Banner and logo on edX

From this page: You have to scroll way down the page to find the banner and logo, and I don’t think it is that inspiring. I wonder if it will change? Here is the original file (24 August 2014): let’s see if the above changes. hkpolyu-final Further down the page there is a body of text where the PolyU has a few paragraphs. there is a heading (An Internationally Recognised University – Located in the heart of Asia) but no real organisation, and the hyper link has an error in it, so does not correctly link to the PolyU website. Not very encouraging so far.


MOOCs – An ELC one? Random thoughts

1. Survey ELC students? Do they know about MOOCs? Have they ever enrolled in a MOOC? Would they be interested in enrolling in a MOOC? If yes, under what conditions (I suspect credit transfer, or reduced workload in a subject)? What kind of topic (related to English) would they be interested in?

2. An ELC MOOC – should it be related to our existing subjects, or can / should it be a completely new subject?

Related to existing subjects

Advantages: we already have a lot of the content; we know the problems students have; we are not stepping into the unknown to such an extent; we can reuse the materials created in our existing subjects;  PolyU students can benefit from what we create.

Disadvantages: it’s quite likely to be boring, and other providers have the same idea; duplication; hard to make the ELC MOOC stand out; pressure for us to offer a credit transfer for students taking the MOOC – implications?

Completely new subject

We have to come up with an idea; we have to come up with content; we are starting from scratch; what may work this year might not work next year; will it still stand out / be attractive to students? We are not only stepping into the unknown in terms of platform and numbers, but also content.

A combination of the above?

Grammar: Michael Rundell BC seminar

See here for a playlist which I think has all the videos. Splitting the seminar into smaller parts is a good idea, but I wish they would number the parts, or make the whole talk available as a one hour video.

Here is one segment – bored of or bored with. The dictionary gives a warning about its usage.

Bored of or Bored with?

Michael Rundell – editor in chief of Macmillan dictionaries  – so certainly has the credentials. Quite an interesting series of videos, although he’s not the greatest speaker. He has a few digs at newspaper columnists / personalities who fear the declining standards of English, which for a non-British / non-native speaker audience is not so relevant.