The following sites contain opinions about the changing practices and approaches to teaching and learning instigated by technological evolutions. Many of them have to do with the ongoing discussions and controversies about MOOCs. Besides the idea of massive scale, I take away a few lessons from the MOOC phenomenon that I can use in everyday teaching:
  1. Present information in short chunks. A 45 minute lecture is too long to retain the attention of students. Present a single idea and engage the students to apply that idea or extend it or in any case actively think about it.
  2. Constantly engage the student to be an active participant in the process.
  3. Structure the material of the lecture in detail. This implies defining the learning objectives precisely.
  4. You can notice the problems the students are having by observing them apply the concepts you have taught them, for example when they are doing the assignments.
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