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xTalks: Digital Discourses

This series provides a forum to facilitate awareness, deep understanding and transference of educational innovations at MIT and elsewhere. We hope to foster a community of educators, researchers, and technologists engaged in developing and supporting effective learning experiences through online learning environments and other digital technologies.

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October 2014

Jeff Haywood & Lori Breslow: MOOCs – Open Education with Old and New Learners

October 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room 4-270

Please join us for a discussion with Professor, CIO and Librarian Jeff Haywood of the University of Edinburgh and Dr Lori Breslow of TLL to explore significant and new issues that are emerging in online education environments and that will inform the agenda for educational research. Who are MOOC learners now? What changes we are seeing in their backgrounds and intentions? Where we might take this in terms of widening access to higher education?  Considering open education more broadly, where…

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Alain Mille: Observing an Open Learning Process – A Knowledge Oriented Process

October 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room 4-231

Alain Mille of the French National Center for Scientific Research and France’s Université Scientifique will speak about developping, instrumenting and understanding MOOCs, including ethical issues and data access for research. Please check back soon for more information about Prof Mille’s talk.

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A Panel Discussion on Scholarly Annotation

October 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Room 3-133

David Karger, Kurt Fendt, Phil Desenne and Jamie Folsom will contribute to a panel on scholarly annotation. There is increased focus on collaborative learning, in the context of online learning environments where multiple individuals create community forums which facilitate engagement and connection. This expert panel will discuss how people engage and collaborate online, what impacts annotations have for assessment and what features of annotation tools encourage collaboration and enhance learning.

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