Robo-Grading Essays with EdX Discern: A Middle Path with Our New Robot Overlords

Recently MOOC provider EdX unveiled Discern, a tool for automatically grading written student work like essays and short answer questions. The NY Times article aptly captures the resulting hullabaloo from all sides as people envision a world where robots grade students’ papers. Proponents of robo-grading point to the prompt feedback …

Create Beautiful Web Graphics with just PowerPoint and Screenshots

You don’t need fancy design skills to make attractive web graphics for your blog or online course. This tutorial will teach you how to create beautiful web graphics using only PowerPoint, images, and screenshots. To be more specific, we are going to find a nice background image on the web, …

Teacher as Curator: Capture and Organize Learning Materials with Web 2.0 Tools

In the 21st Century world of abundant free educational content, teachers are challenged to shed the role of “content area expert” and adopt the role of “content curator”. Part of the shifting role of teachers from “sage on the stage” to “guide on the side” means spending less time lecturing …

WebRTC: A New Standard for Free, Open Video Chat, File Sharing, and More In the Browser

Everybody loves video chatting with friends, sharing files, instant messaging, and web surfing together. In education, it seems like we always need newer and better tools for working together collaboratively on the web in real time to make learning more immediate and dynamic. A new free web technology called Web …