Jul 102015
 

The study is interesting, but Tony Bates' comment on it is right to the point and, once again, exposes the lack of knowledge that underlies many aspects of xMOOCs.

Demonstration is one of the 18 video production styles from a Coursera course “Mechanics: Motion, Forces, Energy and Gravity, from Particles to Planets” (UNSW Australia). Hansch, A. et al. (2015) Video and Online Learning: Critical Reflections and Findings From the Field Berlin DE: Alexander von …

Jul 022015
 

Martin Weller on some important battles of Open Education today.

I know some people don’t like the whole “battle” idea in my book, and I get why it isn’t always applicable. But sometimes, it really does feel that way. In what could become a regular feature, if I…

May 052015
 

Interesting post by Erik Duval on Open Science. His proposal:

I propose that the European Commission takes the bold step to ensure that, before the end of this decade, all metadata about all scientific publications ever published would be put in the public domain.

Last week, I spent two days discussing ‘open science’ in an EU meeting, as part of what will culminate in a meeting on “opening up to an ERA of Innovation” next month. We were asked to make suggest…

Apr 242015
 

A great interview with David Krakauer. A must watch.
http://m.nautil.us/issue/23/dominoes/ingenious-david-krakauer

One way to think about culture is as dominoes arrayed in a line, with one tipping over another, a sort of cascade of influence,”…

Mar 302015
 

Good post by Lorena A. Barba on why video-based learning is not the best of options.

A MOOC professor takes a contrarian view and creates a MOOC without relying on videos, and makeing the claim that they are not necessary for a meaningful online learning experience.

Jan 172015
 

"Language MOOCs" published, with a free online version. +António Teixeira and I contributed with Chapter 3 – "A Proposal for the Methodological Design of Collaborative Language MOOCs".

Table of Contents. Frontmatter · Contents · List of contributing authors · 1 Introduction. Language MOOCs: an Emerging Field · 2 What Constitutes an Effective Language MOOC? 3 A Proposal for the Methodological Design of Collaborative Language MOOCs · 4 Motivation in a Language MOOC: Issues for …

Sep 242014
 

An essay (pre-print) by +David Wiley on MOOCs (more specifically, xMOOCS of the Coursera/Udacity type) and Open Education. A must read to clarify some important issues that seem to be overlooked by most MOOC providers.

The following is a pre-print of an essay set to appear in Bonk et al.’s forthcoming book MOOCs and Open Education around the World. It may undergo some additional editing before publication. Unlike…

Sep 142014
 

This is an interesting development regarding higher education.

"Purdue creates competency degree program" http://feedly.com/e/CVQ3V_Vr

by Haley Dover, Journal Courier. Purdue University on Thursday introduced a competency degree program, putting students in control of their education. The College of Technology program allows students to progress at their own rate as they demonstrate mastery of specific skills, …

Jul 232014
 

From his brand new home on the web, Martin Weller asks Why don’t we talk about PLEs anymore? and then provides a handful of reasons. He is mostly right if one accepts his idea of the concept which, in my opinion, is  an oversimplified view of what a PLE is, focusing on the tools only. Although some people have taken that perspective, many others who developed the concept offer a much more complex understanding, including besides the tools also the resources you interact with/explore and the people you connect to – this would be the PLN . (personal learning network) part of your PLE. Furthermore, it has also been construed not as a set of tools a user prefers, but more as a personal approach (a “life style”, if you will) to your online actions and interactions (with people and resources) from which you learn (informally, non-formally and formally).

PLE anatomy

Steve Wheeler (click on image to see original post)

In that sense,the concept of PLE embodies the very essence of (yes, I am going to say it) web 2.0 – user control, ownership, users as producers as well as consumers (prosumers), personal choice, decentralization and rhizomatic nature, participatory culture, etc. At a pedagogical level, it means learner-centeredness, learner control, autonomy and independence, create more than reproduce, curate more than memorize, reflect and practice more than process and apply. It is related to visions of a free, user oriented web, and of meaningful and relevant learning experiences. It relates to what Stephen Downes has been saying for a long time, to Connectivism, to Jim Groom’s Domain of one’s own, to Project Reclaim, etc.

So, yes, the PLE concept has faded and now the talk is all about MOOCs – unfortunately, not the original idea, which, again, was very much tied to PLEs, but to its simplified reinterpretation by elite universities and subsequent followers (dump content on platforms for a mass of people). I bet that if someone in Silicon Valley comes forward and claims to have invented it (again), offering a simplified and monetizable version of the concept, it will become the next buzz word :-).