DeL Conference… Online course (components) with a certified twist

I’m going to post about 2 conference sessions that all engaged with the issue of adding value to resources / curriculum delivered online or in blended modes.

There are lots of resources for tapping into expert knowledge online but these projects stand out from the crowd in that they tackle the issue of connecting the USP validation / accreditation power of the University with the value of well presented multimedia resources.

So that’s why I’ve made some notes here.

A Cross-University Collaborative DOCC: Outcomes of a Pilot Study in Collaborative Learning

A project to create a shared / open resource of learning modules (comprising high quality instructional videos from music professors) around music education across 14 US universities.

What was interesting I guess (aside from the credentials of the instructors offering an exciting access to modular windows into a broader range of practice / knowledge) was the admin side.

First off the access is not college locked – or rather any ‘partner / participant’ college student can log in with their organisational email. Someone flew that under central IT’s radar 🙂

And second, using Open badging the project offers possibilities for certification or at least acknowledgement of learning across institution and I guess that’s what separates it from the ‘masses’ of content online… it has more traction through relevance / accreditation / employability offers that can be made to the student around this….

Kadenze – the future of creative education?

This one was a little bit more of a sales pitch. Plus the presenter, Daddy Kadenze (Ajay Kapur) , said amazing and insane a lot which I found distracting, however, he did have a good product / idea to sell…. so….

Basically Kadenze is more of the same, great online courses / parts of courses. An emphasis on the arts. Media rich lesson possibilities and the back end set up to administer / analyse the right data.

But with a sick monetization and accreditation model.

All courses as Free content for passive users, $7 / month flat fee for facilitated participation and tutor / class feedback.


And here is the kicker.

Actual. Factual. University validated credit for degree level courses. Like you can do the first 2 years of your degree online for a fraction of the bricks and mortar cost.

Simple to say. But hard to do. Very hard to do I would think.

But Kadenze is doing it. I wouldn’t be surprised to see UAL joining the club soon.

Ajay’s own work at Cal Arts looked v. interesting too. Machine instruments and pseudo-intelligent robots that play music with people.

Session blurbs:

Creating a 3D Virtual Teaching Lab (VTL) in the Arts

  • Ann Clements Penn State University
  • Chris Stubbs Penn State University

Digital engagement has become prevalent in numerous aspects of modern teaching and learning. While many formalized technology-based learning projects have explored the themes of content distribution, social collaboration, media use, and curricular construction and assessment, few, if any, have fully explore how modern technology, especially virtual reality, can assist in the training arts teachers for improved instruction, engagement and interaction with students.

This presentation will focus on a 3D virtual teaching laboratory in the arts that is currently being built at Penn State. Blending the best elements of games and simulations, including feedback, repetition, narrative, and safe spaces to fail, this lab will allow pre-service teachers an opportunity to practice common teaching skills such as the use of proximity, gesture, engagement, and classroom management in a simulated virtual environment. This virtual environment also provides the opportunity for young teachers to hone the inherently social experience of teaching into an independently contrived and controlled – anytime, anywhere opportunity. This flexibility creates unlimited opportunities for practice, including the ability to experience difficult ethical, moral, of behavioral situation multiple times in a row and to explore making different decisions about how best to handle these teaching and learning situations.

This project is funded by Penn State Educational Technology Services and is based on the winning submission of thePenn State 2015 Open Innovation Challenge.

Kadenze – the future of creative education?

  • Ajay Kapur

Join this lunchtime session to hear about Kadenze, a MOOC platform for the arts that allows students to take courses for credit at a partner institution at a fraction of the price of the on-campus experience. Kadenze fills a void in the online education world, as there are no arts-focused platforms that deliver the right experience or properly assess student work. The platform enables media-rich lessons and assignment submissions, including algorithms to analyze and measure students’ performance and progress as they complete courses.


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