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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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December 20, 2012

Learning from Harvard: MOOC story, pt2

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…

December 12, 2012

What I'm Learning From Harvard: A MOOC Story

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.

November 21, 2012

Word Clouds in Education: Turn a toy into a tool

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?