By TAMAR LEWIN Published: October 30, 2013 STANFORD, Calif. — On Stanford University’s sprawling campus, where a long palm-lined drive leads to manicured quads, humanities professors produce highly regarded scholarship on Renaissance French literature and the philosophy of language. They have generous compensation, stunning surroundings and access to the latest technology and techniques of scholarship. … Read moreAs Interest Fades in the Humanities, Colleges Worry (NYT)
When Professors John Hoberman and Daniel Bonevac sat down with a small development team in January to create two new online courses, the possibilities of “what if” and “could we” electrified the room. The goal: to deliver 72 hours of traditional coursework in an engaging and interactive format via the Web. Five months later, as … Read moreEXPLORING THE ACRONYM JUNGLE OF MOOCS, SMOCS AND BEYOND (UT Austin)
Rebecca Griffiths explores an intriguing and potentially high impact application of online learning: MOOCs in the Classroom? What happens when faculty are encouraged to adapt MOOCs intended for large global audiences for use in traditional classroom settings and curriculum? Can this “off label use” bring benefits like improved learning outcomes or the ability to educate more … Read moreMOOCs in the Classroom?
Susan Galer, SAP Debates on the pros and cons of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) often overlook how these online sessions fundamentally change the dynamic of learning. I’ve been writing about the emergence of MOOCs in businesses like SAPas a flexible, fast option to teach developers about the latest technologies. While online surveys have yielded a significant amount … Read moreStudents Issue Report Card on MOOCs (SAPVoice)
By Hannah Winston As professors step out from behind lecterns to stand beside laptops or in front of cameras—or both—the top concern for campus information-technology departments across the country is how they can help faculty members move smoothly into the digital age of learning. That’s one finding of the Campus Computing Project’s annual survey of … Read moreHelping Professors Use Technology Is Top Concern in Computing Survey (Chronicle)
(From the Alt MOOC Sig website:) As part of George Siemens’ MOOC Research Initiative, two open events this coming week: Oct 22, 11 am Mountain Time (see conversions): An Overview of the MOOC Research Initiative: The project, literature, and landscape. This presentation will provide a timeline of the development of the MOOC Research Initiative, its … Read moreOPEN PRESENTATIONS ON MOOCS AND MOOC RESEARCH INITIATIVE (Alt MOOC Sig)