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Can We Design Online Learning Platforms That Feel More Intimate Than Massive?

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They know that when it comes to learning and productivity, space matters. An entire graduate course at Stanford University explores the principles for designing spaces that support learning. Yet most of our energy has been focused on designing physical learning spaces, even as more teaching and learning shifts online. Unfortunately, most massive open online course (MOOC) platforms still feel like drafty lecture halls instead of intimate seminar rooms.

The Professor Who Quit His Tenured Job to Make Podcasts and Lecture Videos

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That’s one question we had for Kevin deLaplante, who did just that when he left Iowa State University in 2015 to focus on running his Argument Ninja Podcast and teaching courses on his online Critical Thinker Academy , both aimed at bringing concepts from his scholarship to a popular audience. So we also asked deLaplante what he thinks about the broader landscape of online education that he’s part of. EdSurge: What got you started making online courses on your own?

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What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

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The exercise was part of “Civic Online Reasoning,” a series of news-literacy lessons being developed by Stanford researchers and piloted by teachers at a few dozen schools. High School social studies teacher. Sign up for our newsletter to get a weekly update on blended learning.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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In 2012, Pearson, Cengage Learning, and Macmillan Higher Education sued Boundless Learning, claiming that the open education textbook startup had “stolen the creative expression of their authors and editors, violating their intellectual-property rights.” Online Grade Portals.

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Chalkbeat : “After flying under the radar, school districts’ online programs attract attention – and scrutiny.” ” Via Techcrunch : “ Amazon opens its internal machine learning courses to all for free.” ” “Stop Asking About Completion Rates: Better Questions to Ask About MOOCs in 2019,” says Edsurge.

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” Via the Journal Sentinel : “More than 300 Kettle Moraine parents sign petition against online learning platform.” ” That’s a school district in Wisconsin , and the learning software in question is the Summit Learning Platform , created by the Summit charter school chain and built by Facebook and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). We just learned it was a fraud.”

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Via The Texas Tribune : “ Texas State Board of Education rejects Mexican-American studies textbook.” ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Via The New York Times : “ Udacity , an Online Learning Start-Up, Offers Tech Job Trials.” Related, from the Social Media Collective : “Spike in Online Gig Work : Flash in the Pan or Future of Employment?” Firefly Learning has raised $5.63

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update April 22nd The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn.and change. Carl Rogers The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn--and even how we think about learning.

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Via NBC : “ Arizona : Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination In Mexican American Studies Ban Back in Court.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” The LA Times asks , “ In this digital self-help age, just how effective are MasterClass ’s A-list celebrity workshops?” Important thoughts here on social emotional learning and structural racism. “ Will Virtual Reality Drive Deeper Learning ?”

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