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Slogging through technology for the sake of a project you are proud of

I recently attended SIGCSE 2015 (#SIGCSE2015, @SIGCSE_TS), the big (Special Interest Group on) Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) conference. Jerry Roth of Vanderbilt’s EECS department organized and participated in a panel on using materials and infrastructure from massive, open, online courses for “closed” on-campus courses. Jerry, together with two other colleagues, also helped me organize a…

Posted by on March 9, 2015 in News, , , , , , , ,


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Serializing an open, online course

I’m at the Coursera Partners conference Monday and Tuesday of this week, followed by SIGCSE the rest of the week. Its a week dedicated to thinking creatively about education, to writing about what I hear and imagine, and I am really looking forward to it. But much of my job is about this anyways —…

Posted by on March 2, 2015 in News, , , , , ,


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Statements of Service for Community Teaching Assistants of Vanderbilt’s Coursera Courses

In January, Vanderbilt started issuing Statements of Service to teaching assistants of our massive, open, online courses (MOOCs) offered through Coursera. The sample shown here is a mock-up for Professor Jay Clayton’s course on Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative. The instructor of a MOOC has the discretion to approve (or not) the release…

Posted by on February 4, 2015 in News, , , , , ,


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Boots-on-the-Ground Campus Instructors for Open Self-Paced Courses

This is a guest post by Douglas H. Fisher, Director of the Vanderbilt Institute of Digital Learning, and a 20-year veteran of teaching databases. We are four weeks into the semester, and my Vanderbilt Introduction to Database course is finishing up the SQL mini-course from Professor Jennifer Widom’s open, online, self-paced modules offered free through Stanford Online….

Posted by on January 28, 2015 in News, , , , , ,


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Open Online Exercises for a Flipped Class (in Database)

This is a guest post by Douglas H. Fisher, Director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning. We are three weeks into the semester, and my Vanderbilt Introduction to Database course is in the middle of the SQL mini-course from Professor Jennifer Widom’s open, online, self-paced modules offered free through Stanford Online. Yesterday, I gave…

Posted by on January 23, 2015 in News, , , , , , , , , ,


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Overlays for Hybrid Cloud and Campus Courses

We are two weeks into the semester, and my Vanderbilt Introduction to Database course has finished with relational algebra material from Jennifer Widom’s open, online, self-paced modules. For the non-Vanderbilt students (e.g., Vanderbilt alums, Vanderbilt staff, others), I’d given suggestions on the Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ groups (each named “Introduction to Database Learning Community”), for…

Posted by on January 16, 2015 in News, , , , , , , , , ,


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30 years of teaching pays off sometimes!

This is a guest post by Douglas H. Fisher, Director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning (VIDL), Faculty Director of Warren College, and Associate Professor of Computer Science and of Computer Engineering. This semester I am having students in my CS 265 Introduction to Database course work through Jennifer Widom’s open online mini-courses on database…

Posted by on January 12, 2015 in News, , , , , , , , , ,


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Neat database design activity for anyone

One of yesterday’s exercises in my campus Introduction to Database course (CS 265) required we all first watch a 5 minute video by Hans Rosling on visualizing data, which I projected at the front of the room. Then I had students work in groups of four each to sketch the relational schema of a database…

Posted by on January 9, 2015 in News, , , , , , , , , , , ,


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A Database Course for One Vanderbilt

This is a guest post by Douglas H. Fisher, Director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning (VIDL), Faculty Director of Warren College, and Associate Professor of Computer Science and of Computer Engineering. In 2013, I wrote an opinion piece for the Vanderbilt Hustler on how massive, open, online education might bring more bang for the…

Posted by on December 31, 2014 in News, , , , , , , , , ,


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On the true significance of self-paced, online courses: the anytime MOOC

On the true significance of self-paced, online courses: the anytime MOOC Douglas H. Fisher Last year I wrote about my experience in a self-paced online course in Artificial Intelligence offered on Udacity (http://cloudandcampus.blogspot.com/2013/05/better-preparation-through-moocs.html). The advantages of a self-paced course are most apparently in the flexibility it affords the student — a student can work their…

Posted by on September 2, 2014 in News, , , , ,


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