04 août 2014

Hack Education Weekly News: Lawsuits, Acquisitions, and Homophones

https://s3.amazonaws.com/hackedu/audreywatters_75.jpgBy . “Reports of MOOCs’ demise have been greatly exaggerated,” writes Craig Weidemann, vice provost for online education at Penn State. Clearly, because people are still writing stories with bullshit headlines like “Will Free Online Courses Ever Replace a College Education?
What 6.9 million clicks tell us about how to fix online education” (the “us” here is MIT’s AI Lab): things like we need to make “‘YouTube for MOOCs’ that seeks to reinvent how online learners watch videos.” More...

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Mapping the Futures of Higher Education #FuturesEd

http://www.hastac.org/files/imagecache/homepage_50/pictures/picture-79-873560aec16bee4b69793f2fa0fbd715.jpgBy Cathy Davidson. Expertise is a slippery business.  We teach a course, from the presumed position of, well, knowing it all.   However, when you have command of your syllabus, your reading list, your schedule, your requirements, and your testing apparatus, you leave yourself, as a prof, very little room for revealing all the things you may not know.  Face it, you may even be able to trick yourself into believing that you are the teacher because you have nothing left to learn. More...

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Can There Be Educational Transformation Without Profiteering?

http://www.hastac.org/files/imagecache/homepage_50/pictures/picture-79-873560aec16bee4b69793f2fa0fbd715.jpgBy Cathy Davidson. In writing an essay for a collection on the need for educational change, I came to the conclusion that one of the biggest challenges facing those committed to change is to differentiate the necessity of educational transformation from profiteering. How can we underscore the need to change what is antiquated about our current system if we operate under the shadow of ed-tech purveyors who may be committed less to improvement than to the profits to be made at the expense of the 15 million students currently in our colleges and universities--and their teachers? Being clear about our motives and our personal stake in change is essential if we wish to be trusted as leaders of changeMore...

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The Un-Common Core: What Are the Fundamentals? #FuturesEd

http://www.hastac.org/files/imagecache/homepage_50/pictures/picture-79-873560aec16bee4b69793f2fa0fbd715.jpgBy Cathy Davidson. The single most common question I receive when I now address audiences, whether CEO's or parents, is about the Common Core. The politics have become so intense that I now call the Common Core the "ObamaCare of 2014."  By that I mean that, given that the numbers so far on the Affordable Care Act surpassed even optimistic predictions,  it becomes harder to blame everything terrible about American healthcare on the ACA. So now the Common Core is both a real issue--and irrational political hyperbole. More...

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Big Graduate Center CUNY News: Multimillion Dollar Grant for Center for Digital Scholarship and Data Visualization

http://www.hastac.org/files/imagecache/homepage_50/pictures/picture-79-873560aec16bee4b69793f2fa0fbd715.jpgBy Cathy Davidson. The Graduate Center, City University of New York, co-leader of CUNY's newly created Big Data Consortium, announced today it will establish the CUNY Center for Digital Scholarship and Data Visualization. The consortium has been awarded $15 million from the State of New York in the CUNY 2020 grant competition. More...

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Fabulous ideas: economics, innovation, #education

Inge Ignatia de WaardBy Inge Ignatia de Waard. The past 50 minutes I have been blown out of my mind with this 74 pages slide deck "Personal learning in a Networked world" symbolizing the synopsis of a keynote Stephen Downes gave at the London School of Economics yesterday. In some cases Stephen rehashes slides from previous talks, but in this case all the slides seemed so new in their relating to one another, so connected in that they visualized an interdisciplinary, holistic picture of new learning opportunities, new data and computer ownership issues, looking at all people (not just students), and contemplating economic impact with autonomous ownership linked with cooperation. Read more...

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Searching experienced #MOOC people: academics & corporate #eMOOC2015

Inge Ignatia de WaardBy Inge Ignatia de Waard. In the next couple of weeks I want to gather the next #eMOOC2015 group of MOOC colleagues (in the broad sense) that will help me and my fellow chair Nathalie Schiffino in assembling the committee for the eMOOC2015 experience track. Both Nathalie and me are the chairs for the experience track.
How many people will be in the experience track committee? Between 8 and 10 people. 
When will it take place: 18 - 19 - 20 May 2015. Read more...

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Linking #k12 to #mLearning, networked learning, cloud computing

Inge Ignatia de WaardBy Inge Ignatia de Waard. As the New Media Consortium report is out looking at the upcoming trends for k12 and online learning, I was pleasantly surprised by the emerging combinations which clearly embrace new educational technologies and student-centered focus.
The almost 50 pages report is a source of interest for any teacher, school, or elearning expert. It provides a nice overview of new options and trends for young students, as well as interesting assumptions. One of the assumptions is: mobile acceptance in schools, teacher proficiency in a variety of digital skills, and even the contemporary classroom (filled with ICT and edtech options). This is the ideal setting and for many schools not (yet) achievable. Nevertheless the points raised in the report are interesting.
For those with little time a quick read through the 9 page preview report will already raise interest, but for those having more time, I do recommend reading the full report as it narrates not only what is to come, but also why the authors of the report think so, and what importance it can have. Read more...

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#Phd update: interest for older employees learning research niche

Inge Ignatia de WaardBy Inge Ignatia de Waard. The quest to provide research based evidence to upgrade or at least hold on to older employees, and build a rationale to keep them in corporations based on their expertise and knowledge. EU, US, Canadian statistics are clear, we have an aging population and there is a need to keep employees at work, in meaningful work based on their expertise and knowledge.
It is a marginal option that I can chose to work on after my PhD is finalized (yes, still a lot to do, but ... reflection is a nice pastime). It feels like an interesting professional research and knowledge niche. So this subject is just something that sits in the back of my mind as I work on my heutagogy-MOOC-online learning based PhD topic, for I see a future in MOOCs or by that time enhanced, global online learning - for older, lifelong learners, including employees.
While looking for a solid research definition of 'learning episode' I came across a FREE, online book from 1971 by Allen Tough entitled 'The Adult's Learning Projects: a fresh approach to theory and practice in adult learning'. Read more...

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#MOOC for development report #ict4D

Inge Ignatia de WaardBy Inge Ignatia de Waard. Finally the inspirational and informative report of Massive Open Online Courses for Development (MOOC4D) is published by the Penn University, and it can be downloaded here (link I got at first was not working, so added a new indirect link. Once I have retrieved the official link I will put that one in). The panel discussions are also available online here. The conference on MOOC4D was held in April 2014 and it focused on the challenges and potentials of MOOCs in developing countries. Read more...

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