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Open Questions, written by Michael Caulfield, Director of Blended and Networked Learning at Washington State University Vancouver, is a blog about openness, education, and related issues.


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What the Course Signals "Kerfuffle" is About, and What it Means to You

(Originally posted in a slightly altered form at e-Literate)

A year or so ago I mentioned on my blog Hapgood that there were some oddities in data from Purdue's Course Signals results, results that have formed some of the basis for the strong version of learning analytics optimism. At that time I proposed that a substantial portion of the observed effect of Course Signals might be coming from a...

xMOOC Communities Should Learn From cMOOCs

For those that may be unfamiliar with the terminology, xMOOCs is a term used to refer to the current breed of elite hyper-centralized Coursera- and Udacity-style MOOCs. The term distinguishes them from the early and ongoing cMOOCs: massive classes that were built as largely decentralized networked learning experiences. You can read more about the differences here (and you should click that link if you are...

Designing Open Materials Intentionally for the Blended Classroom

One of the interesting things that is going on right now is that MOOC providers, unable to find a path to sustainability in the direct-to-consumer market, have now positioned themselves as providers of materials for campus-based flipped classes, part of a larger trend Amy Collier and I have been referring to as the "distributed flip".

I'm glad to see some of the focus is now at on helping the 70% of American high school graduates who enroll in college to have a more...

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