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

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 MOOC providers have countered that retention is an outdated concept that shouldn’t be applied to online courses.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…

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

    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…

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

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…

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How P2PU Became a Totally Open Org  

  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…

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

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…

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P2PU + College Unbound Team Up to Offer “Writing for Change”  

    What’s Writing 4 Change? Peer 2 Peer University has teamed up with College Unbound to offer an 8-week course on Writing for Change. The goal of the course is to help learners accomplish social change through writing effective and compelling op-eds, grant applications and project proposals. This course is for anyone who needs…

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Big Data, Big Problems: Join Audrey Watters, Khan, Mozilla + P2PU  

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. Join us to hear how we think about this emerging field. Join our crew: Vanessa Gennarelli of P2PU, Eli Feasely, Data Scientist…

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Badges @P2PU: An update and thoughts…  

  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…

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How to use GitHub Pages to Build Your Open Online Course and Community  

    Disclaimer: This post will require you to tolerate some techie words and be encouraged to do some technical things.  The level of skill required is ‘click buttons’ not ‘type magic words’. We are always investigating better ways to help you to create open online learning communities. Part of that means creating a home…

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How Do We Bridge the Digital and the Physical? Lessons from DIY.org, P2PU Khan and NYU Crew  

Today we approached the second installment on questions of scale in our series “The Big Questions” with Nathan Maton, Community Strategist at the Khan Academy, Terry Heick, Director at TeachThought, Andrew Sliwinski, Senior Educational Technologist at Mozilla Foundation, and Alex Ruthmann, Associate Professor at NYU. Take a look as we tackle: – Context setting: is…

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