new and better

George Couros writes, “I’m defining innovation as a way of thinking that creates something new and better. Innovation can come from either invention (something totally new) or iteration (a change of something that already exists), but if it does not meet the idea of new and better, it is not innovative.”

I usually sign up for a couple courses from FutureLearn as they are usually good. Although they are linear, the discussions are pretty interesting with contributors from all over the world. One of the robotics courses provided access to wonderful simulations that were very realistic and challenging without having to have any electronics to deal with. The tour of Rome in 100 BC and video of the same sites today are very compelling. Nice to see that these courses are being offered. Although they include new ways of learning, they adhere to traditional course structures.

Having participated in MOOCs since before they were called MOOCs (really), I am delighted to participate in IMMOOC – a “real” MOOC. Much more emphasis on learning what you want to learn. Learning from the serendipitous interaction with others. Some suggestions from George. Great questions about interesting aspects of teaching and learning, and what “new and better” might be.

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