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2 more MOOCs…

I registered for 2 more Moocs I’m sure I won’t keep up with, but it’s interesting to see how they are organized & if I don’t at least post them here, I probably won’t ever even find them again, so here there are:

Learning Design For 21st Century Curriculum (OLDS Mooc): http://www.olds.ac.uk/the-course

Intro to Databases: http://class2go.stanford.edu/db/Winter2013

Happy to be spending the day at a “Flipping the classroom” Nercomp SIG
today. Especially happy to see two of my faculty colleagues here & a full session – maybe 100 people. I have the attendee list in email, but don’t want to violate everyone’s privacy by posting it here.  Very interesting group of folks.

I’m taking notes in Notability on iPad, instead of in this post as I’ve done in the past, I don’t see any real advantage in the wifi is good.

My notes from the day.

Agenda:  http://nercomp.org/index.php?section=events&evtid=204&eventsubpage=flip_agenda



There’s a new faculty-initiated group at Tufts called STREAM (Sharing Technology for Research, Education, and new Media) & my colleagues & I will join their meeting this afternoon.

Rather than print out resources (this is supposed to be NEW media, after all, right?) I thought I’d just post them here, so here they are – just a small collection of items that I think will contribute to the discussion & the group.

A few annotation-specific resources
Open Annotation Community Group
Group working “towards a common, RDF-based, specification for annotating digital resources.” http://www.w3.org/community/openannotation

Digital Library Federation – Session on Using Open Annotation (scroll down for slides)


Working With Text In A Digital Age
Just-published article in our Teaching, Learning, Research (TLR) newsletter by Chris Strauber, Humanities Research and Instruction Librarian, Tisch Library. https://wikis.uit.tufts.edu/confluence/display/TLR/Fall+2012+-+Working+with+Text+in+a+Digital+Age

Some general resources for faculty about teaching & learning

Teaching at Tufts
Site created & maintained jointly by CELT & ESTS, designed to provide teaching and learning resources for faculty at different stages of their careers and across diverse disciplines and fields at Tufts. http://sites.tufts.edu/teachtufts/

Carnegie Mellon, Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of Technology for Education
Great teaching & learning resource for higher education faculty. http://www.cmu.edu/teaching/index.html

University of Illinois, Center for Teaching Excellence
(Blessedly) short list of books, journals, listservs, & other resources for University faculty. cte.illinois.edu/resources/books.html

POD-IDEA Center Notes on Learning
Succinct papers to “to support improved student learning”. http://www.theideacenter.org/research-and-papers/pod-idea-center-notes-learning

Overview paper about active learning:

Active Learning Strategies in Face-to-Face Courses
Great short overview of the why, what, & how of active learning. http://www.theideacenter.org/research-and-papers/idea-papers/53-active-learning-strategies-face-face-courses

Another MOOC

Just signed up to “participate” in my third MOOC, thanks to inspiration from my colleagues. I wonder if I’ll do more than watch this one go by & appreciate access to resources (since that’s mostly all I did with the last two). Interesting experiment in what it takes to engage me. At least I have the links all in this blog, so if I remember to look here, I’ll be able to find them later.


5 Minutes of Fame:


Had an interesting morning volunteering at the registration desk & a lovely lunch, plus a visit to the 16th floor for posters, inter actives, art exhibits & an amazing view of the Charles river.

In my first session now, Mediathread from the folks at Columbia’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. Pretty cool tool. Libraries of content (databases, public sites, etc) plus tools for annotating/analyzing them & user-generated content. Fun to explore it in the session.

The Mediathread team is looking for others with interest & has tried to help others get it installed & integrated with authentication systems.

Apple session on challenge based learning. Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT), v2.

6 design principles:
1. 21st century skills
2. Relevant & applied curriculum
3. Informative Assessments
4. Culture of Creativity & Inmovation
5. Social & Emotional connection
6. 24/7 Access


Inspiring movie, “Blindsight”.

Framework components: starts with a big idea (eg Resilience), distill central question (ie how do we better support each other during times of hardship, then The Challenge (start asking questions), action research, what questions do we need to answer, guiding activities & resources, handing off the majority of the ownership to the students. Faculty guide & redirect. Solution needs to be something the student can try.


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