Randy Schekman: The incentives offered by top journals distort science, just as big bonuses distort banking
'Just as Wall Street needs to break the hold of the bonus culture, which drives risk-taking that is rational for individuals but damaging to the financial system, so science must break the tyranny of the luxury journals. The result will be better research that better serves science and society.'
Udemy is partnering with TechCrunch to launch a MOOC provider called CrunchU, bringing fee-based ($19 – $99) courses from business leaders such as Eric Ries, Dave McClure and Jack Welch to lifelong learners.
The partners will provide 30 TechCrunch-curated courses, including on topics such as “Creating Responsive Web Design” and “Sales and Persuasion Skills for Startups” to “Android Apps in 1 Hour: No Coding Required” and “Raising Money for Startups.”
Udemy, which charges for its marketplace of courses, faces pressure from free MOOC providers such as Coursera, Udacity and edX as well as from paid course rival providers such as Lynda.com.
As Mooc's get popular, more and more platforms call themself a 'Mooc'. Even if they aren't by far. So good idea from the author of this article to introduce the word 'MOCFAFs': Massive Online Courses For a Fee.
"There is no shortage of news about MOOCs in the media. ... Many of the recent editorials, blogs and press releases focus upon three things. The first is about new MOOCs and new MOOC initiatives. ... A second popular type of news focuses upon the concept of the MOOC as a disruptive innovation. ... The third is the MOOC critique, as people consider some of the potential dangers or limitations of this type of learning environment. All of these have their place, but I am looking for more discussion about the “why” of MOOCs. Let’s briefly consider a few of them here."
The heavy hitting and innovative Open University is majority owner of FutureLearn Ltd.
Not to be outdone by US consortiums, the United Kingdom announced its own massive open online course (MOOC) provider on Friday called “FutureLearn”, kicking up the battle of the MOOCs to a trans-Atlantic affair.
The heavy hitting and innovative Open University is majority owner of FutureLearn Ltd. But it says the organization will run independently, offering a wide range of free, open, online courses from a roster of UK universities that includes: The universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Anglia, Exeter, King’s College London, Lancaster, Leeds, Southampton, St Andrews and Warwick.
Via Kim Flintoff
The UK starts his own MOOC provider, I guess France and Germany will follow soon.
As I mentioned in the previous post, I am doing some Gates funded research on MOOCs. My part was learning design analysis, while Katy Jordan has been looking at factors influencing completion rates. All this work is Katy's, I take...
This is the most interesting information I have read so far on MOOCs completion data (but almost no other data has been released on this before). Looking forward to the final article.
Early returns show that massive open online courses (MOOCs) work best for motivated and academically prepared students. But could high-quality MOOCs benefit a broader range of learners, like those who get tripped up by remedial classes?
That’s the question the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation wants to answer with a newly announced round of 10 grants for the creation of MOOCs for remedial coursework.
“We’re trying to seed the conversation and seed the experimentation,” said Josh Jarrett, the foundation's deputy director for education and postsecondary education.
Is it inappropriate to take the word ‘dropout’ from one context and stamp it upon another? With MOOCs I’d call it a category mistake, when a word is used to mean one thing (pejoratively) in the context of a long school, college or University course, then applied with the same pejorative force to a very different type of learning experience