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Reflection on LWMOOC3

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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at Learning with MOOCs III at the University of Pennsylvania. I missed the first year of the conference, but enjoyed presenting at the second event at Teachers College. Last year’s talk primarily focused on multiple pathways research coming out of the 2014 DALMOOC and I received some good feedback. This year, Matt Crosslin and I presented on multiple pathways/customizable modalities research that also included data from the 2015 HumanMOOC and ongoing work from my for-credit fully-online history courses at the University of Texas at Arlington. Our program session on Multiple Learning Pathways was full of lively discussion and I enjoyed hearing from the other presenters. From the questions, I could glean that most see the value in attempting this level of personalized learning, but simultaneously recognize the challenges. I am excited that I get to continue my research going forward (in particular collaborating with Dragan Gasevic, Nikola Milikic, and Kim Breuer.) For more information on customizable modalities pathways courses, please see Matt’s blog.

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The Beginnings of the Learner Pathways Model

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"Designing a Dual Layer cMOOC/xMOOC" is probably the first attempt to document the learner pathways model that was conceptualized in a DesignJam for DALMOOC in 2014. The original name for the idea was "dual layer," but since that term implies heirachy, it was soon abandoned. The evolution of these ideas will be documented here. The overall idea pulls on a lot of existing ideas, so this initial blog post became a series of posts as we tried to flesh out the idea. Some of these ideas stuck, others did not. The diagram that was created for this blog post basically contains the idea in a nutshell.