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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New course and a new app

Last week I started the MA in Distance and On-Line Education at the Open University.

During the gap from studying my last course to this, as well as having dyslexia, I have also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Since the diagnosis I have been taking anti-psychotic drugs which are having an adverse effect on my short term memory.…

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Tracking 50 Passion Projects at Once

As my second full year of Genius Hour passion projects begins, I’m trying something new in order to better track each student’s progress. Last year I learned plenty from my students, including that I need a leaner, more agile tracking system in order to assess, encourage, and praise progress.…

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RSS Serendipity

I woke up the other morning morning to a bit of serendipity in my RSS reader that cheered me up.
First I read Alan’s great post Don’t Be a Platform Pawn. Next up was Marco Arment Linking and quoting Waffle on Social Media which quoted in turn Community Services which pointed to What’s a Twitter Timeline?

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Advocacy of robo-readers hasn’t won the debate — it still misses the main point

Rolin Moe:

From RolinMoe.org; tangential to MOOCs

Originally posted on Rolin Moe:

The Hechinger Report has a recent article out about the potential of software in the realm of robograders.  The title, Robo-readers aren’t as good as human readers — they’re better, is sensationalistic and sacrifices the tenor of the article’s argument for a round of quick clicks.

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Hope : A Message We All Need to Hear

erinluong:

Sharing an excellent reflection and resources.

Originally posted on School Counsellor Talk … Connecting, Collaborating, Curating and Continuing Education:

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The following post was written by Vince Fowler a teacher at the Edge School in Calgary . He allowed me to share it with you.

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Blog Migration Notes: Users

The Whole Gang, 50 Days old by Dean Searle Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License

There is some background to this project in a previous post: Glow Blogs Summer 2014.

Before the migration of the glow portal Education Scotland suggested that schools did some pruning and tidying of their glow groups to make migration easier (less data) and so that users had less to sort through and sort out on the other end.…

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Makerspace All The Things

Every conference I’ve attended in the last year and a half has offered a session on Makerspaces. For the uninitiated, Makerspaces are places were community members can plan and create projects. Many of these spaces have an engineering design focus where participants can use tools to build creations.…

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Life in Links 2014-08-11

Chain black&white by yostD7000
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A few things from my Pinboard bookmarks from the last week.

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