Thursday, August 9, 2012

How Coursera, A Free Online Education Service, Will School Us All

An online education outfit started by a pair of Stanford professors is offering top-drawer college-level courses for free. Higher learning may never be the same.

Joel Klein, Sal Khan And Sebastian Thrun On Inventing The Future Of Education, At Disrupt SF

Three trailblazing figures in educational technology are showcasing the future of learning at our upcoming annual conference, Disrupt San Francisco. Former New York education Chancellor, Joel Klein, will get into more of the details about the recently announced Amplify project, News Corp’s ambitious venture to create tailored, digital learning for the American education system. Bill Gates’ “favorite teacher”, Sal Khan, who founded the Youtube-based Khan Academy, will speak about his pioneering work in the “flipped classroom” and launch a new feature to his site. And Google fellow and CEO of Udacity, Sebastian Thrun, will discuss how he opened the walled garden of American higher education free of charge to students around the world.



Saturday, August 4, 2012

MOOC MOOC: A Meta-MOOC > A MOOC About MOOCs > August 12-18 2012

In the interest of exploring MOOCs and the various discussions they’ve given rise to, Hybrid Pedagogy will host MOOC MOOC: a mini-MOOC (if there is such a thing), a meta-MOOC (if they aren’t all this already) -- a MOOC about MOOCs -- beginning on August 12. Over the course of one week, MOOC MOOC will explore the pedagogical approach, the sustainability of the form, and alternatives to MOOCs.



[snip]  This experimental course will take place August 12th through 18th. We’re writing today to let you know a little more about the course.

August 12th will be ... [a] day to get acclimated. You’ll have a chance to familiarize yourself with the Canvas LMS that serves as the launching pad for MOOC MOOC. You’ll also want to browse the profiles of the other participants -- your co-conspirators -- so you know who you’ll be working alongside during the week. We’ll also provide some reading material to get you prepped, so you’re ready to hit the ground running on Monday.

And we do mean running. Condensing something as expansive as a MOOC into six short days is a challenge from the instructional end... But that’s nothing compared to the MOOC olympics you’ll be inventing, collaborating, improvising, and conversing your way through during those six days. Prepare to be involved -- to participate, create, deconstruct, and re-create -- from opening bell Monday morning, to happy hour on Friday. (Saturday is more of a feet-on-the-desk, wearing-pajamas kind of day.)

You’ll probably spend 1-2 hours each day with MOOC MOOC, ideally little morsels of time spread liberally throughout your other activities and work; however, don’t fret if you can’t commit that much time. There are lots of ways to approach a MOOC, whether as a participant or even just as a lurker. Jump into the course when you can, and you’ll see lots of different options for how to engage.


Each day will include:

  • A short prompt or video to get you started;
  • One or two collaborative exercises that will ask you to bend your mind away from your preconceived notions of MOOCs, and toward new ideas and potentials;
  • Plenty of opportunities to “talk back” to the course material, to one another, and to us, your slightly insane hosts;
  • An implicit (or explicit) expectation that you will Tweet, blog, Tumblr, Facebook, and otherwise let your ideas about MOOCs and MOOC MOOC bleed into the Internet.

Please note: You will need both a Twitter and a Google account to fully participate!

It’s going to be exciting, extemporaneous, and daring... And we’re happy you’re along for the ride. To jump-start your thinking about MOOC MOOC, you are welcome to join us for a Twitter discussion tomorrow focused on the use, abuse, and potentials of the video lecture. David Stavens, CEO of Udacity, will be joining us for the chat as ... [the]special guest.


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