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Learning from Harvard: Harvard MOOC story - Part 2.

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…

What I'm Learning From Harvard: A MOOC Story

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.

What Is A Flipped Classroom?

What Is A Flipped Classroom?

Flipped”, as in “Flipped Classroom,” is a buzzword often heard among the community of innovative educators. But what does this actually mean? Here are three informative multimedia presentations on the subject. The first is by Salman Khan, the pioneer whose highly successful website challenged teachers to consider changing the traditional classroom script. The second is a video by Aaron Sams, a teacher who wants to teach students how to set their own educational goals and become independent learners. The third is an infographic by Daniel Grafton that addresses important issues concerning Flipped Classrooms.

Converting Large Group Classes to Massive Online Courses

Converting Large Group Classes to Massive Online Courses

Last month, the NY Times declared 2012 as the year of the MOOC. With so many educators and students involved in these courses, we should think about how we can best convert the university course experience to this new, scalable online experience. For simplicity, let's break the process of transferring knowledge into three parts: instruction, coaching, and assessment / feedback.

Test And Assess – Be A Curator!

Test And Assess – Be A Curator!

Paint cures but what’s that to do with testing? Curation as a process has been going on a long time; you probably had teachers who shared reading lists, sites of interest, things to do on your next family vacation.