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The Hype and Hope of MOOCs #moocdebate [Storified]

I sat on a panel yesterday at the OCLC Symposium in Philadelphia. The panel title: The Hype and Hope of MOOCs. The panel members: Bryan Alexander, Anya Kamenetz, Ray Schroeder, Cathy De Rosa, and me (facilitated by Skip Prichard). I was #teamhype all the way. The audience (library-folks) were #teamhope. I didn't have a prepared talk, so I've just storified my notes along with tweets from the event.

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Hack Education Weekly News: MOOC Research and More

In this week's news: MOOCs. MOOCs. MOOCs. Research about MOOCs. Research about Facebook. School shootings. Ridiculous statements from California Governor Jerry Brown about online education. Ridiculous suspension of email privileges at CSU Pueblo. No more formaldehyde in Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo. And other things that make you say, "Wait, what?"

Announcing "Educating Modern Learners"

Hey! I got a job! I'm the editor and lead writer for Educating Modern Learners, a new education website (launching in mid-February). I've written more thoughts about why I took the job over on my personal website.

Hack Education Weekly News: RIP "The Professor," RIP Net Neutrality?

In this week's news: MOOCs and anti-MOOCs, White House datapalooza's and summits on education, the acquisition of Chuck E Cheese by a private equity firm, startup funding announcements galore, a court ruling on "net neutrality," awards for professors Marvin Minsky and Jeff McClurken, research from the Pew Research Center on e-book readership, and the death of Gilligan Island's "Professor." (And more...)

Education APIs: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (API Days Paris 2013)

Oops, I forgot to post the notes from my talk in Paris in December when I spoke at API Days. I was the killjoy who said we might want to think not simply about the wonders of technology -- ooh! ahh! APIs -- but about the cultural and political implications of opening up data. Again, who owns education data? Also, I talked about Clint Eastwood. Don't ask. Just enjoy the slides...

The State of "Open" (2013)

Oops. I forgot to post my notes from a webinar I gave last year. I was asked to speak about "The State of OER" to AMICAL, a consortium of American liberal arts universities outside the US. No big surprise, I spoke about how MOOCs were dominating a lot of the discussion about "open education" - without actually being "open education" at all. Here are my slides and my notes.

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Hack Education Weekly News: The Polar Vortex

In this week's education news: school closures across the US due to brutally cold weather; a study into the reading levels of university football and basketball players; guilty pleas for those involved in the Atlanta Public Schools' cheating scandal; the passing of Amiri Baraka; more wackadoodle pronouncements from Maine's governor; a delay in New York state regarding inBloom; the LAUSD iPad saga continues; and the 12th anniversary of No Child Left Behind.

On Listing Education Innovators and Intellectuals

Three pronouncements this week. Three lists of innovators and intellectuals in education. From Forbes, its annual "30 Under 30" list.


Some ed-tech predictions for the new year. OK. Not really. I just spent the last 7 or 8 weeks writing at length about what I thought were the most important ed-tech trends of 2013. It's not as though any of those are going to stop being important because the calendar has flipped to 2014. But nor is it that any of these trends are "done deals." Ed-tech isn't inevitable. None of it. When we hear assertions of inevitability, I think we need to ask questions about why those predictions are being made.

Hack Education Weekly News: A Temporary Reprieve for City College of San Francisco in Accreditation Fight

For being the week between Christmas and New Year's, there was a surprising amount of news - and it wasn't all "let's bury this news at the end of the year while everyone's on holiday" either. News includes: a reprieve for CCSF in its accreditation woes, the release into the public domain of the Peeragogy Handbook, a pivot for Kaggle, a patent for Jaron Lanier, and more.

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