After apparently stalling for a short time, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) seem to be gaining ground again. First there were the cMOOCs, free and open online courses that focused more on learning than they did on accreditation. Learning was fun and informal, and learning was often self or peer assessed.
So far MOOCs have been an exploration of unknown territory, pushing the frontiers of how we teach and learn. A new pilot program between San José State University (SJSU) and Udacity, one of the leading MOOC providers, aims to determine the effectiveness of three specially designed MOOCs compared to the university’s traditional classes.
Annie reflects on the value of even one F2F session. . .my experience tends to agree with her. We can build community online, but it can really be accelerated in a brief F2F session.
In his State-of-the-State address, Governor Brown proposed “statutory changes that will enable school districts to offer asynchronous online courses through a streamlined and outcome‑focused independent study agreement.”
There are methods and models for implementing blended learning -- from the flipped classroom, to the flex model.
Nice statement of one BIG issue in online or blended ed:
However, there is still one piece that is missing from a great blended learning environment: engagement! As an experienced online teacher of both K-12 and higher education students, I am familiar with the challenges of engaging students in virtual work. Luckily, the blended learning model still demands some in-person, brick-and-mortar learning, so there is a unique opportunity to use this structure to engage students.
To build support for a blended learning initiative, start by inventorying hardware and widely used apps, testing broadband, and identifying blended learning programs and strategies. Consider the following ten strategies over the course of six months to begin to lay the groundwork for development and adoption of blended learning models.
In the ninth installment of their monthly column, blended learning experts Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker predict how blended learning programs will evolve in 2013.
4. Growth in Enriched-Virtual Models Among Full-Time Virtual Schools Many virtual schools appear to be finding that their models generate lackluster results among at-risk students. Expect them to take a page from the "no excuses" charter schools by integrating backward and doing more of what families used to do to help those students succeed. To do this, more full-time virtual schools will offer brick-and-mortar components to shore up results among that population.
At some point in my life, a few years back, Facebook became much less....interesting to me. Much less cool, even. I thought it was me. I assumed I was getting old and that my friends, acquaintances, and I were just doing less interesting stuff.
It was nearly two years ago that Clayton Christensen, the Harvard Business School Professor and authority on disruptive innovation, announced that higher education would be the next industry disrupted by technology and the Internet...
Recently, I wrote a post regarding some ideas that I did not believe that would transform school culture. Although most agreed on two of the ideas that I shared, there was a large contingent of ed...
I love this statement from Will Richardson in the post regarding 2013 being the "year of the learner":
"This moment is all about learners having an amazing new freedom to learn, not teachers having an amazing new freedom to teach. I’d love to see 2013 all about making that shift in our thinking around education."