I’ve been using Scoop.it more this year despite it’s concerning lack of export functionality. It’s easy to use, there’s a reasonable size of user community in ed tech to engage with (follow bookmarks from) and the widget works nicely.
As an end of year exercise I had a look through the past twelve months and tried to pick out what I think I’ll want to read again or think about this time next year. There are plenty of mooc and edu is broken posts that I’m not pulling out- there’s enough people talking about MOOCs this year. I’m also not pulling in stuff from my ed tech snippets or ePortfolio topics I want to primarily focus on things that shape how I think about my work.
Innovation, Education, and Technology
- January (13 scoops) Nothing from this month leaps out in my memory, I’d go with Open Learning Recognition: Taking Open Educational Resources a Step Further and From OER to PLAR: Credentialing for Open Education as the pieces that most look worth returning to.
- February (11 scoops) The wider launch of A Domain of One’s Own was an important event but The Disruption Higher Ed Doesn’t See Coming (and how it could respond, even lead, but probably won’t) is the post to read (Scott Leslie on Badges).
- March (15 scoops) a MOOC heavy month, but A Global Jesuit University? / http://www.jc-hem.org is what I’ll come back to. There’s not much to read but it’s education at the margins – I don’t think it’s open ed, I’ve not engaged critically, it’s a tangible reminder of part of why I care about Open Ed in the first place.
- April (14 scoops) From Feb but scooped in April, Mathieu Plourde’s – MOOC: Every Letter is Negotiable – this should be photocopied and handed out at the start of any MOOC discussion.
- May (24 scoops) A Manifesto for Community Colleges, Lifelong Learning, and Autodidacts – I’m not if I agree with SMM but this piece captures and references a lot of interesting and useful conversations around change in Higher Ed, learners, and the structures that help or hinder. Otherwise it was a MOOC heavy month.
- June – nothing (vacation).
- July (17 scoops) a legacy bookmark this month Gardner Campbell’s – A Personal CyberInfrastructure from 2009.
- August (9 scoops) two books from U Michigan’s Digital Culture Series: Hacking the Academy : New Approaches to Scholarship and Teaching from Digital Humanities and Teaching History in the Digital Age.
- September (10 scoops) a quieter month but Mike’s Sometimes Failure is Just Failure analyses a MCQ and points us to BYU’s checklist for good MCQ design.
- October (9 scoops) The month of the distributed flip – Some Notes on Using MOOCs for Blended Instruction. Mike’s blog has been a constant source of thought provoking material and critique this year.
- November (13 scoops) Udacity’s Pivot offers plenty of news, and the indomitable Audrey waters began her round up of the year. That said, John’s A Digital Liberal Education? tied directly into what I’m thinking about on campus.
- December (9 scoops) Pat’s Ghost Towns of the Public Good – contingency and lament. Read it.
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