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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.
Mathieu Plourde

Open-Source Badging - EverFi - 0 views

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    EverFi, Inc. the leading education technology company for critical skills, today announced that it has built Sash, the first open-source badging platform that enables education companies to use badges to encourage and recognize student achievement. EverFi launched t open-source badging technology across its K-12 learning platform in the 2012-2013 academic year. The technology behind Sash allows organizations to integrate badge creation, management, and display into their own products. The badging platform follows the metadata format established by the Mozilla Open Badge Infrastructure.
Mathieu Plourde

An Interview: Badges and Learning - 1 views

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    Jonathan Finkelstein, director of the BadgeStack Project, was recently featured in a video produced by the NYC Department of Education to help introduce educators to the impact of digital badges in K-12 classroom settings.
Mathieu Plourde

Intended Purposes Versus Actual Functions of Digital Badges - 0 views

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    One of the questions about badges that came up seems like a crucial issue as we grapple with different ways of characterizing and describing badges. This post aims to add the category of badge functions to other badge taxonomies like the one by Carla Casilli.
Mathieu Plourde

New Rules - 0 views

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    "The truth is, if you want a decent job that will lead to a decent life today you have to work harder, regularly reinvent yourself, obtain at least some form of postsecondary education, make sure that you're engaged in lifelong learning and play by the rules. That's not a bumper sticker, but we terribly mislead people by saying otherwise."
Mathieu Plourde

The Connected Learner in a PLE - 0 views

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    "When kids are playing, they are in the discovery mode and there is little or no self-regulation happening. Children need to develop a set of cognitive skills so they can think deeper about their learning."
Mathieu Plourde

How-to Encourage Online Learners to take Responsibility for their Own Learning - 0 views

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    "In recent posts I've written about how course instructors can support online learners, how to consider the needs of the learner and guide them through phases of dependency to independence. Yet what is the responsibility of the learner? What role does the online student play in his or her learning? And how can this be communicated to him or her? In this post I discuss learning models that assign responsibility to the learner, how these principles can be applied to online learning, and finally describe how instructors and institutions can hand over responsibility to the student."
Mathieu Plourde

Throw Your Life a Curve - 0 views

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    "Our view of the world is powered by personal algorithms: observing how all of the component pieces (and people) that make up our personal social system interact, and looking for patterns to predict what will happen next. When systems behave linearly and react immediately, we tend to be fairly accurate with our forecasts. This is why toddlers love discovering light switches: cause and effect are immediate. The child flips the switch, and on goes the light. But our predictive power plummets when there is a time delay or non-linearity, as in the case of a CEO who delivers better-than-expected earnings only to wonder at a drop in the stock price."
Mathieu Plourde

Give me a purpose for learning new media! - 0 views

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    "Recently I asked a student in my Digital Culture class what she hoped to get out of it. Other students have said they hope to get more proficient at blogging or becoming more informed about digital issues. But she surprised me. In fact, she seemed to push back a bit. Why should I learn yet another thing to do online when I already waste enough time there?"
Mathieu Plourde

Bhupesh Shah: Marketing Meets Education - 0 views

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    "Static knowledge was useful when the pace of change in the world was slower than it is now. The focus now is on having the ability for lifelong learning and contributing. The internet enables this through the sharing of vast amounts of information and the opportunities for collaboration across the classroom and across the world!"
Mathieu Plourde

A Better Way to Practice - 0 views

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    "While it may be true that there are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going, there certainly are ways of needlessly prolonging the journey. We often waste lots of time because nobody ever taught us the most effective and efficient way to practice. Whether it's learning how to code, improving your writing skills, or playing a musical instrument, practicing the right way can mean the difference between good and great."
Mathieu Plourde

Failures, Mistakes and Other Learning Tools - 0 views

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    The whole theme was how to get kids comfortable with failing. We teach them from the beginning that it really isn't okay, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise in my classroom that they are afraid to go there.
Mathieu Plourde

Connecting Apps and Education - 0 views

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    " we present to you yet another great infographic from Online Colleges. Here they make the connection between apps and education in ways you may not have considered before."
Mathieu Plourde

Range of Public and Private in My Courses - 0 views

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    " I thought I would outline that range of public and private interactions in my classes, starting with the very most public and then progressing step by step to the most private: email. Although I have made a lot of changes to the content and procedures and technology in my courses over the past ten years, I have really not changed this balance of public and private - somehow or other, I blundered into a configuration of public and private that worked perfectly for me right from the start of my online teaching career."
Mathieu Plourde

Connected Teaching and Learning - Using online delivery and social media for more engag... - 1 views

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    "Integrating a complex set of technological tools in delivering a class results in "digital pain" as the professor talks, brings up video, monitors live chat, and performs a number of other tasks simultaneously, often without support. Responding to technical problems experienced by individual students is not possible in real time during the classes. Dr. Matrix does provide extensive one-on-one technical support before and after classes."
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