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Rubrics Matter: Our Upcoming Peer Assessment

by Derek Bruff At yesterday’s study group meeting, we briefly discussed the upcoming peer assessment activity in #MapMOOC. I’m excited to try and tell a story through a map, but I’m a bit worried about the quality of feedback I’ll receive from other MOOC students. Given the research on peer assessment conducted by the CFT’s…

Posted by on August 13, 2013 in Reflections

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Second Week Reflections: Social Learning in a MOOC

Our discussion on Monday of the social aspects of learning in a MOOC was an interesting one. It’s clear that many of us are benefiting from the interactions we’re having with our local study group, although I wonder what our study group members who weren’t present on Monday would say about that. Perhaps some of…

Posted by on July 30, 2013 in Meeting Notes, Reflections


First Week Reflections: Getting Started, Getting Lost

A few brief reflections on the first week of the course, now that I’ve completed the Week 1 activities… The very first course activity, placing oneself on a shared map, generated a surprising amount of discussion, both in the forums and among our study group. I had seen this activity as something of a lark,…

Posted by on July 23, 2013 in Reflections

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Meeting Notes, July 15th

Basic Information: The course, “Maps and the Geospatial Revolution,” begins on Wednesday, July 17th, and runs for five weeks. You can enroll in the course here. You’ll need to create an account on Coursera if you haven’t done so previously. Study Group Meetings: We’ll meet each week at the Center for Second Language Studies (CSLS)…

Posted by on July 15, 2013 in Meeting Notes

Mythical Island of Thule


Welcome to Vandy Maps! A group of Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and students are participating in “Maps and the Geospatial Revolution,” a massive open online course (MOOC) offered by Penn State on the Coursera platform. We’ve formed an informal study group, and this is our blog.  Here we’ll be posting study group announcements and sharing our…

Posted by on July 15, 2013 in News