Down the Hall – Episode 42 – Myths, MOOCs, and Media

“Online learning” can mean a lot of things nowadays. While before it mainly consisted of course web sites that contained the entire course, it is now expanding down many different avenues.

In this week’s episode, Dave talks to Dr. Laura Gibbs, who has taught online at the University of Oklahoma for over ten years. Laura talks about the strengths of online learning, how she runs her courses (hint: it’s not in the former way), and they discuss just what online learning can bring to a student’s ability to learn. In addition, they discuss MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), the new wave in online learning. Open to thousands of people, are they the next big thing in university learning? Or a flash in the pan? As usual, it’s in between both extremes. Finally, they extol the virtues of Google+, a social media platform that has not been discussed on Down the Hall before. They rectify that problem.

In addition to Laura, your hosts (Fiona and Dave this week) discuss great things to see at UBC, briefly touch on campus mythology, and much more.

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Episode 42 (42:58)

Time Stamps

00:11 | Introduction
9:28 | Interview – Google+, Online Learning, and MOOCs

Interview with Dr. Laura Gibbs. You can find her here and on Google+

40:13 | What’s Happening in EPLT?

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