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Two Courses That Made a Difference in Student Retention

UPDATE Feb. 2016: Please see this handout with a list of more strategies that increase student success & retention in college. Universities and colleges have a huge problem with retaining and graduating their students – particularly students in STEM areas (science, technology,

Posted in education, learning sciences, research, teaching

Considering MOOCs: Pros, Cons, Questions

Here are slides for a talk I’m giving to my university about issues to consider before offering MOOCs or accepting MOOCs for credit. Considering MOOCs: Pros, Cons, Questions from Doug Holton I also participated in a webinar about MOOCs for

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Posted in edtech, education, moocs, opensource, teaching, technology, Uncategorized

What’s the “problem” with MOOCs?

In case the quotes didn’t clue you in, this post doesn’t argue against massive open online courses (MOOCs) such as the ones offered by Udacity, Coursera, and edX.  I think they are very worthy ventures and will serve to progress our

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New Books on Teaching, HTML5

I can’t really provide reviews for these books, I haven’t read most of them yet (they are just lying in my 10 year old amazon saved items queue), but I thought I’d share the list for future reference: Some new

Posted in edtech, education, embodiment, html5, teaching, technology, theory

Review of Rushkoff’s Program or Be Programmed

Since at least the invention of BASIC and Logo in the 1960s, people, such as Seymour Papert, have made an argument that anyone can and should learn to how to program, and even make their own software applications.  The argument

Posted in computers, edtech, education, learning sciences, programming, technology, theory

Does educational technology exist to make schools “hip” and placate taxpayers?

Larry Cuban argues that we only have new technologies in classrooms in order to placate (mostly non-parental) taxpayers and politicians, so that schools can seem “modern” and “with it.”  Computers and so forth are just there as a status symbol,

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New Books on Learning & Technology

Some recent and upcoming books that caught my eye (haven’t read them yet). Digital Habitats: stewarding technology for communities – They’ve made a copy of Chapter 10: Action Notebook available online.  “it summarizes dozens of practical steps you can take

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