MOOCs and Academic Labor

In a recent CNN Opinion piece, Ashbury University professor David Wheeler argues that college professors are facing extinction due to the rising popularity of online college classes. He claims that Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) help universities cut costs by reducing the need for instructors. But the short term...
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How Computer Games Help People Learn

David Williamson Shaffer’s talk, “How Computer Games Help People Learn” (Stockholm, September 2013), discusses the problems of modern education and how technology can be used to improve learning.
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Anti-MOOCS: The Design of MACROSIMs

David Williamson Shaffer’s talk, “Anti-MOOCS: The design of MACROSIMs (Massively Adaptive Complex Realistic Online Simulations with Integrated Mentoring)” (Stockholm, September 2013), discusses what’s wrong with the MOOC model and how MACROSIMs offer a better alternative, with an in-depth look at Nephrotex.
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New Course Helps Engineering Students Become Student Engineers

The flexibility of online classes is emphasized in a recent article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel showcasing our simulation-based engineering course. And while the course allows students to learn anywhere, anytime, it also help them develop the ability to collaborate with others to solve problems. MACROSIMs go beyond the...
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Dropping the Bomb

The power to drop nuclear weapons over the world’s largest cities has traditionally been in the hands of international military superpowers. But now, that power lies with anyone with an Internet connection. Not literally, of course. NUKEMAP, the online nuclear weapons detonation simulator, got an update this summer to...
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