An Inside Look at Duke University’s MOOC Initiative

Jimmy Daly, Jul 04, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interview with Randy Riddle, a Duke University technology consultant who for 11 years has worked on Duke's explorations of online learning. One interesting thing caught my eye: "The one piece of hardware that almost never fails to engage students is a whiteboard — anything that gets students in a classroom to get out of their seats, talking to each other, debating and solving problems creates a dynamic class experience." I've found using the whiteboard in Elluminate (Blackboard Collaborate) has had a similar effect (though on another platform the students were pleading "no, please, not the whiteboard", so your YMMV). Here's one of his blog posts about a critical reasoning course called Think Again. It's interesting to note the Facebook groups that grew surrounding this Coursera course.

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