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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“Click, Play, Share”

In the last few years, my entire approach to education and learning has undergone a radical transformation. By being a “connected” educator, I have opened myself up to an entirely different world of self-motivated, personalized, asynchronous professional development.

Since becoming the e-Learning Contact (#eLC) for my board, I have had endless opportunities to attend professional development sessions both on an informal and formal level.…

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Dark corners of the Internet

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How do we redirect seemingly inane goals of “connecting” beyond upping friend, follower, and subscriber counts towards notions of community and care and concern for each other, especially in places and conversations that are fraught with anger, frustration, and deep, deep potential for harm?

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My Take on the Coin Problem

A few weeks ago my twitter sphere contained a discussion about how to make those simultaneous equation problems involving coins a bit more engaging for kids. I read a few tweets and connected to something Dan Meyer was doing. First up I saw his picture of coins, American coins, and I thought, well I can’t use this with Australian kids, I’ll have to do something myself.…

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Wondering at #TEDxWestVanEd

A few weeks ago I spent the day at the #TEDxWestVanEd conference in West Vancouver, BC.  It was my 2nd time attending their TEDx, and just like last year, I was left with my head filled with excitement and wonders…

As a 2nd year Faculty Associate, I am looking at things a little bit differently though–yes, it is still all about the kids–they are always at the centre of every decision we make of course, but I am also thinking about  everything in regards to how it fits into Teacher Education and our student- teachers, as they are my primary students now.…

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Connected Courses MOOC (#ccourses) and #oclmooc: Communities Dealing With Violations  

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A great reflection on living and learning in our online communities

Originally posted on Building Creative Bridges:

We shouldn’t be surprised when we discover that our communities—onsite as well as online—are less safe than we expect them to be.

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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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CFP EXTENDED for Round Two of the AP 2014 Faculty Research Grant Program

AcademicPartnershipsWe have extended the call for proposals for round two of the 2014 Faculty Research Grant Program!

Proposals are now being accepted through this Friday, October 3rd.

The program, which has committed to providing $100,000 in funding in 2014, offers faculty or staff members of institutions working with AP-supported programs, the opportunity to apply for a grant to fund research that could increase understanding about the power of online learning.

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TeachMeet at EduWiki Conference 2014

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The EduWiki Conference 2014 (Wikimedia UK ) conference in in Edinburgh this year. I’ve been along to a few wikimedia meetings recently and we are arranging a TeachMeet to run along side the conference.

The Conference and Wikimedia/Wikipedia’s educational focus is very much aimed at higher education.…

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Spirit Week

I have the honor and the privledge of working at Bishop Carroll, one of the most fantastic schools in the city. We have a reputation for being one of the most welcoming high school communities. One of the ways we foster this sense of community is through relationship and team building opportunities.…

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