Blended learning –the strategic combination of face-to-face and online learning experiences– is growing in popularity within higher education and K-12 settings.
Well, now there is a free MOOC intended to provide assistance when developing and designing blended learning courses. “BlendKit2014 – Becoming a Blended Learning Designer” is a five-week MOOC that starts in April 21. It is offered on Canvas.net by Educause and the University of Central Florida.
The creators will share the valuable tools, information and methods that have developed during the past two decades. The course involves:
Readings from scholarly works pertaining to blended learning
Document templates and practical step-by-step “how to” guides
Regular interactions with facilitators and students
Expert and peer assessment and critique on design work
Participants may choose to pursue a credential from the Universal Central Florida/EDUCAUSE as ”Certified Blended Learning Designer”, as well as digital badge that can be linked to their EDUCAUSE profile and displayed on professional and social networks. For that the will need to submit a portfolio review –available for an $89 fee.
This is the main conclusion of a survey conducted by the OpenDaylight Project and Gigaom among 600 IT decision makers in North America.
The main reason why enterprises want open source technology is the potential cost savings and freedom of choice. Organizations want also systems that follow industry standards, which improve system interoperability and reduce vendor lock-in. OpenDaylight Project concludes that “open source projects can create de facto standards through common code development.
Harvard Business School has developed a new learning platform called HBX, that uses technology that complements Harvard and MIT’s edX venture platform.
HBX incorporates real-word case studies, interactive tools and a “cold call” feature where students must answer questions on the spot while their peers rate their response. Soon it will introduce HBX Live, a virtual classroom that allows remote participants to interact directly with one another.
The first offering on the HBX platform consists of three non-credit courses Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting. It is designed for undergraduate students, graduate students in non-business fields and people just starting business careers. The fee for the program is $1,500 per student.
“Our offerings must be highly differentiated from existing alternatives. Our challenge is to establish a standard for excellence in online business education and pedagogy, just as we have established the standard for excellence in our case method classrooms,” says Dean Nitin Nohria.
Linux OS runs Google, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, Amazon, Android phones and tablets; it powers 94 percent of the world’s supercomputers, 9 out of the 10 of the world’s stock exchanges and increasingly cars, TVs and appliances. Linux is everywhere!
This “Introduction to Linux”, run by the Linux Foundation, course has attracted over 40,000 registrations in just four days.
Demand for Linux talent is on the rise. This course sounds like a great deal!
We are now in a huge production for Francisco de Vitoria University, in Spain, and we want to share our experience. (The picture above shows Professor Ángel Sánchez-Palencia during a recording of a MOOC about Antropology).
Pre-production is key. We plan lesson content carefully before jumping to the ground.
Post-production is equally important. We add lots of images, b-roll and graphic resources. We don’t want to display just a talking head.
We avoid studio recording. We like videos produced with a personal feel, filmed in informal settings.
We encourage and train instructors to speak with a high enthusiasm and fairly quickly. We want them to bring out their enthusiasm as educators.
Why people believe weird things, how they form and change opinions, how we can make better decision. These are the answers that this course explores: The Science of Everyday Thinking.
This course, on the edX.org platform, went live at the beginning of March. So far it has attracted over 100,000 –including myself.
From the course-design view, this is a sample of how to capture and hold the interest of thousand of people worldwide.
The approach has been to film unscripted, real conversations with several interesting people across a variety of topic, and to film ‘lecture’ content in different, everyday locations, following a documentary style.
Creators traveled the globe to film conversations with some clever people including Daniel Kahneman, who won the Nobel Prize in economic science, Elizabeth Loftus who pioneered the study of false memories, Ian Frazer who developed a cervical cancer vaccine, and even the MythBusters about testing claims and distinguishing between fact and fiction.
“We met 22 leading thinkers from across the world and combined hundreds of hours of conversations, demonstrations, and assessment into short, highly polished episodes on how to evaluate claims, learn and remember information better, and ultimately make smarter decisions,” creators explain.