflect and more restricted in opportunities. Can biometrics measure and identify a reflective state, if indeed the markers are uniform across the population?…

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Infographics to Enable Teaching and Learning

The opinion mill may be churning–some sources suggest infographics are dead, while others say we should move on to more appealing “story-telling agents.” But don’t yet discount their place in the classroom. Regardless of their web trend status, infographics’ ability to visually present complex data has stood the test of time.…

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Column by Emanuel Derman: Little Big Data

Column by Emanuel Derman: Little Big Data:

I’m not sure what #etmooc topic this belongs to. Maybe “Connected Learning – Tools, Processes & Pedagogy.” Sooner or later online education talk, mooc or not, turns to analytics…

Choosing what data to collect takes insight; making good sense of it requires the classic methods: you still need a model, a theory, or intuition to find a cause.

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What Does It Mean to be Digitally Literate?

On my drive to work this morning, the Roger, Darren and Marilyn were discussing how the “older” generation folks they have in their lives were struggling with things like Facebook, Twitter, Smartphones and things of this ilk. I found this discussion rather interesting for a number of reasons, first, I wonder if the likes of Roger, Darren & Marilyn might have been familiar with these tools five years ago; second, I was amazed (as I always am) at the speed of change when it comes to ICT; but third, I was pondering this discussion in light of the discussion led by Audrey Watters yesterday evening for #ETMOOC.…

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Big Data and Literacy

In my last post I wanted to try to pin-point some ideas that seemed important to me in reference to the discussion going on at ETMOOC and with Mozilla around digital literacy and web literacy. It has been really engaging with some great discussions
on these topics with people via ETMOOC, and through the Webmaker network, and
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Final notes from 1/24-25 National Mentoring Summit

I received an email from MENTOR today announcing that photos, videos and workshop presentations are now available at this link.

I’ve been working on a final recap expressing some of my observations. I wrote here and here… showing some of the people I met and comments I heard. Continue reading

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NATO Summit – Work Behind the Scenes

Leaders of NATO and aligned nations are in Chicago this week and will try to reach agreement on some big decisions. Do you think they do all the thinking, planning, brainstorming just while the leaders get together for a few days?… Continue reading

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