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Mathieu Plourde

Wrapping a MOOC - 0 views

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    "Although massive open online courses (MOOCs) are seen to be, and are in fact designed to be, stand-alone online courses, their introduction to the higher education landscape has expanded the space of possibilities for blended course designs (those that combine online and face-to-face learning experiences). Instead of replacing courses at higher education institutions, could MOOCs enhance those courses? This learning reports one such exploration, in which a Stanford University Machine learning MOOC was integrated into a graduate course in machine learning at Vanderbilt University during the Fall 2012 semester. The blended course design, which leveraged a MOOC course and platform for lecturing, grading, and discussion, enabled the Vanderbilt instructor to lead an overload course in a topic much desired by students. The study shows that while students regarded some elements of the course positively, they had concerns about the coupling of online and in-class components of this particular blended course design. Analysis of student and instructor reflections on the course suggests dimensions for characterizing blended course designs that incorporate MOOCs, either in whole or in part. Given the reported challenges in this case study of integrating a MOOC in its entirety in an on-campus course, the learning advocates for more complex forms of blended learning in which course materials are drawn from multiple MOOCs, as well as from other online sources."
Mathieu Plourde

68 Research Papers on Game-Based Paper from around The World - 2 views

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    "On 4 and 5 October 2012 the 6th European Conference on Games-Based Learning took place in Cork (Ireland). The Conference on Games-Based Learning (ECGBL) offers an opportunity for scholars and practitioners interested in the issues related to games based Learning (GBL) to share their thinking and research findings. It also presents an opportunity for networking with others in this growing field of research. The  abstracts of all presentations  is available as a downloadable pdf."
Mathieu Plourde

Professor Says Facebook Can Help Informal Learning - 0 views

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    "In a paper released on Monday, Christine Greenhow, an assistant professor of education at Michigan State University, argues that using informal social-media settings to carry on debates about science can help students refine their argumentative skills, increase their scientific literacy, and supplement paper in the classroom. Past studies have shown that informal settings, like conversations with friends, can facilitate paper, but according to Ms. Greenhow, very little has been studied about informal online contexts and social networks, like Facebook applications."
Mathieu Plourde

6 Open Educational Resources - 0 views

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    There's a subtle but steady shift happening in classrooms across the nation. More and more, schools are seeking efficient, cost-effective alternatives to using paper and supporting over-priced textbook companies. One way is by supporting technology in schools. Schools are seeking ways to upgrade and sustain wireless infrastructures and integrate mobile devices that broaden teaching and paper opportunities. Similarly, schools are decreasing their dependency on paper and incorporating digital workflows.
Mathieu Plourde

A Model for Developing High-Quality Online Courses: Integrating a Systems Approach with Learning Theory | The Sloan Consortium - 2 views

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    "As the demand for online education continues to increase, institutions are faced with developing process models for efficient, high-quality online course development. This paper describes a systems, team-based, approach that centers on an online instructional design theory (Active Mastery paper) implemented at Colorado State University-Global Campus. CSU-Global Campus is a newly-created online campus within the Colorado State University System, and launches in Fall 2008 with fully-online undergraduate degree completion programs and Master's degrees."
Mathieu Plourde

Would Graduate School Work Better if You Never Graduated From It? - 0 views

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    instead of two years, it would last 10 months-long enough to make friends, participate in experiential parts of the program, and become members of the club. They would pay a fee for the immersion, but not the balance of their tuition. After that, students would graduate into the work force, but they would stay enrolled at Wharton on a subscription basis. One day, a Wharton subscriber working in investment banking might get put on a team that oversees mergers and acquisitions. Instead of aching to recall the lessons she learned back in business school (and later forgot), she takes an online "minicourse" from Wharton. "The new pattern becomes learn-certify-deploy, learn-certify-deploy," the professors write in their paper.
Mathieu Plourde

Web Literacy 2.0 - 0 views

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    "This paper captures the evolution of the Mozilla Web Literacy Map to reach and meet the growing number of diverse audiences using the web. The paper represents the thinking, research findings, and next iteration of the Web Literacy Map that embraces 21st Century Skills (21C Skills) as key to leadership development."
Mathieu Plourde

edX Reveals Surprsing Results from MOOC Study & New online model "Skillfeed" | online learning insights - 1 views

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    "this week we did [finally] get a glimpse into what appears to be extensive research going on behind the scenes. The Open Access journal, Research & Practice in Assessment released the paper Studying paper in the Worldwide Classroom Research into edX's First MOOC."
Mathieu Plourde

Quad-blogging: Promoting Peer-to- Peer Learning in a MOOC - 0 views

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    "We present the concept of quad-blogging, and its potential for facilitating and enhancing peer-to-peer learning in higher education, specifically in a massive open online course (MOOC) by increasing peer engagement, promoting the practice of blogging and fostering the formation of professional learning networks through social media."
Mathieu Plourde

"It's Not You, It's the Room"- Are the High-Tech, Active Learning Classrooms Worth It? - 0 views

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    Several institutions have redesigned  traditional learning spaces to better  realize the potential of active,  experiential learning. We compare  student performance in traditional  and active learning classrooms  in a large, introductory biology  course using the same syllabus,  course goals, exams, and instructor
Mathieu Plourde

"Living and Learning with Social Media" - 0 views

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    "My talk today is based on research that I have been doing for the last four years concerning youth and social media. This talk is an implications talk, not a research talk. So for the scholars in the room, I should warn you that I won't be diving into the research directly. (If you're interested in the research, check out http://www.danah.org/papers)"
Mathieu Plourde

In digital textbook transition, device availability is just the beginning - 0 views

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    "At their best, digital textbooks offer a learning experience that boosts engagement, adapts to student learning, tracks performance and ensures up-to-date content - all while potentially saving costs in the longterm. According to a report from the Digital Textbook Collaborative, which was convened by the FCC and the US Department of Education, the cost of implementing the shift to digital varies from $250 to $1,000 per student per year, but the cost savings from increased teacher attendance, reduced learning costs, online assessments and other factors are estimated to be $600 per student per year. However, some say estimates on cost savings assume tablet prices that are less than actual costs and, without funding support, the upfront costs are difficult for many school districts to manage."
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

The Push to Look Good on Paper - EdSurge Independent - Medium - 0 views

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    "The tension seems to lie between admissions and learning, and the pressure that surrounds students forces them to choose admissions more often than not."
Mathieu Plourde

"Virtually mandatory": A survey of how discipline and institutional commitment shape university lecturers' perceptions of technology - 0 views

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    "Although there have been many claims that technology might enhance university teaching, there are wide variations in how technology is actually used by lecturers. This paper presents a survey of 795 university lecturers' perceptions of the use of technology in their teaching, showing how their responses were patterned by institutional and subject differences. There were positive attitudes towards technology across institutions and subjects but also large variations between different technologies. Two groups of technology were identified-"core" technologies, such as Powerpoint, that were used frequently, even when lecturers felt that they were not having a positive impact on paper, and "marginal" technologies, such as blogs, that were used much less frequently and only where they fitted the pedagogic approach or context. Rather than there being "leading" universities that were the highest users of all technologies, institutions tended to be heavier users of some technologies than others. Similarly, subjects could be associated with particular technologies rather than being consistent users of technology in general. The study suggests that university technology policy should reflect different disciplines and contexts rather than "one size fits all" directives."
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