All posts by Karen Head

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Lessons Learned From a Freshman-Composition MOOC

Karen Head is an assistant professor in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Literature, Media, and Communication, and director of the university’s Communication Center. She has been reporting periodically on her group’s efforts to develop and offer a massive open online course in freshman composition. This is her final post on the course.

Since our MOOC, “First-Year Composition 2.0,” officially ended in late July, I have been asked many times whether the course was a success.  M…

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Inside a MOOC in Progress

Karen Head is an assistant professor in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Literature, Media, and Communication, and director of the university’s Communication Center. She reports periodically on her group’s efforts to develop and offer a massive open online course in freshman composition.

After months of preparation, we finally started our MOOC, “First-Year Composition 2.0,” at Georgia Tech. We are now through the first few weeks of the eight-week course, supported by the Bill & M…

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Sweating the Details of a MOOC in Progress

Karen Head, a guest blogger for Wired Campus, is an assistant professor in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Literature, Media, and Communication, and director of the institute’s Communication Center. She reports periodically on her group’s efforts to develop and offer a massive open online course in freshman composition.

Because I grew up in a military family, the expression “boots on the ground” always informs how I look at the planning and execution of a project. No matter t…

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Of MOOCs and Mousetraps

Karen Head, a guest blogger for Wired Campus, is an assistant professor in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Literature, Media, and Communication, and director of the institute’s Communication Center. She reports periodically on her group’s efforts to develop and offer a massive open online course in freshman composition.

Generally people approach new problems by beginning with what they already know, so early conversations are rooted in clichés about reinventing wheels or buildin…

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Here a MOOC, There a MOOC: But Will It Work for Freshman Composition?

The following is a guest post by Karen Head, an assistant professor in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Literature, Media, and Communication, and director of the institute’s Communication Center. She joins us today and in the coming months to report on her group’s efforts to develop and offer a MOOC (massive open online course) in freshman composition.

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In November 2012, I was part of a team that was awarded a grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to d…