by Stephen Downes
Oct 02, 2015
MOOCs: A Toolbox for Course Designers?
educational technology & change,
This makes me happy: "The most significant breakthrough is anywhere-anytime learning, which automatically eliminates the space and time barriers that traditional classrooms represent. Completely online courses already do this, but MOOCs are rattling the concrete and steel infrastructure that has defined course development in higher ed for the last century.... MOOCs are a liberating force, adding options to their palette that they couldn’t imagine just a few years ago." It comes in the context of an interview with FutureLearn CEO Jonathan Moules.
Innovation in Your Classroom
This is less a report and more a list of activities and resources available to teachers in Europe to foster innovation in their classrooms. The document lists a number of online courses, webinars, and teacher communities such as Scientix - "that supports the exchanges of ideas, practices and experiences essential for the teaching of STEM to be fresh, relevant and engaging."
A tumor stole every memory I had. This is what happened when it all came back
This is an excellent article in its own right, but additionally offers an interesting glimpse into the formation and recovery of memories. What I found most interesting was that memories can be formed without their being perceived (of course, it takes a misbehaving tumour to make this happen), and additionally, that when the memories are finally rediscovered, they're "a type of freak-show journey through a wasteland of aberrant experience over which I had no control" where one memory follows another over and over until the associative trail is exhausted. I think remembering and experiencing are two sides of the same phenomenon, and this account reinforces that belief.
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