Monday, October 14, 2013

Monday MOOC News

For this week a short list of links:

This blog post by Jenny Gray gives a good perspective from the 'other' side of the looking glass. It is always helpful to remember that there are actual people on the other side of the screen, who may or may not have our proficiencies with technology. With MOOCs reaching an ever-widening audience, we should be mindful of how we use, and construct technology.

Melissa Hunder has a good summary of a LinkedIn discussion about having a 'messy classroom'. I use this approach for in-class assignments, but can see these ideas of 'messy' or 'strategic ambiguity' applying to an appropriate MOOC.

A few Chinese universities are signing up with edX to host their MOOCs. I'm curious how they'll structure their courses, and how/if they will be monitored by the Chinese government.

I am not currently involved with any MOOCs, but I am teaching two developmental math courses at a small community college. Hopefully I'll be able to participate in the Common Core, and Big Data courses that start next week.

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