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Something weird is happening at Coursera

Something weird is happening at Coursera. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but have boiled it down to two options. Both are problematic. A bit of background About two months ago, I posted a short article on a DesignJam that we hosted at UT Arlington. The designjam brought together numerous folks who had some [...]

Activating Latent Knowledge Capacity

Last week, we wrapped up another successful Learning Analytics Summer Institute at Harvard. The recordings of most of the talks and panels can be found here. Since we were already in town, Dragan Gasevic and I were invited by edX to give a talk to their staff and member institutions (we are running a course [...]

Attend (online) the Learning Analytics Summer Institute

Last year, we held the Learning Analytics Summer Institute (LASI) at Stanford. This year we will hold LASI at Harvard. The event starts tomorrow and runs for three days (June 30 – July 2). Our interest and mission with the Society for Learning Analytics Research is to make data and algorithms open and accessible to [...]

Online event: Scaling Corporate Learning

We’ve now posted additional resources for the Scaling Corporate Learning online conference (June 18 & 19): Schedule Speaker Bios If interested in joining, register here

MOOC Research Initiative: Reports Released

I’m pleased to announce that the reports from the MOOC Research Initiative (MRI) are now available. In the spirit of useful science, each grantee was asked to provide a one sentence overview of their research findings. I enjoyed working on this grant. The traditional method of exploring a knowledge domain takes years. With MOOCs, given [...]

New MOOC: Data, Analytics, & Learning

I’ve run a range of open courses on a fairly broad range of platforms: D2L, Moodle, Instructure, a mess of social media tools, and (most frequently) with Stephen Downes’ gRSShopper. This fall, together with colleagues, I’ll be offering an open course on edX: Data, Analytics, and Learning. From the description: In education, the use of [...]

MOOCs: Scaling Corporate Learning

While MOOCs have gained the interest and attention of higher education, they have failed to make much of an impact on corporate learning. That is starting to change. Over the past year, organizations such as Google, GE, Cisco, McAfee, Bank of America, AXA, and AT&T have started to experiment with MOOCs. Non-profits and NGOs such [...]

MOOCs: Expectations and Reality

In spite of (because of?) significant media attention, the dialogue around MOOCs has been more theoretical than informed. Research is lagging well behind rhetoric. Fortunately, that is starting to change. Fiona Hollands and Devayani Tirthali from Teachers College, Columbia University, have released what is the most informed analysis of MOOCs that I have read to [...]

Personal Learner Knowledge Graph

The entire education system is focused on content/curriculum. Content drives almost all academic conversations. Content is the work of designers (how should we structure this), academics (what and how should I teach), administrators (how can we prove [to some random agency] that we taught students stuff that matters), and employers (this is the content I [...]

Multiple pathways: Blending xMOOCs & cMOOCs

I’m running a MOOC on edX in fall on Data Analytics & Learning (registration will be open soon). As part of this process, we organized a designjam recently bringing together 20 or so folks to think through the design process. I’ll post separately on this event. For now, I just want to highlight one aspect [...]