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[Xmca-l] Re: [commfac] Re: FW: femtechnet: DOCC 2013: top listed story on Inside Higher Ed

I especially like the concluding paragraphs:

Among the forms of MOOC hype that Balsamo said she hoped the DOCC would combat is the idea that massive online courses allow some "best" professor to interact with students everywhere, so that all can learn from the superstar. It's not that there aren't very talented professors out there, she said, but the superstar emphasis is wrong ("Is there really a 'best'?" she asks) and doesn't encourage group learning.

Said Balsamo: "The idea of the one best talking head, the best expert in the world, that couldn't be more patriarchal. That displays a hubris that is unthinkable from a feminist perspective."

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/08/19/feminist-professors-create-alternative-moocs#ixzz2cSdlb7pt 
Inside Higher Ed 

On Aug 19, 2013, at 6:24 PM, mike cole <lchcmike@gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Xmcaers-
> The following link to femnet mooc seems to me to offer a very interesting
> model for members of xmca to think of following. We here at UCSD have been
> thinking along
> such lines, but this is a developed model that might actually provide some
> kind of
> strategic guide to action. I can imagine any number of stimulating such
> efforts various
> congeries of xmca could cook up.
> mike
> Forwarded from Lisa Cartwright at ucsd.
>> Hi everyone, the DOCC 2013 MOOC alternative course discussed today today
>> in Inside Higher Ed had one of its pilots taught in our department last
>> spring by Liz Losh and me with Monika Sengul Jones, Cristina Visperas,
>> Lousie Hickman, Erika Cheng, Yelena Guzman and others leading the effort to
>> produce innovative course design and materials and hosting a conference
>> dedicated to it--big shout-out to these graduate students for making this
>> launch happen. We are one of the 17 colleges offering the class to
>> undergrads in this coming year. I thought some of you you might enjoy
>> reading this alternative effort given the pervasive of MOOC discussions
>> right now.  Best to everyone, Lisa
>> I suggest you take a look.
> mike
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