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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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Paying for College

Over the last several years we have rightfully been obsessing about student debt. Many students are taking on too much debt. The cost of college can also be a turnoff for poor students who understand debt but don’t necessarily understand foregone earnings. Why go to school for four years, incur debt, and end up with […]
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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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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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What Makes an Excellent Dissertation?

What is an excellent dissertation? It is not, as many students initially think, a document to revolutionize education. It is a culminating product that allows one to demonstrate his or her ability to address a significant problem, synthesize information around that problem, develop arguments and a rationale for a study or project in a clear […]
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Quality Grading

When grading, it can be tempting to give a check mark or a letter grade and call it a day; but grading student papers can be a conversation between master and apprentice. The body of research on effective feedback indicates that feedback should be timely, specific, and detailed; the research also shows that the majority […]