- The Document: an Open Letter From San Jose State U.’s Philosophy Department – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education – Oy, MnSCU: Don't even think about it. – (xmooc resistance )
- Critical Essay—One Hundred Thousand Billion Processes: Oulipian Computation and the Composition of Digital Cybertexts | Technoculture – A mainly rhetorical and partly semiotic consideration of a three computational texts as a way of discussing where digital poetics is going and how. Hayles, Manovich, oulipo, cybertexts. – (dh semiotic digitalborn digitaltexts digitalpoetics oulipo )
I really shouldn’t enjoy the xMOOC backlash so much, but I do. Perhaps it’s because academics are beginning to unite. Here, it’s an issue of complicity:
The San Jose State professors also called out Michael Sandel, the Harvard government professor who developed the course for edX, suggesting that professors who develop MOOCs are complicit in how public universities might use them. Why Professors at San Jose State Won’t Use a Harvard Professor’s MOOC
And at Amherst, it’s moderation and sobriety in the face of edX.
But Amherst’s rejection of edX, decided by a faculty vote, could mark a new chapter for MOOCs—one in which colleges revert to their default modes of deliberations and caution. “I think we’re at the early stages of that honeymoon period coming to an end,” says Richard Garrett, vice president and principal analyst of the consulting company Eduventures. Why Some Colleges Are Saying No to MOOCs, at Least for Now
Here at BSU, we haven’t seen xMOOCs appear yet, but we have a similar naked emperor in the 80/20 scheme in the Master Academic Plan. (It’s Appendix F of this PDF) The idea is this: Faculty develop an online program, then turn the teaching over to adjuncts and fixed termers to make the program sustainable by tuition alone. Sustainable is the new buzzword for on-the-cheap and killable. That is, the university commits to the program only as long as we can make money by it. If we can’t, the program is gone, and students are out in the cold.
That is, 80/20 doesn’t just work against faculty (not to mention the IFO contract) but against students. Within a year, a program that a student graduated from could easily disappear. Program gone. Faculty gone. Support gone. History. Hi ho.
The 80/20 works against some of the MAP’s other ends, such as
C’mon: Excellent faculty will run for this hills at the sight of such a program. Or this
3 HELP BUILD THE FUTURE OF NORTHERN MINNESOTA: ENGAGEMENT AND SERVICE
80/20 is designed to bring in students from distant markets, not area markets. We shouldn’t expect students on an 80/20 program to be engaged or provide serve to our local area.
What the xMOOC backlash suggests is that excellent faculty won’t get on the bandwagon when the plan is dodgy, and here’s hoping students won’t either.
- Personal Learning Networks: Knowledge Sharing as Democracy | Collaboration | HYBRID PEDAGOGY – rare to fin an article that aligns plns, PLEs, and cMOOCs – (pln ple mooc cmooc )
- Of Machine Guns and MOOCs: 21st Century Engineering Disasters | Theory | HYBRID PEDAGOGY – Hindenburg, titanic, Victorian hubris, and greed. That's the xMooc. – (mooc xmooc de greed privatization )
- Revisiting Your Learning Management System – ProfHacker – The strongest arguments against the LMS are those of creation of community and student autonomy. Rebelling a is no longer a rebellion. The metaphor is moving out of the LMS ghetto. Interesting comments from educators who backhandedly acknowledge they are powerless and seek ease, not education. – (lms )
- 22 Thoughts on Automated Grading of Student Writing | Inside Higher Ed – I love it. The idea that teaching and evaluating written work can be done as a computer algorithm is a mind-saver. Why? Reading is boring. Automate now. I have videos to watch. My favorite thought is #7:” The only motivations for even experimenting, let alone embracing automated grading of student writing are business-related.” Can there be any better motivation? – (de xmooc assessment )
- Blog Exercises: Increase Your Thank You Ratio « Lorelle on WordPress – No excuses. Say thank you. – (etiquette learning de en3177 )
- Is Google Making Us Stupid? – Nicholas Carr – The Atlantic – – (DL CreavtiveCommons ) Sorry … Miles away … What was the question? Carr tries to address the question by over-interpreting neuroscience research. Plasticity does’t mean stoopidity.
- The velveteen touch of a dandy fop | Abject – Brian on education and marketing. – (marketeering )
- xED Book | a book about education stuff, moocs, etc. – xED Book. Being drafted online. Seimens, Cormier, et al – (MOOC xMOOC )
- [toread] Digital Learning Spaces – an alternative to traditional Learning Management Systems? Sean Dowling – – (de ple PLENK2010 )
- The False Promise of the Education Revolution – College, Reinvented – The Chronicle of Higher Education – Get a grip. MOOCs are not an educational revolution. Stephen Downes et al have claimed this repeatedly."The students from the bottom tier are often the ones who need face-to-face instruction most of all." – (mooc xmooc de )
- MOOC pedagogy: the challenges of developing for Coursera | ALT Online Newsletter – Background piece from Edinburgh on designing their E-learning and Digital Cultures course for Coursera. More than that, however, they define some lines in the pedagogical sand: conservative MOOCs that mimic in-class practice v cMOOCs that experiment with education itself. – (coursera MOOC xMOOC elearning )
- stephen Downes Educational Blogging (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu – it ain't about writing. it's about reading and engaging in community. – (blogging en3177 )
- What You Need to Know About MOOC’s – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education – Struth! An "all about" article – with hardly a mention of cMOOCs. Talk about muddying the waters. – (DH xMOOC GettingItWrong )
- Novel text analysis uses PageRank to identify influential Victorian authors – – (dh )
- Don’t Confuse Technology With Teaching – Commentary – The Chronicle of Higher Education – Bang on target – and succinct. Ok, and a little romantic when it comes to the picture of the university. And, yeah, it makes cMOOC education and xMOOC not education. And that coaching metaphor is a little hackneyed. And maybe it's a little too slick across the board, but worth talking about, maybe? Maybe? – (DE xMOOC MOOC )
- Dozens of Plagiarism Incidents Are Reported in Coursera’s Free Online Courses – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education – Students engage in typical humanities course practice – and teachers are surprised. xMOOC makes a good proving ground for patchwork writing. – (mooc xmooc de )
- E-Learning: Going down to the crossroads. Track 2: Same as it ever was: Pedagogical slippage in MOOCs and other top 40 hits | Peter Bryant – my kind of pedagogical-social crit. "Perhaps this is a consequence of the lag between research and practice, but arguably, taking MOOCs as an example, the learner is not asked to think critically about the platform or the way it’s used, they are numbers plucked out of the air, hurled around as labels to argue whose MOOC is biggest and then dismissed as drop-outs and failures, as the attritions rates are so high from most MOOC offerings." – (mooc ple pedagogy )
- The MOOC debate – g attwood presents an overview of the current exchange concerning cMOOCs and xMOOCs. – (mooc ple xmooc pedagogy )