Learning Technologies

The #HumanMOOC at #eMOOCs2015

Pecha Kucha format for eMOOCs conference talk yesterday in Mons, Belgium: Slide 1: It is my pleasure to share with you the design intent and iteration of the HumanMOOC. This course developed community while exploring the Community of Inquiry. The redesign included a competency based, badges first approach leveraging social media and asynchronous video. Slide…

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Excerpt from: Course iteration as a reflective process

MOOC iteration as a reflective process: HumanMOOC In 2012, xMOOCs rose from the laboratories of computer scientists who brought a machine learning approach to education. These xMOOCs or instructivist MOOCs were best know for their re-creation of the lecture as video, computer graded assessments and very little to no interaction with the professor. While technology…

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Synchronous vs Asynchronous Debate

On Sunday, March 22nd, I was joined by two brilliant ladies, Dr. Maha Bali and Dr. Peggy Semingson in a #HumanMOOC Google Hangout.  We discussed the affordances and limitations of technology specifically synchronous and asynchronous communications in online courses. Dr. Semingson makes some good points about the personal attention that can be given to an…

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Voice and Video tools – which one do you prefer?

This week in the #HumanMOOC the community shared their thoughts on how to enhance Instructor Presence using three different tools.  They used the video recording functionality in Canvas to record an instructor introduction video and gather feedback from their peers, then we took to the web to utilize VoiceThread and FlipGrid. The VoiceThread below contains…

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Dr. Phil Ice talks about the Community of Inquiry

In this interview of Dr. Phil Ice, we talk about what drew him into researching the Community of Inquiry in the first place.  He explains how retention is tied back to social presence in online learning and explains how important teaching presence (or instructor presence) is at the start of a course.  He discusses how important…

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Instructor Presence on #HumanMOOC with @drchuck

Tonight Robin Bartoletti and I had the honor of talking with Dr. Chuck Severance.  Dr. Severance shared some of his background and expertise in creating instructional videos that help establish instructor presence.  He is such a delight to talk to that it was hard to keep it to 30 minutes. Some of the participants in #HumanMOOC were tweeting:…

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Degrees vs. Micro-Credentials: Two VCs Slug It Out

Panelists: Christopher Nyren: Founder of Educelerate Inc. @cnyren Ryan Craig – University Ventures – author: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education  Matthew Greenfield: Managing Partner at Rethink Education Session: http://schedule.sxswedu.com/events/event_EDUP41683 _____________________ Notes from the session at SXSWEDU. 3 very different investing styles. Ryan Craig has invested in higher education and the money has shifted from the University to…

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Bill and Melinda Gates Panel: Improving Teaching and Learning Now

Session Notes: The session began with a e-Literate-TV: regarding Developmental Math (to be released soon on e-LiterateTV) http://schedule.sxswedu.com/events/event_EDUP991240  The session is implementation focused Daniel Patrick Moynihan regarding education and systems thinking in 1971: This is not a simple input-output system. Jen McGrath: Rio Salado: Systems approach – we communicate well and include many people in the…

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Bring your Own Device 4 Learning

Next week a truly open learning experience will take place online and I’m honored to be a facilitator. Bring your own device for learning is a collaborative open event that kicks off with a Twitter chat on Sunday at 2pm Central and 8pm Central using both #txeduchat and #byod4lchat hashtags.  The week of January 12-16 there…

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My #fedwikihappening experience

I was lucky to have been a part of a very, very messy learning experience this holiday season.  This learning experience was not a MOOC but rather a connectivist learning experience called “a happening” per Mike Caulfield. The happening was a semi-structured community learning experience using Federated Wiki as an authoring tool.  The goal of the happening,…

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