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Blend It Yourself: How To MOOC Your Own Course on Blended Learning

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 21:45
How one school leader created his own MOOC and taught his staff to go blended

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) Market to Grow at a 56.61% CAGR ~ Stephen's Web

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 17:42
downes.ca Stephen's Web, the home page of Stephen Downes, with news and information on e-learning, new media, instructional technology, educational design, and related subjects posted by friends:  (2) @bobharrisonset: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) Market to Grow at a 56.61% CAGR #oldaily downes.ca/post/62515 17.07.2014 15.23.16 @oldaily: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) Market to Grow at a 56.61% CAGR #oldaily downes.ca/post/62515 17.07.2014 15.21.31 posted by friends of friends:  (0)

Hack Education Weekly Newsletter, No. 68

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 00:28
tinyletter.com MOOCs are back in the news again this week, and not just because *The Economist* finally discovered them. "Creative Destruction <http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21605906-cost-crisis-changing-lab... posted by friends:  (3) @bjfr: RT @audreywatters: The latest Hack Education Weekly Newsletter tinyletter.com/audreywatters/… 13.07.2014 01.19.48 @Larryferlazzo: RT @audreywatters: The latest Hack Education Weekly Newsletter tinyletter.com/audreywatters/… 13.07.2014 00.45.18 @audreywatters: The latest Hack Education Weekly Newsletter tinyletter.com/audreywatters/… 12.07.2014 21.59.45 posted by friends of friends:  (0)

Hack Education Weekly News: The #MassiveTeaching MOOC Mystery

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 02:33
hackeducation.com posted by friends:  (2) @20MillionMinds: The Hack Education Weekly News: The #MassiveTeaching MOOC Mystery (and more) hackeducation.com/2014/07/11/hac… 12.07.2014 02.50.40 @audreywatters: The Hack Education Weekly News: The #MassiveTeaching MOOC Mystery (and more) hackeducation.com/2014/07/11/hac… 12.07.2014 01.03.38 posted by friends of friends:  (0)

Hack Education Weekly News: The #MassiveTeaching MOOC Mystery

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 20:50
Law and Politics

The FCC has approved a plan to “modernize E-Rate” and expand funding for WiFi networks at public schools and libraries.

Senator Claire McCaskill released a report on sexual assault at colleges and universities. Among the findings, “More than 40 percent have not investigated a single case of sexual violence in the past five years.” (In related news: see updates from the University of Oregon basketball team below.)

“A Virginia teen is facing felony charges for allegedly sexting his girlfriend a video of his penis, and the authorities want to photograph his erect genitalia to bolster their case.” WTF.

Former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett has reached a settlement with the state over charges of ethics violations. (“Bennett is alleged to have improperly used state resources to work on his 2012 re-election campaign.”)

Arizona State University professor Ersula Ore pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, although other charges against her (stemming from her violent arrest by a campus cop) have been been dropped.

A class action lawsuit has been filed charging that the Los Angeles Unified School District does not provide students with enough PE.

Higher Education Act reauthorization maybe: “Members of the US House of Representatives’ education committee took the first step on Thursday toward renewing the nation’s chief higher-education law, approving a trio of bipartisan bills that would promote competency-based education, expand financial counseling for student-loan borrowers, and streamline the information the government provides to prospective students.” More via The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The US House of Representatives also passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

The FTC filed a lawsuit against Amazon, claiming that it billed parents for millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app purchases made by kids.

AFSCME, a union that represents ~1.6 million workers, says it is cutting all ties with the United Negro College Fund after the latter accepted a $25 million grant from the Koch Brothers.

More education and library groups are speaking out against the FCC’s plan to end net neutrality.

John Wayne’s heirs v Duke University. Because Duke.

MOOCs: Still Generating Headlines Like It's 2012

WTF happened to the #massiveteaching MOOC?! After what appeared to be a psychological? / pedagogical? experiment on the students (that included deleting the course), professor Paul Olivier Dehaye was removed from the Coursera MOOC “Teaching Goes Massive: New Skills Required." New skills indeed. See What You Should Know This Week over on EML for more links to what has to be the weirdest MOOC story to date.

Can MOOCs Help Professors Teach Traditional Courses More Efficiently?Efficiency! Efficiency! Efficiency! “Education no longer has a humanist end or any value in itself; it has only one goal, to create technicians” – Jacques Ellul

Corporate MOOCs maybe not that big a trend after all.

Meanwhile on Campus

USC and the Scripps Research Institute have abandoned their merger talks, following faculty protests.

Go, School Sports Team!

The Oregonian examines how the University of Oregon basketball players, team, university, and victim might move on from this year’s high profile sexual assault case. One of the accused players, Brandon Austin, is reportedly heading to Hutchinson Community College. Austin came to the UO after being suspended from Providence College for sexual assault. Good to see everyone’s priorities are in order here.

“Prosecutors have dropped a felony charge against Julius Nyang’oro, the former department chair at the center of an academic scandal that has rocked the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,” reports The Chronicle of Higher Education. Nyang’oro is now cooperating into investigations into fraudulent classes offered by the university to student athletes.

From the HR Department

Instructure CTO Joel Dehlin has “abruptly resigned,” reports Phil Hill.

The NEA is now headed by three women of color: NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia, Vice President Becky Pringle and Secretary-Treasurer Princess Moss.

The NEA passed a resolution calling for Arne Duncan’s resignation.

The other major teachers’ union, the AFT, is teaming up with the nonprofit Freelancers Union to offer contingent faculty members access to health insurance benefits.

Despite an attempted “coup” on the Fourth of July (LOL, Texans), UT President Bill Powers will continue to head the university ’til the summer of 2015, when he’ll step down from the role.

Eric Sheninger is stepping down as principal of New Milford High School to take the job of “Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership” at Scholastic’s International Center for Leadership in Education.

Torture memo writer John Woo has been given an endowed chair by the UC Berkeley School of Law. Because “law.”

Upgrades and Downgrades

The publisher SAGE has retracted 60 articles from its Journal of Vibration and Control after it discovered a fraudulent peer review ring. You crazy criminally-minded academics.

Prince ordered a hackathon, sponsored by Facebook, to address the digital divide.

After a blog post by Bill Fitzgerald calling the company’s Terms of Service “about the worst I have ever seen,” Digedu says it’s revised its policies.

Sarah Houghton, “Librarian in Black,” discovered that Rosetta Stone “was setting ad tracking cookies (without disclosure or consent) on the personal computers of any library users who used the Library Edition that is offered through their libraries. This applied not only to the full product, but also to any library offering a temporary trial of the product.” Rosetta Stone say they’ve addressed the issue.

LG has announced a wrist-worn device designed to let parents keep track of where their child is and listen to what they are up to,” reports the BBC.

The Sloan Consortium has rebranded and is now the Online Learning Consortium.

Mark Zuckerberg says that his plan to bring the Internet to poor countries “could save children’s lives.” “His nonprofit [Internet.org] wants to convince service providers to offer some free apps with every smartphone, ones that can be used without a data plan. The hope is that people will love the internet so much that they’ll scrape up the money to buy a data plan to use it more.” What a fucking saint.

Funding and Acquisitions

A Kickstarter campaign to make some potato salad has surpassed its $10 goal, raising $46,597 because people are horrible pretty much.

Blackboard has acquired the help desk company Perceptis. You can write your own punchline for this one, folks. And/or you can read Michael Feldstein’s analysis of what the acquisition means.

Elevation Education has raised $2 million from “from a motley of parties” – that’s how Edsurge describes the funding round – “including existing investors Chris Gabrieli, NewSchools Venture Fund, Adam Miller, Rick Burnes, Josh Tolkoff, Eileen Rudden, and Lynda Bodman. New participants include Berylson Capital, Steve Kupfer, Alan and Judy Wurtzel, Alex Saltonstall, and Josh Kirkpatrick.” This brings to $5.1 million the total raised by the ELL startup.

Financial aid management company Regent Education has raised $9 million.

Comfy, a start that helps college students find housing off campus, has raised a $600,000 seed round. It’s “eHarmony for student living,” according to the founder, who apparently knows little about eHarmony’s history of discrimination.

ACT has acquired the assessment company Pacific Metrics Corporation.

“Research”

The Gates Foundation is backing the development of a birth control chip that lasts up to 16 years and can be turned on and off via remote and omg what could possibly go wrong.

The US Department of Education is spending $3 million on research to gauge the effectiveness of Khan Academy. And I’m like

The privatization of education harms women and girls, according to a report delivered to the UN.

College Students Still Prefer Print Textbooks

“More than 180 neuroscientists have signed an open letter to the European Commission calling on it to reconsider the technical goals and oversight of one of the world’s largest brain-mapping projects, predicting it is likely to fail.”

Python is Now the Most Popular Introductory Teaching Language at Top U.S. Universities

Wall Street as cause and beneficiary of skyrocketing university tuition

The Wall Street Journal says that Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century is this summer’s “most unread book.” Not sure I buy the methodology. Regardless: bonus points for me as I finished it.

And hey. the OECD predicts the collapse of capitalism. So there’s that to look forward to, I guess.

Image credits: Nathan Proudlove and The Noun Project

Sightings | Music for Deckchairs

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 23:33
musicfordeckchairs.wordpress.com - Kate 200) && (this.width >= this.height) ? 200: true); max-height: 200px; height: expression((this.height > 200) && (this.height >= this.width) ? 200: true); border: none;'/> In a bizarre coincidence, when I opened the book to scan the contents I found myself looking at the section about sharks.  In particular, “surviving if you are in a raft and you sight sharks—”… I wonder if anyone would be interested in using this as a model for an edtech field manual for surviving the Higher Ed apocalypse. Jim Groom,”Survival: the manual” July 7 2014 Thanks to Jim Groom, I’ve been thinking about Jaws in this plainly bizarre week in the short history of commercial MOOCs. For all...  show all text posted by friends:  (3) @Jessifer: Thanks for much thinking @bonstewart @patlockley @gsiemens @mseangallagher @RMoeJo @jhrees @audreywatters. Sightings: wp.me/p1tYEb-NW 10.07.2014 20.03.54 @veletsianos: Thanks for much thinking @bonstewart @patlockley @gsiemens @mseangallagher @RMoeJo @jhrees @audreywatters. Sightings: wp.me/p1tYEb-NW 10.07.2014 19.42.58 @gsiemens: reading "Sightings" by @KateMfD: musicfordeckchairs.wordpress.com/2014/07/11/sig… Sharks & @jimgroom make an appearance 10.07.2014 19.02.45 posted by friends of friends:  (0)

elearnspace › Congrats to Paul-Olivier Dehaye: MassiveTeaching

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 13:26
elearnspace.org - gsiemens In a previous post, I commented on the Massive Teaching course at Coursera and that something odd was happening. Either Coursera deleted the prof from the course or the prof was running some type of experiment. It now appears to be primarily the latter. The story has now been covered by The Chronicle (here and here) and Inside Higher Ed (here). Thoughtful reflections have been provided by Rolin Moe and Jonathan Rees. Participants on Twitter have also had their say. The general consensus is that...  show all text posted by friends:  (2) @mweller: Unusually disagreeing with @gsiemens about the Dehaye MOOC "experiment" elearnspace.org/blog/2014/07/0… 10.07.2014 11.58.52 @dougclow: Congrats to Paul-Olivier Dehaye: elearnspace.org/blog/2014/07/0… #massiveteaching #newpost 10.07.2014 10.06.47 posted by friends of friends:  (1) @WeejeeLearning: Congrats to Paul-Olivier Dehaye: MassiveTeaching ow.ly/2JS7M2 10.07.2014 04.34.53

Congrats to Paul-Olivier Dehaye: MassiveTeaching

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 16:27
In a previous post, I commented on the Massive Teaching course at Coursera and that something odd was happening. Either Coursera deleted the prof from the course or the prof was running some type of experiment. It now appears to be primarily the latter. The story has now been covered by The Chronicle (here and [...]

#MassiveTeaching mystery captivates, confuses @insidehighered

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 05:45
insidehighered.com - Carl Straumsheim 200) && (this.width >= this.height) ? 200: true); max-height: 200px; height: expression((this.height > 200) && (this.height >= this.width) ? 200: true); border: none;'/> A social experiment gone wrong? A protest against Facebook? Performance art? Twitter sleuths attempt to figure out why a Coursera MOOC derailed after one week. Editorial Tags:  MOOCs posted by friends:  (3) @20MillionMinds: What caused a Coursera MOOC about teaching MOOCs to derail after the first week? insidehighered.com/news/2014/07/0… 09.07.2014 04.26.57 @gsiemens: And the #massiveteaching saga continues. @carlstraumsheim has updated the IHE story (scroll to bottom) insidehighered.com/news/2014/07/0… 08.07.2014 22.24.27 @audreywatters: And the #massiveteaching saga continues. @carlstraumsheim has updated the IHE story (scroll to bottom) insidehighered.com/news/2014/07/0… 08.07.2014 22.23.17 posted by friends of friends:  (0)

#MassiveTeaching mystery captivates, confuses @insidehighered

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 23:46
insidehighered.com 200) && (this.width >= this.height) ? 200: true); max-height: 200px; height: expression((this.height > 200) && (this.height >= this.width) ? 200: true); border: none;'/> posted by friends:  (3) @schmidtphi: MT @gsiemens: updated: it now looks like @podehaye was unethical & experimental insidehighered.com/news/2014/07/0… @nicolapallitt @schmidtphi 08.07.2014 23.36.22 @gsiemens: updated: I'm as sick of this as anyone, it now looks like @podehaye was unethical & experimental insidehighered.com/news/2014/07/0… #massiveteaching 08.07.2014 19.08.28 @veletsianos: And more on #massiveteaching insidehighered.com/news/2014/07/0… an absolute mess. Fail all around 08.07.2014 18.29.53 posted by friends of friends:  (1) @JessieNYC: updated: I'm as sick of this as anyone, it now looks like @podehaye was unethical & experimental insidehighered.com/news/2014/07/0… #massiveteaching 08.07.2014 19.09.19

U. of Zurich Says Professor Deleted MOOC to Raise Student Engagement – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 23:46
chronicle.com posted by friends:  (3) @chronicle: Why did a #MOOC's content disappear? It was just part of the instructor's "pedagogical concept." chroni.cl/VVK4Br 08.07.2014 22.19.18 @audreywatters: if #MassiveTeaching is all a @podehaye experiment, that's no "unorthodox pedagogical approach." it's abuse of power. chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcam… 08.07.2014 21.25.11 @audreywatters: U. of Zurich Says Professor Deleted MOOC to Raise Student Engagement chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcam… by @stevekolowich #massiveteaching 08.07.2014 21.09.26 @gsiemens: @PhilOnEdTech @KateMfD @gsiemens FYI, the plot thickens: chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcam… 08.07.2014 21.06.33 posted by friends of friends:  (1) @JenHoward: Turns out this Zurich professor was pulling a stunt to draw attention to data-mining in #MOOCs. See update at bottom: chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcam… 08.07.2014 23.34.03

U. of Zurich Says Professor Deleted MOOC to Raise Student Engagement

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 16:55

The University of Zurich says it has cleared up the bizarre case of the MOOC that went missing. But the university is offering few clarifying details to the public, which has been left to piece together theories from the university’s statements and from cryptic tweets by the course’s professor about an unspecified experiment he might have been trying to conduct.

As I reported this morning, the content of a massive open online course taught by one of the university’s lecturers, Paul-Olivier Dehay...

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elearnspace › Something weird is happening at Coursera

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 05:42
elearnspace.org - gsiemens Something weird is happening at Coursera. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but have boiled it down to two options. Both are problematic. A bit of background About two months ago, I posted a short article on a DesignJam that we hosted at UT Arlington. The designjam brought together numerous folks who had some interest in teaching and learning online, often at a massive scale (i.e. MOOCs). Paul Olivier Dehaye commented on the post and described his interest in running a dual-track MOOC, blending ...  show all text posted by friends:  (3) @jennyluca: RT@gsiemens: Something weird is happening at @coursera elearnspace.org/blog/2014/07/0… been reading links this morning - very interesting 06.07.2014 05.26.10 @audreywatters: Something weird is happening at Coursera elearnspace.org/blog/2014/07/0… via @gsiemens 06.07.2014 05.15.12 @gsiemens: Something weird is happening at @coursera elearnspace.org/blog/2014/07/0… #newpost 06.07.2014 05.13.08 posted by friends of friends:  (1) @holden: Something weird is happening at @coursera elearnspace.org/blog/2014/07/0… #newpost 06.07.2014 06.55.51

Something weird is happening at Coursera

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 02:29
Something weird is happening at Coursera. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but have boiled it down to two options. Both are problematic. A bit of background About two months ago, I posted a short article on a DesignJam that we hosted at UT Arlington. The designjam brought together numerous folks who had some [...]

Join #TeachDoNow Summer MOOC : KQED Education | KQED Public Media for Northern CA

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 23:04
blogs.kqed.org 200) && (this.width >= this.height) ? 200: true); max-height: 200px; height: expression((this.height > 200) && (this.height >= this.width) ? 200: true); border: none;'/> Student Engagement with Issues that Matter Using Social Media (#TeachDoNow) is a collaborative learning experience open to anyone interested in learning how to use Twitter and other media sharing applications to promote social and civic discourse with students around science, news and the arts. posted by friends:  (3) @Larryferlazzo: Excited 4 @kqededspace #TeachDoNow webinar on 7/7 w/ @coolcatteacher @snbeach @MindShiftKQED @Larryferlazzo ow.ly/y1xMf #edchat 03.07.2014 20.42.49 @coolcatteacher: Excited 4 @kqededspace #TeachDoNow webinar on 7/7 w/ @coolcatteacher @snbeach @MindShiftKQED @Larryferlazzo ow.ly/y1xMf #edchat 03.07.2014 20.41.16 @snbeach: Excited 4 @kqededspace #TeachDoNow webinar 7/7 w/ @coolcatteacher @snbeach @MindShiftKQED @Larryferlazzo ow.ly/y1xMf #ISTE2014 03.07.2014 20.40.57 @snbeach: Excited 4 @kqededspace #TeachDoNow webinar on 7/7 w/ @coolcatteacher @snbeach @MindShiftKQED @Larryferlazzo ow.ly/y1xMf #edchat 03.07.2014 20.20.50 posted by friends of friends:  (0)

Connecting People, Ideas and Resources: Find Five Fridays (#F5F)

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 07:00
It wasn't seven days in to our inaugural Making Learning Connected MOOC (#clmooc) that I found myself almost overwhelmed by the number of great...

​Google and Carnegie Mellon University Aim to Combat MOOC Attrition Rate

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 22:55
TURN ON, TUNE IN, DON’T DROP OUT: Google and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) are teaming up to combat high student drop-out rates in MOOCs, reports Venture Beat. The initiative, sponsored by Google with $300,000, aims to personalize the MOOC experience through evaluation, increase the sense of comm
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