Category Archives: Virtualization / Online learning

New Draft for Academic Plan on Virtualization and Online Learning (18 April 2013)

The Senate Academic Planning Task Force (SAPT) has posted its second draft for Queen’s Academic Plan on Virtualization and Online Learning.  The first draft was posted on March 22.  For comments on the first draft, see here.

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Mark Jones, Clarification of the “Course Variants” Motion (31 March 2013)

The Curriculum Committee (CC) in the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) has circulated a memo to Undergraduate Chairs about “course variants” (see appendix, below).  The memo refers to a motion I brought before the Faculty Board (FB) in December: … Continue reading

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New Questions about Online Learning (26 February 2012)

Some recent articles and studies raise serious questions about the uses of online learning in college and university (updated 4 May 2013):

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Mark Jones, Questions Concerning Proposals for Course Redesign (13 February 2013)

From the Arts and Science Faculty Board Agenda for 13 February 2013.  For the  response, see the Minutes, pp. 8-11. Questions for Dean MacLean, Arts and Science Faculty Board, February 2013 from Mark Jones, Department of English Units in Arts … Continue reading

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Mark Jones, Data Check: Recent “Evidence” in Support of Blended and Online Learning (27 January 2013)

The Arts and Science webpage for “Blended Learning”[1] claims that A 2010 meta-analysis of more than a thousand empirical research studies showed that learning outcomes for students taking blended courses were significantly better than those of students receiving purely face-to-face … Continue reading

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Arts and Science: Call for Proposals for Course Redesign Project (24 January 2013)

Emailed to departments as a pdf document, Call for Proposals3 Jan 2013, 24 January 2013.  Italics and boldface are in the original.  See also Associate Dean Ravenscroft’s earlier mailings of February and May 2011 and February 2012.  Note that the present memo does not … Continue reading

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Podcast: Digital Boon or Digital Doom? The Virtual Future of Higher Education (16 January 2013)

The panel discussion “Digital Boon or Digital Doom?” moderated by Ira Basen (University of Western Ontario, 16 January 2013), including panelists Luis von Ahn, Carnegie Mellon University Elizabeth Hanson, Queen’s University Doug Mann, Western University Jonathan Schaeffer, University of Alberta George … Continue reading

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