Category Archives: MOOCs

Massive Open Online Courses are a development in educational technology, which is an interest of mine.

Python MOOCs: The ultimate show-down!

These days, there are several dozen ways to learn to code online.  Python, in particular, is the language of choice for several online courses.  This has allowed me to “shop around” for the online tool or tools that suit me … Continue reading

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Massive Open Online Courses and your Non-profit

I have been following with great interest the excitement over the last year about Massive Open Online courses.  MOOCs, as they are called, are classes offered by well-known faculty members for free through online platforms like Coursera, edX and Udacity. … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on video and teaching

Satirists at The Onion take on the ubiquitous Ted Talks. In Time Magazine, online education entrepreneur Salman Khan writes: Each school day, millions of students move in unison from classroom to classroom where they listen to 50- to 90-minute lectures. Despite … Continue reading

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Success in MOOCs, step 4: Cluster

This post is part of a series that expands on Dave Cormier’s Youtube video “Success in a MOOC” and applies his advice to the upcoming Mechanical MOOC about the Python programming language.  Cormier breaks down online learning success into five steps: Orient, Declare, Network, Cluster … Continue reading

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Success in MOOCs, step 3b: Networking and the Mechanical MOOC

This post is part of a series that expands on Dave Cormier’s Youtube video “Success in a MOOC” and applies his advice to the upcoming Mechanical MOOC about the Python programming language.  Cormier breaks down online learning success into five steps: Orient, Declare, Network, Cluster … Continue reading

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Success in MOOCs, step 3a: Network

This post is part of a series that expands on Dave Cormier’s Youtube video “Success in a MOOC” and applies his advice to the upcoming Mechanical MOOC about the Python programming language.  Cormier breaks down online learning success into five steps: Orient, Declare, Network, Cluster … Continue reading

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Success in MOOCs, step 2: Declare Yourself

This post is part of a series that expands on Dave Cormier’s Youtube video “Success in a MOOC” and applies his advice to the upcoming Mechanical MOOC about the Python programming language.  Cormier breaks down online learning success into five steps: Orient, Declare, Network, Cluster … Continue reading

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