Archive for September, 2017

The solar floating schools appeared a few years ago on account of monsoon floods and isolation of populations, but they have expanded and there are now about 100, a great achievement!

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A study by researchers from the University of Cantabria – http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/2964/4374

Abstract

This study has been carried out within the context of the ECO European Project (E-learning, Communication Open-Data: Massive Mobile, Ubiquitous, and Open Learning) which is being financed by the European Union over four years (2014-17). It analyses the pedagogic architecture of MOOC on pedagogic/educational subjects in Spanish over one academic year (September 2015-June 2016). The analysis focuses on five major dimensions from a qualitative perspective: subjects and the promoting institution, methodology, resources, type of videos, and evaluation. The results demonstrate the hegemony of subjects linked to the Society of Knowledge, such as the widespread use of traditional methodology based on video lessons (the “talking head” model). Communication tools are clearly underused and evaluation based on the use of questionnaires is dominant. The findings show the need for further research into MOOC based on a pedagogic approach such as the one adopted here.

Learning as Artifact Creation

Posted: September 21, 2017 in Moodle MOOC posts

An article in George Siemens blog on the creative affordances of Internet and the possibility of anyone creating and sharing digital artifacts nowadays. I would go further and think of Maker movement and all the physical connection to the virtual world possibilities – http://www.elearnspace.org/blog/2017/09/14/learning-as-artifact-creation/

«A stunning period web innovation occurred between 2000-2005: delicious, myspace, many blog platforms, flickr, wikis, etc. The gates were opened and everyone was a content creator and everything was subject to user creation. Everything was a possible social artifact. Take and share a picture. Post your thoughts on a blog. Tag and share valuable resources. The web had its velveteen rabbit moment and became real to people who had previously been unable to easy share their creative artifacts. Eventually we were blessed with the ugly stepchildren of this movement (Twitter, Facebook) that enabled flow of creative artifacts but in themselves where not primarily generative technologies. »