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Les Mooc, an II - Educpros

Les Mooc, an II - Educpros | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
Si 2013-2014 fut l'année de la déferlante Mooc dans les écoles et universités françaises, 2014-2015 s'annonce comme celle des interrogations, voire des critiques....
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Why using MOOCs? The last reason is interesting: "pour promouvoir la Francophonie". Good point mes amis.

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Educause, Gates Foundation to examine history and future of the LMS @insidehighered

Educause, Gates Foundation to examine history and future of the LMS @insidehighered | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
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Updated LMS market share figure. LMS is out. So, what's new again?

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What online tutoring programs can do for kids

What online tutoring programs can do for kids | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
They're cheaper and more convenient that in-person tutoring sessions, but do they work?
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Interesting article and video on tutoring for kids

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The Learning Myth: Why I'm Cautious About Telling My Son He's Smart

The Learning Myth: Why I'm Cautious About Telling My Son He's Smart | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
By: Salman Khan
Join the #YouCanLearnAnything movement


My 5-year-­old son has just started reading. Every night, we lie on his bed and he reads a short book to me. Inevitably, he’ll hit a word
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Great post by Salman Khan on learning, changing your mindset, ... well, on education in general.

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Google To Sponsor MOOC Research

Google To Sponsor MOOC Research | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it

Carnegie Mellon University researchers will tap data-driven approaches to improving learning as part of a new Google-sponsored effort to unlock the educational potential of MOOCs...http://www.scoop.it/t/easy-mooc


Via Lucas Gruez
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Google sponsors MOOCs, Microsoft does. The big ones are still interested...

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Andrés Núñez Álvarez's curator insight, July 7, 5:29 PM

Gracias a esta investigación patrocinada por Google, será posible diseñar cursos MOOC que se adapten mejor a las necesidades académicas de los estudiantes.

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What about the women? - Coursera Technology

What about the women? - Coursera Technology | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
“Education is one of the most important means of empowering women with the
knowledge, skills and self-confidence necessary to participate fully in …
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Interesting numbers on female Coursera participation.

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How journals like Nature, Cell and Science are damaging science

How journals like Nature, Cell and Science are damaging science | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
Randy Schekman: The incentives offered by top journals distort science, just as big bonuses distort banking
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'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.'

 

What else is there to say?

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Udacity's Sebastian Thrun, Godfather Of Free Online Education, Changes Course

Udacity's Sebastian Thrun, Godfather Of Free Online Education, Changes Course | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
He captivated the world with visions of self-driving cars and Google Glass and has signed up 1.6 million students for online classes. So why is he...
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A very long article. But the bottom line is very interesting: MOOCs are getting sponsered by companies as an alternative recruitment channel. That's quite an evolution.

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MOOCs in Europe, an overview | Pierre Dillenbourg - slides


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Interesting list of MOOC's in Europe.

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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, July 4, 2013 5:53 AM

A useful collection of 51 slides, inventorying the state of MOOC usage in Europe. Of course, the inventory is incomplete in that countries and projects are missing, but it is a good starting point for awareness raising. The collection also contains an invitation to contribute slides. So if you are aware of European MOOC initiatives, contribute! (@pbsloep)

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New forms of open peer review will allow academics to separate scholarly evaluation from academic journals.

New forms of open peer review will allow academics to separate scholarly evaluation from academic journals. | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
Today's academic publishing system may be problematic, but many argue it is the only one available to provide adequate research evaluation. Pandelis Perakakis introduces an open community platform,...

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Steven Verjans's curator insight, August 21, 2013 10:27 AM

As an 'unpaid' journal editor, this model piques my interest. A lot of stuff is happening in academia. Academic peer review has always been about 'social networks of academics', but it could use some transparancy, and open peer review is an interesting development in that regard.

via @laurapasquini

Jeroen Clemens's curator insight, August 22, 2013 7:23 AM

This is a very good idea ! 

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"It is never too late to start again" - A Syrian Doctor's 25 Courses

"It is never too late to start again" - A Syrian Doctor's 25 Courses | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
Editor’s note: Mahmud Angrini is a Syrian Medical Doctor. He originally wrote to us to say “thank you" — Mahmud’s story was not only touching but so inspiring that we asked him to share it with the...
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Online courses can make a difference. We can only hope that all MOOC platforms will stay open - one way or another - to everyone.

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Udemy & TechCrunch Launch Fee-Based MOOC Provider Called “CrunchU” | WiredAcademic

Udemy & TechCrunch Launch Fee-Based MOOC Provider Called “CrunchU” | WiredAcademic | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it

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.


Via Kim Flintoff
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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.

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What have I learnt in teaching a MOOC 4 times?

What have I learnt in teaching a MOOC 4 times? | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it

One significant benefit of MOOCs over traditional classroom courses is that they offer the possibility to deliver personal, non-threatening, side-by-side, one-on-one education. The course presenter simply has to design it that way. I believe the huge early success of Khan Academy comes from that one factor. Khan’s pedagogic model is poor (though typical of a lot of classroom teaching) and in some instances his content is flat wrong, but his delivery is superb and he puts people at their ease. The guy has charisma, and it flows at you through the audio channel on your computer. What is more, for many people, what he offers is a lot better than they experienced, or are enduring, in a more traditional education setting. (Disclaimer: I know Sal slightly, and like him a lot, but we are not close friends.)

So, seeing what he had done well, I modeled, as best I could, the videos in my MOOC on Sal’s delivery, modified to work for more advanced, less-procedural mathematics.


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Beyond the LMS

Beyond the LMS | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
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Interesting post by Audrey Watters, questioning why the LMS doesn't work. Yes, the technology used will be part of the cause. More specifically the philosophy of the LMS designers and those of the educators using the LMS in the 90s (LMS = administartion, not learning). The solution proposed is ideal (internet needs to be open again) , but not feasible in the short term. If ever again...

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Daphne Koller on Education, Coursera, and MOOCs

Daphne Koller on Education, Coursera, and MOOCs | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it

Daphne Koller of Coursera talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about online educational website Coursera and the future of education both online and via bricks-and-mortar.


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A glossary of common MOOC terms

A glossary of common MOOC terms | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it

Glossary of Terms Relevant to the MOOC Revolution:

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http://www.scoop.it/t/easy-mooc


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Always handy.

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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, August 21, 4:21 PM

Great article covering range of popular terms etc.  

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Billionaire's Failed Education Experiment Proves There's No Shortcut To Success

Billionaire's Failed Education Experiment Proves There's No Shortcut To Success | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
Frustrated that Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurs “were not on focused on breakthrough technologies that will take civilization to the next level”, Peter Thiel announced the Thiel Fellowship in September 2010.  He paid children $100,000 not to complete their college education.  His plan was to have them build world-changing companies instead of [...]
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I had almost forgotten about this experiment. Happy to hear that education does help after all for most of us.

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How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang

How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
Academic systems rely on the existence of a supply of “outsiders” ready to forgo wages and employment security in exchange for the prospect of uncertain security, prestige, freedom and reasonably h...
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The evolution of academic careers. An interesting article.

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Completion data for MOOCs - The Ed Techie

Completion data for MOOCs - The Ed Techie | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
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...
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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.

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Coursera founder phones it in at open education conference | Digital

Coursera founder phones it in at open education conference | Digital | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it

Via Robert Schuwer
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The debate on 'open education' has just started...

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Gates foundation solicits remedial MOOCs | Inside Higher Ed

Gates foundation solicits remedial MOOCs | Inside Higher Ed | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it

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.


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The attack of the MOOCs | The Economist, Higher Education

The attack of the MOOCs | The Economist, Higher Education | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it

An army of new online courses is scaring the wits out of traditional universities. But can they find a viable business model?


Via Peter B. Sloep
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Offering MOOC's... a “lemming-like rush”? Interesting metaphor.

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Elahe Amani's curator insight, August 22, 2013 2:33 AM

Worth reading...

Gabi Witthaus's curator insight, August 22, 2013 4:04 AM

Good commentary by Peter Sloep: "This concise article contains little news for those who keep up to date on MOOC developments. However, it still is useful in that it only takes on the question of whether (higher) education with MOOCs can be turned into a viable business. This is revealing, both in that the Economist concludes that the verdict is still out on that question and in that no single sentence is devoted to the question of whether this is a good idea in the first place." (@pbsloep)

 

I suppose it is The Economist, after all...

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, September 21, 2013 7:16 AM

Business models are appearing - Coursera announced this week that they have made $1million on their Signature track (although this pales into insignificance against their investors $66 million) Better than nothing though!  Interesting article though. 

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School of Information announces first online Master of Information and Data Science degree

School of Information announces first online Master of Information and Data Science degree | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
The School of Information's new online degree program addresses the nation's "dramatically growing need for well-trained big-data professionals."
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The world needs data scientists...

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Tyler Griffin's curator insight, July 19, 2013 10:48 AM

Finding information effectively and efficiently is becoming more complex. So is the training that a librarian-type role requires.

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Why Professors at San Jose State Won't Use a Harvard Professor's MOOC

Why Professors at San Jose State Won't Use a Harvard Professor's MOOC | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
In an open letter, the San Jose professors worry that public higher education will suffer if scholar-student interaction is replaced with videotaped content.

Via Hybrid Pedagogy
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Interesting case: San Jose State University starts pushing their faculty members to use other professor's Mooc's. They refused.

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