MOOC 4.No

Putty. Putty. Putty.
Green Putty – Grutty Peen.
Grarmpitutty – Morning!
Pridsummer – Grorning Utty!
Discovery….. Oh.
Putty?….. Armpit?
Armpit….. Putty.
Not even a particularly
Nice shade of green.
As I lick my armpit and shall agree,
That this putty is very well green.

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Same as it Ever Was – The Global Freshman Academy

When will people stop applying the Gartner Hype Cycle to MOOCs?  Wednesday’s announcement of the new ASU/edX partnership, the Global Freshman Academy (#CollegeMyWay), is the freshest coat of lipstick on the acronym.  I won’t get into the details or various criticisms (George Siemens and Jonathan Rees do a stupendous job as always, as does John Warner over at Inside Higher Ed), but suffice it to say, charging more than a community college to take online courses designed for didactic learners or adult learners fails to engage the stated visions of both ASU and edX.…

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Reinventing the Business of Education, Moderated by Ron Fredericks

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Mr. Fredericks, the technologist behind the vision and development of LectureMaker’s Cross-Domain eLearning Video Platform, moderates a lecture – with standing room only – on the Stanford campus from speakers on the topic of reinventing the business of education.
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Assignment 1 – What is Minecraft? #MCEMOOC #EVOMC15

Having had little experience with Minecraft in the first place, it has been a challenge to evaluate the different platforms, and while I fully understand why it is important to be aware of the limitations and affordances of the different platforms the game is available one, I decided to focus on understanding the underlying logic and usefulness of the game from a pedagogical perspective.…
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Outlining #msloc430 course topics and flow

I continue to think about opening up my course – MSLOC 430 – on enterprise social networks and knowledge sharing and am in the process of tweaking the course topics I cover and the general flow of the course.

My current back-of-the-blog-post thinking is to craft some new, open activities in the second half of the course in which we facilitate a set of conversations about one or two key questions: How do we lead (as formal leaders or informal change agents) within fully connected enterprises?…

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Experimenting with cMOOC design and facilitation: The continuing story started by #ETMOOC

I had the good fortune earlier this week to be invited to participate in a Google Hangout to explore the story of ETMOOC, a connectivist MOOC initiated in 2013 by Alec Couros, a professor of educational technology at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada.…

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What We Cannot Learn from the Udacity/GT Partnership

Today’s Chronicle of Higher Education features an article by Steve Kolowich about the potential impact of the Udacity/Georgia Tech/AT&T online master’s program on the future cost of higher education:

The program, which started last winter, pairs MOOC-like course videos and assessments with a support system of course assistants who work directly with students.

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The MOOC revolution did not take place.

The din of the MOOC world continues unabated, vacillating between the MOOC continuing its march toward Valhalla and the MOOC as a dying revolution in need of last rites.  The multiple personality disorder of MOOC coverage is most evident in last week’s tech-business articles about MOOC company Udaicty.…

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A creative writing MOOC to reclaim MOOCs

One of the earliest problems with the MOOC phenomenon was discord:  on one side there were distance/online education scholars devoted to digital learning as a transformative opportunity, on the other AI and Machine Learning mavens (whose models focused on the Tech side of EdTech) who were largely unaware of existing methods and progress and saw EdTech as a mechanism of convenience/ease/economy.  …

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Increase flow of operating resources to needed youth orgs

This is a graphic I've used many times to illustrate how people from any part of the Chicago region can be encouraging friends, co-workers, family, etc. to support tutor/mentor programs in high poverty neighborhoods with time, talent and/or dollars.

This is a graphic showing the home page of the Boston Indicators Project which I wrote about in an article on the Mapping for Justice blog.…
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