Edfuture Daily Newsletter
November 11, 2012
Distributed Research: new models of inquiry (Nov 12- 18)
Introduction - Week Six
Distributed research, or more generally, open science, reflect the next logical progression of the internet’s influence on higher education. Early 2000’s saw the development of open content. Since 2008, teaching in open online courses has gained prominence. Distributed research labs and open science represent the next stage of development of openness in education.
Developing the knowledge of a discipline is a complex process. Currently, new ideas are developed and shared through peer review and peer publications. This process takes time. Years of research are followed by a long cycle of formal peer review and publication. It is not unusual for articles, after they’ve been written, to take 2+ years to be published. During this process, conference presentations and interactions with peers may open new discoveries to critique and review. Even then, discoveries require long periods of work in isolation (or in small labs) followed by publication years later. Responses to those publications, through other researchers validating results and building on the initial research, can take an additional multi-year cycle. Research that is shared early, iteratively, and with engagement through blogs and social media can benefit from the benefit from the small contributions of many (or, in the language of open source software, with many eyeballs, “all bugs are shallow”).
Readings & Resources - Week Six
Michael Nielsen, Open Science TEDxWaterloo video 16:36
Principles of Open Science from Science Commons (pdf)
Michael Nielsen, The Future of Science
Martin Weller, The Digital Scholar
In particular, read the chapter on researchers and new technology
Example of a distributed research lab: http://www.distributedlab.net/
Activities - Week Six
As we conclude this course, reflect on the topics covered and the implications on the future of education. While bold proclamations have been issued by pundits regarding dramatic disruptions to higher education, change in complex fields is multifaceted. Many of the innovations considered - such as MOOCs - appear to add a layer to higher education, rather than replace the entire system of research, service, teaching, and scholarship. As you consider the future of education, reflect on what an integrated system of universities might look like when some components, such as teaching and learning, are distributed and online and other components, such as curriculum and testing, are handled by corporate partners.
Share your reflections and comments on your blog or in the Week Six Discussion Forum
Participants' Blog Posts
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MOOCs, Inference & Political Punditry
Rolin Moe, All MOOCs, All The Time
One US Presidential Election takeaway of note for me was the perception of veracity in the Republican party’s projections. When I woke up on Tuesday morning and read Nate Silver’s ultimate blog post at fivethirtyeight.com, I relayed to my wife that for President Obama to lose, there would have to be a foundational problem with [...] [Link]
Sun, 11 Nov 2012 17:43:03 +0000
MOOCs – Sliced Bread, or the Ron Popeil Bread Slicer?
Rolin Moe, All MOOCs, All The Time
There’s a lot of hype about MOOCs (and when I put hype and MOOC together, I mean xMOOC), and with the hype comes a resistance from ed tech folks. The arguments go something like this: hype machine says MOOCs are the next big thing and the best thing to happen in ages, and resistance says MOOCs aren’t great, [...] [Link]
Sun, 11 Nov 2012 07:33:49 +0000
If you use the 'CFHE12' tag on Twitter, your Twitter posts will be collected and listed here.
: Analítica de la Twitteresfera. Entendiendo "la foto" del evento http://t.co/hKK8bIx7
OPENBLOCKNuevo postCLOSEBLOCK @omiratia
tweeted: RT @rhollingsworth
: RT @alexpickett
Coursera will profit from "Free" courses #CFHE12 http://t.co/fy5ateEa
... so much for the revolution... 2012-11-12T01:51:20Z@rhollingsworth
tweeted: RT @alexpickett
Coursera will profit from "Free" courses, competition heats up #CFHE12 http://t.co/vJ8Xsnk8 #onlinelearning #highered
tweeted: Tiffany Shlain, Thinkr VIDEO This Is Your Brain On The Internet @CreativityPost #CFHE12 http://t.co/kWlDC4cv
tweeted: Connectivist MOOCs said to be "populated by committed e-learning enthusiasts and remain untested ..." http://t.co/vSxkTaj2 #cfhe12
tweeted: Additional readings and thoughts to ponder added to the final week content for #CFHE12
(Updated from earlier today) 2012-11-11T22:10:06Z@koutropoulos
tweeted: "data does not speak for itself" - amen to that! :) #cfhe12
tweeted: listening to Nov6 #cfhe12
recording with J. Hilton 2012-11-11T19:27:03Z@koutropoulos
tweeted: standardizationa and commoditization are not the same thing (just saying) #cfhe12
tweeted: commodization and education are a bit like oil and water #cfhe12
tweeted: so many consultants in higher ed ;-) #cfhe12
tweeted: organizational culture pointed to (yet again) as a major issue in change management :-) #cfhe12
tweeted: Agreed! Institutions need to find what they are good at and focus on that. differentiation is key to competition and recruitment #cfhe12
tweeted: Hilton is talking as if "online" is new... online learning has been here for a decade already #cfhe12
tweeted: golden triangle seems to be ignored in this tall :) #cfhe12
tweeted: quality will go up, pricing will go down, everyone will rejoice! #sarcasm #cfhe12
tweeted: catching up with Nov1 Simon Buckingham #cfhe12
tweeted: AASCU great response by Leadership to changes in Education #CFHE12 #Technology #Leadership
- slide pack was helpful too 2012-11-11T20:26:06Z@KAGE999
tweeted: Caught up on the talk by VP/CIO @ University of Virginia - interesting principles on dealing with change #CFHE12 #Education #Leadership
tweeted: catching up with Nov1 live session with Haythornwaithe #cfhe12
tweeted: catching up on most recent #cfhe12
tweeted: credit for people taking MOOCs. Interesting, but assessment still lacking in all MOOCs #cfhe12
tweeted: Universities; providers of courses? or accreditation? or...? #cfhe12
tweeted: blended courses, flipped classrooms and MOOCs seem to be the buzzwords in this lecture #cfhe12
tweeted: #CFHE12 #Oped12 #MOOC
emerging as Landscape of Change – Part 1 | Learner Weblog http://t.co/GzyDDsS5
tweeted: Week 6 #CFHE12
information about Open Science is posted at https://t.co/c5fhjJrw
looking forward to it :) #cfhe12
tweeted: Online, Professors Are Famous for a New Reason: Teaching #MOOC #CFHE12 http://t.co/RfVakwVA
tweeted: The implications for libraries of recent global trends in open online education http://t.co/9hlq9LAZ
via @zite #oped12 #cfhe12
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More to come!
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