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Cristina Lopez
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I'm pleased to announce the lunchtime keynote:

Beyond Commercial Textbooks - Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Customized and Affordable Course Content Options

Kristi Jensen and Shane Nackerud, University of Minnesota Libraries

Flipped courses, active learning classrooms (ALCs), data visualization--and don't forget MOOCs--are examples of the ways that teaching and learning are changing today. In the midst of these changes the University Libraries identified an opportunity to help faculty explore the use of innovative and more affordable course content.  We would like to share some examples of alternative course content options: open educational resources and open textbooks, digital coursepacks, faculty/student created course materials, and others.  We also hope you will share your ideas for moving away from more traditional and potentially expensive course materials.
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Session proposal: The State of the Lecture

When there are flipped courses, active learning classrooms, and more focus on engaging students, what is the role of the lecture? Is the lecture being displaced or reinvented? How do lectures help--or hinder--students' learning? Let's discuss the state of the lecture.  
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Now this is interesting...members of a subreddit are starting up an online teaching and learning community where anybody can teach or take a course, academic or otherwise. People can upvote courses. If someone wants to start a course but isn't sure anybody is interested they can find an appropriate subreddit and ask if there is anybody with expertise who is interested in teaching the class. They provide some very basic tools for communication purposes, and beyond that suggest additional third party tools.
Help and FAQs. Basics. What is University of Reddit? The University of Reddit is the product of free intellectualism and is a haven for the sharing of knowledge. Teachers and students are free to explore any subject that interests them. Unlike a conventional university, University of Reddit ...
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A (more) global perspective on MOOCs. Wish I didn't have to wait until 01/2014 to take their course...
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This eLearning and Digital Cultures MOOC begins in a couple of weeks. Check out the map of participants--people from all over the world!
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Eight papers from this project have now been published...
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Welcome to the Unconference 2015 Google Community!

We'll use this space to organize this event, and keep you up to date. Follow the links on the right to learn more. Create new posts to propose topics, ask questions, share comments. 
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An interesting experiment for any educator to consider. But it seems particularly relevant to MOOCs, as the instructors I worked with evaluated their students in pretty much the same way. 

I also see connections to Garrison and Cleveland-Innes' "Facilitating Presence in Online Learning: Interaction is Not Enough," in which the authors take into consideration three different approaches to learning: deep, surface and achievement. Students who engage in achievement learning are motivated by external rewards, and any teacher can explain the pitfalls of that approach. Deep learning happens in a community of inquiry where there is structure, meaningful interaction and a strong teaching, cognitive and social presence. Cathy Davidson's system does away with achievement learning, so I wonder if she succeeded because instead she focused on creating a community of inquiry.
When Duke University's Cathy Davidson announced her grading plan for a seminar she would be offering this semester, she attracted attention nationwide. Some professors cheered, others tut-tutted, and others asked "Can she do that?" Her plan? Turn over grading to the students in the course, ...
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Pam, I'd be happy to talk with you any time!
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Are classes being flipped in the wrong direction?
A study of how students best learned a neuroscience lesson showed a distinct benefit to starting out by working with an interactive 3D model of the brain.
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Doesn't flipping enable more hands on?
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P2PU and Creative Commons just launched the School of Open, which will offer self-paced and facilitated courses on openness in education. Course topics include Copyright 4 Educators (US and Australian versions), Creative Commons for K-12 Educators, and Writing Wikipedia Articles.

I see this as relevant to our current work on MOOCs (a statement to be taken with a grain of salt, because these days it seems I can't go more than ten minutes without thinking about MOOCs or talking about MOOCs or finding something else to read about MOOCs.)

It appears that P2PU focuses more on "open" than "massive," though a comparison with Coursera might be interesting. And of course openness and copyright are topics we must address as we try to figure out copyright and IP in a new teaching environment. And what is "open" exactly?
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An upcoming MOOC on the intersection of digital culture, pop culture representations of technology and how we understand learning and literacy. Plus: a consideration of multimodal literacies. Sign me up!
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  • University of Minnesota
    Academic Technology Consultant, present
  • Macalester College
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Communication and Media Studies, 2001 - 2004
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I'm an Academic Technology Consultant in Academic Technology Support Services at the University of Minnesota. I provide consultations for faculty, staff, departments and units and develop and deliver workshops and presentations on topics such as deeper learning with Moodle and educational uses of multimedia. In addition, I formulate and implement communication strategies designed to educate the University community about good uses of academic technologies. My areas of interest include digital storytelling, integrated course design, social networks and social media, networked learning, media literacy, the digital divide, and collaborative, online internationalized courses (COIL).


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  • Ohio State University
    Communication (Ph.D.)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Communication Arts (M.A.)
  • Northwestern University
    Communication Studies (B.S.)
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