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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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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

Posted in edtech, education, moocs, teaching, Uncategorized

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

Recent Course & Workshop Resources: HTML5, Drupal, Distance Education

Here are some web sites for courses I’m currently teaching or recently taught: Distance Education Tools – http://detools.wikispaces.com/ This site now has dozens of links of various tools and technologies you can use with online and blended learning Multimedia Development with

Posted in conferences, development, drupal, edtech, embodiment, teaching, technology

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,

Posted in computers, edtech, education, teaching, technology, Uncategorized

Voicethread presentations on teaching & learning

Students in my advanced instructional design course (login as guest) created some narrated presentations in VoiceThread at the end of the semester.  They are on topics related to faculty development, teaching and learning, multimedia, etc.: Service Learning How People Learn

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“Supporting” Open Education

Learners need support.  That’s my overall gist from reading recent constructive criticisms of open education and open education resources (OERs) by Michael Feldstein and Tony Bates.  Dumping class lectures and notes online (which comprise the vast majority of OERs and

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