It is very difficult to avoid exposure to the hype surrounding MOOCs. Whenever it pops up into my field of vision (at least once a day now), I yawn. I've been there before. A couple of decades ago it was the educational programming on interactive CD-ROMs that was supposed to revolutionize education and make teachers obsolete. Who needs teachers when disks filled with slick multimedia would lead a learner through the material at an individualized pace and path, and conduct assessments?
A decade later major universities and publishing houses were racing (to great fanfare) to build "virtual campuses" and provide online education to the masses of eager but remote students. Those campuses quietly folded a few years later.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The NoteMail application (screenshot below) created by our own Paul deSousa is proving to be very popular and useful. It is a great enhancement to lecture recordings posted online, as it allows students to send notes to themselves, or questions and comments to the instructor, marking the exact spot in the video, which the comment or question is referencing. It is currently being used in courses in CFPH and Executive Masters - which rely on recorded lectures - making the experience much more engaging. Kudos to Paul for coming up with this innovative idea.
Monday, September 10, 2012
We're about to announce the self-serve room scheduling system (rooms.sph.umich.edu). It will initially be available to SPH faculty and staff, then expanded to students. We want to give people the ability to schedule rooms themselves for meetings and events. Orientation will take place next week and and the participants will be able to request accounts. We hope this will save a lot of time.