Posts Categorized: Articles & Videos

MOOC Mania

It seems that new articles and announcements about MOOCs, or “massive open online courses,” are popping up almost daily. We’ve compiled a digest of the coverage we’ve found to be the most interesting and relevant. Please let us know if you’ve come across something useful that we missed.

Social Pedagogies in the Chronicle

In a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Derek Bruff, acting director of the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University, discusses social pedagogies. He draws on work by Randy Bass and Heidi Elmendorf, as well as citing an example from GU professor Sarah Stiles (Sociology).

Resources for Developing Blog and Twitter Assignments

Deciding to incorporate blogs or Twitter into your course raises a number of questions that may seem daunting. How will you structure the assignment? How will you connect student work on Twitter or blogs to in-class discussions? As the professor, to what extent will you contribute to the blog or Twitter stream? How will you evaluate student work in these spaces – or will you grade it at all?

“Visions of Students Today”

You may have seen the compelling videos “The Machine is Us/ing Us,” an exploration of the significance of Web 2.0 technologies, or “A Vision of Students Today,” which illuminates the student perspective on higher education.