I have really enjoyed studying and reading about the educational theories: behaviorist, cognitivist, constructivist and connectivist. To me, connectivism is what social media and networking is all about. I have been skimming through this massive document. It’s very overwhelming, but it stresses the importance of community knowledge instead of individual knowledge. I don’t know if I could convince my high school Calculus teacher that my C didn’t matter since there were people around me that knew more about math than me, but that’s not really the real world application. I know how to find information, and that’s the power, the social intelligence.
I get to speak with all kinds of people at work, which I love. There’s one area that is so afraid of eLearning. My contact over there said many of the faculty fear cheating (because it’s not happening in person? I thought) and want to have exam proctors. I asked a faculty member in my department about it, as he is teaching a very large (60+) online class this summer and I asked him he was afraid of cheating. He said no, he has huge tests that he administers on Blackboard and he randomizes the question selection. Students who cheat, he said, probably cheat in person as well, and that his tests teach the students how to find the information. He has problems remembering vocabulary words and facts every semester too, but he knows where to go to get the information, and if it’s from other students, that’s fine.
Inside Higher Ed did a study on faculty and online education, which I thought was pretty relevant. I did my EDUS660 paper on faculty involvement in the online education process, and like this particular survey, assessment is one of the biggest challenges that faculty see. I am looking forward to that module in a few weeks.
Found this great piece on blogging in school. It doesn’t have much to do with what we’re doing with our blogs, but gives tips if you plan to assign blogs as an instructor.
I also researched Peter Norvig a little more after the presentation this week and discovered he co-founded Udacity, an online science and technology educational organization. The classes are free and you can take a test (assessment) for a fee in order to “certify your skills.” One of the biggest differences between Udacity and other online education programs is that they pair with 20 companies and allow students to (pretty easily) submit their resume to one of these companies. While this is great for students, it’s a coup for companies who are looking to find knowledgeable employees with computer science experience. As someone who has over ten years of Human Resources experience, I am excited to think these about these online programs helping to find great employees with specialized skills.