This winter break and holidays have been an ideal time for me to work on my MA research, which focuses on power and ideological borders within MOOC interfaces. Having already written about 40% of the anticipated 15,000-word thesis essay, I find my interest and desire to learn about MOOCs grow stronger each time I come … Continue reading How are We MOOCing?
To Write or Not to Write: Should We Get Rid of College Essays?
This morning, I woke up to a heated discussion on the WPA (Writing Program Administration) listserv around Rebecca Schuman's latest article, "The End of the College Essay," on Slate. Essentially, Schuman thinks instructors hate grading college papers just as much as how their students hate writing those papers: So you know what else is a … Continue reading To Write or Not to Write: Should We Get Rid of College Essays?
Virtual Cocktail Party: Can Online Education Teach Social Skills?
Those of you who have been around me probably know that my research interests revolve around digital rhetoric and online pedagogy, especially the development of MOOCs, or massive open online courses. This summer, I took a composition MOOC offered on Coursera, delivered by Georgia Tech, as part of my research in digital rhetoric. Following a phenomenological approach, … Continue reading Virtual Cocktail Party: Can Online Education Teach Social Skills?
Getting a Foreign Education for Free*
MOOCs, or massive open online courses, are not only a valuable platform for aspiring students to get a taste of ivy league education, they are also an alternative for professional development. As I continue to study the benefits of this 21st century pedagogical movement and its impact on global education, it is my hope to … Continue reading Getting a Foreign Education for Free*
Preparing for the MOOCacolypse – Now Available on SlideShare!
Part One of the MOOC panel at 2013 Computers and Writing (@cwcon). Summarizes current Composition MOOCs and identifies differences with traditional composition courses. Presented on a panel with Matt Barton and Jack Hennes.