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DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly: In Praise of Overstating the Case: A review of Franco Moretti, Distant Reading (London: Verso, 2013)

DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly: In Praise of Overstating the Case: A review of Franco Moretti, Distant Reading (London: Verso, 2013) | Integrated Learning and the Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
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Not always in agreement with Moretti, but this is a good read for getting an overview about "distant reading." My interest in "distant reading" aligns with my interest in algorithmic criticism and the Oulipo, in ways demonstrated in my book I co-authored with Shannon Clute, The Maltese Touch of Evil: Film Noir and Potential Criticism.

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On Campus: Make first two years of college free, say UW-Madison professors : Wsj

On Campus: Make first two years of college free, say UW-Madison professors : Wsj | Integrated Learning and the Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Financial aid is increasingly coming under scrutiny.
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For those interested in the discussions around the future of the affordability of a college education. 

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Indiana makes small gain in college graduates, but still far below goal

Indiana makes small gain in college graduates, but still far below goal | Integrated Learning and the Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Showing slow progress, Indiana is failing to make significant gains toward increasing college attainment rates, according to a Lumina Foundation report released today.
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I'm always interested in thinking about ways to reach Lumina's goal of 60% of Indiana residents having post-secondary educational experiences by 2025. Here is a news report today saying that it will be tough to reach Lumina's goal at the current pace of change. What I like in the article is the acknowledgement of some leaders in our state that the time might be ripe for some breakthrough thinking on this subject - because an incremental approach won't get us to where we need to be in the state of Indiana in the coming decades.

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A Future Full of Badges

A Future Full of Badges | Integrated Learning and the Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
It might take some time, but the credentials that validate learning are about to be transformed.
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Badges matter for this reason: "The badge system, moreover, isn't just a transcript, CV, and work portfolio rolled together into a cool digital package. It's also a way to structure the process of education itself. Students will be able to customize learning goals within the larger curricular framework, integrate continuing peer and faculty feedback about their progress toward achieving those goals, and tailor the way badges and the metadata within them are displayed to the outside world. Students won't just earn badges—they'll build them, in an act of continuous learning."

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Retention and Intention in Massive Open Online Courses: In Depth (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Retention and Intention in Massive Open Online Courses: In Depth (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Integrated Learning and the Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE Review Online
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I have been very interested in this issue and appreciate how Coursera is addressing this issue of "retention." I noticed these issues when I taught my MOOC - very few students "intended" from Day 1 to complete my MOOC - I had very few "active participants" in that sense. However, even students who had no intention of finishing, still added value to my course and to other students.

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How Can MOOC Platforms Be More Dynamic?: A Comparison of Major MOOC Providers - moocnewsandreviews.com

How Can MOOC Platforms Be More Dynamic?: A Comparison of Major MOOC Providers - moocnewsandreviews.com | Integrated Learning and the Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Overview of three leading MOOC platforms (Canvas, Coursera, and EdX) and comparison of their basic structure and features.
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Good ideas here for any designers out there working on MOOCs right now. I loved that this piece referenced "crowdsourced annotations" that is a big area for me right now, and I piloted a project in OTTO in my film noir MOOC that sought to take advantage of crowdsourced annotations as a mode of authentic assessment and project-based learning.

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A review of rhizomatic learning in Mendeley

A review of rhizomatic learning in Mendeley | Integrated Learning and the Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
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Love the concept of "rhizomatic learning." This is a very useful lit review for everyone who has found value in Delueze and Guattari's brilliant concept of the "rhizome."

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What I Hope To Learn By Teaching a MOOC on "History and Future of Higher Ed" | HASTAC

What I Hope To Learn By Teaching a MOOC on "History and Future of Higher Ed" | HASTAC | Integrated Learning and the Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
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I always enjoy reading Cathy Davidson, and can't wait to hear more about her MOOC once its starts next Spring.

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Julia Flanders, “The Literary, the Humanistic, the Digital: Toward a Research Agenda for Digital Literary Studies” | Literary Studies in the Digital Age | MLA Commons

An Evolving Anthology
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A great example of a use of the MLA Commons, a new project led by Kathleen Fitzpatrick. I really gained a lot from reading through Julia Flanders reflections in this wonderful piece.

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Some Thoughts on Combining Close and Distant Reading, Markup and Algorithms | scottkleinman.net

scottkleinman.net -
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Great stuff here on a major interest of mine, close reading, and its related other "distant reading." Connects to my interest in algorithmic criticism, the Oulipo, and online annotation projects like OTTO (Open Text Tool for Online video)

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The Real Digital Change Agent

The Real Digital Change Agent | Integrated Learning and the Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
MOOCs get the marquee billing. But open access has far greater potential to transform society, and to save colleges money in the process.
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From a couple of months ago, Jason Mittell raises some excellent points about "white elephant" MOOCs and "termite" open access policies (you have to read the article to get the context of Mittell's wonderful metaphor). I think we need to keep discussing the role of "openness" in higher education, and MOOCs are just one instance of what "open" can look like. "Open access" policies may do much more in the long run to revolutionize academia, and have economic benefits for higher ed.

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Ball State faculty among first to try Google Glass

Ball State faculty among first to try Google Glass | Integrated Learning and the Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Two Ball State faculty members may look like they are wearing odd glasses, but they are some of the first in Delaware County to try $1,500 Google Glass technology.
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Another local media story on Google Glass at Ball State. The video features iLearn's Lead Developer Chris Turvey talking about Google Glass in iLearn's Training Stadium (our public space for demos and faculty training). If you are working on a Google Glass Project for Education, please contact us. Would love to network with other ed researchers working on wearables. 

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Can Facebook Make Better Students? -- Campus Technology

A new study out of Baylor University's College of Arts and Sciences suggests the social network can improve some aspects of students' academic performance and, in large classes, create a sense of connectedness that promotes active learning.
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This article prompted my thoughts back to research I did with Ning groups back in 2009, almost 5 years ago. A study of a large lecture course at IUPUI showed positive impacts from the role of social networking. At the time, Eric Esterline and I saw social networking through Ning as "always on education," and students were using their social connections on Ning to further and extend their engagement with the material, including leaving interesting traces of how they were socializing with each other around the shared subject of a large introductory course. I opened up the option for students in the course to form their own online groups, and my favorite group was the Qdoba Burrito Study Group, which used Ning calendars and reminders, to have a study group/class meet-up at a local Qdoba restaurant. 

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Collaborative Annotation: Teaching Close Reading with the MIT Annotation Studio

Collaborative Annotation: Teaching Close Reading with the MIT Annotation Studio | Integrated Learning and the Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
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Interesting post from HASTAC on a collaborative annotation/close reading exercise/assignment using MIT Annotation Studio.

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10 Great Tutorials to Create Interacive eBooks Using iBook Author

10 Great Tutorials to Create Interacive eBooks Using iBook Author | Integrated Learning and the Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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KindredReaders's curator insight, March 5, 2014 11:31 AM

Fantastic opportunity. Too often we overlook the potential of this technology.

Ali Anani's curator insight, March 6, 2014 12:42 AM

Write to interact

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, April 18, 2014 12:26 PM

A great collection of tutorials for Author use and make stunning interactive e-books for your subject (Mac only).

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MOOCs, Hype, and the Precarious State of Higher Ed: Futurist Bryan Alexander | DMLcentral

MOOCs, Hype, and the Precarious State of Higher Ed: Futurist Bryan Alexander | DMLcentral | Integrated Learning and the Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Does it continue to make sense to go to college when the sticker price of a college education is soaring, the amount of debt college students are taking on – even for the non-elite universities and what were formerly affordable public universities...
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Always worth listening to what Bryan Alexander and Howard Rheingold have to say on these topics...

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Hacking Prezi as a Platform for Visual Composition and Design Experimentation - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Hacking Prezi as a Platform for Visual Composition and Design Experimentation - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Integrated Learning and the Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
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This is great - I am going to have to try using Prezi in this way - it is a way of presenting large datasets in context - not just a presentation tool, can truly be a DIY digital humanities "archive" tool for analysis and curation. Very cool.

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MOOCs @ Edinburgh 2013 - Report summarising the experience of offering our first 6 MOOCs

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There is no substitute for reports like this. This is how we will be able to build on each other's actual experiences in building, teaching, and supporting MOOCs.

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MOOCs Will Come and Mostly Go Like Other EduTech Fads

MOOCs Will Come and Mostly Go Like Other EduTech Fads | Integrated Learning and the Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
MOOCs – massively open online courses – are the latest hit in educational technologies. MIT and Harvard have partnered on EdX, and Stanford computer-science professors have kicked off Coursera and Udacity.
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Continuing my archiving today of articles I was reading in preparation for my own MOOC on Film Noir. Here's one I liked that could see the hype from the learning - probably best to focus on the power of online education (which is here to stay) and avoid some of the hype around the first generation of MOOC experiments.

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Grading the MOOC University

Grading the MOOC University | Integrated Learning and the Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Take away the dorm rooms, the classroom banter, the brown-nosing, the keg parties and the tuition, and is it still college?
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I enjoyed reading this New York Times piece on MOOCs when I was teaching my own MOOC. I sympathize with this author's experience, though I think we worked very hard in our Ball State MOOC's to pilot some new experiments on teach-to-student interaction and student-to-student interaction.

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MOOC Interrupted: Top 10 Reasons Our Readers Didn’t Finish a Massive Open Online Course

MOOC Interrupted: Top 10 Reasons Our Readers Didn’t Finish a Massive Open Online Course | Integrated Learning and the Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, we gave you a Visualization of the Big Problem for MOOCs, which comes down to this: low completion rates.
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Another good post for those of you interested in the questions of "retention" vs. "intention" in the MOOC universe.

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New Test for Computers: Grading Essays at College Level

New Test for Computers: Grading Essays at College Level | Integrated Learning and the Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
A system developed by a joint venture between Harvard and M.I.T. uses artificial intelligence to assess student papers and short written answers, freeing instructors for other tasks.
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An interesting post for a couple months back - this is a growing issue as online education scales up. Personally, I am a bigger fan of figuring out how to do authentic assessments at scale more than machine graded essays - but it will be interesting to see how these algorithms evolve over time and improve.

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The Professors Behind the MOOC Hype

The Professors Behind the MOOC Hype | Integrated Learning and the Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
In the largest survey of instructors who have taught massive open online courses, The Chronicle heard from critics, converts, and the cautious.
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I'm scooping this post because it gets into some of the rationales behind the MOOC hype. I have been interested in a demographic that this article highlights: "...the participants [in teaching MOOCs] were primarily longtime professors with no prior experience with online instruction. More than two-thirds were tenured, and most had taught college for well over a decade. The respondents were overwhelmingly white and male. In other words, these were not fringe-dwelling technophiles with a stake in upending the status quo."

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Emerging Student Patterns in MOOCs: A Graphical View - e-Literate

Emerging Student Patterns in MOOCs: A Graphical View - e-Literate | Integrated Learning and the Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
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This post is very useful for its four categories of "students" in MOOCs. I found these four categories (lurkers, drop-ins, passive participants, active participants) useful when I was teaching my MOOC. I think the design of MOOCs must take into account how each of these four groups has a different intention in terms of the reasons for why they are signed up for a MOOC.

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