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The strengths and weaknesses of MOOCs: Part I

How many times has an author cried: ‘Oh, God, I wish I’d never started on this!’? Well, I wanted to have a short section on MOOCs within a chapter on design models for teaching and learning in my online textbook, ‘Teaching in a Digital Age‘ and it is probably poetic justice that the section on MOOCs […]
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What students learned from an MIT physics MOOC

Colvin, K. et al. (2014) Learning an Introductory Physics MOOC: All Cohorts Learn Equally, Including On-Campus Class, IRRODL, Vol. 15, No. 4 Why this paper? I don’t normally review individual journal articles, but I am making an exception in this case for several reasons: it is the only research publication I have seen that attempts to […]
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Review of ‘Online Distance Education: Towards a Research Agenda.’

Zawacki-Richter, O. and Anderson, T. (eds.) (2014) Online Distance Education: Towards a Research Agenda Athabasca AB: AU Press, pp. 508 It is somewhat daunting to review a book of over 500 pages of research on any topic. I doubt if few other than the editors are likely to read this book from cover to cover. It is more […]
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North Central Kansas Technical College Selects Three Rivers Systems’ CAMS Enterprise as Its Higher Education ERP System

Cites Improved Training & Support and Upgraded Functionality as Key Decision Criteria

St. Louis, MO: North Central Kansas Technical College (NCK Tech), a leader in postsecondary technical education and workforce development, has selected Three Rivers Systems’ CAMS Enterprise as its new enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. A superior client support model and software features that help eliminate manual processes and duplicate data entry ...

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Comparing xMOOCs and cMOOCs: philosophy and practice

The story so far For my open textbook Teaching in a Digital Age, I am writing a chapter on different design models for teaching and learning. I have started writing the section on MOOCs, and in my previous post, ‘What is a MOOC?‘, I gave a brief history and described the key common characteristics of all […]
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What is a MOOC?

MOOCs as a design model I have already covered seven different design models for teaching and learning in Chapter 6 of my open textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age. I have dithered a bit over whether MOOCs are a unique design model, because they contain a mix of familiar and somewhat unfamiliar approaches to teaching and […]