Digital Learning Blog

MOOCs: Promise and peril

By Edward Slingerland posted on June 11, 2015

In his second blog post, UBC Professor of Asian Studies Edward Slingerland looks at the benefits of sharing MOOC content, and the potential downsides this could bring about.

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The accidental MOOC-er

By Edward Slingerland posted on May 14, 2015

Unlike many, if not most, in the digital learning community, I stumbled into it more or less by accident. About a year ago I was approached by the Deans and asked whether or not I would be interested in applying to develop a lecture course I’ve long been teaching at UBC, Asia/Phil 371 "Foundations of Chinese Thought," as one of UBC’s first humanities MOOCs.

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Flexibility and the teacher-learner-institution triad

By Caroline Haythornthwaite posted on April 29, 2015

The term flexible learning is bandied about a lot these days, but what does it really mean? Does it signify a brave new transformation in approach and practice for teaching, learning and education, and if so, what kind of transformation is it?

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Time waits for no one

By Gregor Kiczales posted on April 15, 2015

Gartner calls it the trough of disillusionment: “Interest wanes as experiments and implementations fail to deliver..."

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Place of mind learning

By Gregor Kiczales posted on February 4, 2015

Today’s Vancouver Sun has an article by Yvonne Zacharias on CIBT Education Group‘s plans to convert a 17 story luxury hotel in downtown Vancouver into international student housing.

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Fusion courses: A new twist on lifelong education

By Gregor Kiczales posted on January 16, 2015

The traditional idea behind lifelong education is that as individuals progress through their lives they continue to return to school in some form to learn.

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How much active learning is enough?

By Gregor Kiczales posted on November 26, 2014

A couple of weeks ago I went to a parents’ information session at our kid’s school. When I walked into the room it was set up with round tables, half a dozen chairs at each table, and worksheets.

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THE, US News and LinkedIn?

By Gregor Kiczales posted on October 26, 2014

It’s ranking season, and Alex Usher had another post today about problems with ranking methodologies. There are many complaints about the rankings, but nonetheless colleges and universities take them seriously.

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EdX and professional education

By Gregor Kiczales posted on October 5, 2014

EdX just announced its latest initiative, in which they will offer Professional Education courses.

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Blurring and Pearson

By Gregor Kiczales posted on September 22, 2014

A recent article in Slate describes a situation in which students in two different US schools – a college and a university – are taking two different online psychology courses, from two different instructors. Sounds like a relatively ordinary situation.

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