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Marc Lentini, Malapert on, Jan 10, 2013
One of my side goals for taking an online class (MOOC or otherwise) is to force myself to find an effective workflow for online reading. I've never really found a sweet spot of comfortable reading, note-taking/highlighting, quick and easy reference back to the notes/highlights to review (or write a blog post), and preservation of the original reading. So far, this is what I've come up with: Click on the reading. Save a PDF of the web page (or the actual PDF, depending on how it’s done) ... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 09:42:00 -0400 [Comment]

Competency and (vs?) Creativity
Marc Lentini, Malapert on, Jan 10, 2013
It's strange how I remember a particular example from 10th grade geometry, now several years after my 20th reunion. The question was whether two lines that were not parallel would absolutely have to intersect at some point. The answer, of course, (of course!) was no. If they're in different planes, they don't have to. The diagram involved one line going up and down the page, and a second line, oblique to that one but not intersecting. In various settings, I've been a party to conversations ... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 15:40:00 -0400 [Comment]

Analytics and Action
Marc Lentini, Malapert on, Jan 10, 2013
I was talking two different languages this morning with our Institutional Researcher. She's currently in the market for tools that make sense of SIS data in ways that look a lot like predictive analytics for at-risk student populations. I was talking about using Angel (our current LMS/VLE) for real-time-ish early warning. Specifically, Angel can be set so a report of performance on an assessment is delivered to an instructor's email box. Simon Buckingham Shun's presentation to #CFHE12 ... Fri, 02 Nov 2012 14:21:00 -0400 [Comment]

Competency and (vs?) Creativity, Part 2
Marc Lentini, Malapert on, Jan 10, 2013
If there's a fault in the recent narrative about xMOOCs revolutionizing education, it's oversimplification. Come to think of it, that's a fault in almost any discussion about changing education. In particular, each new "innovation" is presented as a one-size-fits-all, winner-take-all proposition. Yesterday's post about competency- vs. creativity-based learning is a good example. Although that sounds like a committee solution -- "why don't we do both!" -- there's space for multiple ... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:55:00 -0400 [Comment]

CFHE12 Survey Response
Marc Lentini, Malapert on, Jan 10, 2013
Eleni Boursinou and team are studying "learning through networks... to surface strategies that adult learners use for their learning in the context of the CFHE12." The survey asks: What impact has your participation in the CFHE12 Massive Open Online Course had on you or your work? We'd like to hear a story (a short narrative) of something that changed for you through participation in the CFHE12 MOOC. It might be a new set of collaborators, a changed approach, understanding of new concepts,... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 12:25:00 -0500 [Comment]

Denominators Matter
Marc Lentini, Malapert on, Oct 15, 2012
In other parts of my life, I'm a big fan of Lenore Skenazy's Free-Range Kids and Bruce Schneier's take on security. Skenazy writes about risks to kids, vs. perceived risks to kids. Schneier writes in a similar vein about terrorism. For instance, we drive kids to school to protect them from being killed by strangers, but statistics show about 50 kids are killed by strangers annually, and 1400 are killed as car passengers. (And there are 70 million kids in the US. Someone else ... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:45:00 -0400 [Comment]

First, examine your assumptions
Marc Lentini, Malapert on, Oct 15, 2012
I was trying to explain CFHE12 to someone the other day, and they posed the challenge: "Is higher ed really failing?" And it took me a while to respond. Higher education institutions continue to do many great things. We continue to turn out graduates, many of whom turn out to be highly successful at what they set out to do. Universities continue to create fascinating basic research, advanced technologies, new knowledge in many fields. And yes, the news loves a good exception: a corrupt ... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:58:00 -0400 [Comment]

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