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SocioTechnical Reflections and Four Key Issues for MOOCS

Introduction In a recent essay titled Innovating Education with MOOC/FLIP, Princeton University professor Mung Chiang thoughtfully discusses Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and some related innovations that are presenting educators with dilemmas and bringing to the surface pressures for possible

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Beyond Productivity: Considering Systemic Effects alongside Outcome Measures

In the proposed common standards research and development proposals developed by the US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), two phrases are used to characterize research results: learning outcomes and educational outcomes.

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Do Not Fold Spindle or Mutilate: The Campaign for High Quality Discussions about Educational Data (A Response to Iorio and Adler)

Jeanne Marie Iorio & Susan Matoba Adler’s (2013) commentary “Take a Number, Stand in Line, Better Yet, Be a Number Get Tracked: The Assault of Longitudinal Data Systems on Teaching and Learning” takes aim at a number of issues, including

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New Book from Teachers College Press

“Phil Piety’s book employs insights from the learning sciences to illuminate policies and practices for using information to improve American education. His analyses reveal deeply-held convictions by educators concerning uses of data and why some of the test-based policies of

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What is Digital Personalization?

Excerpt from the book Assessing the Educational Data Movement to be published in April, 2013 One of the issues to emerge in policy discourse and from funders as the educational data movement was taking hold involved personalized learning. While education

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What is the Design of the Classical Model of Teaching?

Another excerpt from my forthcoming book: The Educational data movement: crossing boundaries, searching for student success The classical model of teaching centers on the role of the teacher as manager of the classroom, conveyer and evaluator of knowledge. In this

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What is the Classical Model of Teaching and is it the Best?

This is an extract from one of the chapters of my upcoming book titled: The Educational Data Movement: Crossing Boundaries, Searching for Student Success. One of the greatest challenges of our time—of research, of school leadership, and now of measurement—is

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Data, Decision, or Information Science for Education? — These are SOME of the Questions

In recent months there has been increasing attention to the need for education technologists who can focus on the many large and not so large datasets that are proliferating in education. Some have called for exploration into the educational data

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Why Should Educational Researchers Pay Attention to the Data Movement?

Why should regular educational researchers, those working with science or social studies or emerging literacy pay attention to the changes in education around data. I can think of three reasons.

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What Contribution does “The Fight Club” Make to Progress in Education?

On May 17, 2012, political science professor Patrick McGuinn posted a paper titled: Fight Club Are advocacy organizations changing the politics of education? where he discussed a network of education reform advocacy organizations (ERAOs) that regularly meet to plan strategy

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