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.
This week Georgia Tech announced a very revealing and draconian interpretation of FERPA, the law meant to protect student data, and by doing so removed all previous course content from a managed wiki server on that campus. Edtech folks are abuzz with the news and wondering of its implications on the practice of open online learning and constructivist teaching practices. We sit down to talk about it on DTLT Today.
There have been many conversations recently about the direction of the LMS market and the future of the LMS as a viable platform for running a course. Companies are touting new “open” features and newer startups are pushing for a lot of change in that space. Another side of the argument says that we should ditch the LMS in favor of open tools on the web. In this episode we are joined by a group of folks to find out their thoughts on where they see higher education moving and whether the LMS deserves to be ditched or simply improved on.
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!
We were lucky to get Cole Camplese on Skype today to talk about the extreme flooding and damage to his hometown of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Cole has been blogging about the damage there and the interesting situation where the local news, Press Enterprise, is unwilling to open their paywall for outsiders looking for information about what is going on there.