An e-learning eag...
Follow
Find
404 views | +0 today
 
Rescooped by drsmetty from Leadership in Distance Education
onto An e-learning eagle's view
Scoop.it!

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 Susan Bainbridge
drsmetty's insight:

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

more...
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.

Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by drsmetty
Scoop.it!

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
drsmetty's insight:

Great post by Salman Khan on learning, changing your mindset, ... well, on education in general.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by drsmetty from Easy MOOC
Scoop.it!

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
drsmetty's insight:

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

more...
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.

Scooped by drsmetty
Scoop.it!

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 …
drsmetty's insight:

Interesting numbers on female Coursera participation.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by drsmetty
Scoop.it!

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
drsmetty's insight:

'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?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by drsmetty
Scoop.it!

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...
drsmetty's insight:

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by drsmetty
Scoop.it!

JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching

JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
drsmetty's insight:

Special issue on Mooc's

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by drsmetty from Networked Learning - MOOCs and more
Scoop.it!

MOOCs in Europe, an overview | Pierre Dillenbourg - slides


Via Peter B. Sloep
drsmetty's insight:

Interesting list of MOOC's in Europe.

more...
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)

Rescooped by drsmetty from Digital Delights
Scoop.it!

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,...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
more...
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 ! 

Scooped by drsmetty
Scoop.it!

"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...
drsmetty's insight:

Online courses can make a difference. We can only hope that all MOOC platforms will stay open - one way or another - to everyone.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by drsmetty from Massively MOOC
Scoop.it!

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
drsmetty's insight:

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by drsmetty from Leadership in Distance Education
Scoop.it!

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 Susan Bainbridge
drsmetty's insight:

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

more...
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.

Rescooped by drsmetty from Learning with MOOCs
Scoop.it!

MOOC Monitor: Must Reads This Week | WiredAcademic

MOOC Monitor: Must Reads This Week | WiredAcademic | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
MOOCs love and hate fest, SXSWEdu, Peer Grading, Bandwith Divide, Who are MOOCers anyway?

Via Peter Mellow
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by drsmetty from Networked Learning - MOOCs and more
Scoop.it!

Why a MOOC? 6 Reasons | by Bernard Bull

Why a MOOC?  6 Reasons | by Bernard Bull | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it

"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."


Via Peter B. Sloep
drsmetty's insight:

Comment: 6 good reasons to start a MOOC

more...
Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, January 10, 2013 7:46 AM

Bernard Bull (@bdean1000) then discusses six reasons for why MOOCs have arisen. They go from wanting to do research on them (edX, see my blogpost in October 2011: http://pbsloep.blogspot.nl/2012/10/how-to-improve-teaching-with.html) via scaling education, open education, marketing, college readiness to digital citizenship. The last is the vision that the work of a university should be of service to the people and communities. What is conspicuously missing is 'making money', although that may be implicit in scaling education. But obviously, venture capitalists have invested twenties of millions to make a good return on it. Nevertheless, the list is useful as an overview.

Another why-list I would be interested in doesn't inquire after intentions but looks for causes. How come that MOOCs rose to prominence so fast, unpredicted by anyone (certainly not the Horizon reports)? What mix of economic, societal, ideological, and what-have-you factors made their rapid advance possible? Such an analysis would be useful in order to allow us better to predict and plan the future of online education. (@pbsloep)

Rescooped by drsmetty from Easy MOOC
Scoop.it!

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:

...

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


Via Lucas Gruez
drsmetty's insight:

Always handy.

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

Great article covering range of popular terms etc.  

Scooped by drsmetty
Scoop.it!

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 [...]
drsmetty's insight:

I had almost forgotten about this experiment. Happy to hear that education does help after all for most of us.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by drsmetty
Scoop.it!

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...
drsmetty's insight:

The evolution of academic careers. An interesting article.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by drsmetty
Scoop.it!

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...
drsmetty's insight:

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by drsmetty from Opening up education
Scoop.it!

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
drsmetty's insight:

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

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by drsmetty from Learning with MOOCs
Scoop.it!

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.


Via Peter Mellow
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by drsmetty from Networked Learning - MOOCs and more
Scoop.it!

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
drsmetty's insight:

Offering MOOC's... a “lemming-like rush”? Interesting metaphor.

more...
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. 

Scooped by drsmetty
Scoop.it!

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."
drsmetty's insight:

The world needs data scientists...

more...
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.

Rescooped by drsmetty from Hybrid Pedagogy Reading List
Scoop.it!

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
drsmetty's insight:

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

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by drsmetty
Scoop.it!

A Truly Devastating Graph on State Higher Education Spending

A Truly Devastating Graph on State Higher Education Spending | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
Some states have slashed per-student spending by as much as half.
drsmetty's insight:

If you want to understand the revolution in higher education in the US, just have a look at these graphs on budget cuts. Mooc's are just the beginning. And what a difference with the old continent... 

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by drsmetty from Open and online learning
Scoop.it!

Donald Clark Plan B: MOOCs: ‘dropout’ a category mistake, look at ‘uptake’?

Donald Clark Plan B: MOOCs: ‘dropout’ a category mistake, look at ‘uptake’? | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it

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


Via verstelle
drsmetty's insight:

Is a school dropout = MOOC dropout? Interesting note by Donald Clark. 

more...
verstelle's curator insight, March 23, 2013 7:03 AM

Great posting!


Just a few quotes:Lot’s of people don’t finish books but we don’t see this as a sign of intellectual failure. In fact, it can be a sign of efficient learning and research. MOOCs must not be seen as failure factories. They must rise above the education models that filter and weed out learners through failure.
Good MOOCs will allow you to truly go at your own pace, to stop and start, go off on an exploratory path and return again. This is what true adult learning is and should be. They should not copy but complement or construct new models of learning.
MOOCs encourage the ‘look see’ approach to learning We need to look at uptake, not dropout. Dropout is a highly pejorative term that comes from ‘schooling’. The ‘high school dropout’. He’s ‘dropped out of ‘University’. It's this pathological view of education that has got us into this mess in the first place. MOOCs are NOT school, they eschew the lecture hall and are more about learning than teaching. MOOCs, like BOOKs, need to be seen as widely available opportunities, not compulsory attendance schooling.  via @fagotissimo
Frederik Truyen's curator insight, March 23, 2013 7:42 AM

Interesting read point of view from Donald Clark

Steven Verjans's curator insight, March 24, 2013 10:19 AM

Maybe the discussion of MOOC 'dropout' can fuel the discussion of mental dropout in traditional face-to-face university education?

 

Rescooped by drsmetty from Massively MOOC
Scoop.it!

MOOCs and online learning: Research roundup

MOOCs and online learning: Research roundup | An e-learning eagle's view | Scoop.it
2013 selection of recent research on massive open online courses (MOOCs).

Via Robert Schuwer, Mark Smithers, Kim Flintoff
more...
Mark Smithers's curator insight, February 14, 2013 7:37 PM

Very useful.

NLafferty's curator insight, February 15, 2013 3:43 AM

A useful collection of articles on MOOCs

Helen Wybrants's curator insight, February 15, 2013 4:27 AM

Signposting to come back to and mine..