Presentation: Using Online PD to Change Teacher Practice
Posted on Nov 10, 2016 by Lauren Acree

In November, I was invited to present at the National Writing Project Annual Meeting. During my presentation I shared the Friday Institute's MOOC-Ed and micro-credentialing work with the goal of building the NWP partners' capacity to build scaleable professional development for educators. As a group we discussed what makes professional development work and the challenges in translating research-based best practices for PD into the online context through MOOC-Eds and micro-credentials. 


As a group we found that the potential to leverage online learning platforms for professional development for teachers and university faculty is great but it requires thoughtful decision making and design. As organizations it is important to consider our values and goals and use them thoughtfully to ensure that online learning experiences are valuable for teachers.

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Presentation: Open Source Customizations for MOOC-Ed
Posted on Jun 23, 2016 by Mark Samberg

In June of 2016, Mark Samberg, the Technology Innovations Lead at the Friday Institute, had the opportunity to share the extensive modifications that we've made to our open source learning environment to serve the goals of the MOOC-Ed Initiative. Mark's presentation at the MoodleMoot US 2016 conference consisted of the following seven sections:
  1. Overview of the MOOC-Ed initiative and its goals 
  2. Description of the non-negotiable technical requirements that are required to meet these goals (e.g., access to data, design flexibility, ability to scale, cost effectiveness, etc.) 
  3. Overview of our move from Google Coursebuilder to Moodle 
  4. Specific customizations made to our Moodle instance to enable a successful transition (e.g., sidebar, video resources, resource ratings, custom theming, etc.)
  5. Opportunity for attendees to experience our Moodle instance for themselves
  6. Future directions
  7. Questions and follow-up discussion

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Presentation: The Value of MOOC-Eds
Posted on Mar 10, 2016 by Alex Dreier

In March, the Friday Institute's Executive Director, Dr. Glenn Kleiman, participated in a panel alongside leaders from Coursera and edX where they discussed the use of MOOCs in teacher professional development. In MOOCs & Teacher PD: Mindless Snack or Hearty Fare?, Dr. Kleiman highlighted our key MOOC-Ed design principles and discussed their importance in designing effective learning experiences for educators. The discussion was moderated by Class Central, and they put together a blog post with their five key takeaways from the presentation, which also offers a recording of the event.

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Presentation: Data Science Symposium
Posted on Feb 15, 2016 by Alex Dreier

As a part of NC State's efforts to create a nationally recognized hub of excellence in data science and analytics, the Data Science Initiative sponsored a Winter Symposium. The goals of this event were twofold: In addition to introducing the Initiative and hosting plenary talks on external partnerships and existing resources within the university, we hope to foster internal collaboration by using the afternoon to highlight existing research efforts across the university. This consisted of very short presentations by faculty members on individual research topics in a speed dating format, organized by college. As part of these faculty presentations, Dr. Shaun Kellogg discussed the integration of Learning Analytics techniques, including Data Dashboards and Social Network Analysis, to support more traditional evaluation approaches to online learning.


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Presentation: Coffee & Viz Seminar Series
Posted on Feb 09, 2016 by Alex Dreier

Researchers from NC State and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation discussed network analysis and visualization across a variety of disciplines, including education, sociology, and linguistics. Dr. Shaun Kellogg and Dr. Lauren Bryant, both research scholars at the Friday Institute, described how they have applied social network analysis and visualizations to study the impact of social network structures on the ultimate success of both online communities of practice and large, multi-institutional project teams. Dr. Steve McDonald, associate professor of sociology at NC State, demonstrated network visualization techniques used in his research on job mobility and labor market contacts. Dr. Robin Dodsworth, associate professor of linguistics at NC State, discussed her use of social network analysis and visualizations to research community network structures and their correlation with linguistic variation.


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Presentation: American Evaluation Association Panel Session
Posted on Nov 01, 2015 by Alex Dreier

The Friday Institute Research & Evaluation Team presented an Ignite style panel session on Innovative Approaches to evaluation. The purpose of the panel was to highlight different approaches to evaluation used across a range of education stakeholders. Dr. Shaun Kellogg presented on the topic of Real Time evaluation used to provide a fast, formative, and flexible approach for providing data and insight among various contexts. Specific evaluations discussed were the TN 1:1 initiative, and the Friday Institutes MOOC-Ed and Leadership in Blended Learning program led by the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative. 


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The Potential of MOOCs for Educators Professional Development
Posted on Sep 10, 2014 by Glenn Kleiman and Mary Ann Wolf

Click here to view the PowerPoint slides from a presentation made by Glenn Kleiman and Mary Ann Wolf at the Consortium on School Networking (CoSN) Conference, Washington D.C. (March 2014)

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Exploring a personalized and scalable approach to professional development
Posted on Sep 10, 2014 by Glenn Kleiman and Mary Ann Wolf

Click here to view the PowerPoint slides from a presentation made by Glenn Kleiman and Mary Ann Wolf at the UNESCO Mobile Learning Conference in Paris (Feb. 2014).

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