October 30, 2013
Rebranding: "MOOC" to "CaS"
Inside Higher Ed,
October 29, 2013
"It is a losing battle to get people to stop conflating MOOCs with online learning," writes Joshua Kim, so "We need to change the language. We need to rebrand... The thing formerly known as a MOOC will now be called a CaS. CaS: Course at Scale." Yes. Well. You can call what you are doing a CaS, but what I am doing does not need rebranding. And maybe it might be better to reflect on the forces that cause this rift from the original vision.
The Tragegdy of L&D
October 27, 2013
Although I think 'affective context' is a bit of a homonculus theory (nick shackleton-jones writes, "I propose that learning is the process by which people attach emotional (or affective) sense to information" - which makes me think of a MiniMe running around inside my brain 'tagging' information) there is an undeniable relation between emotional importance and retention of memories. So I agree when he says, "if you really wanted someone to care about something - and I accept that this is a noble aspiration - you wouldn't do it by dumping content on them." I think (as he does) that it needs to come up in context. Preferably a number of times. (I'm afraid his diagram, which has no scale or y-axis at all, is opaque to me). See also David Price’s book Open: How We’ll Work, Live and Learn in the Future, along with Will Richardson's commentary.
The economy shifted years ago
Personal Due Diligence,
October 26, 2013
Some interesting points in this article. The premise is, 90 percent of the economy is based on small business. Half the people in Toronto work for themselves; their enterprise is the smallest possible size. OK, suppose that's true (I couldn't say one way or another). Two things become worth asking:
- "Why... don’t [we] teach all of this in high school: how to run a business, how to set up a venture, how to examine situations and look for opportunities," and
- "Small business life and honking big piles of debt left over from school don’t go together (you’ll need that for growing a venture)."
I remember Teemu Arina telling me that business development was a major part of his education. I know that it was a minimal part of mine. That's still OK - it was more important, in my case, to pursue philosophy.
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