From the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University comes this announcement of an event this afternoon from 1:30-3:00pm Eastern time, featuring ProfHacker’s own Adeline Koh:
Please join us for an event on MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) and play in education with Pete Rorabaugh (English, Georgia State University; @allistelling) and Jesse Stommel (English & Digital Humanities, Marylhurst University; @jessifer), editors of the journal Hybrid Pedagogy. Adeline Koh (Literature, Richard Stockton College & 2012-13 Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellow) will moderate.
We’ll be livestreaming the event on the FHI Youtube channel, and everyone is encouraged to watch and take part via the Twitterstream: hashtag #dukehp.
Between my MA and PhD programs, I worked briefly at a research lab that addressed artificial intelligence-type questions, mostly in the context of building training systems for corporations and government agencies. Among other projects, I worked on a program that taught negotiation, using expert feedback from Roger Fisher and the Harvard Negotiation Project. It was a great experience: I learned a lot about pedagogy, about project management (and, thanks to our client’s needs, got an all-too-personal introduction to the idea of the mythical man-month) . . . heck, I even learned some LISP!
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