Posts Categorized: General

Retention – Why MOOC providers can’t have it both ways

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This is a repost from Philipp Schmidt’s sharingnicely blog  MOOC antagonists have long used the dismal completion numbers as a sign that MOOCs don’t work. MOOC providers have countered that retention is an outdated concept that shouldn’t be applied to online courses. Neither are right. Why we should not care about retention: Retention is a very… Continue Reading →

Better Learning Analytics: Lessons from EdX, Hack Education, Mozilla + P2PU

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    Yesterday, Audrey Watters of Hack Education,  Andrew Sliwinski at Mozilla Foundation, Justin Reich of HarvardX and Berkman Center, Vanessa Gennarelli of P2PU came together to discuss the current obsession with the field of learning analytics.  Check out the conversation here as we cover: Whether learning analytics are a new field What sorts of data can be collected (engagement versus comprehension/recall) Difficulties in acquiring/sharing reliable… Continue Reading →

Join Us to Talk Learning Analytics With Audrey Watters, Justin Reich and Andrew Sliwinski: 8/19 at 12 pm EST

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Big data, big problems.  We all want to help learners be successful. What “success” means and how we measure it means different things depending on your point of view. Additionally, issues of privacy and security haunt the conversation. Joinus to hear how we think about this emerging field. Join our crew:  Audrey Watters of Hack Education,  Andrew Sliwinski at Mozilla… Continue Reading →

How P2PU Became a Totally Open Org

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  About six months ago we put out a search for a new Executive Director. Our ED Philipp Schmidt, took a position at the MIT Media Lab, which required transitioning from  a hands-on ED to a more advisory (although no less involved) role. In theory, Executive Directors oversee fundraising and set the agenda of the… Continue Reading →

How We’re Bridging Online/Offline Authentic Learning: Adam Bush of College Unbound

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This blog post comes to you from Adam Bush, the freshest addition to the P2PU Crew. He’s the founding Director of Curriculum of College Unbound: a college degree program in Providence, RI working to contend with retention rates for first generation college students by equally incorporating voices outside of the academy in the teaching and evaluation of its… Continue Reading →

Badges @P2PU: An update and thoughts…

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  A lot is happening in the badges space, and while it’s not clear what the next steps are for P2PU, we thought it would be good to share our thinking about these development. The Badge Alliance is a new organization that was spun out of Mozilla and is stewarding the badges ecosystem. Philipp is… Continue Reading →

How To Support Self-Directed Learners: Lessons from P2PU, Khan, NYU & DIY.org

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This morning Nathan Maton from the Khan Academy, Alex Ruthmann from NYU and Andrew Sliwinski, co-founder at DIY.org and yours truly came together to discuss scale in online learning and how to support self-directed learners. Our focus for these chats is to learn from each other, so we ended up sharing pointers, tips and experiences from our respective communities. Watch the video (we… Continue Reading →