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- "Formative 'just in time' feedback (rather than summative 'end of course' testing) is the holy grail for learning theorists because it turns unidirectional teaching concerned mainly with delivering knowledge into a recursive guide and springboard for learning."
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- Great article to pass on. I need to comment further this evening.Jun 14, 2012
- Thanks so much,- this article gets at the questions I really hope to see answered by doing this fantasy & scifi Coursera MOOC with Rabkin... "mastering content" surely cannot be all that the course will do - I hope it will explore ways to help the students:
1) discover the wealth of literature resources available online (good start in the fact that most of the reading is public domain literature, abundantly available AND repurposable)
2) share their insights with one another via online projects employing a variety of communication media (text, images, audio, video, etc.)
3) build an archive of useful materials that will prove useful to the students in the NEXT iteration of the course
Fingers crossed.Jun 14, 2012
- Having taken more time to read, I think the article captures nicely two fundamental barriers that MOOCs must overcome (or their future generations) to solve real educational problems - real interactive tools and support for discovery and networking and co-creation; and user authentication.
I don't know if it was intentional or not, but the institutional MOOCs and the startup MOOCs have gone a long way to solving some basic infrastructure problems that needed to be solved - A) open enrollment at scale, B) technology to give real assessment and feedback (even if not on par with personal face-to-face, still quite impressive) and C) acceptance or legitimacy. Even with the "web 2.0 / learning 2" model that Butin describes, the MOOCs still would have needed to solve those three problems.
So I could argue that it was better to solve these underlying problems with the current, well-understood lecture & delivery "web 1.0 / learning 1" model; MIT and others can now apply same infrastructure but create generation with web 2.0 / learning 2 approach.
Very good article, but it is a little frustrating that people tend to over-evaluate the current 1st generation models without thinking about evolution of next-generation.
- Grumpy Old Man HillJun 14, 2012
- Yep, I am with, esp. re: discovery and networking and co-creationJun 14, 2012
- More and more, the creation part comes into the picture. I believe it is the natural progression of anything that develops on the web...if you think about "Web 1.0" vs "Web 2.0", the difference (according toand others) that initiated the shift was user generated content. Then we arrived at today's SUSTAINABLE web. If we are going through that same evolution with online learning, MOOCs or otherwise, I believe it is a positive move toward sustainability. If learners are bothering to create, and they become stakeholders/have ownership of their creations, the work (the course, the product or deliverable) becomes so much more meaningful.Jun 14, 2012
- YES!!!!!!!!! I will be very sad if all the "essays" (this was mentioned in the course description for the Fantasy course) end up in the virtual trashcan. Even better if people are depositing their work out in the open, where it is searchable, indexable by Google, etc. (even if the Coursera content per se remains in their walled garden). :-)Jun 14, 2012
- - This is such an exciting time because, all of a sudden, everybody is talking about ownership and user-generated content. Well, maybe not everybody, but a lot more people than even 6 months ago; sadly, in the 5+ hours I spent in a "School Improvement Team summer retreat" today, these issues only came up when I raised them, and the conversation went precisely nowhere.
But I love your point, Donna, about the shift from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0. There really is a similar shift going on in teaching and learning, or in the shift from a teaching focus to a learning focus.
- I look forward to your further comments when you have a chance to formulate them.Jun 14, 2012