Got MOOCs? Here are two recent pieces I found interesting:
The first is from Wired:Beyond the Buzz, Where Are MOOCs Really Going? by Michael Horn and Clayton Christensen. “We believe they are likely to evolve into a scale business, one that relies on the technology and data backbone of the medium to optimize and individualize learning opportunities for millions of students. This is very different than simply putting a video of a professor lecturing online.”
The second is The Trouble With Online College from the New York Times and takes perhaps a less optimistic view. “Courses delivered solely online may be fine for highly skilled, highly motivated people, but they are inappropriate for struggling students who make up a significant portion of college enrollment and who need close contact with instructors to succeed.”
Our current workshop schedule is now available. Visit go/lisworkshops to view offerings for February and March and sign up for topics of interest. You’ll find Drupal introductions that cover basic web site maintenance skills, as well as work sessions where you can get help with specific questions about how to improve your departmental web site. We are also offering several opportunities to learn how to access and use — Middlebury’s fabulous online learning resource that uses short videos to help you acquire new business and technology skills.
There is still time to acquire new skills before the year is out! Visit go/lisworkshops to view our workshop schedule and get signed up for topics of interest. You’ll find a few more Drupal work sessions where you can get help with specific questions about how to revise and improve your departmental web site, as well as one more chance to attend an introduction covering basic web site maintenance skills.
We’re also offering another opportunity to get acquainted with — a fabulous online learning resource that uses short videos to help you acquire new business and technology skills. Recent course additions include “InDesign Secrets,” “Managing Your Career” and “Word 2010 Power Shortcuts.” Watch a single video or work through an entire course — either way it’s professional development that doesn’t cost you or your department a dime.
Don’t miss out! There is still time to fit in some learning before fall semester leaps out from behind the nearest patch of sunflowers… Visitgo/lisworkshops to view our schedule and get signed up for topics of interest. You’ll find Drupal sessions to help you get your departmental web site up to snuff before the next batch of students arrives on campus. You’ll also find another opportunity to find out about and how you can start using it to improve your skills.
go/learningisa workshop series focused on improving skills and effectiveness for all employees. Many of the topics offered will be adapted from the Manager Training completed between January and March 2012, such as our first offering: