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The dirty little secret of online learning: Students are bored and dropping out

The dirty little secret of online learning: Students are bored and dropping out | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
Online education has been around for a long time. But massive open online courses are finally making it respectable. Maybe even cool. Let’s not forget, though, that they are still experiments.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Interesting remarks on the future of online learning. Mobile is the way to go, but...

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Dr. Susan Bainbridge's curator insight, March 22, 2013 3:46 PM

Good insights into the future and design of online learning.

Roberto Ivan Ramirez's comment, April 11, 2013 7:55 PM
Why boring? not is enough the online tools and activities, or need other innovative systems and models
Andreas Kuswara's curator insight, April 17, 2013 9:38 PM

“Before smartphones, we went online roughly five times a day, in long chunks, according to Joe Kraus, a partner at Google Ventures. Today, with smartphones, it’s 27 times, in much shorter bursts. Twentieth century instructional methods just don’t work as well for busy, distracted 21st-century learners.”

 

Well written and concise sobering and critical opinion piece; can help us refocus on few critical points in designing MOOCs or any online learning actually, especially when you are in the high euphoric phase.

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The MOOC Business Model Gets Teeth in 2016

The MOOC Business Model Gets Teeth in 2016 | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it

This is a special issue of the ‘Need-to-Know’ blog post series featuring the latest developments in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offered by providers: Coursera, iVersity, edX, and Udacity...

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


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Goodbye "free"

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Critics see mismatch between Coursera's mission, business model

Critics see mismatch between Coursera's mission, business model | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
Coursera's decision to charge learners in some massive open online courses up front -- viewed by some as inevitable -- has critics asking if the MOOC provider is diverging from its mission of universal access.
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Online learning is expensive. Nothing comes for free. Hard times ahead for MOOC providers.

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2016 – the year of MOOC hard questions

2016 – the year of MOOC hard questions | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
We had 2012 as the year of the MOOC, 2014 was probably the year of the MOOC maturation, and I’m calling it for 2016, the year that university Vice Chancellors and Principals start looking and…
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But I do hope they stay around...

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Infographic: The Ideal Length of Everything Online, From Tweets to YouTube Videos | Adweek

Infographic: The Ideal Length of Everything Online, From Tweets to YouTube Videos | Adweek | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
Brands generally understand the most engaging lengths for billboard headlines, print copy and TV spots. But what about tweets, Facebook posts and online videos? The infographic below crunches some data to suggest the ideal length of everything online. Rules are made to be broken, of course, and this isn't to say other lengths can't work.
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Interesting information

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10 Most Popular Teaching Tools Used This Year | Edudemic

10 Most Popular Teaching Tools Used This Year | Edudemic | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
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The Most Popular Teacher Tools Used in 2014. Google is going to win this game as well.

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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, 2014 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

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The debate on 'open education' has just started...

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Educational data, Pearson and the ‘theory gap’ | Pearson Blog

Educational data, Pearson and the ‘theory gap’ | Pearson Blog | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
The official Pearson blog.
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Are publishers the new educational researchers? 

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The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New — Life Learning

The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New - Life Learning - Medium
There is absolutely no excuse for you not to master a new skill, expand your knowledge, or eventually boost your career.
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So much to learn...

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Christmas Bonus! US Edtech Sets Record With $1.85 Billion Raised in 2015 (EdSurge News)

Christmas Bonus! US Edtech Sets Record With $1.85 Billion Raised in 2015 (EdSurge News) | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2015 was the Year of the Sheep. But investors were anything but sheepish when it came to making bets on US edtech startups.Top 10 US edtech deals in 2015


HotChalk ($230M)
Lynda.com ($186M)
Udacity ($105M)
AltSchool ($100M)
General Assembly ($70M)
Udemy
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MOOCs Aren’t Revolutionizing College, but They’re Not a Failure

MOOCs Aren’t Revolutionizing College, but They’re Not a Failure | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
Online courses may not be changing colleges as their boosters claimed they would, but they can prove valuable in surprising ways.

Via John Shank
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Maybe it's too early for final conclusions. Let's see what happens during the next 5 years. 

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John Shank's curator insight, December 15, 2014 9:23 AM

#edtech #elearning #blendedlearning #highered 

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 15, 2014 12:57 PM

I agree that we cannot ignore the possibilities that MOOCs might yield. #edtechchat #edtech #elearning #highered

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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, 2014 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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