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Must See TV (This Thursday)

Attendees at TargetX’s annual CRM Summit this summer in Vegas received a sneak peek at a new documentary, “Ivory Tower: Is College Worth the Cost?“, produced by CNN.  Thankfully, we had a cocktail hour prior to the screening as for some it was a movie with a tough message to absorb for those of us in higher education.
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Is this thing on?

Yesterday marked the beginning of the college search process with my daughter, Sarah, by traveling a couple of miles into the City of Brotherly Love for the National College Fair at the Philadelphia Convention Center.  My first encounter with this fair was in 1990 when it was at the former Philadelphia Conference Center and I was a much younger first year admission counselor.
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Find Great Reusable Content With Creative Commons and This Easy Advanced Search Technique

Use Creative Commons Licensing to Find Images, Video, Audio, and Other Content you can use, Share, and Alter. Want an easy way to search out different kinds of content that users have published with the expressly stated right to re-use, edit, and otherwise share with permission? It’s probably easier than you think! By combining a […]
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EDEN research papers: OERs (inc. MOOCs), quality/assessment, social media, analytics and research methods

EDEN has now published a second report on my review of papers submitted to the EDEN research workshop in Oxford a couple of weeks ago. All the full papers for the workshop can be accessed here. Main lessons (or unanswered questions) I took away: OERs and MOOCs what does awarding badges of certificates for MOOCs or other […]
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Why the fuss about MOOCs? Political, social and economic drivers

The end of MOOCs This is the last part of my chapter on MOOCs for my online open textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age. In a series of prior posts, I have looked at the strengths and weaknesses of MOOCs. Here I summarise this section and look at why MOOCs have gained so much attention. […]
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Book Review – Developing Interactive Teaching and Learning Using the IWB

Excellent Professional Development Resource for Interactive White Board Users Book: Developing Interactive Teaching and Learning Using the IWB: a resource for teachers. Hennessy, Warwick, Brown, Rawlins & Neale (2014). Open University Press. The various chapters in this printed publication in combination with the references to relevant research and the variety of the well-documented, related online […]
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Strengths and weaknesses of MOOCs: Part 3, branding and cost

The story so far This is the fifth in a series of posts from my open textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age. I have already published four extracts from the book on MOOCs: the key design features of MOOCs (‘What is a MOOC?’) the differences between cMOOCs and xMOOCs the strengths and weaknesses of MOOCs, Part 1, […]
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A New Zealand analysis of MOOCs

Shrivastava, A. and Guiney, P. (2014) Technological Development and Tertiary Education Delivery Models: The Arrival of MOOCs  Wellington NZ: Tertiary Education Commission/Te Amorangi Mātauranga Matua Why this paper? Another report for the record on MOOCs, this time from the New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission. The reasoning behind this report: The paper focuses on MOOCs [rather than doing […]
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EDEN research papers on learner characteristics, course design and faculty development in online learning

EDEN has now published my review of some of the research papers submitted to the EDEN research workshop in Oxford a couple of weeks ago. All the full papers for the workshop can be accessed here. Main lessons I culled from these papers: Learner characteristics open and distance learners/online learners are much more heterogeneous than on-campus […]
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5 Tips for Improving Retention and Outcomes Through Improved Coaching and Tutoring

Most Schools Offer Tutoring and Other Support Services. Here’s a few Ideas for Taking Them up a Level. Student attrition accounts for $40 billion of lost tuition, according to research conducted by the Economic Policy Institute and recently confirmed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Negative perceptions of the college experience account for 80% […]