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Registration for BU’s first four MOOCs (massive open online courses) opened on edx.org on 2/25. The four BU courses – Sabermetrics 101 (Andy Andres), War for the Greater Middle East (Andrew Bacevich), The Art of Poetry (Robert Pinsky) & Alien Worlds – join the ranks of those offered by a select group of universities on the Harvard & MIT-founded platform, and hope to appeal to tens of thousands learners around the globe by offering a taste of some of BU’s best.
Supported by BU’s Digital Learning Initiative, MOOCs are a part of a larger campus-wide effort to encourage and support innovative faculty-driven projects in digital learning. As the DLI team wrote in a recent article in InsideHigherEd, now is the time to ask bold questions about the value of residential and online learning, about regional and interdisciplinary pedagogical cooperation, and meaningful metrics about students’ opportunities, agency and resilience in the higher ed ecosystem. It is our hope that MOOCs can be both an active part of and catalyst for engaging with these queries and their complex answers.
The abstracts and agenda are now available for BU’s sixth annual Instructional Innovation Conference, to be held March 7 by the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching. Please register if you’re interested in attending.
The McGraw-Hill Campus Leader Speaker Series, hosted by professors around the US, offers institutional perspectives on emerging approaches to teaching and learning focused on improving student performance and retention. The series touches on many areas of focus for campus leaders including remedial education, STEM, course redesign, preparing faculty for success, and documenting and reporting student performance. More
CCUMC, the Consortium of College and University Media Centers, presents a webinar on copyright updates for the digital age on February 28, 2014 at 12:00pm-1:00pm EST. The workshop promises to:
- Give you a better understanding of Fair Use in terms of dealing with media
- Help you to become more empowered to interpret copyright law in order to be less risk-averse
- Increase your awareness of issues surrounding copyright in media
Panelists include Lindley Shedd, Media Services Coordinator at the University of Alabama; Jane Hutchison, Associate Director of Instruction & Research Technology at William Paterson University; and Anthony Helm, Head of Digital Media and Library Technologies at Dartmouth College. If you are interested, register here.
COMSOL Multiphysics will be hosting a workshop directly on the BU campus on March 6. COMSOL is used by to engineers, chemists, physicists, biologists, and anyone else interested in modeling and simulation of real-world multiphysics systems. The planned speaker is Dr Jinlan Huang, who has a PhD from BU in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. More
The Office of the Provost and the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching (CEIT) have just announced the Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family Innovation in Teaching with Technology Award, open to most BU full-time faculty members. The Gitner Award recognizes the faculty member or team that best exemplifies innovation in teaching by use, development, or adaptation of technology that results in positive learning outcomes for undergraduate students and that is recognized or adopted by faculty colleagues within or outside Boston University. Each year an award recipient will be selected and receive a $10 000 prize. More
QSR, the makers of NVivo, invite you to a complimentary webinar about using NVivo as a research tool. NVivo is software, available free of charge to the entire BU community, that helps you organize, capture, manage, explore and understand your unstructured qualitative and mixed methods data, like interviews, survey responses, website data, images, videos and social media posts, enabling you to uncover new insight and easily share your findings, individually or as part of a team.
This live webinar will provide an overview of what NVivo can do so you will have the knowledge to:
- set up a project
- import your text data
- organize your content
- begin the coding process to assist in identifying possible themes, topics and trends
To register just select one of the following dates from the list below. It’s that easy!
Date 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
QSR also offers many other free webinars.
How do instructors respond when they encounter plagiarism? And, how do these responses change if plagiarism continues? The makers of Turnitin, BU’s originality checking software, conducted a survey of over 1,600 U.S. instructors to find out how instructors are addressing plagiarism in their classes and what impact academic integrity policies and multiple infractions may have in informing instructor response. On January 30at 1pm, they will hold a complimentary webinar to review the survey findings and highlight key takeaways from the survey. Sign up to view the session.
DLI Associate Director Romy Ruukel discusses the history of MOOCs, their current status at BU, and digital learning beyond the MOOC-space.
Tuesday, January 28, 2013 / 12-1:30pm
111 Cummington Mall, MCS-180, Hariri Institute Seminar Room
Please visit the Digital Learning Initiative website for more information about Initiative projects or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Registration is now open for the Annual Conference of NERCOMP, the North East Regional Computing Program. NERCOMP is the Northeast’s main organization for technology in higher education. The annual conference will be held in Providence from March 24-26, and will feature many events related to educational technology.