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by Stephen Downes
Nov 08, 2016

What European Leaders in EdTech Think of the State of MOOCs
Yoni Dayan, Class Central, 2016/11/08


I like this three part series (part 1, part 2, part 3) on MOOCs from Class Central. Yes, it's true the term MOOC is being phased out (trend 6). But people are still doing online learning, and even open online learning, and they're doing it in numbers greater than ever before, and MOOCs have found their place (trend 1). They are becoming more diverse, and incorporating more toold (trend 4) and by now they are beginning to professionalize (trend 5).

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Collectively Flourishing
Randy Swearer, EdTech Digest, 2016/11/08

Some good thoughts with respect to maker spaces (quoted):

Accdording to Swearer, "The collaborative environment makerspaces create helps students develop a sense of empowerment and resourcefulness. Thus, they acquire the desire and ability to create change through making."

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Network-based assessment in education
David Gibson, Contemporary Issues in Technology, Teacher Education, 2016/11/08


Good article that anticipates the sort off network evaluations modern technologies now make possible online. From 2003 but relevant today. "The new technology enhanced conception of assessment stands in contrast to the traditional view of assessments as 'tests' of knowledge remembered. Instead, the new perspective on assessment seeks to create a body of “evidence” of usable and available knowledge observed in natural settings of the learner." Exactly.

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