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Ethics, Data Control, and MOOC Development

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

AIMS faculty member Jim Porter will be presenting a paper on "Ethics and Data Control: The Economics of Online Course Development" at the upcoming Conference for the Association for Teachers of Technical Writing (AATW) in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 19th. Summary The digital information economy and Big Data analytics are precipitating some ...

Invasion of the MOOCs

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Invasion of the MOOCs: The Promise and Perils of Massive Open Online Courses (2014) is a new essay collection from Parlor Press exploring the use of MOOCs in education. The book is available for purchase in print or it can be downloaded for free under a Creative Commons license via ...

How Hooked Are You?

Friday, February 28th, 2014

  “Be a fisherman where there is a lot of fish, but not any fisherman”, said Rich Moran to both Sean Crowe and I. I quickly dabbled the little quote into my Moleskin notebook not to forget. Rich Moran is a Miami alum who is a successful entrepreneur, investor, author, mentor, ...

How my father-in-law went from Oxford to Tuscany and back thanks to the Oculus Rift

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Research into the use of digital games for the benefits of older adults seems to be on the rise in academic literature. At least, it has been remarkable how much more articles on the matter Google Scholar is pushing to me the last couple of months. Unfortunately, the bulk of ...

MOOCs, Surfing the Hype: Part 2, The Hype Cycle

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

There have been a lot of recent developments on the MOOC front, lots of churn and turmoil about MOOCs. What do we make of it all? I find the Gartner Hype Cycle a useful graphic for thinking about the development of MOOCs (or any technology for that matter).   MOOCs have been around ...

MOOCs, Surfing the Hype: Part 1, Developments

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Are MOOCs a fading fad? Is the whole idea starting to crash and burn? Or are MOOCs now moving to the next stage of development: that is, acceptance and implementation by respectable universities as credit-worthy online courses? I see evidence to support both conclusions. On the one hand, several major universities ...

Design as the New Liberal Education.

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

A group of students is sitting in the back of a classroom cutting and taping plastic and cardboard into bowl shapes. Then they fold and flatten the various shapes. In an effort to reduce the volume of waste at the university, the team has focused on a disposable salad bowl. ...

AIMS Skills in the Real World

Friday, October 11th, 2013

This past year solidified that my education at Miami University, specifically in the Armstrong Institute of Interactive Media Studies, has given me the tools I need to succeed in the real world. In the fall of 2012 my business fraternity, Pi Sigma Epsilon, contracted a project with Schneider Electric, a Fortune ...

Can Online Wait Be Managed? Designing Filler Interfaces For Managing Perceived Waiting Time Online

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Online waiting, a pervasive and inseparable component of people’s online shopping or service-getting experience, negatively affects their overall satisfaction with products, services, and stores.  A recent study reports that the maximum tolerable waiting time online is only three seconds. Long waiting times may be the single greatest problem for e-business, ...

Of Social Media, Oreo Cookies, and Quantitative Literacy

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

The following is an edited excerpt from the manuscript, "Smarter Cookies: Fostering Quantitative Literacy with the Cookie Conundrum" (Edwards, M. T., Strayer, J., & Knurek, R., 2013). Over the past year, a number of news stories in large media outlets - including CNN, Good Morning America, The Huffington Post, NBC, Time, ...