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August 2, 2012

The Online Pecking Order
Steve Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed, August 2, 2012.

2012-08-02Article overviewing institutional responses to MOOCs, including the possibility of institutions offering credit for work done in MOOCs elsewhere. "At this point, converting MOOCs to credit might seem more trouble than it is worth, says Garrett, the Eduventures analyst. 'If you have to jump through an extra four hoops … the cost-benefit analysis starts to become difficult,' he says. 'It just seems rather longwinded and therefore not as appealing.'"

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The tragedy of algebra - millions of lost hours
Doug Johnson, Blue Skunk Blog, August 1, 2012.

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There are bits of mathematics I never studied and now with I had - the whole logic of matrices, for example. because I see the symbols and concepts applied in network theory. Calculus, however, which I did learn, I found zero use for. Algebra was a bit useful, but I have never once needed to solve a quadratic equation in 20 years as a scientist and researcher. Probability has been useful, and better grounding in statistics would have been helpful. I learned binary and hexadecimal math on my own, and this was quite useful.  My conclusion? It's a bit hit-and-miss picking what advanced concepts in mathematics will be useful 20 years in the future. Knowing this, it seems wrong-headed to try to pick one or two and make them mandatory for all high school students.

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Reality is Broken (is broken)
Tom, Bionic Teaching, August 1, 2012.

Nothing like a good old-fashioned take-down. "Reading Reality is Brokenby Jane McGonigal... I find myself vacillating between anger and nausea (despite liking isolated elements)." Heh. The best bit: "'There is zero unemployment in World of Warcraft.' There is also zero unemployment in Disney Land. What a stupid, stupid thing to bother writing." p.s. 'Tom', how about a last name, if you're going to be reviewing stuff?

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Donald Clark, Big Dog, Little Dog, August 1, 2012.

ADDIE - it's like a zombie that just won't die. Donald Clark writes, "When the first version of ADDIE appeared in 1975 it was strictly a linear or waterfall method. The first four phases (analysis, design, development, and implementation) were to be performed in a sequential manner... but in fact are highly interrelated and typically not performed in a linear but in an iterative and cyclic fashion... other components may be added to it on an as-needed-basis.... thus it became ADDIE 3.0."

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