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Assessment, Attention and Collaboration: A Selective Introduction to EdX Strategies
Durham's current dilemma differs significantly from EdX in scale, resources, and intent, in ways that counsel against macro-analogies between the two. Nevertheless, some insights may be gained by paying attention to certain micro-strategies. This presentation focuses on how select EdX courses have addressed three basic challenges in the conversion to online teaching: 1) the difficulty of maintaining an ongoing feel for student engagement and comprehension in the absence of physical cues; 2) the competition for attention when students are at home, and on their devices; 3) the fostering of collaborative learning that would otherwise typically occur outside the classroom, e.g. in informal discussions over dinner or other college and town spaces. Particular emphasis will be placed on rethinking course structure, the timing of assignments, the use of collaborative annotation, and some techniques employed in science and engineering courses that may be of benefit to the humanities. A caveat auditor: my aim is not to offer systematic coverage, but rather to reflect on personal experiences in EdX development from 2013-15, and more recent interviews with faculty and associated staff who have produced EdX courses.
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