I’m heartened by how Weblogs and Wikis is going and can see moving further – especially given the local climate change (BSU President Wraps Cuts in “Recalibration,” Promotes New Modalities. BSU Drops 15+ Faculty in a Weekend. Departments Cut Programs to the Bone – and Deeper. Campus Brain Drain Begins as Recent Hires Flee. Campus Responds to Tsunami with a Shrug.) Yhe time is ripe for revolution: mOOCs, PLEs, and OER.
Looking outside of the local climate:
- The state of academic work: Weller and Groom: ‘More brains!’ – the perpetuation of the zombie scholar.
- The state of mind: Brian Lamb (via Weller and Groom. I recall this page from last summer, but Weller and Groom place it well): Open Contempt.
- And along the same lines from Groom and Lamb: Never Mind the Edupunks.
- The state of student knowledge: EPIC FAIL.
- Downes: Deinstitutionalizing Education.
- Siemens, especially the comments: What’s wrong with (M)OOCs?
- Brown and Adler: Minds on Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0.
That last one’s a little tame, but I’ve always like Brown.
My proposal for the University: One or more courses – ENGL 2152 (A&E)? Tech Writing? Web Content Writing, even E-Rhetoric – open to 100+ students as a MOOC/PLE. One course a semester. Just designing and proposing the course is enough for the spring and summer. We would easily get 100+ students in Tech Writing and A&E.
Proposing a (m)OOC for either of these would get campus blood boiling because of how it would have to address The Usual Suspects of sentence-level concerns (It Can’t be Done!) and Quality Control. The university would have to work hard to get (m)OOC-level enrollment in WCW or E-Rhetoric: we would have to promote it out of state, out of system, and online in general. Tears before bedtime for Marketing, as they would loose control of how the courses would be promoted.
Loudly sing cuckoo.