How should MOOC designers respond to student silence?

I just finished doing a PGCert in Digital Education, and I thought I'd post a few of things I wrote for it here. This essay was written in April 2016 for the course Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning. A teacher in a secondary school classroom raises her voice above the chatter. “Ok everyone, settling down… Continue reading How should MOOC designers respond to student silence?

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Upvotes and online communities

Why do online communities get worse as they get bigger? Programmer Robert Seaton has a pretty good stab at this question in a blog post here. Seaton says we behave better with people when we know we're going to have to interact with them again in the future. The penalty for rudeness in a small community is exclusion from a… Continue reading Upvotes and online communities

Video instructions: Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should

I start an infographics MOOC this week run by the Knight Center, part of University of Texas. Part of the reason I'm doing the course is because of my newfound fascination with graphs, but I'm also doing it to see the different ways educators can run an entirely online course. As part of the preliminary… Continue reading Video instructions: Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should