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Assessment, Cheating and Online learning

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Explorations of the assessment, cheating and delivery of online learning continues.  A recent article regarding how students cheat in online courses was further explored.  Additional resources for assessment of online and hybrid delivery are provided by Quality Matters.  Assessment and efficacy of online learning is explored by several organizations, f or grading rubrics,  including Assessment of…


Civic Engagement and value of college education

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Civic engagement and value of a college education with liberal arts courses in increasingly important to employers.  A case for liberal arts degrees and courses suggests both may increase civic engagement after graduation. Additionally, employers want broadly educated college graduates a new survey reveals.   Using digital media in all courses with a focus on popular…


MOOCs, retention, and more challenges

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Recent stories about MOOCS and San Jose State were in the news.  San Jose State professors pushed back against EdX, one of the top three providers of MOOCS.  An open letter from Professors at San Jose State to Professor Michael Sandel to request he take a stand on how some public universities may use MOOCs…


MOOCs: Retention rates, challenges, and more

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

A recent NY Times article, reminds us that MOOCs {Massive Open Online Courses]  and their usefulness for credit bearing degree programs still may remain illusive.  While the article rates the usefulness, the interaction with the ‘star’ professors, the variability in course content, the retention rate is still dismal.  The author also indicates for many of the MOOCs he…


CC Online courses: widens achievement gap

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

More recent reports suggest that online courses may widen the achievement gap.   Online students are less likely to achieve a degree.  Black students, male students, younger students, and students with lower grade-point averages are most susceptible to attrition in online courses.  Skill sets of students enrolling in online courses.  Columbia University’s Community College Research Center researchers examined 500,000 courses…


MOOC Crashes

Monday, February 18th, 2013

As  MOOCs [Massive Open Online Courses] expand and are absorbed/developed at colleges and universities, inevitably technology will be challenged.  Early in February, a MOOC on how faculty can set up an online course crashed.  Courseera who had over 40,000 faculty enrolled, had to suspend the course after only 5 days. The explanation of a ‘design’ flaw in using Google Documents…


Professional Development Newsletters

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Occasional newletters on professional development at GCC May 2013 Newsletter  May 2013 Professional_Dev_Newsletter 5-10-13 April 2013 Newsletter  April_Professional_Development_Newsletterpdf March 2013 Newsletter    March 2013 Professional_Development_Newsletter February 2013 Newsletter   2.10.13_Professional_Development_Newsletter  


Technology and Activism

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

More has been in the news lately about using podcasts, twitter, and skype in the classroom.  A recent article focuses on the use of twitter.  Another project is using social media to connect social justice activists.  Other student groups working with local labor unions use social media and old fashioned, hit the streets organizing efforts to…


Online Pedagogy

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

More emphasis about online pedagogy has been discussed more.  A relatively new online journal, Hybrid Pedagogy, focuses on teaching online, moving beyond the technical aspects of delivering online course content.  Connectivism and Connective Knowledge is an open online course that explores the concepts of connectivism and connective knowledge and explore their application as a framework…


MOOCs

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Massive Online Open Courses [MOOCs] have received more attention.  An article described the Big Three  companies and others describe the training potential.  A short video describes MOOCs and their potential. MOOC’s are creating partnerships with colleges to offer college credit for the online courses. More community colleges are entering agreements to use MOOCs, including Massachusetts…


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