Tim recently began working through an open online course through Peer 2 Peer University, a website that allows anyone to take courses completely free. They have a partnership with Mozilla to run the School of Webcraft and are currently piloting the Open Badge System through that space, so it seemed like a good time to jump in and see what it was all about. Here are some brief reflections 2 weeks in.
Quite possibly the largest MOOC ever with 145,000 students has begun at Stanford and Tim Owens is participating within that group. In this episode he gives viewers a look at the interface and Jim and Tim talk about some of the potential pitfalls and downsides of trying to scale a community of that size to create meaningful discussion and interaction. Oh yeah, and there’s badges!
Today we had the pleasure talking with Zach Whalen, an Assistant Professor of English at UMW who is doing some really innovative work integrating social media in his courses. Find out how he’s using Reddit to have students develop rhetorical skills by gaining upvotes, as well as his work with graphic novels, augmented reality, and typography in video games.
Today we go behind the scenes with Michael Branson Smith who is the T.A. for Professor Oliver Lindenbrook where they are teaching a course on Digital Storytelling out of CUNY. We get to talk a little bit about his wardrobe as well as his plans for the course and the amazing setup they have there.
DTLT has the unique opportunity this coming Spring to develop and teach 2 courses under the American History program at UMW. Earlier today we opened up the live stream and asked our Twitter followers to help us conceptualize what those courses could look like. On today’s episode we recap what we’ve come up with and stumble upon a few more ideas as well.