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  1. Grian
    April 14, 2015 @ 11:18 am

    Hi Colin, nice to meet you in this #DS4OER course.
    Good declare yourself challenge. Just a detail: the link in the text gives an Error 404, but maybe is not important, given that the link of “Critiquing your thinking” works well.
    Have a good course. All the best.

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  2. Colin
    April 14, 2015 @ 2:56 pm

    Thanks Grian, I’ve updated the link!

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  3. Wayne Mackintosh
    April 14, 2015 @ 5:43 pm

    Hi Colin,

    Glad you could join us. I share your sentiments regarding the commercial MOOC startups. Our label of micro Open Online Course (mOOC) is a subtle “hack” of the term where micro refers to the size of the course (eg a subcomponent of a full 3 credit course) and not the number of enrolments. One difference when compared to xMOOCs is that our OERu courses are available for formal academic credit.

    Love your picture for sharing your social media handles 🙂

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  4. Jenni Hayman
    April 14, 2015 @ 6:56 pm

    Hi Colin,
    Nice to see you here! I’m in Arizona now, short story, Arizona State University was willing to hire me 🙂

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    • Colin
      April 17, 2015 @ 10:38 am

      That’s great Jenni, congratulations!

      Is it ASU that has partnered with Starbucks, or am I confusing that with some other Arizona uni?

      What is your new role?

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  5. Briar Jamieson
    April 15, 2015 @ 12:09 am

    Hi Colin,
    Congrats on recently finishing the M.Ed. I am on a long slow route for a Master’s in Educational Technology at UBC but enjoying the journey.

    Have you run the Online Faculty Development Course yet? How did it go? How do you confirm participation? I see the instructions for a Post is this done on participant personal blogs and then you somehow aggregate their tagged submissions? The reason I ask is that we have just started to transition to WP- Learn Dash, and we are trying to figure out how to ‘track’ participants and be able to provide facilitation without a login (www.youliveandlearn.ca). Also noticed you provide a printed certificate? Are you considering badges (feel that this is included in the plugin (?). Also, are you contemplating making the course OER. We are thinking about what would be required of us to go beyond just open access of content.

    Thanks for the post and link to your course.
    Briar
    (Note: mind blown to see an image of Clint Lalonde that was not his Twitter image. LOL!)

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    • Colin
      April 17, 2015 @ 10:54 am

      Hi Briar,
      Thanks for you comment and questions!

      We have run an initial invite to the courses and have a few registrants, but nobody that has worked through them all.

      Yes, participation is managed on participant blogs with posts syndicated to the main site with the FeedWordPress plugin. I don’t have that process automated yet. It seems to me that having participants work on their own site avoids them having to log in to an institutional system, would you agree?

      I would suggest that you have a look at the tools Alan Levine and Brian Lamb have created at SPLOT.ca. They have worked some magic in WP and participants can upload their work without a (visible) login. That way, participants can control to a greater degree how they are tracked through the course.

      I did consider badges and was testing the Credly integration that comes bundled with LD but couldn’t get things to work on the Credly side. I spent several hours working with the Credly tech support but couldn’t resolve anything, so I have shelved that plan for now. I am still very interested in working digital badges into the series, but there was more pressure to get the courses designed and launched than there was to introduce a badging system.

      There are a growing number of people here who have badging systems on the radar, so it may happen.

      The series is available on a CC-BY-SA license, and I am exploring how to make it easily downloadable. Do you have any thoughts on how to do that?

      Thanks again for your comments!

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