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Joy Quah Yien-ling

Is Content Curation in Your Skill Set? It Should Be. - 2 views

    by David Kelly: Learning Solutions Magazine
Joy Quah Yien-ling

Curation as a core competency in digital and media literacy education | Mihailidis | Jo... - 1 views

    Why is the Diigo activity important? Ah, now I see it!
Heather Kurto

Making Sense of MOOCs: Musings in a Maze of Myth, Paradox and Possibility | Daniel | Jo... - 0 views

  • The first course carrying the name MOOC was offered in 2008, so this is new phenomenon. Second, the pedagogical style of the early courses, which we shall call cMOOCs, was based on a philosophy of connectivism and networking. This is quite distinct from the xMOOCs now being developed by elite US institutions that follow a more behaviourist approach. Third, the few academic studies of MOOCs are about the earlier offerings because there has been no time for systematic research on the crop of 2012 xMOOCs. Analysis of the latter has to be based on a large volume of press articles and blogs. Fourth, commentary on MOOCs includes thinly disguised promotional material by commercial interests (e.g. Koller, 2012) and articles by practitioners whose perspective is their own MOOC courses.
  • The term MOOC originated in Canada. Dave Cormier and Bryan Alexander coined the acronym to describe an open online course at the University of Manitoba designed by George Siemens and Stephen Downes. The course, Connectivism and Connective Knowledge, was presented to 25 fee-paying students on campus and 2,300 other students from the general public who took the online class free of charge (Wikipedia, 2012a).
  • Can xMOOCs make money?
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  • technology has been about to transform education for a long time
  • In 1841 the 'inventor of the blackboard was ranked among the best contributors to learning and science, if not among the greatest benefactors to mankind'. A century later, in 1940, the motion picture was hailed the most revolutionary instrument introduced into education since the printing press. Television was the educational revolution in 1957. In 1962 it was programmed learning and in 1967 computers. Each was labelled the most important development since Gutenberg's printing press.
  • But first, we agree with Bates (2012) that what MOOCs will not do is address the challenge of expanding higher education in the developing world. It may encourage universities there, both public and private, to develop online learning more deliberately, and OER from MOOC courses may find their way, alongside OER from other sources, into the teaching of local institutions.
  • He notes (Siemens, 2012) that 'MOOCs are really a platform' and that the platforms for the two types of MOOC that we described at the beginning of the paper are substantially different because they serve different purposes. In Siemens' words 'our cMOOC model emphasises creation, creativity, autonomy and social networking learning.
  • teaching methods 'are based on very old and out-dated behaviourist pedagogy, relying primarily on information transmission, computer-marked assignments and peer assessment'.
  • Another myth is that computers personalise learning. Bates (2012) again: 'No, they don't. They allow students alternative routes through material and they allow automated feedback but they do not provide a sense of being treated as an individual.
  • With such support MOOCs provide a great opportunity to develop new pedagogy. In a world of abundant content, courses can draw from a pool of open educational resources (OER) and provide their students with better and more varied teaching than individual instructors could develop by themselves. The University of Michigan (2012) (which made history by using OER from Africa in its medical school) uses OER extensively in its Coursera course Internet History, Technology and Security. UC Berkeley (2012) draws extensively on OER in its course on Quantum Computing.
  • pedagogy is not a familiar word on the xMOOC campuses. It is a myth that professors distinguished by their research output are competent to create online courses without help.
  • This, in turn, will put a focus on teaching and pedagogy to which these institutions are unaccustomed, which will be healthy. At the same time academics all around the world will make judgements about the intellectual quality and rigour of the institutions that have exposed themselves in this way.
  • With such support MOOCs provide a great opportunity to develop new pedagogy. In a world of abundant content, courses can draw from a pool of open educational resources (OER) and provide their students with better and more varied teaching than individual instructors could develop by themselves.
alexandra m. pickett

I am a high school librarian continuing my education to keep my library updated with tr... - 1 views

  • introduction post counted (which apparently it didn’t) that now I am behind.
    • alexandra m. pickett
      Most initial posts are personal opinion/social and so don't generally get high ratings according to the rubric. I like to give you the first couple of posts as low pressure intros so that you can get the hang of the rubric and my feedback.
  • I did that wrong too
    • alexandra m. pickett
      my hope is that you will push through your feelings and look to see what insight you can gather that will help you succeed as a student and as an educator.
    • Danielle Melia
      I'm trying but just when I feel like I have a grip I realize I did something else wrong!
  • I enjoyed being able to observe the exemplary courses also.
    • alexandra m. pickett
      what did you learn from your observations?
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  • The cool thing is that I was able to show him some things that Alex showed me that he didn’t know, I looked like a rock star:)
    • alexandra m. pickett
      that is awesome!
  • I know it hasn’t been utilized much or for a long period
  • research
  • Research is a difficult topic to entice high school student with.
    • alexandra m. pickett
      question that assumption
  • I think the digital age is reducing the amount of human interaction and students are losing out on the social aspects of school.
    • alexandra m. pickett
      question that assumption
  • online learning in k-12 students
  • part.
    • alexandra m. pickett
      self assess!
  • am having a hard time picturing my unenthusiastic, too cool for that, high school students being responsible enough to take an online course.
  • community.
    • alexandra m. pickett
      There are guiding questions for these reflections that i don't see in your posts for this module and you need to self assess.
  • August 4, 2012
  • Right now I am very frustrated. I have tried very very hard to listen to all of Alex’s comments throughout the semester and make changes based on her criticisms. My course when reviewed needed a lot of work but she expressed being frustrated that I didn’t take her advice when I am always careful to do that. I am not sure if I misunderstood or maybe it was the way things were worded. She had mentioned changing the names of my module’s during one of the previous assignments but in my course review she said she was frustrated because I didn’t listen about changing names of discussions and forums, when in fact, I changed the names of the modules like we had discussed. We never discussed discussion or forum names. I think these issues are issues that need to be addressed when learning about teaching online. Without having a face to face discussion misconceptions are not always cleared up right away and could cause problems later.
alexandra m. pickett

Instruction by Design - 0 views

  • I was a bit surprised
    • alexandra m. pickett
      why surprised? It is no longer a question of whether is is as good as f2f instruction. There is a now a significant body of evidence that online instruction done well surpasses f2f instruction:
  • I have been pushed to find out and learn about topics relevant to me!
  • I believe that using questions that allow my students to explore areas that are relevant to their unique situations will help them to be successful.
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  • After reading that statement, I felt as though many things clicked for me. The course design and teaching practices are closely linked. The social, cognitive, and teaching presence are related and depend on each other. What does this mean for my course? For me it translates to making sure my course design contains a careful balance to establish the community of inquiry, and that my teaching practices are supported by my course design.
  • First that instructors must give control over the learning to the students, and second that instructors must be skilled at guiding discussions in order to help students learn what is necessary through interactions with others. I especially liked an analogy that Luke used in one of his discussion posts, “Yoda (the teacher) guided Luke (the student) in the ways of the Force, he pointed him where he needed to go but had Luke do the work.” I think this is very relatable for those of us who are star wars fans. Yoda is this incredibly wise mentor, who says very little. The statements he makes are brief but have a lot of meaning. I do see how this relates to effective teaching online. I had to help facilitate a discussion in a past online class, and always felt hesitant to jump in. My sense was that you only want to add something when the thinking stops. You only want to ask enough questions, or statements to get the thinking going again.
  • When I think about my own learning in this course, I realize that even though I may not have direct contact with my classmates or the instructor, I am following those interaction patterns in this course.  I am working with the concepts and ideas introduced in each module, researching, relating, and making connections.  Then I bring my work back to the community to share.  My classmates or the instructor will absorb my contributions and perhaps push it further with suggesting alternate views, or things I have not considered.
  • Now we are discussing how we are using text based environments to create intimacy in learning environments.  Perhaps, it is not all that different
    • alexandra m. pickett
  • I now believe that a teacher is someone who can create an environment where students are able to gain knowledge through interaction and experience.  This may be through reviewing materials or engaging in activities, but that seems less important to me now.  The crucial part is now designing the interactions. 
    • alexandra m. pickett
      Eureaka!! it is NOT about content : ) brilliant!
  • my workshop is really about the journey rather than the destination
  • I realized that although you may think you are engaging students in your course, it may be trickier than you expect
  • I really appreciated that the course was able to allow me to reach these conclusions in my own way, rather than just telling me “the line between direct instruction and facilitation of discourse can be blurred”. 
  • I have been able to make the big connections, and form ideas in a way that previously has been difficult for me. 
  • I feel as though the reflection assignments have provided the context for my brain to think in a different way.  This not only gives me confidence for the future, but it also helps me to discover the connections I have made unconsciously!  It seems kind of strange to say that, but it is true!  I am hoping to continue to use blogging as a tool to document my insights and learning after the course ends.
  • I definitely was struggling with motivation when I felt the connection to my classmates and the instructor fading.
    • alexandra m. pickett
  • Through ETAP640, I have really learned how important reflection is for deep learning. It is through my blog posts that I have been able to tie all the ideas together in my head and makes sense out of the information. The course manual suggests that you ask your students why they are taking the course within the ice breaker.
  • Now I understand that asking the students to articulate what they want to get out of the course is an important start to getting them to reflect on their learning and progress throughout the course.

    • alexandra m. pickett
alexandra m. pickett

Reflections - 0 views

  • I am finally breathing!
    • alexandra m. pickett
      Glad to know that you are still breathing : )
  • Then I realize I am learning I just do not know it. Whenever I answer a discussion question I am learning, whenever I do an assignment I am learning and whenever I just ask a question I am learning.
  • This just goes to show sometimes you think you know but there is always more to know.
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  • I need to stop focusing on the fact that I am not a teacher and just do what I have learned and what I do know and then I should be able to get my online course module all created.
  • ‘I am a teacher and I can do this’.
    • alexandra m. pickett
      : ) !!
    • alexandra m. pickett
      yes you are and yes you can!!
  • This course has taught me that I am a teacher!
alexandra m. pickett

Learning by Doing | ETAP 640 Introduction to Online Teaching - 0 views

  • it wasn’t terrible!
    • alexandra m. pickett
      Glad you dove in!! Looking forward to your second post for module 1!
  • Her example was “what does it mean to be human?”  The reason this struck a chord with me is that many students are either uninterested in research or they think that they are already expert researchers.  Unfortunately, very few of them have the research skills required at the college level.  This interview served as an important reminder to me that it’s my job to make the course both relevant and engaging.  I want to do my best at writing engaging and thought provoking discussion questions.
  • Pickett discusses the importance of establishing trust in the online classroom.  One thing that has been surprising to me but upon reflection makes sense is that this is about both design and instruction.  The icebreaker module takes on a new significance in this light – as it’s not only the launch of the course but also the launch of the community.
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  • “just because you call it a discussion doesn’t make it a discussion.” 
  • so maybe I’ll work on developing my very own perplexity fairy. 
  • In this course not only will I remember my instructor’s name – I will also remember my classmates’ names. That’s pretty remarkable!
alexandra m. pickett

Mary Huffman: ETAP640 reflections blog - 0 views

  • IEP’s unless they are GIEP’s.
    • alexandra m. pickett
      what does that mean?
  • I do wonder why the gender percentages are so different,
    • alexandra m. pickett
      ok. so this is a perfect opportunity to do some research. You have your thoughts, assumptions, ideas maybe about why, but can you find research to support our findings? If you have a question, answer it!!
  • Since Latin is offered alongside other languages such as German, Spanish, and French, I assume that students who choose to take Latin are doing it for a reason, and are interested in a challenge.
    • alexandra m. pickett
      example sticky note in diigo
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  • I think I will learn a lot about the students’ thought processes and understand which concepts they are grasping (or not).
  • “I think that we take for granted the huge amount of information that we pass on to our students in a F2F classroom just by our presence and interaction with them (bathroom passes, appropriate conduct with each other, respect for the work and management of time) the aspects of education that never finds its way into our lesson plans. In many ways in learning to teach online we are having to learn how to teach again, to focus on the minutiae that is generally accepted we do, to take nothing for granted, assume nothing and to take the entire content of our and every moment of that course (every moment of 8+ weeks) and place it in text form in a virtual environmen
  • them.
    • alexandra m. pickett
      don't forget your self-assessment.
  • It isn’t easy to write a good discussion question, but it is essential for a productive discussion.
  • I understand how and why I did it, and I could do it again. 
  • One cool thing about this course is the ‘meta’ quality. 
  • what is best for the students.  How can we serve our students?  Are we doing the best we can to teach them? Are we teaching appropriate and relevant courses? Are we being interactive, engaging, are we even able to keep up with our students technology-wise?  Do we adapt and change our methods to keep up with their demands, or try to force our students to adapt to our methods? 
alexandra m. pickett

Drama Teacher Attempts Creation of Online Learning « Acting Education for iPa... - 0 views

  • What has surprised me the most in creating this course is how similar effective online teaching is to effective classroom teaching.
    • alexandra m. pickett
      eureaka!!! the secret is out. teaching is teaching : )
  • the grade is secondary to the learning,
  • every problem became an opportunity,
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  • I failed to fail.
  • teaching online is not that much different from teaching F2F;
  • (answers on a postcard please.)*
    • alexandra m. pickett
      online teachers do it better online.
    • alexandra m. pickett
  • (perhaps I should create one!)
  • “Can a drama class be taught online?” Yes, absolutely, yes.
alexandra m. pickett

ETAP 640 Liz Keeney | Summer 2013 - 0 views

  • ‘productive inquiry
    • alexandra m. pickett
      citation!! check the rubric!
  • By viewing this diagram, I really got the idea of creating a meaningful learning environment by combining the empirical research into a clear and precise diagram;
    • alexandra m. pickett
      this statement does not really make sense...
  • giving it.
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  • This could also be due to my “millennial” nature and my “self-absorbedness” when it comes to my grades—something that Luke (4) also mentioned.
  • A lot of what I was saying had to do with the instructor facilitating instruction rather than purely teaching it…something very common in our discussions. By the end of this course, I learned that along with being a facilitator, the instructor must be a supporter and help the online learner throughout their successes and struggles—something that I often do not experience in asynchronous learning.
  • My discussion postings have gone from “skimming” the top of empirical research to truly digging into the topic and making my learning visible for my professor and my classmates. I learned how to research topics properly and write my findings in a clear, conversational way.
alexandra m. pickett

Just some of Kelly's thoughts - 0 views

  • As I work on finalizing my course one of the main things I will be thinking about is, do my modules and learning activities tell a story? Or do my modules and learning activities need to be rearranged so that their story makes more sense?
  • During this course I feel like I almost found myself as an instructor.  I know that sounds a little strange but I feel like I now know who I am and what I am capable of.  This course gave me, in some way, the confidence that I needed to be a better instructor to my students in a f2f setting.
  • This course has taught me to keep on learning.
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  • One of the most important things that I learned was about building a classroom community and the similarities it has between the online classroom and a f2f classroom. 
    I love this connection!
    I love this connection!
alexandra m. pickett

Supporting the Spectrum - Building a Bridge between Families and Schools - 0 views

  • Reflections of Module 1  
    • alexandra m. pickett
      BRILLIANT!! : )
  • The one thing that I did not realize before entering online courses is how it would impact my writing.
  • In addition we as instructors should continue our learning process.
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  • It is important to create an online community to shift the course from a teacher centered course to a student centered course. We want to facilitate our courses and guide content, but let the students dig deep to provide a rich and diverse experience that has meaning to the participants.
  • So what have I learned? I have learned who I am as a learner, and what I appreciate in a professor. I have learned that I need to let my voice and personality be known to my students because that is how we will connect and become emotionally connected to our course. I reflect on Professor Pickett’s introduction by her daughter. I immediately connected and realized that there was a human being behind the words, and she was relatable. This course is challenging and pushes my abilities, but the interaction with students and the professor helps me know that I am not a lone, and gives me space to evaluate my goals and reflect on what my presence is in our class and in developing the course.
    • Hedy Lowenheim
      Hey Heather
      Thanks for reminding me of this tool. It looks very cool! Lucky you to go on vacation, must have been tricky. I have been in the same predicament, being enrolled in a course and being on vaca. Definitely a challenge, you just have to be very, very disciplined. But all of us have that in common.
  • When I read the post prompt of “Where are you?” I know that Professor meant in the course, but I immediately had a flash of Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot. “The significance of our lives and our fragile planet is then determined only by our own wisdom and courage (Sagan,2011) .
    • alexandra m. pickett
      so, you may think this course is about online teaching, but it is really about changing the world. : ) I need you to help me. Together we can do more than alone. "where are you?" is a multilayered question.
  • What I have realized in this course, is that teaching presence and social presence and cognitive presence come together to create meaningful learning environments for students and teachers. We want to facilitate this in our classrooms but also in our schools, buildings and districts. We want to create shared spaces where teachers are working together connecting, asking questions, working together to find solutions. When we look at the Seven Principles of Effective teaching, all of these principles are centered around communication and interaction. It is about forming relationships and understanding each other. It is about connecting, creating and understanding.
  • This course held a mirror up to the learner in me. Inside I want to connect with others. The social element in learning is vital. I want to connect, I want to be validated and I want to feel safe in my learning spaces. I want to learn from someone who is passionate about their subject and teaching. I want to be inspired and I want to feel like I am making a contribution. All of these elements have been present in our discussion forum. We have exchanged ideas, thoughts and we have been able to thoughtfully disagree.
Hedy Lowenheim

Master's Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online - - 0 views

  • Although it is just one degree at one university, the prospect of a prestigious low-cost degree program has generated great interest. Some educators think the leap from individual noncredit courses to full degree programs could signal the next phase in the evolution of MOOCs — and bring real change to higher education.
    The affordable price for this online master's degree in computer science from a very reputable institution is refreshing to see. If the program is successful hopefully it will lead to others like it. The program will be MOOC-based.
alexandra m. pickett

Daniel Hacker - 1 views

  • Using these principles while developing my course has opened up my thoughts on creating successful teaching environments both in the online and f2f platforms.
  • Remember that learning is an adherent capability within people. You don’t have to put it in to people, you have to encourage it and bring that out.

    • alexandra m. pickett
      well said!!
  • “What have you got yourself into.  I feel overwhelmed! Can I pull this off? Should I drop this class? Is it worth it? How could I ever build an entire online class over the course of a summer? Is she nuts? ….Oh yes, she’s definitely nuts!”.
    • alexandra m. pickett
      LMAO - totally. : ) so glad you didn't quit!!
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  • In life, as taught in this course, we must: Reflect, Connect, Organize, Build, Refine, Implement, and Evolve. These are not only the titles of our modules this semester, but a guide to success. If we fail to use these seven principals, we will never be the best educators possible and will have mediocre learning environments, and non engaged students.  Stay one step (or several for that matter) ahead of your students. The best quote from this class that I will use until the day I die, “Assume Nothing, Anticipate Everything”.

    Remember to breathe! You can do this! -Professor Pickett

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