Academic Technology Links for May 31, 2013


The links this week include MOOC news, Wikipedia edit-a-thons, and flipped classroom tips from a biology professor.  Enjoy!

  • A Few More MOOC Thoughts is a post on The Cranky Sociologists blog about the author’s experience taking a MOOC, with some interesting comments on how the message board needed work in this particular course.  One of the things I found surprising was the “bullying” that the author describes happening on the boards. This is something that I’m guessing a large (and especially online) class would have trouble dealing with, since moderating and regulating message boards is something that some people do for a living on other online forums (i.e. community managers).
  • And in other MOOC news, an update via Inside Higher Ed on the nuts and bolts of Georgia Tech’s new online MS in computer science, offered via Udacity MOOCS.  Coursera is also partnering with several more state schools across the US.
  • From ProfHacker comes How to Organize Your Own Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon — this might be an interesting thing to do for a class.
  • A biology professor’s experience with flipping her classroom in Flipped Classroom Insights and Tips from a College Biology Teacher. I’m excited by reading about people’s experiences flipping their classes — I’d like to read more about humanities professors doing this, since I’m not sure how this model might work for, say, a literature course.
About Kim Mann

Kim Mann is the editor and a writer for the Academic Technology Blog. She earned her BA in English from the University of Minnesota in 2003 and her MA in American Studies from William & Mary in 2009, and her PhD in American Studies at the College in 2014. Her research is on technology, the interface, and the body in mid-twentieth century science fiction.