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Are MOOCs hyped?

Are MOOCs hyped? | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Author: Valerie Strauss

 

If you haven’t heard of MOOCs, you no doubt will, because these Massive Open Online course are becoming all the rage, tagged as the biggest thing in public education since, well, the dawn of public education. (It wasn’t long ago that the Khan Academy was). My colleague Nick Anderson reported about the emergence of the MOOCs movement as a disruptive force in higher education. But there are reasons to think MOOCs are being hyped, and below, former schools superintendent Larry Cuban explains why. Cuban is a former high school social studies teacher (14 years, including seven at Cardozo and Roosevelt high schools in the District), district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, VA) and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. His latest book is “As Good As It Gets: What School Reform Brought to Austin.”

 

This appeared on his blog.

 

By Larry Cuban

I have a confession to make. I dropped out of a Massive Open Online course (MOOC) on Artificial Intelligence at Stanford university in the Fall of 2011. There were over 160,000 other students in the class from all over the world. I listened to the two professors on my laptop give mini-lectures, watched fast hands scrawl quickly and cleverly over whiteboards to graphically display the concepts they were teaching. I found the information fascinating. I took a few quizzes. Then I fell behind and realized that I couldn’t keep up, given the other things I was doing so I dropped out. End of story about my first encounter with a MOOC. Turns out, however, that about 138,000 others dropped out also since only 14 percent completed the course and received a certificate.

 

 

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D-School Futures: Cranbrook's Scott Klinker on Why ID Education Should Move Students Beyond Skills Toward 'Cultural Maturity'

D-School Futures: Cranbrook's Scott Klinker on Why ID Education Should Move Students Beyond Skills Toward 'Cultural Maturity' | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Objects from the Innate Gestures workshop with guest designer Leon Ransmeier and 3D designer-in-residence Scott Klinker This is the latest installment of D-School Futures, our interview series on the evolution of industrial design education. Today we have answers from Scott Klinker, designer-in-residence and head of 3D Design at Cranbrook Academy of Art. How different is industrial design education today than it was ten years ago? Will it look very different ten years from now? "Industrial" is now "post-industrial"—marking a shift
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Introducing 'D-School Futures,' Our Interview Series on the Evolution of Industrial Design Education

Introducing 'D-School Futures,' Our Interview Series on the Evolution of Industrial Design Education | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
ID students at the Savannah College of Art and Design September is here, and you know what that means—the start of National Honey Month, yes, but also the reluctant acceptance by most students (and professors) that summer is really over and school is really underway for another semester. Here at Core77, we thought we'd use this back-to-school season to assess the state of design education—or, even better, to ask design educators to assess it for us. Over the summer, we
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English course gets 100,000 students

English course gets 100,000 students | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

More than 100,000 people have signed up for a single online course providing English language lessons.

It is the British Council's first experiment with so-called Moocs, or massive open online courses, which deliver tuition free of charge.

Spain, Burma and Russia are among the countries with the biggest number of students taking the six-week course.

The British Council is claiming this as one of the biggest English language learning classes in the world.

More than a third of these language students are following the course through their mobile phones.

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Model-making summer school

Model-making summer school | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

When Patrick Hendra retired as professor of chemistry at the University of Southampton, he took up a new hobby - making model boats.

A compulsion to share knowledge led him to turn his hobby into a model-making summer school for the children at his local village youth club.

By building miniature boats, cars and even a bridge made primarily from coffee-stirrer sticks, Patrick is teaching the children to be young engineers.

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Multidisciplinary Culture Hacks Use Tech And Design To Solve Local Problems - PSFK

Multidisciplinary Culture Hacks Use Tech And Design To Solve Local Problems - PSFK | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Culture Shift brings together creative businesses and digital talent to make new products.
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The Dead Simple Way Google Ventures Unlocks Great Ideas

The Dead Simple Way Google Ventures Unlocks Great Ideas | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

How do you get a team to decide on the best design, fast? Stickers. Lots of stickers.

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Something Every Teacher Should Watch. And Student. And Person.

Something Every Teacher Should Watch. And Student. And Person. | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Short. Mesmerizing.
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How to design better data visualisations | Infographic | Creative Bloq

How to design better data visualisations | Infographic | Creative Bloq | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Over the last couple of centuries, data visualisation has developed to the point where it is in everyday use across all walks of life. Many recognise it as an effective tool for both storytelling and analysis, overcoming most language and educational barriers. But why is this?
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Education: Design, Creativity, and Knowledge - Point of View - March 2014

Education: Design, Creativity, and Knowledge - Point of View - March 2014 | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Nearly three hundred years ago Montesquieu wrote in The Spirit of Laws, “Today, there are three different or contradictory types of education out there: that of our parents, that of our teachers, and that of the world. Everything we are taught in the latter undermines everything we are taught in the first two.” 

For the sake of the apprentice, I would like the practice of design and its creative potential to play a central role in breathing new life into the master’s purpose. A driving force in the teaching and understanding of all things, the master enables the apprentice to take ownership of the design field’s breadth and the myriad opportunities available therein. The master fosters broader reflection and helps channel context- and reality-based scenarios.

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How to Be Creative: It’s All in the Process

How to Be Creative: It’s All in the Process | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Left-brained or right-brained? Creativity is way more complex than that.

PBS Digital Studios’ series Off Book provides an insightful, in-depth look at how creativity operates, the misconceptions that surround it still, and the artist’s life struggle to always keep pushing forward. We’re not “naturally” creative, there’s a defined process that encourages idea creation, as Off Book shows us.

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How technology best boosts learning

How technology best boosts learning | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
An inner city primary is at the heart of a research project on how tablet computers may boost children's learning.

 

The Lambeth school's head teacher, Kate Atkins, says the aim is to help pupils develop a range of learning strategies.

"Poor learners are often over-confident about the power of their memories and can struggle to find alternative strategies.

 

"We need to encourage them to think about how they learn and to try something else."

 

Children at the school are encouraged to reflect on every piece of work or unit of learning.They are asked to think about which bits went well, what they struggled with and what they might need to do to improve when they next revisit the subject.

 

A key part of this is to ask children how they felt about each piece of work, for example many children find conducting a science experiment exciting and fun but hate having to sit down and write it up afterwards, says Ms Atkins.

 

"An emotional reaction is a key part of the learning process."

 

The research project aims to test whether the strategy actually improves pupils' attainment.

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Biggest educator you've never heard of

Biggest educator you've never heard of | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

This is the biggest education provider you've never heard of. Until now.

The Alison project - Advanced Learning Interactive Systems Online - has already signed up more than two million students to more than 500 online courses.

It's adding another 200,000 each month and founder Mike Feerick is confident this expansion could accelerate even more rapidly and reach a billion students towards the end of the decade.

But this ambitious project isn't another Silicon Valley spin-off, fuelled by venture capital and a surfeit of sunshine and flow charts.

This global digital empire is based in a technology park in Galway in the west of Ireland.

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Design & Thinking - a documentary on design thinking

Design & Thinking - a documentary on design thinking | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Design & Thinking is a documentary exploring the idea of Design Thinking.
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D-School Futures: CCA's Sandrine Lebas on Why Designers of Physical Experiences Will Always Be In Demand

D-School Futures: CCA's Sandrine Lebas on Why Designers of Physical Experiences Will Always Be In Demand | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
D2D, a hybrid robot for land-mine detection and diffusion designed by Yeban Shin for his CCA senior thesis project This is the latest installment of D-School Futures, our interview series on the evolution of industrial design education. Today we have answers from Sandrine Lebas, chair of industrial design at California College of the Arts. How different is industrial design education today than it was ten years ago? Will it look very different ten years from now? We do teach industrial
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D-School Futures: Art Center's Karen Hofmann on the Ever-Expanding Role of the Designer and What It Means for ID Education

D-School Futures: Art Center's Karen Hofmann on the Ever-Expanding Role of the Designer and What It Means for ID Education | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Recent Art Center graduate Kristina Marerro's Dextris is a glove to help astronauts work more comfortably in space. This is the latest installment of D-School Futures, our interview series on the evolution of industrial design education. Today we have answers from Karen Hoffman, chair of product design at Art Center College of Design. How different is industrial design education today than it was ten years ago? Will it look very different ten years from now? The core visual, technical, creative,
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Core77 - 1000 words of advice for design students

An oldy but goodie for design students everywhere. No easy shortcuts my friends...

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Co.Labs ⚙ code + community

Co.Labs ⚙ code + community | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

A few years ago, Starner's team built gloves that could teach people to play piano melodies in less than an hour, by sending motor vibrations through their hands. His new team just finished a study that proved they could do the same thing with Braille.

 

But this time around, something even more important happened. Researchers were surprised to discover that people could not only type Braille through passive haptic learning, but that they could actually read the Braille phrases afterward. (Note that these aren't people who'd been exposed to Braille in the past.) And it wasn't just their fingers that learned the phrases, some kind of muscle memory--it was also their brains.

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Graded lesson observations 'stressful' and 'ineffective', say lecturers - Education - TES News

Graded lesson observations 'stressful' and 'ineffective', say lecturers - Education - TES News | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Graded lesson observations have no impact on the quality of teaching and learning in colleges, according to a survey of lecturers.

A year-long research project into the widely-used practice found that most lecturers do not believe a “snapshot” classroom observation of a teacher is a valid or reliable way to judge their ability.

Researcher Dr Matt O’Leary of the University of Wolverhampton surveyed almost 4,000 members of the University and College Union (UCU) as part of the largest ever account of lesson observation in colleges.

His research found many lecturers saw them as a source of stress, and also reported they were used as a disciplinary measure linked to capability procedures. In fact, almost 90 per cent of respondents agreed that unannounced observations would lead to increased levels of stress and anxiety among staff.

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4 Tips On Creativity From The Creator Of Calvin & Hobbes

4 Tips On Creativity From The Creator Of Calvin & Hobbes | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
The famously media-averse cartoonist Bill Watterson on his work habits, the power of comic strips, and how to create art.
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How 3D is changing the shape of lessons

How 3D is changing the shape of lessons | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Clive Hilton's insight:

There have been dramatic headlines about 3D technology, encompassing ideas to use 3D printers to make clothes, food, firearms and the parts of a house.

It's also making an impact on education, with plans to put 3D printers into schools in the United Kingdom and the United States.

These technologies hold massive potential for young people both in and out of school.

Schools are getting interested in this "rapid prototyping" technology. But there are still the usual barriers - access, funding, teacher awareness and confidence.

However, many learners are getting 3D design whether or not their schools are ready.

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The irresistible urge for students to talk

The irresistible urge for students to talk | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

It was a revolution moving higher education from bricks to clicks… and now it's started to go back to bricks again.

Online university providers, which offered people the chance to study from home, are turning full circle by creating a network of learning centres where students can meet and study together.

Instead of demolishing the dusty old classrooms of academia, the online university revolution is responsible for opening some new ones.

Coursera, a major California-based provider of online courses, is creating an international network of "learning hubs", where students can follow these virtual courses in real-life, bricks and mortar settings.

And there are thousands of meet-ups in cafes and libraries where students get together to talk about their online courses.

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Design Process Kills Creativity / Design Process Creates Creativity

Design Process Kills Creativity / Design Process Creates Creativity | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
When analytic thought, the knife, is applied to experience, something is always killed in the process. That is fairly well understood, at least in the arts... Something is always killed. But what is less noticed in the arts—something is always created too.-Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the art of Motorcycle Maintenance I teach design process to people with very little experience in design, at a thing we call the Design Gym. The response from our attendees is always very positive.
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Harvard plans to boldly go with 'Spocs'

Harvard plans to boldly go with 'Spocs' | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

At Harvard, more people have signed up for Moocs in a single year than have attended the university in its entire 377-year history. That's a great success story in opening up education, but what do you do with all those hungry minds?

 

Enter the Spoc. And the clue is in the "small, private" part of the name. These courses are still free and delivered through the internet, but access is restricted to much smaller numbers, tens or hundreds, rather than tens of thousands.

 

It means a selection process for applicants and the capacity for a more customised experience. Looking further down the track, it wouldn't be difficult to imagine fees and course credits.

Harvard and University of California, Berkeley, part of the edX online alliance with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, are among the universities beginning to experiment with this more refined model.

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More Professors Use Social Media as a Teaching Tool

More Professors Use Social Media as a Teaching Tool | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Professors find that social media facilitates intellectual and interdisciplinary discussions among students, but also increases distraction and causes privacy concerns.
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China: Opportunity and risk for hi-tech firms

China: Opportunity and risk for hi-tech firms | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

A new report calls for China to be seen as a land of scientific opportunity not a black hole of intellectual theft and cybercrime.

The study is by Nesta, a think tank founded to promote innovation, and it argues that the massive and growing scale of Chinese science means it is simply "too big to ignore"- spending about $500m on research every day and employing a quarter of the world's R&D workforce.

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