Saturday, February 23, 2013

Digital Artefact for University of Edinburgh #edcmooc

The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies or opinions.

Final Assignment for "E-learning and Digital Culture"

The University of Edinburgh professors who created the assignment required it to have a five-minute duration. Accordingly, I've created:

  • Three short videos (3:01 min., 31 sec., 34 sec.), using tools suggested by the professors
  • A Pinterest board.

Without further ado...

Human Nature and the Nature of Humans and Their Implications for [E-]learning

What Does It Mean to Be Human?

Do you agree with the robot's sentiments? If a robot can express such feelings, is the robot human?

Human Learners Need Human Attention While We Learn

e-learning is about self-motivation, but legacies of historical learning make it such that I expect attention from professors. When the cohort is 7K+ who are active, it is hard to gain such attention, so I find it amongst peers.

Finally, a Pinterest Board, MOOC Marvels - "E-learning and Digital Culture"

To view the full board, please click here. You can select to read my comments for three out of the nine pins, so that your review time of my assignment won't exceed five minutes.

Friday, February 1, 2013

#EDCMOOC - MOOC Fantasy and...

The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies or opinions.

The Promise of MOOCs

You know it's important when Thomas Friedman writes about it, and in this case, glowingly:

Nothing has more potential to unlock a billion more brains to solve the world’s biggest problems. And nothing has more potential to enable us to reimagine higher education than the massive open online course, or MOOC, platforms that are being developed by the likes of Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and companies like Coursera and Udacity.... I can see a day soon where you’ll create your own college degree by taking the best online courses from the best professors from around the world — some computing from Stanford, some entrepreneurship from Wharton, some ethics from Brandeis, some literature from Edinburgh — paying only the nominal fee for the certificates of completion. It will change teaching, learning and the pathway to employment. “There is a new world unfolding,” said Reif, “and everyone will have to adapt.”

Fellow Teachers College alumna, Regina Saphier, got me thinking with her blog-post, when she suggested that Coursera courses could be audition platforms for university applicants. Similarly, I thought, why not start a Micro-MOOC(tm) series (60- or 90- minute, or half-, or one-day MOOCs) taught by technical and business superstars at IBM, for example, in Data Analytics, Cloud Computing...and do talent-scouting/recruiting from among the most interestingly participatory attendees?

Like Thomas Friedman and Regina Saphier, I see huge promise, which is already being delivered by MOOCs.