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Mathieu Plourde

Universities can go online without a corporate partner, even in an age of 'bigger is be... - 0 views

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    "focusing on the next mega-institution or the gold-rush mentality that has garnered so much attention in online education is a distraction from this higher calling. For us, a mega model does not align with our core educational philosophy. We imagine that for the majority of universities, the mega-university concept is not only unrealistic, it is also anathema to their institutional philosophy. We look forward to joining efforts across higher education to embrace a chapter of fundamental transformation."
Mathieu Plourde

Yes, Your Opinion Can Be Wrong - 0 views

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    "You can be wrong or ignorant. It will happen. Reality does not care about your feelings. Education does not exist to persecute you. The misinformed are not an ethnic minority being oppressed. What's that? Planned Parenthood is chopping up dead babies and selling them for phat cash? No, that's not what actually happened. No, it's not your opinion. You're just wrong. "
Mathieu Plourde

American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist - 0 views

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    "We "learn," and after this we "do." We go to school and then we go to work. This approach does not map very well to personal and professional success in America today. Learning and doing have become inseparable in the face of conditions that invite us to discover."
Mathieu Plourde

Flipping the classroom isn't the answer -- let's scramble it (essay) - 0 views

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    With the scrambled classroom model, we are challenged to learn new possibilities, but also to design instruction based on principles we have known about for some time. In the scrambled classroom model, the innovation is not so much "online learning," but "human learning" supported by all that the 21st century brings to the table.
Mathieu Plourde

MOOCs: Glorified Online Correspondence Courses? - 0 views

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    Since 2012 many people have expressed the opinion that MOOCs will, or have the potential to, change higher education. However, before MOOCs begin transforming the manner in which higher education operates in the United States, there are at least a few current educational policies and practices that will hinder the advancement of MOOCs.
Mathieu Plourde

Don't Call Us Rock Stars - 0 views

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    "The rock-star meme implies that teaching is all about performance. What happens on stage is still what matters, even if techno-hip educators supplant traditional sages. Talk of rock-star faculty members reinforces the static lecture model that MOOCs were, ironically, developed in part to destroy. The audience at a rock concert is listening, not interacting. Decades of research and a modicum of common sense confirm that students engage and learn more through active participation in the classroom. For all the talk of personalized analytics and adaptive learning, MOOCs built around faculty rock stars will just transfer the lean-back experience of the lecture hall to a screen."
Mathieu Plourde

Bored? Tough. (Hard to believe this is published in a major Ed publication) | Granted, ... - 0 views

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    "If educators wish to keep students in high school and in college, they must plant a better attitude in the former, while recognizing the intransigence of the curriculum in the latter. Boredom is not always something to be avoided. It is to be accepted and worked through."
Jann Sutton

We're all to blame for MOOCs - 0 views

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    "As any botanist knows, a monoculture is highly susceptible to a single pathogen. A great shakeout is under way, and MOOCs are the logical outgrowth of this push for interchangeable educational delivery. Curricula, faculty, and students are overwhelmingly indistinct, and MOOCs are simply the cheapest way to combine those elements in our economically constrained times."
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    An article providing an important perspective to consider when promoting or arguing for the MOOC concept.
Mathieu Plourde

The neoliberal assault on academia - 0 views

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    "The New York Times, Slate and Al Jazeera have recently drawn attention to the adjunctification of the professoriate in the US. Only 24 per cent of the academic workforce are now tenured or tenure-track.  Much of the coverage has focused on the sub-poverty wages of adjunct faculty, their lack of job security and the growing legions of unemployed and under-employed PhDs. Elsewhere, the focus has been on web-based learning and the massive open online courses (MOOCs), with some commentators celebrating and others lamenting their arrival. "
Mathieu Plourde

What education needs, MOOCs can't provide. - 0 views

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    "An education is more. People moving through their education learn from the all of people they encounter. The relationship of the student and the teacher is intertwined. Teachers become a team of mentors, tutoring not just in a subject but in the world around them."
Mathieu Plourde

Forget the Cellphone Fight - We Should Be Allowed to Unlock Everything We Own - 0 views

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    we really don't own our stuff anymore (at least not fully); the manufacturers do. Because modifying modern objects requires access to information: code, service manuals, error codes, and diagnostic tools. Modern cars are part horsepower, part high-powered computer. Microwave ovens are a combination of plastic and microcode. Silicon permeates and powers almost everything we own.
Mathieu Plourde

Penpal News | Learning Made Social - 0 views

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    "Connect Your Class to the World with PenPal News!"
Mathieu Plourde

Is the LMS Dead? - 0 views

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    "I don't believe that the LMS is dead, yes my livelihood depends on it, but the facts are that institutions like "software systems" that help meet strategic objects. The cool part (and often challenging for buyers) is that there are hundreds of systems that use the LMS moniker."
Mathieu Plourde

Online Learning, Only Better - 0 views

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    "I truly believe that most of my full-time, tenure-track colleagues would rather quit their jobs than teach an online course. And that's a shame, since they are exactly the people who should be helping to set standards for meaningful online education."
Mathieu Plourde

Are aggregation and curation journalism? Wrong question - 0 views

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    "As more and more competitors for traditional media outlets emerge - whether they are corporations like The Huffington Post or teenagers in war-torn countries trying to do journalism on the fly, like the 14-year-old profiled in a recent New York Times story - there seems to be a growing obsession with defining what journalism is, and who deserves (or doesn't deserve) to be called a journalist. Is the man who live-blogged the Osama bin Laden assassination a journalist? Is National Public Radio's Andy Carvin, who has been using Twitter as a one-man newswire during the Arab Spring, a journalist?"
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