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Hi everyone!

I just joined the group and wanted to introduce myself and let you know about the project I'm working on. We recently developed a platform that allows students to learn languages from native video content through interactive exercises. Now that our platform is complete and ready to be used in blended-learning scenarios, we've created a MOOC based on the platform that will teach students Spanish through native content.

It'll run from January 21st through April 8th next year, and we're excited to be the first to integrate an adaptive platform into a MOOC, especially since so many critics highlight assessment as the biggest shortcoming of most MOOCs. 

I'd love to get your feedback on what we're doing - do you think an adaptive platform is the solution to the assessment difficulties inherent in MOOCs? Do you think a foreign language can be effectively taught in this format? Any suggestions from MOOC participants on how we can make it effective or especially engaging?

Thanks so much in advance! If you'd like to know more about the course or the platform, here are links:

Course Info: www.spanishmooc.com
Platform Info: about.instreamia.com
Platform Link: www.instreamia.com

Thanks,
Scott



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Scott Rapp | Cofounder

Watch and Learn Language Immersion

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Hi Scott! Very cool project, thanks for sharing.

Interesting to see Instreamia developing a kind of domain-specific learning management system. It looks like it has some great features for language learners, and appears to mix authentic culture and user participation in interesting ways. I wonder if systems like this could work as a web service that talks to other web services and LMSs in a distributed way? I hope we start seeing more APIs like this.

In my experience of learning languages, I've always found it most valuable to practice speaking TO people. It creates a slight social anxiety that is actually quite motivating. Will the Spanish MOOC incorporate something like this? I've always thought this kind of technology: http://www.apprennet.com/ would be an interesting way to scale something like this.

// Jason


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Jason Blanchard
Instructional Designer

School of Education
Goodwin College of Professional Studies
Drexel University
One Drexel Plaza
3001 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tel: 215-571-3927 |  Fax: 215.895.2153
Drexel.edu/soe
Goodwin.drexel.edu

From: Scott Rapp <scott@STUDYSTRE.AM>
Reply-To: "The EDUCAUSE Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Constituent Group Listserv" <MOOCS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 5:36 PM
To: "MOOCS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU" <MOOCS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Subject: [MOOCS] First-ever Adaptive Spanish MOOC

Hi everyone!

I just joined the group and wanted to introduce myself and let you know about the project I'm working on. We recently developed a platform that allows students to learn languages from native video content through interactive exercises. Now that our platform is complete and ready to be used in blended-learning scenarios, we've created a MOOC based on the platform that will teach students Spanish through native content.

It'll run from January 21st through April 8th next year, and we're excited to be the first to integrate an adaptive platform into a MOOC, especially since so many critics highlight assessment as the biggest shortcoming of most MOOCs. 

I'd love to get your feedback on what we're doing - do you think an adaptive platform is the solution to the assessment difficulties inherent in MOOCs? Do you think a foreign language can be effectively taught in this format? Any suggestions from MOOC participants on how we can make it effective or especially engaging?

Thanks so much in advance! If you'd like to know more about the course or the platform, here are links:

Course Info: www.spanishmooc.com
Platform Info: about.instreamia.com
Platform Link: www.instreamia.com

Thanks,
Scott



--

Scott Rapp | Cofounder

Watch and Learn Language Immersion

StudyStream Blog | StudyStream Facebook | StudyStream Twitter
scott@studystre.am |  ☎ 202.495.0423

Find me:      |  rappscott

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

Hi Jason!

Thanks for taking a look at our MOOC! I actually know one of the founders of Apprennet, Emily Foote. We're considering using their technology as the video submission engine for some assignments.

We're also incorporating Instreamia as a "learning tool provider," as per the simple LTI standard, which will enable it to be used in Blackboard, Moodle, Edmodo, and others via single-sign-on and it will report back grades to the LMS. We hope to pilot this with a few schools starting in January, and launch a full-featured product for the 2013 school-year.

As for the MOOC, we'll also be using Google Hangouts, and students will be placed into groups of 10 so they can practice with other learners.

Oh, awesome! Emily is great, I think she's actually on this listserv, maybe? (If so, hi Emily!) Her and I are both giving Ignite! EdTech Philly talks tomorrow (yikes!) so I'll tell her she came up here :)

That's a great use of Google Hangouts. Ed Startup 101 http://www.edstartup.net/ has been successfully using it for guest speakers. I've been experimenting with Blackboard Collaborate as well, which is ok, but Google products just… work, and I wish we could use them more.

It sounds like LTI is gaining traction. I've been following a few discussion threads about integrating the LTI API into Drupal, which would be great.

--
Jason Blanchard
Instructional Designer

School of Education
Goodwin College of Professional Studies
Drexel University
One Drexel Plaza
3001 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tel: 215-571-3927 |  Fax: 215.895.2153
Drexel.edu/soe
Goodwin.drexel.edu

From: Scott Rapp <scott@STUDYSTRE.AM>
Reply-To: "The EDUCAUSE Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Constituent Group Listserv" <MOOCS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
To: "MOOCS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU" <MOOCS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Subject: Re: [MOOCS] First-ever Adaptive Spanish MOOC

Hi Jason!

Thanks for taking a look at our MOOC! I actually know one of the founders of Apprennet, Emily Foote. We're considering using their technology as the video submission engine for some assignments.

We're also incorporating Instreamia as a "learning tool provider," as per the simple LTI standard, which will enable it to be used in Blackboard, Moodle, Edmodo, and others via single-sign-on and it will report back grades to the LMS. We hope to pilot this with a few schools starting in January, and launch a full-featured product for the 2013 school-year.

As for the MOOC, we'll also be using Google Hangouts, and students will be placed into groups of 10 so they can practice with other learners.

Hiya Scott,

Sorry for the delay in responding.

I'm not sure an adaptive platform particularly addresses evaluation problems in a MOOC. I get the idea of what you're trying to do - to serve content based on a person's prior performance. But it seems a bit prescriptive, even if you enable an opt-out, requires a lot of overhead, and still requires that some sort of assessment (the basis for the adaptation) be performed.

My own feeling is that the idea of assessment, properly so-called, is probably mistaken in itself. It leads to a focus on the assessment, rather than development of expertise in the domain of enquiry. I'm thinking that by mapping one's relative position in that domain, via network analytics, we can obtain an estimate of a person's expertise without the requirement of assessment. This is because network placement is the result of the judgments made by other people in the network, and their collective judgment is based on  recognition of assessment, rather than on a measurement of it.

-- Stephen


On 20/11/2012 6:36 PM, Scott Rapp wrote:
Hi everyone!

I just joined the group and wanted to introduce myself and let you know about the project I'm working on. We recently developed a platform that allows students to learn languages from native video content through interactive exercises. Now that our platform is complete and ready to be used in blended-learning scenarios, we've created a MOOC based on the platform that will teach students Spanish through native content.

It'll run from January 21st through April 8th next year, and we're excited to be the first to integrate an adaptive platform into a MOOC, especially since so many critics highlight assessment as the biggest shortcoming of most MOOCs. 

I'd love to get your feedback on what we're doing - do you think an adaptive platform is the solution to the assessment difficulties inherent in MOOCs? Do you think a foreign language can be effectively taught in this format? Any suggestions from MOOC participants on how we can make it effective or especially engaging?

Thanks so much in advance! If you'd like to know more about the course or the platform, here are links:

Course Info: www.spanishmooc.com
Platform Info: about.instreamia.com
Platform Link: www.instreamia.com

Thanks,
Scott



--

Scott Rapp | Cofounder

Watch and Learn Language Immersion

StudyStream Blog | StudyStream Facebook | StudyStream Twitter
scott@studystre.am |  ☎ 202.495.0423

Find me:      |  rappscott

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.



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Stephen Downes
Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
stephen@downes.ca ~ http://www.downes.ca
Free Learning
********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

Hiya Scott,

Sorry for the delay in responding.

I'm not sure an adaptive platform particularly addresses evaluation problems in a MOOC. I get the idea of what you're trying to do - to serve content based on a person's prior performance. But it seems a bit prescriptive, even if you enable an opt-out, requires a lot of overhead, and still requires that some sort of assessment (the basis for the adaptation) be performed.

My own feeling is that the idea of assessment, properly so-called, is probably mistaken in itself. It leads to a focus on the assessment, rather than development of expertise in the domain of enquiry. I'm thinking that by mapping one's relative position in that domain, via network analytics, we can obtain an estimate of a person's expertise without the requirement of assessment. This is because network placement is the result of the judgments made by other people in the network, and their collective judgment is based on  recognition of assessment, rather than on a measurement of it.

-- Stephen


On 20/11/2012 6:36 PM, Scott Rapp wrote:
Hi everyone!

I just joined the group and wanted to introduce myself and let you know about the project I'm working on. We recently developed a platform that allows students to learn languages from native video content through interactive exercises. Now that our platform is complete and ready to be used in blended-learning scenarios, we've created a MOOC based on the platform that will teach students Spanish through native content.

It'll run from January 21st through April 8th next year, and we're excited to be the first to integrate an adaptive platform into a MOOC, especially since so many critics highlight assessment as the biggest shortcoming of most MOOCs. 

I'd love to get your feedback on what we're doing - do you think an adaptive platform is the solution to the assessment difficulties inherent in MOOCs? Do you think a foreign language can be effectively taught in this format? Any suggestions from MOOC participants on how we can make it effective or especially engaging?

Thanks so much in advance! If you'd like to know more about the course or the platform, here are links:

Course Info: www.spanishmooc.com
Platform Info: about.instreamia.com
Platform Link: www.instreamia.com

Thanks,
Scott



--

Scott Rapp | Cofounder

Watch and Learn Language Immersion

StudyStream Blog | StudyStream Facebook | StudyStream Twitter
scott@studystre.am |  ☎ 202.495.0423

Find me:      |  rappscott

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.



--
Stephen Downes
Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
stephen@downes.ca ~ http://www.downes.ca
Free Learning
********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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