Daphne Koller explains the thinking (if that is the word) that led to the shift to the new platform Coursera.
She surely has some explaining the do - or is it really simple: the Coursera investors wanted real revenues, they dismissed the educators and replaced them by "marketeers" that do not understand their market all -.
MOOCs have made us think. As one of the most fascinating developments in higher education in my lifetime, they are,in many ways, a pioneer of a more ‘open’ spirit in learning. I’d contend that MOOCs, for all their promises and faults, have been at their most effective in forcing a rethink in Higher Education.
Nice example of how a persons life and learning strategies became transformed by an experience at a young age (in this particular case it was an encounter with primitive computer technology, but in general it could have been anything: e.g. hearing the saxophone played well for the first time, or "seeing" the mother of god in a cave)
Alas, also a typical example of unwarranted educational proselytizing. The man is so enthusiastic about his new insight that everybody has to hear the good news. Worse, everybody has to convert and repent. The idea that Catholicism, Jazz or technology enhanced project based learning does not work for everybody, never enters the man's mind.
Lets stop with this kind of "inspirational" stories in educational design. Lets stick to science (mainly cognitive and social psychology). I know it is boring, but it is our best shot at finding out what works for whom under which circumstances.
Interesting insight from Daphne Koller. - MOOCs reach non-traditional students (mainly cont. edu.) - MOOCs are excellent for experimentation with education concepts and tactics - A new question asserts itself: What type of qualification/certification does justice to/formalizes this type of learning?
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three useful pedagogical tactics that can be used in all teaching situations.
- scaffolding (start where the student is, let him do the next steps with your active support, withdraw the support, let her try it alone, repeat for the next steps)
- modeling (show student a product that serves as a good example for his own work, this has two functions 1) explain what it is all about by showing an example -i.e. clarify what it is that should be produced -2) give a blueprint to follow
- coaching: observe what the student is doing, ask questions - and maybe give a hint - that nudge the student in the right direction.
All three tactics presuppose that the student is actively studying and the main role of the teacher is to support the student activities (hence the tactics can not be used when the students refuse to be active)
These are standard practices that teachers productively have used for centuries. So if you are into 21frst century teaching you can forget about this stuff , it is solid old-fashioned practice.
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Earlier this week, Oxford's Bodleian Library announced that it had digitized a 550 year old copy of the Gutenberg Bible along with a number of other ancient bibles, some of them quite beautiful. Not to be outdone, the British Library came out with its own announcement on Thursday:
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Turtle projects are infrastructure projects that improve bandwidth in schools, the Open University, Janet & SuperJanet, Wikipedia, Khan Academy, YouTube, MOOCs. Moodle… I could go on all day. None of these initiatives are device-focused. They focus on cognitive ergonomics not consumer electronics. Lesson here – stop the largely wasted research on device-based projects, the endless stream of apps and do not keep on taking (and buying) the tablets. Think about learning and learners not devices.
Only a handful of sessions at SXSWedu this year used “MOOC” in their titles or descriptions, but those four letters were still mentioned quite a bit.It is safe to say, MOOCs have been passed over as the disruptor du jour of higher education. But this is a good thing, because now we can get on with t
Humm . . . lets try positive thinking: . . . Coursera is a silicon valley start up . . . searching for a business model . . . they like to do A/B testing . . . lets hope that this is a B that will be rejected by the fast majority of users. . . .
If not: remember this is a open market: you can switch to edX,, Future learn, Iversity, FUN, etc, etc
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