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Guest Post: WTF? 10 Counterproductive Behaviors of Social Justice Educators

Guest Post: WTF? 10 Counterproductive Behaviors of Social Justice Educators | edcontexts | Scoop.it
I have been struggling with how to do the work so many of us call “social justice.” I understand the why, or I at least think I do. I am on a journey to understand my role in changing the world, wh...
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Repost: Inequitable Power, Knowledge

Repost: Inequitable Power, Knowledge | edcontexts | Scoop.it
While we work to publish blog posts written by members of the community more regularly, we write or repost our own work as facilitators. Re-published below is an essay written by Laura Czerniewicz ...
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Memes, Contexts, Connected Learning

Memes, Contexts, Connected Learning | edcontexts | Scoop.it
Shyam Sharma and Maha Bali Shyam and Maha wrote this post as a reflection on MakeCycle#2 where participants made their own memes as an assignment in #CLMOOC. -Ed Imagine going to a party where you ...
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Building a Community: What We Value

Building a Community: What We Value | edcontexts | Scoop.it
Praveen Yadav, Umes Shrestha, and Uttam Gaulee (facilitators of ELT Choutari, an English Language Teachers’ and bloggers’ network from Nepal) The world is getting far more connected, but not all co...
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Reaching: Relating & Teaching

Reaching: Relating & Teaching | edcontexts | Scoop.it
 by Joyce Rafla, Egypt This semester was a tough one for me. I’m starting a new job, teaching a total of 45 students in two sections of the same class (Fundamentals of Teaching & Learning for E...
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Joyce Rafla reflects on a very challenging but rewarding semester of teaching. Joyce also shares are personal views on teaching, using various commonly understood human relationships as analogies to describe Teaching.

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MOOCs may eye the world market, but does the world want them? @insidehighered

MOOCs may eye the world market, but does the world want them? @insidehighered | edcontexts | Scoop.it
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“Online higher education is increasingly hailed as a chance for educators in the developed world to expand access and quality across the globe. / Yet it may not be quite so easy. Not only does much of the world not have broadband or speak English, but American-made educational material may be unfit for and unwanted in developing countries, according to academics who have worked for years on online distance education and with open educational resources, or OER.”

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MOOC’s and the McDonaldization of Global Higher Education – WorldWise - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

MOOC’s and the McDonaldization of Global Higher Education – WorldWise - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | edcontexts | Scoop.it
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The authors of this article highlight how MOOCs may lower the quality of higher education in the world. They conclude: “MOOC’s may provide access to a world-class education, but the product is prepackaged and standardized. And, because it is readily available, it risks diminishing both the diversification of the higher-education sector and the advancement of globally engaged students and institutions.”

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Bonds of Difference: Illusions of Inclusion - Hybrid Pedagogy

Bonds of Difference: Illusions of Inclusion - Hybrid Pedagogy | edcontexts | Scoop.it
In certain contexts in our social and professional lives, diversity, divergence, and dissent mean different things for us compared to our colleagues with whom we “theoretically” find common bonds in the celebration of difference.
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Shyam Sharma and Maha Bali discuss the complex/challenging question of how participants from different backgrounds and contexts can and should be included in open online learning/community spaces. They offer some critique here and follow up with possible solutions in part 2 (see next).

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Repost: 8 Things about MOOCs—

Repost: 8 Things about MOOCs— | edcontexts | Scoop.it
While we work to share blog posts written by members of the community more regularly, we write or repost our own work as facilitators. Here's a "reprint" of a post just written by Shyam Sharma on h...
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Bland Culture

Bland Culture | edcontexts | Scoop.it
Ana Carolina Calil, Brazil English has come to be a global language. Nobody would deny that. However, what does it mean and what does it take for a language to reach this status? According to David...
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Context Matters - views from around the world

Context Matters - views from around the world | edcontexts | Scoop.it
Maha Bali and Tanya Lau As facilitators of EdConteXts, we tend to notice when others speak about context in sensitive and thoughtful ways, and we thought we would share some of our "picks" this mon...
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School wasn't about that...

School wasn't about that... | edcontexts | Scoop.it
Scott Johnson, Canada My name is Scott Johnson and up until 6 years ago I worked in the building trades both being an apprentice and then teaching apprentices. My last 5 years of work involved help...
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Teaching in Nepal: Choice, Chance, and Being the Change in the World

Teaching in Nepal: Choice, Chance, and Being the Change in the World | edcontexts | Scoop.it
Praveen Yadav King's College, Kathmandu, Nepal Teaching, especially in schools, in Nepal is considered an easy profession. In fact, people in many other professions use teaching as a convenient sta...
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The author speaks about his teaching experiences in Nepal and how his own passion for teaching developed over the years after starting off by 'chance'.

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Can Venture Capital Deliver on the Promise of the Public University?

Can Venture Capital Deliver on the Promise of the Public University? | edcontexts | Scoop.it
I would like to propose a new online course for the Coursera platform. Its title is “The Implications of Coursera’s For-Profit Business Model for Global Public Education.” The goal of the course will be to understand the real relation between Coursera’s mission and the logic of the business plan that led Coursera to be named “The Best Startup of 2012.
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In an open letter to Daphne Koller, the author challenges the founder of Coursera for her double-standards regarding altruism/public good and profiteering. He concludes: “I will know my course has been successful when my students understand that Coursera’s business model, while offering free higher education (along with the promise of greater social equality) globally, is an exciting venture capital investment opportunity that will ultimately increase privately held wealth and lock in existing educational hierarchies.”

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Bonds of Difference: Participation as Inclusion - Hybrid Pedagogy

Bonds of Difference: Participation as Inclusion - Hybrid Pedagogy | edcontexts | Scoop.it
It only takes a moment’s reflection to realize that we cannot assume the local is global without contextual considerations.
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Following up on the discussion in a previous article (also included), Maha Bali and Shyam Sharma offer some possible ways of genuinely including participants in open online space of learning and professional conversations. 

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A MOOC Delusion: Why Visions to Educate the World Are Absurd – WorldWise - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

A MOOC Delusion: Why Visions to Educate the World Are Absurd – WorldWise - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | edcontexts | Scoop.it
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Sharing his personal experience of re-learning how to teach basic level writing courses to students in the US (after being an instructor of advanced courses in a similar discipline in the university in his home country for many years), Shyam Sharma argues that when teachers who try to “educate the world” by using their local educational materials, methods, and mindsets, they could just be involved in magic think -- the laptop doesn’t add any special power to make challenges of teaching/learning automatically disappear into thin air!

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