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We all really are just rats in the Facebook maze
it is hard to pass the message on coursera that emotions are important in teaching but that expressing those emotions can lead to data collection.
posted to MetaFilter by b9492e7f929dab23426aa2b344d3d5bef083f7e1 at 6:45 PM on July 3, 2014

Open Source Everything
I plan on teaching about those things in the upcoming two weeks on Coursera. At least on a subset of those issues, as they relate to teaching (I am starting at the beginning!). This is a 3 week meta-MOOC, one week into it. Hundreds of students have been contributing about all kind of issues. It is sometimes said that MOOC professors are supposed to be "rockstars professors". I guess that one had a pretty serious mosh pit in its first week.


posted to MetaFilter by b9492e7f929dab23426aa2b344d3d5bef083f7e1 at 12:42 PM on June 28, 2014
I still can't believe that this thread hasn't been picked up
posted to MetaFilter by b9492e7f929dab23426aa2b344d3d5bef083f7e1 at 7:35 AM on July 2, 2014
the facebook experiment is a virus, not a meme
posted to MetaFilter by b9492e7f929dab23426aa2b344d3d5bef083f7e1 at 7:54 AM on July 2, 2014


Out to Pasture: Herding Education to Slaughter
Well, academics can fight back if they don't like it, or even better use that same medium to shape the conversation the way they want it. Somehow we (academics) have been handed with a gigantic megaphone, let's say something interesting with it. This might require rethinking a bit what it is that academics actually do, and if we couldn't do it better. In other words, the dinosaurs might have found their meteorite.

I am preparing a course on Coursera starting June 23rd.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by b9492e7f929dab23426aa2b344d3d5bef083f7e1 at 3:00 PM on May 30, 2014

The Rise of the Voluntariat
I would be interested to hear people's opinions on the idea of using voluntariat work in MOOCs to further research (in mathematics, particularly). Would this be exploitative? What would be good reward systems? Fame, scientific paper, internship?

The idea would be to break down a large problem into several subcases, each to be tested and worked on by the crowd. Some will be harder than others and make for interesting discussion topics to share back.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by b9492e7f929dab23426aa2b344d3d5bef083f7e1 at 2:23 PM on May 16, 2014
To add a bit of facts to the discussion:
- UCSC professors have started to work together against the contracts offered to them by their university. These contracts are imposed on the university by Coursera. See here for a discussion:
http://ucscfa.org/2013/06/scfas-ongoing-discussion-concerning-ucscs-contract-with-coursera/
- here are the contracts that have been leaked from Michigan:
http://www.documentcloud.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by b9492e7f929dab23426aa2b344d3d5bef083f7e1 at 3:26 PM on May 17, 2014

Dynetzzle
Hi

Other facts about nets: the octahedron and the cube have the same number of nets, as do the dodecahedron and the icosahedron. This reflects the duality between regular solids (tetrahedron is autodual). Such identities for the number of nets are also true for higher dimensional polytopes.

I proved 15 years ago (with computer) that there are no self-overlapping net for the icosahedron (and the same for the dodecahedron by hand).
posted to MetaFilter by b9492e7f929dab23426aa2b344d3d5bef083f7e1 at 12:10 PM on January 30, 2014

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