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.
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The question of whether to allow students to use laptops in the classroom can be controversial. In a post on the Chronicle’s ProfHacker blog, Mark Sample (professor at George Mason University and occasional CNDLS collaborator) shares some thoughts on this issue.
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).
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?
In an essay recently posted on Inside Higher Ed, Steven J. Corbett (Southern Connecticut State University) reflects on the “ups” and “downs” of teaching writing with technology.
A recent study published by the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research reports that the use of clickers increased student engagement in select courses at the University of South Carolina.
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.
A recent Washington Post article entitled “Wikipedia goes to class” highlighted area universities’ participation in the Wikimedia Foundation’s Public Policy Initiative.
The Hoya recently published an article about the use of course blogs at Georgetown. Author Jonathan Gills interviewed several students and faculty members, including CNDLS’ Eddie Maloney, about their perceptions of blogs.
In an article titled “The Web of Babel,” Inside Higher Ed recently presented several examples of how new media can enhance foreign language teaching, and explored the possibilities of online language instruction to supplement in-class discussion.