Abram Anders

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Tag: pedagogy

Theories and Applications of MOOCs

Anders, A. (2015). Theories and applications of massive online open courses (MOOCs): The case for hybrid design. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 16(6), 40-62. http://dx.doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v16i6.2185

Abstract: Initial research on learning in massive open online courses (MOOCs) primarily focused participation patterns and participant experiences. More recently, research has addressed learning theories and offered case studies of different pedagogical designs for MOOCs. Based on a meta-analysis and synthesis of the research literature, this study develops a conceptual model of prominent theories and applications of MOOCs. It proposes a continuum of MOOC learning design that consolidates previous theories into a tripartite scheme corresponding to primary types of MOOCs including content-based, community/tasked-based, and network-based applications. A series of MOOC hybrids are analyzed to demonstrate the value of this model while also clarifying appropriate applications and significant design challenges for MOOCs.

Creating Custom Assessment and Feedback Tools with Google Scripts

Really enjoyed presenting at the ITSS department sponsored Techfest 2012. Met some great people and gained a lot of inspiration.

Abstract: My presentation provides an overview of resources for creating custom assessment and feedback tools with Google Scripts. In my primary case example, the instructor fills out a google form (on a tablet computer) using a likert-scale based evaluation rubric. From the form-results spreadsheet, a google script is executed that generates and sends an email report to each student with individualized feedback based on their scores. When combined with Google Scripts, the Google Apps infrastructure has amazing potential for providing modular, shareable, and customizable tools for a wide range of pedagogical applications.

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