I was recently asked to describe the qualities of the ‘ideal’ teacher. After putting together a list, it struck me that this is a useful exercise for anyone involved in teaching as it forces us to confront our underlying beliefs and assumptions about teaching. Here’s what I came up with, but it would be great … More What makes a great teacher?
Why would you want to create an online learning community? Social media? Blogging? Pah, that’s for the kids. What benefits to learning can be brought by chatting away at all hours of the night?And yet, for the generation of students now entering university, social online interaction is as much a part of the fabric of … More 4 reasons to build an online undergraduate learning community
The Prezi below not only demonstrates how sophisticated online presentations can be, it also contains useful advice for those considering starting their own business: http://prezi.com/embed/srtvpu04xof9/?bgcolor=ffffff&lock_to_path=0&autoplay=0&autohide_ctrls=0&features=undefined&disabled_features=undefined
There has been much discussion in recent months about the impact of MOOCs and online courses on the traditional model of Higher Education. Coursera, an online platform where you can take a range of online courses for free, has caused much hand-wringing about the future of the university in an increasingly online world. But this … More Truly awesome: Daphne Koller explains Coursera
This excellent blog post by David Hopkins provides a useful summary of the activity in the short #edcmooc currently being run by Coursera and the University of Edinburgh. David also draws attention to the near-future of education and technology and provides a useful critique of ‘utopian / dystopian’ discourse (Hand and Sandwell, 2002) and provides … More e-Learning and Digital Cultures
Just came across this post which explores how the role of the tutor could change in response to an increasingly personalised system of online education:http://www.teachthought.com/learning/6-possible-roles-for-teachers-in-a-personalized-learning-environment/ Given all the recent debates about MOOCs and their impact on HE it’s interesting to consider if and how the age-old practice of teaching might change. Perhaps we will just … More The changing role of the teaching in a personalised learning environment
An interesting discussion from the recent TIME conference on the future of Higher Education – this particular clip explores the impact of MOOCs on HE delivery: http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1