Teachers College, Columbia University – MOOCs: Expectations and Reality

The Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University has published a study that serves as an exploration of the goals of institutions creating or adopting MOOCs and how these institutions define effectiveness of their MOOC initiatives. Academic Partnerships is featured in this study.

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#etmooc: Singing Happy Birthday to a Course

It’s not often that I’m invited to attend a birthday party for a course—but then again, it’s not often that I find myself immersed in a learning opportunity that produces the sort of sustainable community of learning that #etmooc has.

etmoocThat wonderful massive open online course (MOOC)—the Educational Technology and Media MOOC that Alec Couros and others offered to great acclaim in early 2013—was something that many of us heard about from colleagues or simply stumbled across during our general online explorations of MOOCs last year.

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Time Travel, Personal Learning Networks, and Rhizomatic Growth

Let’s engage in some trainer-teacher-learner time travel; let’s revel in a wonderfully and gloriously circular learning moment whose beginning and end have not yet stopped expanding—and won’t if you decide to enter into and further expand this moment as part of a connected educator network.…

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Free MOOC – Human Element: An Essential Online Course Component

Faculty eCommons

Please join Whitney Kilgore, Vice President, Academic Partnerships and Samantha Duque, Senior Consultant, Academic Partnerships International for a free, online MOOC starting October 21, 2013 through November 24, 2013.
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Students want to know their instructor. ……

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Designing Great Comment Love in Peer to Peer Learning

Sally Field’s  ”You like me! Right now!” Oscar acceptance speech 

One of the most important aspects of being part of a peer to peer learning environment such as ds106 is engaging in the art of giving, receiving and eliciting critical feedback.

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#etmooc and #lrnchat: When Communities of Learning Discuss Community—and Produce Results

There was no need this week to read yet another book or article on how to effectively create and nurture great communities. Participating in live online sessions with colleagues in two wonderful communities of learning (#etmooc, using the #etmchat hashtag and a Google+ community for online exchanges, and #lrnchat) provided experiential learning opportunities among those trainer-teacher-learners: participating in discussions to explore what makes our communities attractive or unattractive, and contributing to the conversations in ways that produced immediate results, e.g., a name for a new learning community that is in the early stages of formation in Australia.…

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On Learning, Testing, and Being Tone Deaf

There are plenty of reasons to believe that multiple-choice and true-false tests are among the worst ways to measure whether learning is successful; in the best of circumstances, they tend to measure only the lowest levels of learning achieved, and in the worst of situations they leave respondents without any acceptable responses from which to choose.…

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MOOCS: Additional Reflections on Great (and Not-So-Great) Expectations

We’re far from finished with our efforts to determine how massive open online courses (MOOCs) will fit into our learning landscape, recently published articles and personal experiences continue to suggest.

A MOOCmate’s engaging “A Record of My #ETMOOC Experience, 2013”; a Chronicle of Higher Education article suggesting that “The MOOC ‘Revolution’ May Not Be as Disruptive as Some Had Imagined”; and my own extensive and ongoing reflections on  #etmooc (the Educational Technology & Media MOOC developed and facilitated by Alec Courous and his wonderful gang of “conspirators” earlier this year) and R.

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Wrapping-up GE4L MicroMOOC: Participant Artifacts

Faculty eCommons

Today wraps up the Faculty eCommons’ MicroMOOC Game Elements for Learning (GE4L), a 4-week professional development MOOC in which participants explored tools and methods they might use to gamify course elements.
As the culminating activity, participants ……

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Virtual World Design Thinking: MOOCing in the Cloud

Because of the highly collaborative and immersive experience virtual worlds offer, educators continue to explore the potential—and experience benefits—of teaching and learning in real-life replicated environments.
Among these educators are Dr. Andrew Stricker, distributed learning architect …… Continue reading

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