Doing your research in a MOOC

September 23, 2013 § 4 Comments

Imagine research with no internet...

Imagine research without internet…

You recently started the UvA MOOC ‘Introduction to Communication Science’ (or any other MOOC) and you’re already feeling overwhelmed. So much to learn in a short period of time… Of course, the content available in the MOOC itself it’s enough for you to complete quizzes and the final exam. However, what if you want to explore the topic further? Should you read all texts recommended? Perhaps you’re a professional already and has one specific interest about what other researches are saying about contemporary rhetorical theory… Where should you look? Indeed, there are many sources – from your favorite library to the web. But because MOOCs are mainly online, today I’m going to focus on great open digital resources you can use to enrich your experience in the course.

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MOOCs on filters

May 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Fullscreen capture 5282013 63100 PM.bmpThose familiar with the pictorial, mobile social network Instagram might notice that users have several preferences for uploading their pictures: beaches, fashion, cities, food, flowers, clothes, nails… Yes, it can be shallow and Internet culture is already mocking the network with memes and parodies. But what about education? Did the MOOC wave also reach students’  fancy mobile cameras? The answer is: yes!

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DIY MOOC: How we are recreating our education

March 29, 2013 § 2 Comments

How can we build our knowledge online? Credit: Oliver Berger

How can we build our knowledge online? Credit: Oliver Berger

Although I only experienced learning without Internet in a small period of my life, I must say that I can’t image one without another. With full, everyday access to this medium, our relation with technology changes, in the same way as our jobs and even personal lives. And I believe the web can offer incredible opportunities for users interested in building their own career path, improving their knowledge in a specific field or even get expertise in a totally different area. This is probably why MOOCs are becoming so popular. With their digital tools and flexibility (for schedule and assignments, for example), students have many possibilities to create the course they want to do on their own. With access to lectures and further readings, they have the liberty to explore what they want: create communities (online or even offline), build their own websites about the topic, write a blog about it, even enroll in a complete course or many other possibilities.

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