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MOOCs, Motivation and Me

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I am intrigued and inspired by Steve Greenlaw’s observations (in two parts) on motivation in the OpenLearning17 cMOOC and on motivation and MOOCs more generally. For OpenLearning17 specifically, I have an additional theory. Like Steve’s observations, mine are based on my own experience. I don’t have the data in hand, so I’m relying on Steve’s interpretation … <a href="https://sueerickson.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/moocs-motivation-and-me/">Continue reading <span>MOOCs, Motivation and Me</span> <span>→</span></a><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=sueerickson.wordpress.com&blog=122834108&post=187&subd=sueerickson&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1">
I am intrigued and inspired by Steve Greenlaw’s observations (in two parts) on motivation in the OpenLearning17 cMOOC and on motivation and MOOCs more generally. For OpenLearning17 specifically, I have an additional theory. Like Steve’s observations, mine are based on my own experience. I don’t have the data in hand, so I’m relying on Steve’s interpretation […]
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Liberty and Learning at JMU

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Here is a guest post I wrote for the American Democracy Project at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, July 2017 We take civic engagement very seriously at James Madison University. Originally founded as the State Normal and … Continue reading →
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Reasons

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I chose the apartment I’m renting this summer for all sorts of practical reasons:- it’s close to the students’ dorm.  – it’s close to my mother’s place.  – it’s on multiple metro lines.  – shops and other amenities are accessible.  – it is within budget. (<= super extra important) But if I’m completely honest, I […]
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MOOCs and Motivation: Part 2

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This post is a continuation of the previous one, but digs deeper into the question of why participants fail to complete MOOCs  It is speculative and personal. It’s possibly based too much on my own experience, so take it for what … Continue reading →
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MOOCs and Motivation: Part 1

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The powers of the President to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.
One of the criticisms of MOOCS has been that while they enroll a large number of participants, only a few finish. We had this experience with #OpenLearning17, but I wonder if it’s a bug or a feature. In this post, … Continue reading →
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Prepping for Paris

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Leaving for France in two weeks exactly. You think after having taught this course three times already, it would all be routine by now. And mostly, it is. Still, lots and lots to get done. Teaching a course abroad is an interesting experience. Some of it is just like teaching a regular class: syllabus prep, […]
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A quick one on attitude

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There are people who are on working teams who habitually say things like they are willing to “help” but don’t ever seem to take primary responsibility for the work.  These people really bother me, probably because they are the professional version of the fathers* who offer to “babysit” their own kids.  Fathers: You do not... <div><a href="https://googleguacamole.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/a-quick-one-on-attitude/">Read More</a></div><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=googleguacamole.wordpress.com&blog=76251458&post=14548&subd=googleguacamole&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1">
There are people who are on working teams who habitually say things like they are willing to “help” but don’t ever seem to take primary responsibility for the work.  These people really bother me, probably because they are the professional version of the fathers* who offer to “babysit” their own kids.  Fathers: You do not... […]
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Ending Sarcasm

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Sometimes if feels like society accepts or even glamorizes sarcasm. The problem is that sarcasm hurts everyone – the giver, receiver, and any witnesses. People who are routinely sarcastic have a problem.  As suggested in this blog post, “show me a sarcastic person and I will show you a wounded person.  And I can tell... […]
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Note to self

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Hey Laura – You were raised in music, although not in the way suggested by Paul Simon; your mother really never laughed the way some ladies do, at least not around you.  Nevertheless, her record collection from 1968 to 1972 was killer, and she trained up a music-loving child. Folk rock to pop rock to... <div><a href="https://googleguacamole.wordpress.com/2017/06/09/note-to-self/">Read More</a></div><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=googleguacamole.wordpress.com&blog=76251458&post=14237&subd=googleguacamole&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1">
Hey Laura – You were raised in music, although not in the way suggested by Paul Simon; your mother really never laughed the way some ladies do, at least not around you.  Nevertheless, her record collection from 1968 to 1972 was killer, and she trained up a music-loving child. Folk rock to pop rock to... […]
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Dieting as a lifestyle

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This is part of a larger thought. Some people have very early memories. I remember being in my crib. I thought it was a fine crib except for when I didn’t want to be in it.  My very first memory was at night. My room was dark but the door was open and I could... <div><a href="https://googleguacamole.wordpress.com/2017/06/07/dieting-as-a-lifestyle/">Read More</a></div><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=googleguacamole.wordpress.com&blog=76251458&post=14072&subd=googleguacamole&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1">
This is part of a larger thought. Some people have very early memories. I remember being in my crib. I thought it was a fine crib except for when I didn’t want to be in it.  My very first memory was at night. My room was dark but the door was open and I could... […]
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