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MOOC study creates new "taxonomy of engagement"

MOOC study creates new "taxonomy of engagement" | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it

Via Sukaina Walji
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two bingo words in one title: 'taxonomy' (empirical level descriptors which end up being used as causal theories) and 'engagement' which has become a proxy for whatever's needed.  Cynicism alert.

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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, July 12, 2:10 AM

No longer 'lurkers' but 'bystanders' 

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, July 12, 2:12 AM

No longer 'Lurkers' but ' bystanders' 300,000 participants but how does this research impact on on campus students? 

Gina Paschalidou's curator insight, July 12, 6:53 AM

A new taxonomy of engagement for MOOC students:

Bystanders

Collectors

Viewers

Solvers

All-rounders

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Progression in Creativity: developing new forms of assessment | Creativity, Culture and Education

Progression in Creativity: developing new forms of assessment | Creativity, Culture and Education | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it
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From the authors' summary:

 

"In Spring 2011, Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE) commissioned the Centre for Real-World Learning (CRL) at The University of Winchester to undertake research to establish the viability of creating an assessment framework for tracking the development of young people’s creativity in schools.

After reviewing the literature on creativity and its assessment, and consulting expert practitioners, CRL created a framework for developing creativity in schools, and derived an assessment tool to trial in schools."

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Let's Talk About Learning, Not Technology - Inside Higher Ed (blog)

Let's Talk About Learning, Not Technology - Inside Higher Ed (blog) | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it
Let's Talk About Learning, Not Technology
Inside Higher Ed (blog)
"Educational technology use remains somewhat of a pig in a poke whose value is largely determined more by the perspective of supporters than any real data on learning outcomes.
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Ok, "learning outcomes speak is a tad nauseating, but the idea that knowledge to be acquired, owned and how that is understood to happen BEFORE leaping into online learning (whatever that is), that's such plain commonsense, that academics have not even thought about it!

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How fresh approaches can foster smarter students - The Globe and Mail

How fresh approaches can foster smarter students - The Globe and Mail | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it
How fresh approaches can foster smarter students The Globe and Mail Recent findings in the field of learning science – a blend of cognitive science and educational psychology – are debunking popular assumptions about what works in the classroom,...
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Well most educators now all these things. Putting them into practice consistently  with large numbers in raked lecture venues, in a  digital world - well now, that's the real world problem. Students don't like doing extra work, and evaluations quickly discourage all but the most dedicated from trying something novel.

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re-mediating assessment: MIT Report Questions the Fitness of the ...

re-mediating assessment: MIT Report Questions the Fitness of the ... | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it
The Chronicle of Higher Education today picked up on a key component of that innovation, a recommendation to explore "modularity" in the delivery of online learning environments, which could extend to experimentation in the classroom ...
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MIT recommending atomised learning?  And this because MOOC completion rates are falling? Seems to be an attempt at curing the common cold by surgical removal of each part of the anatomy affected,

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re-mediating assessment: Of Course Alfie Kohn Dislikes Open ...

re-mediating assessment: Of Course Alfie Kohn Dislikes Open ... | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it
As the behaviorist paradigm and its willing embrace of incentives crumbled, decades of research into newer cognitive theories of motivation and learning ensued. Self-Determination Theory, Goal ...
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Mozilla badges, anyone?  Extrinsic vs intrinsic  motivation in learning

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Campus Tech 2014: Reinventing Higher Education | EdTech ...

Campus Tech 2014: Reinventing Higher Education | EdTech ... | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it
While opening education and improving access and quality are top platform goals, Agarwal also shared how edX can be leveraged within a blended learning environment to improve student success rates and glean greater ...
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Ok, so I'm unconvinced about MOOC's, but this is rational and useful. Oh, and he actually acknowledges that MOOCs have precursors in long-standing educational research.

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Learning theories and online learning - Tony Bates

Learning theories and online learning - Tony Bates | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it
As a result, teaching remains largely didactic, assessment of student work is often trivial, and curricula are more likely to emphasize content coverage than acquisition of lifelong and life-wide learning skills.” ....
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No sure these are all learning theories. Some are descriptions of learning behaviour. Maybe. 

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edX CEO: 'It Is Pathetic That the Education System Has Not Changed in Hundreds of Years'

edX CEO: 'It Is Pathetic That the Education System Has Not Changed in Hundreds of Years' | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it
Anant Agarwal, CEO of the nonprofit MOOC platform provider edX, had some harsh words for traditional education, saying it's "pathetic" that classrooms today still look like the did decades ago. And, undaunted by MOOC critics, Agarwal highlighted the potential he sees for MOOCs in a keynote address at the Campus Technology conference yesterday.

Via EDTC@UTB
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Well, it's a headline-grabber, and not without merit, if overblown in it's solutions

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, August 1, 2:21 PM

It is fascinating to watch as finally - education is responding to changes in society.  How is that going to influence schools that include emotional growth and therapy in the curriculum?  -Lon

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What counts for academic productivity in research universities? - University World News

What counts for academic productivity in research universities? - University World News | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it
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Reasoned and rational. Which is why Altbach's argument will not dent the market-driven understanding of higher education which dominates HE today.

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Impact Round-Up 19th July: Crafting Op-Eds, fixing peer review, and ethical frameworks for social media research.

Impact Round-Up 19th July: Crafting Op-Eds, fixing peer review, and ethical frameworks for social media research. | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it
Managing Editor Sierra Williams presents a round-up of popular stories from around the web on higher education, academic impact, and trends in scholarly communication.
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As usual this thoughtful blog provides a range of reads in the field of Higher Education. Nearly always something to think more carefully about (big data; research-at-a-distance & ethics).

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Disruption disrupted? As innovation comes to academia, scholars look to challenge Christensen’s compelling theory.

Disruption disrupted? As innovation comes to academia, scholars look to challenge Christensen’s compelling theory. | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it
As ‘Disruptive Innovation’ becomes a more practical than theoretical debate in higher education, criticism over its scholarly merits continue.
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An interesting word play with real consequences. At what point does 'disruption' become 'destruction? Perhaps Readings was right: The University is in ruins.*. What will emerge, is a moot point.

 

*Readings, B. (1996). The university in ruins. Harvard University Press.

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Professor deleted MOOC to ‘raise student engagement’ - University World News

Professor deleted MOOC to ‘raise student engagement’ - University World News | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it
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So: start a MOOC, delete it to gain student's attention, then get dumped on for acting within the values of academic freedom. That's what happens when education becomes a business. You gotta wear a suite, walk like a suit, talk like suit: become the suit.

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University of Cape Town / Newsroom & publications / Daily news

University of Cape Town / Newsroom & publications / Daily news | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it
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As a transplant recipient myself, and as a sociologist with a special interest in medicine, this opens up endless  classroom discussions. For scientists, probably not so much. But Jestin George is a scientist, who works like a scientists, but writes (and interviews) like a sociologist / anthropologist. Shows what the challenge of communicating ideas can do!

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What Twitter Changes Might Mean for Academics – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

What Twitter Changes Might Mean for Academics – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it
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Bid data deciding what Tweet's worth it, and what's not? There goes a whole heap of clutter, but a  host of nuggets will get lost in conference, project, Tweets. too.

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Chasing the graduation dream - Mail & Guardian Online

Chasing the graduation dream - Mail & Guardian Online | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it
Chasing the graduation dream Mail & Guardian Online This is a national project to promote student success at all higher education institutions, where student success is defined as “enhanced student learning with a view to increasing the number of...
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Thorny problem, indeed a genuinely wicked problem. All the easy solutions have been tried, and with isolated 'successes'. But how do we avoid social engineering?

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The Future of College? - The Atlantic

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The Future of College?
The Atlantic
A brash tech entrepreneur thinks he can reinvent higher education by stripping it down to its essence, eliminating lectures and tenure along with football games, ivy-covered buildings, and research libraries.
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Online learning made to sound exciting and new. But then the 'learners' weren't exactly typical 18 year-olds.

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Choosing teaching methods for a digital age - Tony Bates

Choosing teaching methods for a digital age - Tony Bates | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it
It is tempting to try to put together a table and neatly fit each teaching method into a particular learning theory, and each theory into a particular epistemology, but unfortunately education is not as tidy as computer science, so it would be ...
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Again, Tony Bates brings an accessible perspective on a complex problem.

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Dialogue and discussion: critical for 21st century skills development

Dialogue and discussion: critical for 21st century skills development | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it
This is a cognitive approach to learning, but constructivists go beyond interaction between student and learning materials. They believe, as I wrote earlier, that: 'individuals consciously strive for meaning to make sense of their ...
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Tony Bates: always has a gem or two to take away...

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The MOOC Metrics We Should Be Tracking

The MOOC Metrics We Should Be Tracking | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it
There's been a lot of talk about some of the dramatic numbers on MOOCs, but which ones are actually representative? Jonathan Haber digs into the data.

Via Sukaina Walji
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MOOC'ers and evangelists: time to cut through the smelly stuff.

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Sukaina Walji's curator insight, August 4, 3:30 PM

useful synthesis of some of the emerging data coming out of MOOCs

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A Brief History of the Laptop Ban - ActiveHistory.ca

A Brief History of the Laptop Ban - ActiveHistory.ca | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it
For example, he looks at an often-cited 2003 paper in Journal of Computing in Higher Education titled “The Laptop and the Lecture: The Effects of Multitasking in Learning Environments” [PDF], which found that students who multitasked on laptops...
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Wasn't it some president of IBM who said there'd only be need for 5 computers in the world? Guess they must have been as opposed to books when they arrived (students could READ during lectures, and maybe even write things down from an unapproved book).

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Making the blob less blobby: Can we close the creativity gap? : RSA ...

Making the blob less blobby: Can we close the creativity gap? : RSA ... | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it
We should think carefully about the role of further and higher education institutions in developing the creative and cultural learning of its own students and in nurturing the creative capacities of their localities.
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For those open to the idea that creativity can be nurtured and developed in valid, reliable ways in an educational context. For the rest, skip it: you'll simply get all indignant and self-satisfied.

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Utah State Develops Open Source Syllabus - Campus Technology

Utah State Develops Open Source Syllabus - Campus Technology | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it
Utah State Develops Open Source Syllabus Campus Technology Colleges and faculty seeking a streamlined way to develop higher education syllabi may want to become test pilots in an open source project under development at Utah State University's...
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Given the serious critiques of outcomes based education that abound out there, this feels horribly mechanistic.

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Keeping Students on Track With a Mobile "Nudge" - Campus Technology

Keeping Students on Track With a Mobile "Nudge" - Campus Technology | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it
Keeping Students on Track With a Mobile "Nudge"
Campus Technology
Retention and student success have long been among the biggest issues facing institutions of higher education, but a new generation of students is complicating matters.
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Like having a nagging parent, or nanny, in your pocket. 

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A Mooc Point: Business Schools Seek To Monetize Moocs

A Mooc Point: Business Schools Seek To Monetize Moocs | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it
Moocs are fast becoming an essential component of business schools’ offering. MBA students can use them to gain additional knowledge, but they may soon have to pay for them.

Via Sukaina Walji
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Money, money, money: let's package 'knowledge' as a product and sell it off to the masses. Oh. No, wait, that's been done before. It was called a 'book', and they've been taxed into the hands of only the (relatively) wealthy. So there goes the first "o" on MOOC, so what are we left with "MOC"s. Not so catchy, right?

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'It is students, not teachers, that are responsible for their exam results'

'It is students, not teachers, that are responsible for their exam results' | Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town | Scoop.it

educator accountability and student responsibility. James Williams, lecturer in education at the University of Sussex, school of education and social work, writes:
As the exam season draws to a close, the anxious wait for results begins.

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Educator accountability: student responsibility In equal measures produce a pass, biased to right produce a First

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