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Tina Trimble

Coursera Announces Details for Selling Certificates and Verifying Identities - 1 views

http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/?p=41519?cid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en How is a major provider of free online courses going to tell whether you are who you say you are? By how you type.

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Mathieu Plourde

Nice publicity, shame about the pedagogy - 1 views

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    ""There are good reasons to be anxious about universities...selling their name in exchange for something, and (suggesting) that the learning is somehow separate, different or less valuable," he said. "If what we've got is not worth anything - is worth giving away free - doesn't that feed into the general suspicion of experts that everyone's voice is equal, especially on the internet?""
Mathieu Plourde

MOOCs and exercise bikes - more in common than you'd think - 0 views

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    "If you have an exercise bike in the back room, you could be the small selection of people that use it everyday to get fit. But then again, you could be one of many more who bought it in the hope of regular practice but were unable to make it part of your routine. The MOOC or Massive Open Online Course, which has come to prominence this year, often has much the same effect. Students may enrol in the online free courses from prestigious universities in their tens of thousands, but overwhelmingly they bomb out with attrition rates up to 80-90%."
Mathieu Plourde

K-12 MOOCs and Communities - 0 views

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    "My question is about what tools do you think I should use to connect students with genres or communities of practice based on their personal interests"
Mathieu Plourde

'UnderAcademy College' Satirizes Massive Open Online Courses - 0 views

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    "Unlike most MOOC's, which seek to teach as large a group of students as possible, UnderAcademy caps enrollment in each course at 15, with the idea that students should shape the courses and have a more personal learning experience. "
Mathieu Plourde

Teacher Authority and Student Initiative in a MOOC - 4 views

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    "I had expected that people signing up for a course like this, a non-traditional course where we work mostly on our own or together with other students in the class, would be students who embrace that kind of learning, students who feel a sense of independence and self-determination as learners. What I've learned, though, is that this is not the case for at least some students in the class, who are very much expecting the teacher to function as the voice of absolute authority in the class."
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    Isn't that the nature of humans? We want freedom for creativity and original thinking, but ultimately it makes us uncomfortable when people actually do achieve it; ultimately it seems that humans instinctively cling to rules, tradition and order.
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    Good point Tammy. Still, the "grading" paradigm is a strong one. We should expect today's students to start being a little more autonomous in their learning process.
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