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Pre-Course: Move-In, Orientation, Registration Why We Need a Why Trust and Network Fluency The Web: Concept, Platform, Culture(s) Diversity, Equity, Access About Co-Learning Putting it into Practice

Chapter 1 Reponse

“Blended learning is not simply adding an online component to a face-to-face course.” This point can’t be emphasized enough.  And the analogy of technology to a baseball umpire (if it’s effective and good it goes unnoticed) mostly rings true.  There … Continue reading →

Two spaces or one; change and persistence

I learned to type before I learned to drive; now nearly 50 years ago. I was taught that you put two spaces after a period at the end of a sentence. Eventually, I left typewriters behind and began to write with text editors and word processors. I learned a little bit about proportional fonts and […]

Class Size in Online Courses

We often talk of class size and how it affects student learning and instructor performance. I’ve just read a study, published by Merlot in the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, that discusses this question, Classrooms Without Walls: A Comparison of Instructor Performance in Online Courses Differing in Class Size. by Chris Sorensen, Ph.D. The results of […]

CUNY Advance Grant – Call for Proposals

CUNY Advance Start-Up, Greenhouse, and Scale Up GrantsCall for Proposalsread more

sensor63: Revisiting dreams

Revisiting dreams http://tachesdesens.blogspot.fr/2014/03/dreams-drawn.html … #moocmooc #ccourses #rhizo14

My preparations for data collection

How am I preparing for data collection? As I prepare for data collection next week, I am compiling my research proposal and reviewing my framework.  This week I was able to meet and talk to three (3) of the Givercraft Teachers through the preparations and trainings we conducted in our #OLTAK (EDET 674 – Online Learning and […]

TheCLAlliance: MT Chess, learning, knowledge, coding & expertise

MT @jgmac1106 Chess, learning, knowledge, coding & expertise http://bit.ly/1wrPZ2g  #edchat #clmooc #connectedlearning #ccourses #hiphoped

Maha4Learning: Lab asks educators to share their success stories : renewed hope for Edu in VWs?

Lab asks educators to share their success stories http://ln.is/wordpress.com/wv156 … : renewed hope for Edu in VWs? #ccourses #potcert

Maha4Learning: RT : If you were starting a new school focused on educating & empowering young women what books would be must reads?

RT @ReadwithMEg: If you were starting a new school focused on educating & empowering young women what books would be must reads? #ccourses

Maha4Learning: RT : COTE networking site is open 2all! Please join! :

RT @alexpickett: #openSUNY COTE networking site is open 2all! Please join! http://ln.is/open.suny.edu/jF2Yi … : #ccourses #potcert

Measuring effectiveness of my diffi-tools

Maze Challenge  A maze that serves as a challenge to complete when students misbehave during the game.  When students violate the Community Agreement, teachers will have the option of sending students to the maze and when they make it out (it should take them about 2-4 minutes to complete), then they are able to return […]

Bali_Maha: Expanding our Imagination w thx to

Expanding our Imagination w thx to @sensor63 @HybridPed @AnaSalter http://blog.mahabali.me/blog/educational-technology-2/expanding-our-imagination/ … #moocmooc #ccourses #digped

Proposal Examples

Group 1: Devonte, Corbin, Xiong, Kaoyee https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hao1fxZSe-2gjlWWgDbuOP1BmiRdlRf9AGKjv_QVLiA/edit?usp=sharing Group 2: Jesus, Sergio, Cynthia https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SBZ7z5sLJozPpLceKLoIxrebfG6k2HJj3m39zE39cg0/edi…

Future of Library Space + Open Textbooks

This afternoon I attended the fourth meeting of the Dean’s Advisory Committee (DAC) for the University Libraries at Virginia Tech. During this session the DAC members discussed the future of library spaces (focusing mainly on physical environments) and the type of data/information discovery and user experiences that could support research and teaching. What is evident from […]

What We Did: Feb 24 (Fourth Class; Assessment, Part 2)

Week 4 — Group 1: Assessment Co-authors for this post: Janey Flanagan (BMCC) Urban Ed, eLearning Maria Greene (BMCC) Urban Ed, Chemistry Irene Morrison-Moncure (Hunter) Classics In week four, we continued the discussion of assessment that Janey Flanagan, Maria Greene, and Irene Morrison-Moncure began last week. Students reported back after trying different formative assessment exercises with […]

Investing in CUNY Community College Students

From The Chronicle of Higher Ed February 26, 2015 Program’s Extra Support for Community-College Students Is Paying Off By Katherine Mangan “A program at City University of New York that surrounds full-time students with intensive financial, academic, and career support has nearly doubled the three-year graduation rate for community-college students who start out in remedial […]

Bali_Maha: “In whose interests do we reduce this mess to order?” Gr8 q’s by

“In whose interests do we reduce this mess to order?” Gr8 q’s by @Sensor63 http://tachesdesens.blogspot.com/2015/02/submission.html … #moocmooc #ccourses #edcontexts #acwri

Bali_Maha: According to course, comparative research on online vs f2f not considered valid in field. Gr8 news!

According to #eliweb course, comparative research on online vs f2f not considered valid in field. Gr8 news! #digped #ccourses #rhizo14

Bali_Maha: Submission by

Submission by @sensor63 http://tachesdesens.blogspot.fr/2015/02/submission.html?m=1 … #digped #rhizo14 #moocmooc #ccourses

jgmac1106: Interested in to investigate credibility and the web. Join as we co-learn:

Interested in #ccourses to investigate credibility and the web. Join as we co-learn: http://bit.ly/1CVQIFr  #teachtheweb #edchat #engchat

jgmac1106: Post on chess, learning, knowledge, coding, and expertise:

Post on chess, learning, knowledge, coding, and expertise: http://bit.ly/1wrPZ2g  #edchat #clmooc #connectedlearning #ccourses #hiphoped

sharedthinking: Try ‘theory of mind’ literature in psychology for more on this.

@Bali_Maha @RusulAlrubail @adamheid @slamteacher Try ‘theory of mind’ literature in psychology for more on this. #rhizo14 #empathy #ccourses

GardnerCampbell: A Note on Abstraction and Referents > on ethical blogging – very thoughtful essay

A Note on Abstraction and Referents http://bit.ly/1DZnnQe  > on ethical blogging – very thoughtful essay #ccourses #vcualtlab #vcuqep

Bali_Maha: Inner voice criticality & empathy thx to

Inner voice criticality & empathy http://www.hybridpedagogy.com/columns/inner-voice-criticality-empathy/ … thx to @RusulAlrubail #rhizo14 @adamheid @slamteacher #ccourses

VanessaVaile: Bonus : Connect with Your Future Self

#Ccourses Bonus #Dailyconnect: Connect with Your Future Self http://fb.me/2RrnoVcdo 

VanessaVaile: Bonus : Connect with Your Future Self – Bonus : Connect with…

#Ccourses Bonus #Dailyconnect: Connect with Your Future Self – #Ccourses Bonus #Dailyconnect: Connect with… http://tmblr.co/Z8NtTm1eRFysl 

VanessaVaile: Bonus : Connect with Your Future Self

#Ccourses Bonus #Dailyconnect: Connect with Your Future Self http://wp.me/p2rdnf-2W 

A reflection on preparing for Givercraft Teacher Training

As we get closer to teacher training, I am excited because we will be able to meet teachers and learn more about their needs and interests in Givercraft.  At the same time, I have some anxiety around whether or not we are prepared or if we will have enough time to put together our training modules […]

sensor63: for hope remains…

for @Bali_Maha hope remains… http://tachesdesens.blogspot.com/2015/02/hope-remains.html?spref=tw … #moocmooc #rhizo14 #rhizo15 #ccourses

Bali_Maha: Beautiful, thought-provoking post on pushback via

Beautiful, thought-provoking post on pushback https://edifiedlistener.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/learning-to-push-back/ … via @edifiedlistener #moocmooc #rhizo14 #ccourses

Bali_Maha: Ethical obligation of facilitators in free courses by

Ethical obligation of facilitators in free courses by @rjhogue http://rjh.goingeast.ca/2015/02/25/ethical-obligations-of-instructors-in-free-courses-rhizo14-rhizo15/ … #moocmooc #rhizo14 #rhizo15 #ccourses

hughhamilton: “The Resonance of http : //t.co/Q7kZv6C9aH chiuni”

“The Resonance of #Phonar http : //t.co/Q7kZv6C9aH #ccourses chiuni” http://ift.tt/1zHBOSt 

laura_ritchie: The Resonance of

The Resonance of #Phonar http://wp.me/p4Ng5z-lq  #ccourses @chiuni

Bali_Maha: And more Creatopia photos w

And more Creatopia photos @auc w @AnaSalter #gbl #ccourses pic.twitter.com/aW38ClxKhC

Bali_Maha: More photos from Creatopia

More photos from @auc Creatopia #gbl #edgames #ccourses #rhizo14 pic.twitter.com/WtDhfdgbT4

dogtrax: Bonus : Connect with Your Future Self

#Ccourses Bonus #Dailyconnect: Connect with Your Future Self http://wp.me/p58OTD-3i 

What is the coffee enema of education? — Gross, but people do crazy things.

For those who don’t know what a coffee enema is (despite the clear terms) here’s the idea Not such a good idea after all. In fact, it’s bogus according to those who believe in the importance of scientific research. Why did I ask this question?! What started out as a conversation about reusable coffee filters […]

cogdog: Did not get huge uptake on Blog Garage, but in a few hours I have 2 appointments for Blog Makerovers.

Did not get huge uptake on #ccourses Blog Garage, but in a few hours I have 2 appointments for #youshow15 Blog Makerovers.

jgmac1106: Two major tasks left for set up discourse finish; last PD activity. Come join on credibility

Two major tasks left for http://bit.ly/1CVQIFr  set up discourse finish; last PD activity. Come join #ccourses on credibility #edtechchat

Five Alternatives to the Talking Head Video for MOOCs & Online Courses

Most xMOOCs, and some for-credit online courses rely heavily upon what many refer to as the ‘talking head’ video format. The ‘talking head’ is usually the subject-matter expert delivering a lecture in his or her area of expertise. There’s great value in this format when … Continue reading →

TheCLAlliance: RT Just 4 weeks till the next big DML thing starts :-)

RT @DMLResearchHub Just 4 weeks till the next big DML thing starts :-) http://dmlcommons.net  #DMLcommons #ccourses

If Academe is Part of the Problem of Inequality and Oligarchy, What’s Our Solution?

Here’s a link my morning hastac.org blog, in our Futures Initiative group:  “If Academe is Part of the Problem, What’s Our Solution?”  http://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/2015/02/24/if-academe-part-problem-inequality-and-oligarchy-what-solution-futur This begins with a new study that shows how higher education exacerbates the inequality that, as academics, we are so good at pointing out in society at large.  Then it says “let’s […]

If Academe is Part of the Problem of Inequality and Oligarchy, What Is the Solution? #FuturesEd

My critique of higher education rests partly on our hypocrisy. We are great at “critical thinking” and analyzing the inequalities in “society” yet academe so clearly exacerbates rather than ameliorates income inequality (in admission policies), its own…

GoogleGuacamole: Don’t forget live-tweeting article reading event Thursday 9EST/1GMT

Don’t forget live-tweeting article reading event Thursday 9EST/1GMT http://laurascoloringbook.blogspot.com/2015/02/twitter-journal-club-tjc15.html … #tjc15 #connectedcourses pic.twitter.com/9oe2dOB7aV

Literacy: Assessable or Inconclusive?

I just finished teaching a literacy course, called “Intensive Reading.” I think of this class like an intensive yoga workshop that focuses on building our practices slowly but effectively. The students in this course have been placed in my class because they have not met CUNY’s reading and writing proficiency exams—the City’s entrance and also […]

Bali_Maha: in the Classroom via by

#Compassion in the Classroom via @HybridPed by @chris_friend http://www.hybridpedagogy.com/columns/featured/compassion-in-the-classroom/ … #moocmooc #digped #ccourses #rhizo14 #highered

Literacy Narrative from 8 to 90

So I don’t think we had a blog due per the calendar, because it said “No blog next week: work on Literacy Narrative”, but I know we always got somethin’ to post. So here are some answers from my Literacy Narrative thus far that I really enjoyed. When asked where you see writing in the […]

Bali_Maha: Early bird deadline for extended to March 4!

Early bird deadline for #et4online extended to March 4! http://go.onlinelearningconsortium.org/o01bj0087000XF04gKTzwS0 … #rhizo14 #ccourses #edtech #digped #highered

Linking Literacy and Linguistics

Street’s article “The New Literacy Studies” “[challenges] the great divide in favour of an oral/literate ‘mix’” through an autonomous “ideological” model of literacy (436). Street defines this new ideology as “the role of literacy practices in reproducing or challenging structures of power and domination” (434). He also notes that a crucial part of literacy that […]

Anatomy’s Assessment of Assessment

Last Tuesday’s in-class discussion of assessment strategies really got my juices flowing. How was I going to get my 35 Anatomy students to participate in this first topic of “Mapping The Future…”? How to present it? What to present? Where to start? Well, I thought that perhaps my students might be just as uninformed as […]

JeffreyKeefer: OK, you double tempters, I signed up. Do you now own my first born?

@dmlresearchhub OK, you double tempters, I signed up. Do you now own my first born? #ccourses #DMLcommons #DML2015

dmlresearchhub: Just 4 weeks till the next big DML thing starts :-)

Just 4 weeks till the next big DML thing starts :-) http://dmlcommons.net  #DMLcommons #ccourses

Getting the most out of CBOX: Where and how to post content

CBOX offers many options on where to post content—but sometimes having so many possibilities can be overwhelming. With that in mind, I’ve outlined a few places you might want to post, with some details about each. I’ll discuss posting to the main blog, the graduate class’s group/forum, your undergraduate class’s group/forum, and your undergraduate class’s site. The […]

Why Are We Still Learning Alone? Why Connection Is More Important Than Ever #FuturesEd

In his classic study Bowling Alone (2000), Robert Putnam argues that we have lost our connection to friends, family, neighbors, and our democratic structures.  He warns that our “social capital” has plummted, leaving us emotionally and socially im…

JeffreyKeefer: I find this is a reason I really need a robust set of alerts options

@jennymackness @GoogleGuacamole I find this is a reason I really need a robust set of alerts options #ccourses

A reflection on data collection, specific tools, and questions that could lead to more research

The twitter session this week really got me thinking about the tools I would use for data collection and to focus on being more specific in my methods.  I also was reminded about keeping the “flow” of my research documents and making sure they build on each other throughout this process.  Posting each part as […]

The New London Group

This is quiet the read. Through the note taking process, I was finding it difficult to summarize. However the material was easy to relate to teaching as well as my history as a student. Google Doc NOTES

My Research Design

Research Design In this study on teacher tools and strategies for supporting, monitoring, and moderating student behavior in MinecraftEdu, I take a qualitative inquiry approach examining a real world situation in the Givercraft experience, without manipulating it. I take both an interpretivist and constructivist approach (Mackenzie & Knipe, 2006) in this research through an observational […]

LuptonMandy: My new blog post on & in higher education

My new blog post on #personalizedlearning & #connectedlearning in higher education http://tinyurl.com/pzjypm8  #ccourses

Until We Meet Again

A brief encounter but for better or worse I learn something.Few months ago I discovered Zeega when several people from  Connected Courses mentioned it, played with it and raved about it. I love trying new tools but I have to say when I went to the site the first time I didn’t get it. May be I should have just sent a tweet asking…