This is a cross-section of my skull right now. Last classes are tomorrow. I am grateful to MOOCs and to the specter of online courses for something: they have made me grateful for the “residential instruction” classes I teach and the embodied human students who enroll in them. I’ve had a particularly great group of … Continue reading That time of the year: empty brains, embodiment, Bartleby, and the mooks pushing MOOCs
In a recent e-mail conversation with a friend who’s a few decades older than me, he reassured me that online education was a fad that will pass soon enough. He has seen these predictions before with correspondence courses, then with TV in the 1950s and 1960s, and then with distance learning via closed-circuit TV and … Continue reading MOOCs and the longue duree
You know what I’ve been thinking? More of you should read Jonathan Rees at More or Less Bunk. Here’s why: the man shows a commitment to explaining why if the future of higher ed is online, then the future of the republic is a dim one. (See for example his riff on selling As based … Continue reading MOOCs for Mooks: local proffie takes one out for a spin
This story is why I just can’t take seriously the claims that online teaching is teh awesumm future. Nobody pushing this crap knows the first thing about much of anything beyond their own disciplines plus some $hit they read about in Wired magazine back in 1998. First of all, we have the Stanford University … Continue reading Hot and cranky: and yourselves? Mooks pushing MOOCs.
Via Jonathan Rees on Twitter (he of More or Less Bunk, the blog for all worthy LMS/CMS and MOOC opinionation): I immediately shared this with my husband (who a few months ago had a birthday ending in a zero), and he asked, “How old are those guys? How old are we?” It was weird for me as … Continue reading “How old are those guys? How old are we?”
One of the great things about blogging for the better part of a decade is that you can hold people accountable for the silly things they once said, or wrote, and presumably believed. Do you remember 2010? Like yesterday? Here’s columnist Froma Harrop on September 21, 2010: Bill Gates recently predicted: “Five years from now … Continue reading Great prediction, Carnac: a brief history of the future of online education
Friends! Angelenos! Countrywomen! I’ve been in SoCA so long you probably thought I had traded in my cowgirl boots for flip-flops permanently. No way! Never fear. You can take the cowgirl out of Colorado, but you can’t take Colorado out of the cowgirl. Anyhoo: I’m too busy to write a real blog post this morning, … Continue reading Thursday round-up: the hang together or hang separately edition
Are the Lords of MOOC Creation listening? I doubt it, but let’s review this article at Slate by Annie Murphy Paul anyway: Why would improved access to the Internet harm the academic performance of poor students in particular? Vigdor and his colleagues speculate that “this may occur because student computer use is more effectively monitored … Continue reading An elementary explanation for how ed tech widens, rather than narrows, the achievement gap
Via Jonathan Rees on Twitter, he of More or Less Bunk fame, we learn that Clayton Christiansen recorded a series of Very Distinguished lectures for the University of Phoenix, and he was amazed to learn that the people in the audience were models, not actual Phoenix students! “They were truly beautiful people,” he related. He … Continue reading The edutainment chronicles: comedy gold!
Who’s knows what you want, what you really really want? I do, and what you want is a round-up, of course. It’s been too long. Take a gander, friends: MOOC meltdown! (Quelle suprise!) It’s almost as if I know what I’m talking about! From Inside Higher Ed: “A professor’s plan to let students in his … Continue reading Friday round-up: It’s What You Want!