A Great Experimentation!

Photo Credit: culmsurf CC

Photo Credit: culmsurf CC

Two professors, Cathy Davidson and Dan Ariely are currently running an experimental undergraduate course, “Surprising Endings’ as a Winter 2013 course at Duke University.  It is quite an ambitious undertaking in which the students work in groups and each group is to come up with their segment of a MOOC for public consumption at the end of the course.  In this course, the students are the driver and select their own topics, readings and use two professors as their consultants.  The students meets face-to-face in the class while they are also busy writing public blog entries about what they are learning.  Duke Today published the article, “Teaching 2.0 Make a Class do Cartwheel” reporting about the course.  The video attached to the article gives us a glimpse of what might be going on in the course.  This course seems to be practicing all the principles that applied to student-centered, authentic, and self-directed learning: “Learning by Doing, Making, Teaching.  Very intriguing!  The course also provides one professional videographer and 5 TA’s to help students produce a professional grade video artifact.  Thirty-three (33) students and 5 TA’s?  Wow, this is definitely a resourceful university. YouTube video from the Surprising Endings course is here. Check it out!

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