ETMOOC Intro

I’ll have to make this brief, but you can find a little bit about me on the main page of my blog, or on this mountain or, for those looking for a longread, this post tells the whole story. I look forward to learning from the #ETMOOC¬†community.

Key Points to Consider When Launching MOOCs

I was asked by my institution to develop the following document to give administrators, faculty, and staff initial talking points when thinking about launching MOOCs. Thus, this one-page executive summary is succinct and diplomatic (see e.g., “What’s the Business Model?”), but many of the resources and thinkers I’ve cited are well worth the read. As …

Large Classes FAQ

My colleagues and I like coffee a lot and spend a good deal of time consulting with faculty who teach large classes. Thus, we developed the caffeine-o-meter to demystify the process of improving a large course.

No, thank you.

As cliche as it sounds and inaccurate¬†as it feels in many a difficult moment, we can never out-give kids, never. I don’t regret any second of time I’ve spent over the past 11 years trying to help kids learn stuff. I regret a lot of other seconds, but not those ones. I’ve received exponentially more …

Some dude not getting paid, doing it for his cousins

  Prompted by a recent talk I attended by the brilliant Punya Mishra, I re-watched this 2011 Charlie Rose interview with Sal Khan. It was well worth the price of admission just to hear Punya’s point on the disconnect between the higher order skills Khan employs to create his videos (e.g., immerse, question, scaffold, make …