Joseph Kern

Joseph Kern

Joseph Kern works as an Instructional Designer at Emporia State University.  Prior to this, he taught high school chemistry, physics, and engineering for seven years.  His B.S. in Secondary Education from Kansas State University came in 2005, and his M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology from ESU came in 2009.  When he’s not helping instructors innovate their courses with better use of technology and teaching strategies, he enjoys being outdoors-y with his wife, 4 & 5-year old sons, and new baby girl.

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Through the final weeks of my Harvard MOOC experience, I learned a few things about setting rigorous expectation in a course, the value of competency-based grading (or “badges,” to fit the trending lingo), and how to plan for a final project that is valuable to students. 
Thursday, 07 March 2013 16:42

Learning from Harvard: MOOC story, pt5

Published in Concepts
As I work through Harvard's CS50 MOOC to distill out the best design practices for online courses and MOOCS, this edition dives into the realm of online testing.
Friday, 25 January 2013 23:56

What can you teach in one image?

Published in Tools
When it comes to simple, intuitive usability and virtually limitless interactivity in online learning tools, ThingLink is a game-changer.  That's all there is to it.
Saturday, 19 January 2013 15:00

Learning from Harvard: MOOC story, pt4

Published in Concepts
This latest installment of my quest to find online best practice from inside Harvard’s CS50x MOOC took a slightly different direction than previous weeks. Now that I’m in the groove of the course, I have been able to reflect less on working with the content and more on working with my peers in the class. And I’ve realized that I’m not a very strong asset to them.
Thursday, 03 January 2013 21:22

Learning from Harvard: MOOC story, pt3

Published in Concepts
Viewing Harvard's CS50x MOOC from the inside to sort out teaching tips from the student perspective. Here's what this week taught me...
Thursday, 20 December 2012 19:16

Learning from Harvard: MOOC story, pt2

Published in Concepts
Continuing my elaborate plan to take CS50x, the introductory computer programming MOOC from Harvard, and to share what I’m learning about quality online course design from the student perspective, this week began some real programming, complete with cryptic coding commands, and lots of time spent staring and/or cursing at the computer screen while trying to figure out exactly why the program wasn't working.  (As such, you may notice a more negative batch of comments this time around).  Let’s see what this week had to offer…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 16:11

What I'm learning from Harvard: A MOOC story

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Taking a bit of my own advice, I recently started working through a computer programming MOOC from Harvard, with the goal of distilling out teaching tips and online course ideas from a student’s perspective.  While learning some useful job skills, I will share my experience to help designers of MOOCs and traditional online classes think about best practices in their course design.
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 14:52

Word Clouds in Education: Turn a toy into a tool

Published in Tools
When it comes to finding the deeper meaning in a text passage, a word cloud is a simple application that you might have seen as a cute bit of fluff rather than a useful academic tool.  Most word cloud programs work in the same, straight-forward way; the more a word is used in the text, the bigger it is shown in the cloud.  A glance at a cloud is an easy way to preview a passage, or to analyze text.  So what does this mean for your courses?  
Thursday, 25 October 2012 00:23

Are you building the next experts?

Published in Tools
Helping students grow beyond your course. Trusted experts routinely deliver the most useful information, based on a great depth of knowledge.