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Pedagogy & Design




Student Engagement and Perspectives

Flipped Classrooms

  • The Flipped Classroom Model: A Full Picture
    Great overview and discussion of the flipped classroom model and some of the challenges in contains from Jackie Gerstein.
  • Flipped classroom: The Full Picture for Higher Education
    Further article from Jackie Gersten which provide background for this model of learning with a focus on its use in higher education; identifies some problems with its use and implementation; and proposes a model for implementation based on an experiential cycle of learning model.

Discussion & Critiques

  • Napster, Udacity, and the Acadamy - Clay Shirky
    The possibility MOOCs hold out is that the educational parts of education can be unbundled. MOOCs expand the audience for education to people ill-served or completely shut out from the current system...Open systems are open. For people used to dealing with institutions that go out of their way to hide their flaws, this makes these systems look terrible at first. But anyone who has watched a piece of open source software improve, or remembers the Britannica people throwing tantrums about Wikipedia, has seen how blistering public criticism makes open systems better. And once you imagine educating a thousand people in a single class, it becomes clear that open courses, even in their nascent state, will be able to raise quality and improve certification faster than traditional institutions can lower cost or increase enrollment."
  • What’s the Matter With MOOCs?
    General criticism from the Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • What’s the “problem” with MOOCs?
    An overview of some of the criticism leveled against MOOCs... "some MOOCs and college courses are going to continue to have problems if people create them without learning more about how people learn and how to design effective learning experiences."
  • What’s right and what’s wrong about Coursera-style MOOCs
    A blog post by Tony Bates highlighting what he sees as the primary myths of MOOCs
  • MOOCS are Marekting - The question is, can they be more?
    Blog post positing how MOOCs are marketing based but could be more... "Coursera is marketing. Buying in associates an institution with a vague signal of futurism and reinvention, associates a purportedly "elite" institution with its elite brethren, and buys some time while the whole thing shakes out...If it's immediate attention we're after, then there's another way to get it, by doing something that's not just new and me-too but also thoughtful and different and right. "
  • Stanford for All
    Article from the Stanford Alumni article discussing the impact of MOOCs on the institution..."But should worldwide online education now be a part of Stanford's mission? Should Stanford encourage more of its faculty to produce these so-called massive open online courses, or MOOCs? Should anyone profit from their distribution? And if the University does invest more heavily in online education, how might that affect students—and professors—on the home campus?
  • The Most Important Education Technology in 200 Years
    Article from the MIT Technology Review discussing if online learning will become the most important innovation in education.
  • Do online courses spell the end for the traditional university?
    Guardian article that provides a history of various MOOC platform, highlights interviews from students and Coursera course creators, and discusses the students’ various motivations for taking these online courses.


Campus Engagement