Monthly Archive: February 2015

May the MOOC Be With You

I know, I know.  Really bad play on words, but I grew up in the Star Wars/Star Trek era and still love Sci-Fi.  I don’t try to deny it and my wife just puts up with it!

So MOOC’s have been around for awhile now.  I’m just getting into the game at this point and I suspect many of you are doing the same or at least considering it.  I’ve just started my first MOOC titled, Coaching Digital Learning.  From the course description,

The Coaching Digital Learning MOOC-Ed is brought to you by the Digital Learning Collaborative a program of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University’s College of Education. The content was developed by a team of passionate digital learning innovators, coaches, and geeks: Brittany Miller, Lisa Hervey, and Jaclyn B. Stevens, with many others from school districts and other organizations throughout the country contributing to planning and facilitating the course. See CDL Team for more information.

Finding and signing up for a MOOC is easy.  The hard part will be following through on the class.  I’ve completed unit 1.  The MOOC is free, but I can still get CEU’s for completing the course.  In my opinion, the free part is what keeps many people from completing a MOOC.  According to a report in Inside Higher Ed, completion rates for MOOCs range from a low of 3.5% to as high as 40%.  In all, more people fail to complete them than those that finish.  Will I finish mine?  Time will tell.  I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, you might want to try a MOOC yourself.  Here are some resources to get you started in your search.

https://www.mooc-list.com/tags/education

https://www.class-central.com/subject/education

http://www.mooc-ed.org/

https://www.edx.org/

Happy Searching!

Ohio Educational Technology Conference (OETC) – This Week!

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I’ll be attending the Ohio Educational Technology Conference (OETC) this week.  What a great opportunity to meet new people and share ideas.  I’ll also be touching base with many vendors in the conference area.  Some of my favorites will be:

  • Schoology
  • TRECA
  • Buckeye Educational Systems
  • Atomic Learning
  • TACKK
  • Lenovo
  • InfoSnap
  • CDW-G

 

 

Love it or List it?

One of the shows that I watch on occasion is Love It or List It.  In the show, a couple works with two professionals – one to renovate the current house and one to find them a new house.  In the end, the couple gets to decide whether to stay (Love It) or go to the new house (List It).

Education is becoming much the same.  Love It or List It?  Renovate or leave?

The amount of change that has happened in education in the past 5-10 years is dramatic.  In my opinion, unprecedented.  Over the years, there have been many reports documenting the problems with education.  It all started with A Nation at Risk and continued with international reports of math and reading scores of American children.  Check out these reports:

The National Assessment of Educational Progress

A Nation at Risk

Center on Educational Excellence

No Child Left Behind

Teachers have been slammed by government, business and parents in various reports.  Just do a Google search for “Educational Progress Reports” and you’ll see what I mean.  So how is a teacher supposed to manage all the changes and still maintain sanity?  It’s not easy and sometimes not possible to do everything.  Administrators want one thing, parents another and the State Board of Education another.

Education is in flux.  Do we hold onto the past or move onto the future?  Love it or List it?  What we’re actually trying to create is a hybrid.  Kind of like the transition from gasoline engines to all electric cars.  The current thought is to create hybrid.  Think Prius.  What does that look like in education though?  Blended learning.  A blend of the past and infusion of technology and 21st century skills.  For now, this is the present and future.  This is really a disruption of the current educational environment.  To have a much clearer understanding of disruption in education, read the following book, Disrupting Class by Christensen, Horn, and Johnson.

So, what will you do?  Love it or List it?