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Is the pedagogy of MOOCs flawed?

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instructional design #edcmooc culture e-learning E-learning and Digital Cultures elearning learning management system LMS meetups MOOCs organisational culture organizational culture participation participatory culture pedagogy social learning social media The Wide World of MOOCs This is a question that I tackle in my Udemy course The Wide World of MOOCs. And the participants do participate.

Let’s get rid of the instructors!

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MOOCs pedagogy autodidacticism autodidactism complex complicated constructivism context corporate courses direct instruction discovery expert exploration grumpy cat inquiry instruction instructional design instructivism instructor-led know your learner lectures Massive Open Online Courses novice speed to competence teaching training workplace xMOOCs Ergo, xMOOCs are bad. But the expert does.

The future of MOOCs

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Sure, the pedagogy may not be perfect, but the alternative is much worse. The pedagogy of MOOCs will be enriched. MOOCs get a bad rap. Dismissed as prescriptive, or teacher-centric, or unsocial, or something else, it’s like a badge of honour to espouse why you dislike MOOCs. Consider the teenager in central Australia whose school has only one teacher. I’ll explain later.).

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The future of MOOCs

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Sure, the pedagogy may not be perfect, but the alternative is much worse. The pedagogy of MOOCs will be enriched. MOOCs get a bad rap. Dismissed as prescriptive, or teacher-centric, or unsocial, or something else, it’s like a badge of honour to espouse why you dislike MOOCs. Consider the teenager in central Australia whose school has only one teacher. I’ll explain later.).

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The 3 mindsets of m-learning

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And yet, while this deceptively simple mindset represents a tectonic shift in corporate pedagogy, it does not on its own fulfil the potential of m-learning. One of my most popular posts of last year was M-Learning’s dirty little secrets. By “popular” I mean quantitatively: it attracted a relatively large number of hits and comments. I felt that I had missed something.

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MOOCs, open badges & the future of e-learning

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Is the pedagogy of MOOCs flawed? Another year of blogging draws to a close, this time dominated by the themes of MOOCs, open badges and the future of e-learning. This year my blog enjoyed more robust discussion, and I thank everyone who cared enough to comment. Comments are the lifeblood of bloggers, so cheers! I invite everyone to review my posts for 2013 – and yes, please comment!

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Udemy for you and me

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Leaving aside academic arguments about the pedagogy of lectures – which I think, for the record, depends on the circumstances – the curriculum builder labels every stage of your course a “lecture” This makes it awkward when, for example, you want to upload a reading list, or web links, or a template. I thoroughly enjoyed using Udemy. Udemy is incredibly easy to use.

Online courses must die!

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In this sense, the pedagogy is constructivist. In this sense, the pedagogy is connectivist. But that’s not to say that the pedagogy of an ILE can’t be instructivist either. A touch dramatic, isn’t it? Now that I have your attention, please bear with me. There’s method in my madness… The myth of rapid authoring. But you know what? Exploit Web 2.0.

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7 big opportunities that MOOCs offer corporates

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While corporates are increasingly realising that classroom delivery is not necessarily the most effective pedagogy for employee development, neither is delivering the training in exactly the same way via a webinar or converting the PowerPoint slides into an online module. Regular readers of my blog will know that I’m quite the MOOC fan. Sourcing content. That’s a no-brainer.

Out of the shadows

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Your employees are participating in MOOCs, even if you disagree with their pedagogy. “What apps do you recommend?” ” With the proliferation of smartphones and tablets in the workplace, this is a question I am being asked with increasing frequency. And I don’t really like answering it. I mean, I have my faves, but they are my faves. not very secure. A lot.

Informal first

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It is well documented that the vast majority of learning in the workplace is informal. According to extensive research undertaken by the Center for Creative Leadership: • 70% of learning occurs “on the job” • 20% of learning occurs by interacting with other people. • 10% of learning occurs via formal training (eg classes). • 20% on informal learning.

Informal first

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It is well documented that the vast majority of learning in the workplace is informal. According to extensive research undertaken by the Center for Creative Leadership: • 70% of learning occurs “on the job” • 20% of learning occurs through feedback from others. • 10% of learning occurs “off the job” (eg attending classes, reading). Vive la revolution!

How to revamp your learning model

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wikis instructional design implementation pedagogy LMS assessment informal learning environment ILE FLE formal learning environment social learning discussion forums personal profiles learning management system competencies In my articles Online courses must die! Informal learning. I believe in the power of informal learning. The ILE illustrated. Figure 1. Informal Learning Environment.

Instructivism, constructivism or connectivism?

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The popular sequence of events that I have recounted is often represented pictorially as a gradient, accompanied by that ubiquitous table comparing various aspects of the three pedagogies. Sure, the gradient reflects a wonderful growth of ideas, but I think it’s a trap to conclude that the latter pedagogies supersede the former. All three pedagogies build on one another to provide a rounded theoretical toolset for the modern professional to exploit. Yet it does not suggest that one pedagogy supersedes the other; instead, they complement one another. Conclusion.

Human enough #edcmooc

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So when we view online pedagogy through this lens, we recognise very little of it that is not human. instruction Joseph Gliddon learning machine modern artifice online pedagogy posthumanism reason research robot Steve FullerAnd who can blame them? It is only natural for evangelists to seize upon evidence that furthers their cause. But these results mystified me.

The A to Z of learning

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pedagogy A to Z game learning prefixes TwitterIt all started with a tweet by Anne Bartlett-Bragg ( @AnneBB ) observing an instance of the term s-learning representing social learning. Amused by our industry’s obsession with single letter prefixes, I replied facetiously that I preferred the term slearning – simply because it sounds so awful. action learning? adaptive learning?

Doctoring the Informal Learning Environment

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Given the realities of the workplace for student doctors, shifting the pedagogy – if ever so slightly – from formal to informal sounds long overdue. As an organisation shifts its pedagogy towards the informal end of the learning continuum, its ILE and FLE increasingly represent the distinction between the act of learning and its management. So what can we do?

Constructive criticism of Coursera

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I have put the word ecologies in inverted commas because I would have used the term “pedagogies” instead. Well it’s taken me over 3 and a half years, but I’ve finally completed another mooc. I use the term completed loosely, because while I consumed all the content, I didn’t submit any of the assignments. Lack of instructor interaction. Obscure pricing.

Connectivism and the modern learner

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As far as I can gather, no one’s arguing about the pedagogy of connectivism. Recently, I read a blog article about connectivism by Debora Gallo. Soon after, I attended a presentation about m-learning by Jan Herrington, in which she too mentioned connectivism. This got me thinking… I don’t know anything about connectivism! Theoretical foundations. The hornet’s nest.

Viva la evolution

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instructional design assessment connectivism constructivism e-learning informal learning Laura Layton-James learning architecture online courses Online courses must die pedagogyLast week, Laura Layton-James stumbled upon my post Online courses must die! and she left a wonderfully detailed comment. Unfortunately, the blame (if we have to lay blame) lies with the increasing need to tick boxes.

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Adult learning shminciples

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Since the 1960s, he articulated a distinction between pedagogy (the teaching of children) and andragogy (the teaching of adults). In many ways, Knowles’ description of pedagogy approximates instructivism, while his description of andragogy approximates constructivism. To be fair, Knowles evolved his of views of pedagogy and andragogy. The theory. The real world.

Open Learning Network vs Informal Learning Environment

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Tags: formal learning informal learning learning management learning model FLE formal learning environment ILE informal learning environment interoperability learning management system learning objects LMS OLN open learning network pedagogy philosophy

E-Learning Provocateur: Volume 1

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Something all learning pro’s should do

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instructional design automation connectivism constructivism expert formal learning German informal learning instructivism job aids language learning learning theory m-learning mlearning mobile novice on the job OTJ participation PBL pedagogy problem based learning repetition skills trainingLearn a language. I mean a bone fide foreign language like French, German, Japanese or Mandarin.

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E-Learning Provocateur: Volume 1

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pedagogy. book augmented reality blended learning cloud computing corporate social responsibility csr e-learning E-Learning Provocateur elearning employee engagement future informal learning instructional design learning styles learning theory mobile learning pedagogy religion self publishing social media virtual worldsWell I have finally bitten the bullet and published a selection of my blog musings in paperback form. • learning theory. • instructional design. • learning styles. • blended learning. • informal learning. • virtual worlds.

Clash of the titans

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From a learning practitioner’s point of view, it raises issues of pedagogy, instructional design, and perhaps even epistemology. instructional design cognitivism constructivism conversation discussion education expert instructivism K-12 knowledge Larry Sanger learning novice participatory learning pedagogy Steve Wheeler teachingGoogling ability does not a scholar make.

Clash of the titans

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From a learning practitioner’s point of view, it raises issues of pedagogy, instructional design, and perhaps even epistemology. instructional design cognitivism constructivism conversation discussion education expert instructivism K-12 knowledge Larry Sanger learning novice participatory learning pedagogy Steve Wheeler teachingI have really enjoyed following the recent argy bargy between Larry Sanger and Steve Wheeler. Having said that, I think it all boils down to the novice-expert principle. As a novice, you don’t know what you don’t know.

My award-winning IQ

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It shifts an instructivist pedagogy towards a more constructivist and connectivist one. Today I had the honour of collecting a Best Blended Learning Solution Award (Gold Level) at the 2010 LearnX Asia Pacific Conference. The blended learning solution in question is “IQ&# , an intranet-based portal that I developed for my colleagues at my workplace. The answer is IQ. So what?

Style counsel

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Think about it: if you marry your pedagogy to your content, who does that suit? Sometimes I am a contrarian thinker. Not because I enjoy antagonism – I don’t. I just don’t trust the echo chamber. And the echo chamber has been giving learning styles a beating. So I ask you: is that beating warranted? The theory. These people learn best by seeing. A stands for “Auditory&#.

Everything big started small

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In terms of e-learning, the principle of “Everything big started small&# can apply to introducing a new technology (eg blogs, wikis) or pedagogy (eg m?learning, Last week, AMP hosted its biannual innovation and thought leadership festival, which this year was billed AMPLIFY09: Convergence and Emergence. Starting small. Sure, growth is slower than a big bang, but it’s steady.

Social networking is king

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In terms of e-learning, the principle of “Social networking is king&# has implications for pedagogy. In my previous article , I explored one of the principles to emerge from the recent AMPLIFY09 festival, namely “Everything big started small&#. Another principle that resonated with me was, in my own words: Social networking is king. The goal posts have moved. technology.

Of posters and round tables

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The showcase was followed by a keynote presentation, New technologies, new pedagogies: Mobile learning and participatory culture , presented by Jan Herrington from the University of Wollongong. Today I attended the Learning Technology Research Symposium hosted by CoCo at my old stomping ground, Sydney University. The first part of the day comprised a “Research Poster Showcase&# , in which the symposium attendees browsed posters about the work being undertaken by researchers not only at Sydney University, but also at other universities in Australia and overseas.

New pedagogies?

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We need a new set of pedagogies (and we also need to know how these can be supported with theory) if we are to maximise the impact of technology on education. New wine needs to be poured into new wineskins, and similarly new technologies require new pedagogies, which requires us to change the way we teach, assess, and even represent knowledge. He's right. These are initial thoughts.

True pedagogy

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Pedagogy is not about directing children. In its absolute form, pedagogy is not just about teaching. In the truest sense, teaching is just one element of pedagogy and not the entire story. Pedagogy focuses on the learner and what they are capable of achieving. Pedagogy is about leading learners to the place of education. What does this mean for teachers today?