Reflection on LWMOOC3

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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at Learning with MOOCs III at the University of Pennsylvania. I missed the first year of the conference, but enjoyed presenting at the second event at Teachers College. Last year’s talk primarily focused on multiple pathways research coming out of the 2014 DALMOOC and I received some good feedback. This year, Matt Crosslin and I presented on multiple pathways/customizable modalities research that also included data from the 2015 HumanMOOC and ongoing work from my for-credit fully-online history courses at the University of Texas at Arlington. Our program session on Multiple Learning Pathways was full of lively discussion and I enjoyed hearing from the other presenters. From the questions, I could glean that most see the value in attempting this level of personalized learning, but simultaneously recognize the challenges. I am excited that I get to continue my research going forward (in particular collaborating with Dragan Gasevic, Nikola Milikic, and Kim Breuer.) For more information on customizable modalities pathways courses, please see Matt’s blog.

Here is the link to the rest of my post: http://jtdellinger.com/general/reflection-on-lwmooc3/

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LINK Goes to LWMOOCS!

  LINK invaded Philadelphia on October 6-7 for the third annual Learning with MOOCs Conference (LWMOOCs). Sponsored by the Online Learning Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania, LWMOOCS gathered some of the leading minds when it comes to online learning and MOOCs. Educators, technologists, researchers, … Continued

Are We About to See Virtual Reality Go “Mainstream”

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Virtual Reality seems to be everywhere I look now in technology news. Does this mean that VR is about to leap from “cool futuristic idea” to “mainstream tool that most people are familiar with”? We will see. Just in the past week alone: Sony Playstation finally released their long awaited VR headset and suit of games (with reviews not always being that glowing), Occulus Rift released a pair of controllers (that did earn glowing reviews), Walmart started selling a headset/controller combo that turns your smartphone into a VR device for $19.98 (made out of plastic instead of cardboard), and a VR model was used to convict a Nazi War criminal. The real educational potential will be more in allowing learners to design their own experiences in VR, from creating 3-D models that they can then walk around virtually to designing and releasing various games and simulations.

Welcome to the New Site!

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LINK is looking a lot different these days! As you may have noticed, the website has been totally revamped for easier navigation and continuous updates pertaining to the various projects within LINK. Make sure to check out the “Projects” page to see what our researchers and … Continued

Five Days of Pokemon (or So I Thought)

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After Pokemon Go came out, I prepared myself for the onslaught of articles pertaining to the application of the game to education. Audrey Watters best summed up my feelings in a singe tweet:

Oh god. Someone has already written the “how Pokemon Go will revolutionize education” article

— Audrey Watters (@audreywatters) July 10, 2016

Regardless, I decided to see if there was any substance to the notion and I started playing on July 27. I planned to play for just five days and finish on the 31st, but life was extremely busy at the time and I kept playing past my self-imposed deadline. Most of the aforementioned articles popped up in July and August (ex: http://www.tcea.org/blog/pokemon-go/, http://www.edutopia.org/discussion/educational-potential-pokemon-go, http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/08/03/educators-weigh-learning-value-of-pokemon-go.html and my contribution is definitely late to the game. My post highlights my positive and negative experiences, as well as a few ways that an educator could consider utilizing the app. Here is some more information if you have the inkling!

Happy hunting!

 

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