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Olga Firssova

First impressions and more: more about MOOCs

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In a recent blog my colleague Alessandra Antonacci  used a beautiful metaphor to illustrate what MOOCs might be missing – personalization, contextualizing. The swan metaphor illustrated what the context can do to enhance or destroy the idea that we have of something, also stresses the importance of the first encounter, the first impression and what it can mean in the context of learning from MOOCs and for MOOC design. I’ll use this metaphor to finally start some practitioner’s sketches about the MOOCs that are designed and delivered by the Welten Instute on EMMA platform, a MOOC about Adolescent Brain and a MOOC on Formative Assessment. Both…

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About Open Education, MOOCs and the blogs by the Learning Innovation Lab collective.

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Open education and MOOCs are definitely the predominant theme in the of the new Lilab collective blogs. To start with the most recent one by Martine Schophuizen: Martine illustrates the recent history of Open Education with the metaphor of academic knowledge building – standing on the shoulders of giants. Google scholar has been using the words ascribed to Isaac Newton as a motto from the very start. An appropriate metaphor for the service that provides access to academic publications, thus opening up knowledge sources. MOOCs and other open education initiatives open up knowledge by giving access to learning and sharing…

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A tool for writers – improve your writing with a Carnegie Mellon prose style tool

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The last days of June I spent  at a most interesting conference titled “Building bridges through academic writing: Research, policy and practice”.  The conference was hosted by Mofet institute in Tel Aviv. Two intensive days of presentations, discussions and networking  were indeed mostly about research on academic writing (three very interesting and thought provoking keynotes and quite some very inspiring presentations) and  the practice of teaching academic writing in higher education, in general and in teacher education in particular. Policy issues were also presented as well as the notion of bridges between research and practice, between domains, institutions and (research)…

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