Links: Polls

These articles are based on Gallup polls and are part of a

“weeklong series analyzing how education leaders, students, and teachers evaluate education in America. The series will feature Americans’ opinions on topics such as the Common Core, a uniform set of academic skills and competencies in U.S. schools; the quality of public K-12 education; the level of respect for U.S. teachers; and the viability of online higher education.”

Americans’ Trust in Online Higher Ed Rising
Traditional universities and community colleges have edge on quality

Americans Say College Degree Leads to a Better Life
Say higher education must evolve to meet students’ needs

Digital Media and Learning Conference 2014

I just got back from the DML conference in Boston and while I will be sharing more about my experiences with the group I wanted to start posting a couple of highlights on the blog beginning with:

Degree of Freedom:  Can you learn the equivalent of a liberal arts BA through entirely free, online resources?

One of my favorite sessions from the DML conference in Boston this past weekend was Johnathan Haber’s talk on MOOCs.  His book will be coming out in September and it’s a must have on my reading list.
From his website:
“This Degree of Freedom web site will document my one-year experiment attempting to take all of the courses needed to learn the equivalent of what I’d get from a liberal arts Bachelors Degree entirely through free, online resources (with a focus on the Massive Open Online Classes, or MOOCs that have been in the news lately).”
Course line up freshman year (there are links to the right to view the other years), there is more information and some great discussion in the comments as well… 

Accredible Portfolio

Here are my notes from the session, (full screen is the best way to view):

Stay tuned…  more to come!

Curiosity and wonder

Have you heard about the Hole and the Wall project?  I hadn’t either until Lindsay and I were lucky enough to hear Sugata Mitra speak at a conference last summer, his keynote speech was absolutely phenomenal.


The “Hole in the Wall” project demonstrates that, even in the absence of any direct input from a teacher, an environment that stimulates curiosity can cause learning through self-instruction and peer-shared knowledge. Mitra, who’s now a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University (UK), calls it “minimally invasive education.”

I just came across the video of his TED wish to build a collaborative school in the cloud and had to share:

We’ve had some great discussions together over the past couple of weeks on a whole host of topics such as assessment, digital literacy, standardized testing… I think it’s worth mentioning something that Sugata reminds us about when he talks about his projects and wishes for the future of education– instilling a sense of curiosity and wonder.

So what’s my wish? My wish is that we design the future of learning. We don’t want to be spare parts for a great human computer, do we? So we need to design a future for learning. And I’ve got to — hang on, I’ve got to get this wording exactly right, because, you know, it’s very important. My wish is to help design a future of learning by supporting children all over the world to tap into their wonder and their ability to work together. Help me build this school. It will be called the School in the Cloud. It will be a school where children go on these intellectual adventures driven by the big questions which their mediators put in.



The Flipped Classroom

So I’ve been having quite a few conversations about the flipped classroom lately. Here’s an article from today’s SLATE about one instructor’s experience:

There’s also a pretty good podcast from the same source here: