2014 TWTA Winner Arnold Weinstein

Instructor: Professor Arnold Weinstein
Course:  COLT 1420T: The Fiction of Relationship

Description: Explores the manifold ways in which narrative literature sheds light on the relationships that we have in life, both knowingly and unknowingly. The novel form, with its possibilities of multiple voices and perspectives, captures the interplay between self and other that marks all lives. Authors include Laclos, Melville, Brontë, Kafka, Woolf, Faulkner, Borges, Burroughs, Vesaas, Morrison, and Coetzee.

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MOOC Research by CIS staff member Devayani Tirthali published

Devayani Tirthali, Instructional Designer with Academic Technology, CIS has had 2 articles published relating to research she conducted with colleagues from Columbia University on MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Her first article “Why do Institutions Offer MOOCs?” co-authored with Fiona M. Hollands, Teachers College, Columbia University was published in the October 2014 issue of Online Learning, a Journal of the Online Learning Consortium (Formertly JALN). By reviewing the literature and interviewing 83 individuals knowledgeable about massive open online courses (MOOCs), the article presents the authors’ investigation into the goals of institutions of higher education that are currently developing and delivering MOOCs.

Devayani’s second article also co-authored with Fiona Holland was published in the November 2014 issue of IRRODL (The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning). “Resource requirements and costs of developing and delivering MOOCs“. In this article, the authors address what institutional resources are required for the development and delivery of MOOCs, based on interviews conducted with 83 administrators, faculty members, researchers, and other actors in the MOOCspace. Additionally they used the ingredients method to present cost analyses of MOOC production and delivery at four institutions.

“These articles were based on the report “MOOCs: Expectations and Reality” published in May 2014. “

Devayani would be happy to discuss her research with those who are interested. You can contact her at devayani_tirthali@brown.edu.