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Nathan Heller: Is College Moving Online?

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Many people think that massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are the future of higher education in America. MOOCs are controversial, and debate has grown louder in recent weeks.


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CIS120 Angel Castro - I agree with online classes being the future. With everything from paying bills and food shopping everyone is using the internet.

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CIS 120-300 Jasmine Soto. I totally agree with this one

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Nathan Heller: Is College Moving Online?

Nathan Heller: Is College Moving Online? | Advantages and Disadvantages to Online learning | Scoop.it

Many people think that massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are the future of higher education in America. MOOCs are controversial, and debate has grown louder in recent weeks.


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CIS120 Angel Castro - I agree with online classes being the future. With everything from paying bills and food shopping everyone is using the internet.

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CIS 120-300 Jasmine Soto. I totally agree with this one
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Embed SlideShare Presentations without Flash

Embed SlideShare Presentations without Flash | Advantages and Disadvantages to Online learning | Scoop.it
Learn how to embed SlideShare presentations in web pages without using the Adobe Flash Player plugin.

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Online learning: Campus 2.0

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Massive open online courses are transforming higher education — and providing fodder for scientific research.

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When campus president Wallace Loh walked into Juan Uriagereka's office last August, he got right to the point. “We need courses for this thing — yesterday!”

Uriagereka, associate provost for faculty affairs at the University of Maryland in College Park, knew exactly what his boss meant. Campus administrators around the world had been buzzing for months about massive open online courses, or MOOCs: Internet-based teaching programmes designed to handle thousands of students simultaneously, in part using the tactics of social-networking websites. To supplement video lectures, much of the learning comes from online comments, questions and discussions. Participants even mark one another's tests.

MOOCs had exploded into the academic consciousness in summer 2011, when a free artificial-intelligence course offered by Stanford University in California attracted 160,000 students from around the world — 23,000 of whom finished it. Now, Coursera in Mountain View, California — one of the three researcher-led start-up companies actively developing MOOCs — was inviting the University of Maryland to submit up to five courses for broadcast on its software platform. Loh wanted in. “He was very clear,” says Uriagereka. “We needed to be a part of this.”

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MOOCs are controversial but hold much promise.  This article provides insights into what currently is and is not working with this delivery format

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It's true :)

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Interview with Edward Dixon: First-Hand Insight for #Online Learning

Interview with Edward Dixon: First-Hand Insight for #Online Learning | Advantages and Disadvantages to Online learning | Scoop.it

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Edward Dixon, who teaches German at UPenn, believes there are advantages to language learning thanks to social media and other online collaboration that could not have happened the same way in traditional classes. Dixon plans to follow up this idea with research.

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MOOCs and Beyond - eLearning Papers 33 released

MOOCs and Beyond - eLearning Papers 33 released | Advantages and Disadvantages to Online learning | Scoop.it

Among other topics, eLearning Papers 33 explores whether MOOCs may be a viable solution for education in developing countries and analyses the role of these emerging courses in the education system, especially in higher education. Furthermore, valuable examples from the field are presented, such as the quad-blogging concept and a game-based MOOC developed to promote entrepreneurship education.


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3 reasons why higher education should be online and free | SmartPlanet

3 reasons why higher education should be online and free | SmartPlanet | Advantages and Disadvantages to Online learning | Scoop.it
In her recent TED talk, Daphne Koller, Stanford professor and co-founder of Coursera, describes the challenges and opportunities presented with free,

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The "Linux" of online learning? edX takes big step toward open source goal | GigaOM EdTech News

The "Linux" of online learning? edX takes big step toward open source goal | GigaOM EdTech News | Advantages and Disadvantages to Online learning | Scoop.it

Since launching early last year, edX, the online learning site backed by Harvard and MIT, has emphasized its plans to be an open-source platform. Last week, in fact, at the SXSWedu education technology conference in Austin, while arguing that it’s good for online learning to have multiple players, edX’s president Anant Agarwal said that edX could be the “Linux” to Coursera’s “Microsoft.”

 

Well, on Thursday, the nonprofit took its first big step in that direction with the release of its XBlock SDK, the underlying architecture supporting edX course content.

 

On edX, all of the course content, from videos and text to interactive periodic tables and online circuit simulators, is built from XBlock, Agarwal said. By opening up this source code, he continued, developers around the world can now add their own content modules or “blades,” as edX calls them.

 

(He said the term “blade” comes from the idea that if the edX platform is like the handle of a razor, the architecture enables developers to plug in different blades.)

 

“We were hard-pressed to imagine how one organization could develop all the blades needed for all courses,” said Agarwal. “By making it open, we get the community to develop these blades using the XBlock architecture. In this way, we hope we can very rapidly increase the breadth of the kinds of things that we’re able to support.”

 

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Online learning 'no substitute' for classroom - Financial Times

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Online learning 'no substitute' for classroom Financial Times Virtual learning is no substitute for the classroom, the debate should be between whether a course is offered online or not at all, says Peter Hirst, executive director of executive...
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