Category Archives: NextGeneration Learning

Open Education Week 2014 : What is Creative Commons Licensing?

Creative Commons license logoIn the spirit of Open Educational Resource Week, watch the following video to learn about Creative Commons licensing:

Want to learn more about Open Education Resources? Check out the Open Education Week 2014 website:

Stay tuned for information on how students feel about open resources.

eLi TechFest 2014

logo_smalleLi TechFest 2014 is HERE!

Come out and let us edu-tain you!  eLi is rolling out the red carpet for you.  You’ll munch on popcorn and movie theater candy all while screening the newest etech the college has to offer and getting a peek at upcoming initiatives, in a completely non-boring way.

Click on “Pilots and Initiatives: > “eLi TechFest” for more info including campus locations and times, or click on the following link: 

MOOC Grant Report – What were the results of that MOOC anyways?

At long last, we’ve analyzed the first level data and have some encouraging results to share regarding our experiment with the MOOC.

We had an 18.4% completion/success rate – over double the national average for MOOCs.  We reached our target audience, with many high school students, as well as many adults with some college credit.  About a quarter of MOOC participants were enrolled in a degree program of some sort – the majority at the associate’s degree level.

How did it work out for Tri-C students?  Of the Tri-C students who took a pre- and post-test (a very small sample size of 13!), over 75% either improved their dev ed course placement or tested out of developmental math entirely – a fantastic finding, as the course itself does not cover content designed to take a student to college-level math!

Learn more by reading the full report to the Gates Foundation HERE.

Want to learn more about the MOOC, the process, and how to check it out for yourself?  Visit the MOOC page.

Happy Birthday Text Messaging!

Birthday cupcakeGuess who’s still UNDER 21?  Text messaging!  Invented 20 years ago, when Neil Papworth sent the first SMS message, texting is now “the most popular form of contact.”  Though this statement causes certain demographic groups to cringe, texting is now a ubiquitous part of contemporary lexicon, causing even the most reluctant to occasionally type “LOL”, even if it is in the text of an email and not an SMS.

Couple fun news articles related:

Texting the Most Popular Form of Contact

Top 20 SMS Facts

There are also plenty of other blog posts you can find online.  Many of them adopt a humorous tone and slightly less than orthodox tone, so surfers beware!




NDLWeek – Highlighting Our Partners!

Get in on the game!

electronic gameJoin our Virtual Scavenger Hunt!  Students can win one of three $25 Tri-C gift cards!  Submit your completed scavenger hunt to:

Want to find out more of what’s going on with distance learning in other great Northeast Ohio organizations?  Check out our partner links on our NDLWeek 2012 page!

Find out what they’re doing online, and get involved!

  • The Cleveland Museum of Art
  • The Western Reserve Historical Society
  • WVIZ/PBS ideastream
  • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History


Have you adopted OER?

adopt share pictureIf you’re looking for a great webinar to attend on Open Educational Resource (OER) adoptions, check out this one by the College Community Consortium for Open Educational Resources.  Our own Danielle Budzick will be sharing about Cuyahoga Community College’s adoption of a Flat World Knowledge textbook, and the results for both faculty and students.

The announcement includes this description:

Presenters from the Kaleidoscope Project at College of the Redwoods, Cuyahoga Community College, and Scottsdale Community College will talk about their challenges and achievements in finding, evaluating, and adapting high-quality OER to replace high cost publisher textbooks.

So check it out September 25th at 1 PM!


TED-Ed aka “Lessons Worth Sharing”

Are you a TED fan?  Now there’s TED-Ed, currently in Beta, that has an interesting, simplified way to share content and provoke thought for students.

As an amusing introduction, check out this “Some Study that I Used to Know.”  It a “Best Flips” – TED-Ed’s term for a user-generated lesson.  Featuring a YouTube video parody of “Somebody that I used to know,” it questions what from high school was really necessary learning.

If you’ve got another five minutes, go through the questions.  It will cause some interesting reflection, guaranteed.  (Did you hear that?  It’s a guarantee!)

Keep those synapses jumpin!


Prior learning – what’s up with that?

You may have heard a lot of buzz about colleges responding to the need to provide credit for prior learning experiences – like work experience or informal learning.  The idea is that these real-world experiences that students (mostly adult learners) have had should be looked on as skill development and information acquisition and application – just like college classes.  It seems to make sense, so why is there all this controversy surrounding it?

Anything that makes major changes in the way the educational system works is often controversial when first proposed.  In the new world of education that we’re moving towards, perhaps it won’t be so foreign.

Check out these links and gather your own conclusions:

College Credit Without College from Inside Higher Ed

Check out this article on Prior Learning Assessment from Wikipedia

This is American Council on Education’s page on PLA.

This article – also from Higher Ed – focuses on MOOCs and college credit.

This study, reported on by the CollegeBoard, shares how a new study reveals students with PLA do much better in college.

Heard of edupunks?  This link takes you to a free download for “The Edupunk’s Guide to a DIY Credential.”

Or, if you want a cool new visual way to check out these links, check out the board I created for it with even more resources HERE.

Signing off from one edupunk to another – Sasha