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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Connections: Deconstruction and Connectivism

I haven’t really spent much time with modern French philosophers. They vex me and use many words to say few, but ambiguous, things. However, I’ll spend time revisiting Derrida and others (notably Latour, but he is a sociologist, so I have more tolerance), especially after a student in the MDDE622 course that Rory McGreal and [...]

Finally, alternatives to prominent MOOCs

Tony Hirst shared a new initiative via OU UK: UK universities embrace the free, open, online future of higher education powered by The Open University. From a Times HE release: Futurelearn will carry courses from 12 UK institutions (see list), which will be available to students across the world free of charge. It will follow [...]

Supporting EdTech Journalists

There are many active contributors to conversations about educational technology, elearning, online learning, whatever learning. Some folks do it while gainfully employed (Stephen Downes, Alec Couros), others have made it part of their consultancy work (Jay Cross, Harold Jarche), and some (edsurge) who are VC funded. There are numerous ways to support these folks in [...]

Stanford Learning Analytics Summer Institute

MOOCs have been rather selfish, absorbing all of the attention in the edtech space in 2012. It has been all MOOC all the time. In the background, many initiatives have continued to advance including entrepreneurship in education, participatory pedagogies, the maker movement, and learning analytics. Through SoLAR, we have been active in setting up a [...]