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Ed Webb

Mooc creators criticise courses' lack of creativity | News | Times Higher Education - 2 views

    They've even got the history right! :-)
Lisa M Lane

The Technological Dimension of a Massive Open Online Course: The Case of the CCK08 Cour... - 7 views

  • highlighting the purpose of the tools (e.g., skill-building) and stating clearly that the learners can choose their preferred tools
  • Although formal attendance seemed to be the main driver for completing assignments and the course, the main reason for not completing the course was a lack of time
  • Learners, in the absence of a stronger motivation, attend only partially
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  • students attend the course without expecting a certificate
  • Furthermore, a “hand-made” or “hacked” certificate issued by the instructor (not by the institution) (Young, 2008) only partially affects the motivation to finish the course:
  • comments confirm the need for increased attention to usability since users do not want to deal with confusing interfaces
    The Technological Dimension of a Massive Open Online Course: The Case of the CCK08 Course Tools Problematic study of CCK08 -- sample size was way too small, would have been more interesting to examine ways in which instructor choices of tools influenced student tool use -- choices are exclusive, so can't put "confusing" and "overwhelming" at the same time.
Ed Webb

MOOCing a nation in motion - 4 views

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Ed Webb

Neuro-tweets: #hashtagging the brain - Research - University of Cambridge - 4 views

  • human brain networks represent a balance between high efficiency of information transfer and low connection cost
  • Members of the audience and other Twitter users were asked to tweet during the lecture about the concepts that were being discussed, using the hashtag #csftwitterbrain. At the end of the talk Professor Bullmore displayed the resulting image showing the interconnectivity of the hashtagged tweets, and explained how Twitter networks can be compared to the human brain network. “We found that the #twitterbrain network was somewhat like the brain network in being small-world and modular with highly connected hub nodes; however the brain network was more clustered and less efficient than the twitter network. So at first sight there were some points in common and some points of difference between these two information processing networks.”
  • “It has been intriguing to see the spectacle of watching the twitter network grow or evolve over the course of several days. And I have learnt a lot about the power of new media to engage and communicate, and the potential scientific value of using Twitter to map and measure social networks.”
Ed Webb

The Philosophy of Edtech Loose Constructionism | TechTicker - 5 views

  • The view that experimentation is bad; that mistakes are a pox to be ashamed of, rather than opportunities for learning and re-evaluation; that unique approaches are a thing to be scoffed at – these are all shortsighted views that need to be cut out from the root.
  • Subverting the dominant paradigm should be job one for educators anyway.
 Lisa Durff

elearnspace › The Problem with Literature Reviews - 6 views

  • a literature review is a controlling, heritage-preserving system
    •  Lisa Durff
      Yes but they must still be done to get that doctorate. And probably be done several times along the way.
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