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Instructional quality of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) | Anoush Margaryan, Manuela Bianco, Allison Littlejohn - Computers & Education

Abstract: We present an analysis of instructional design quality of 76 randomly selected Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The quality of MOOCs was determined from first principles of instruction, using a course survey instrument. Two types of MOOCs (xMOOCs and cMOOCs) were analysed and their instructional design quality was assessed and compared. We found that the majority of MOOCs scored poorly on most instructional design principles. However, most MOOCs scored highly on organisation and presentation of course material. The results indicate that although most MOOCs are well-packaged, their instructional design quality is low. We outline implications for practice and ideas for future research.


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ғelιх c ѕeyғarтн's curator insight, November 19, 2014 8:37 AM
More of this kind of research is needed, although this article seems to follow the prevalent kind of thinking that groups different kind of learning activities which have chosen the #MOOC format into one genre, as if there was a genuine type. This does not appear to hold up to scrutiny. The finding that these MOOC formatted courses do not largely comply with the "instructional design principles" of e-learning but do excel in "organisation and presentation" instead, once combined with the fact that millions of learners flock to these very MOOC but could care less about conventional e-learning formats, leads one to reflect on the usefulness of said principles as analytical/evaluation tools and their scope as indicators of learning outcomes.
Anoush Margaryan, Manuela Bianco, Allison Littlejohn, Instructional quality of Massive Open Inline Courses (MOOCs), Computers & Education, Volume 80, January 2015, Pages 77-83, ISSN 0360-1315, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2014.08.005.(via http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S036013151400178X)Keywords: Massive Online Open Courses; Distributed learning environments; Evaluation methodologies; Lifelong learning; Pedagogical issues
Antonio Bartolome's curator insight, November 20, 2014 2:56 AM

Estudio sobre 76 MOOCs: materiales bien construidos pero diseño instruccionar pobre.

Mariano Rico's curator insight, November 20, 2014 8:43 AM
Back to basic formation design. We learn by doing
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The Category of Digital Courseware: The Need for Clarity | Acrobatiq

The Category of Digital Courseware: The Need for Clarity | Acrobatiq | Innovation in Digital Higher Ed | Scoop.it
In this context, clear and relevant analysis of the online higher education space becomes more valuable. One source of analysis, Tyton Partners (formerly Education Growth Advisors) (link), has distinguished itself from other private consulting firms by focussing much of their growing body of work on instructional issues. For good reason: it's here, rather than in the areas of marketing and administration (the primary focus for many private firms), that higher education needs to make changes if it's going to bend the "iron triangle" (link) of costs, quality and access.
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Design and Technology and More: Worth Reading for 05.14.2015 | Acrobatiq

Design and Technology and More: Worth Reading for 05.14.2015 | Acrobatiq | Innovation in Digital Higher Ed | Scoop.it
We’ve written about the role of good design in educational technology and media before. See here and here. Former RSID President, John Maeda, provides an excellent overview the growing integration of design (and designers) and technology. File (Slide deck): Design in Tech Report 2015
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"Building a Culture of Innovation in Higher Education" and More: Worth Reading for 05.07.2015 | Acrobatiq

"Building a Culture of Innovation in Higher Education" and More: Worth Reading for 05.07.2015 | Acrobatiq | Innovation in Digital Higher Ed | Scoop.it
"Rethinking something, tinkering with it, breaking it apart and starting over, all requires an innovator’s mindset. But how can higher education institutions cultivate that? And who is already doing work in this area to make it happen? That’s what this report works to uncover and share."
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Report: build, sustain innovation culture

Report: build, sustain innovation culture | Innovation in Digital Higher Ed | Scoop.it
This new publication aims to build on that methodology to be a valuable resource for universities, colleges, community colleges, not-for-profits, and other organizations that serve postsecondary institutions by providing best practices for catalyzing, enabling and sustaining innovation culture.

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Only three out of ten university students graduate - Argentina

Only three out of ten university students graduate - Argentina | Innovation in Digital Higher Ed | Scoop.it

"The high number of students who drop out of university in Argentina is a major worry. The problem is getting worse but little or nothing is being done to increase retention rates."


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Competency-Based Higher Education: Q & A with Michelle Weise | Acrobatiq

Competency-Based Higher Education: Q & A with Michelle Weise | Acrobatiq | Innovation in Digital Higher Ed | Scoop.it
Dr. Michelle R. Weise is a Senior Research Fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute specializing in disruptive innovation in higher education. She c
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Innovation in Online Higher Education: Navigating Obstacles | Acrobatiq

Innovation in Online Higher Education: Navigating Obstacles | Acrobatiq | Innovation in Digital Higher Ed | Scoop.it
We can approach this on two levels: we can ask, first, what structural and system-wide obstacles are in place that make changes of any sort difficult, regardless of their intention, tactics, or context. We can also, though, "get into the weeds" and consider how specific innovations or attempts at innovations run up against specific obstacles. The answers are closely related, and are best tackled in tandem.
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The Slow Death of the University

The Slow Death of the University | Innovation in Digital Higher Ed | Scoop.it
Bean counters, bureaucrats, and barbarians are to blame.
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The university of the past depicted in this nostalgic rant is neither equitable nor especially productive, yet so appealing to some.
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The Interplay Between Educational and Consumer Technologies | Acrobatiq

The Interplay Between Educational and Consumer Technologies | Acrobatiq | Innovation in Digital Higher Ed | Scoop.it
The interplay between consumer and educational technologies, specifically in terms of online education, will continue to evolve. And I anticipate that we will continue to see education and consumer-born technologies being used to create and support online learning. But it is also the case the education technology sector is beginning to find its feet. Investment is up and just as importantly, more talented people are applying themselves to crafting new and better education-specific technologies.
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"In-House Digital Innovation": Worth Reading for 03.05.2015 | Acrobatiq

"In-House Digital Innovation": Worth Reading for 03.05.2015 | Acrobatiq | Innovation in Digital Higher Ed | Scoop.it
University of Michigan In-House Digital Innovation The University of Michigan recently announced the launch of the DIG - the Digital Innovation
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Here's how different the US education system is vs. other nations

Here's how different the US education system is vs. other nations | Innovation in Digital Higher Ed | Scoop.it

The American education system is not one that other countries appear to use as a model.

 

 


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What is a "Real College" and More: Worth Reading for 02.12.2015 | Acrobatiq

What is a "Real College" and More: Worth Reading for 02.12.2015 | Acrobatiq | Innovation in Digital Higher Ed | Scoop.it
“Worth Reading” is a hand-picked weekly collection of new and not-so-new articles, ideas, events and other items for busy professionals in higher education.
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13 Books For Learning Professionals To Read

13 Books For Learning Professionals To Read | Innovation in Digital Higher Ed | Scoop.it
If there is any career in which practitioners particularly love to learn, I’d put learning designers high on the list. It’s nearly a requirement for working as a learning designer, considering that we often work with content that others find dry.

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Carmen Ramos's curator insight, May 1, 11:49 AM

Interessante Buchempfehlungen, vor allem für E-Learning.

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How To Help Innovation Grow Up At Your Organization

How To Help Innovation Grow Up At Your Organization | Innovation in Digital Higher Ed | Scoop.it

Instilling innovation deep into your organization’s culture requires patience, persistence, and a long-term commitment to get it right. Management should work to redefine the behaviors recognized, rewarded, and promoted among employees. Are those behaviors linked to innovation? If not, you may need to refocus values, or perhaps create your own innovation road map to drive and manage the change you seek to create.

 


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Institutional "Fit" in Educational Technology | Acrobatiq

Institutional "Fit" in Educational Technology | Acrobatiq | Innovation in Digital Higher Ed | Scoop.it
As more opportunities and solutions get thrust in front of academic leaders, they need to demonstrate an understanding of instructional value with a sensitivity towards how these different opportunities will or won’t succeed within the institutional setting.
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New Arizona State-edX MOOC: Another blow to traditional college

New Arizona State-edX MOOC: Another blow to traditional college | Innovation in Digital Higher Ed | Scoop.it
ASU and edX is aiming at the package of general course requirements, enabling students to assemble an accredited set of mainly first-year classes to use at ASU or to gain credits that they can transfer to another college or university.

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How thinking outside the desk redefines higher education

How thinking outside the desk redefines higher education

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Journal of Educational Technology & Society

Journal of Educational Technology & Society | Innovation in Digital Higher Ed | Scoop.it
Special Issue on "Technology Supported Assessment in Formal and Informal Learning"

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America's "No Confidence" Vote on College Grads' Work Readiness

America's "No Confidence" Vote on College Grads' Work Readiness | Innovation in Digital Higher Ed | Scoop.it
Only 13% of Americans strongly agree college graduates in this country are well-prepared for success in the workplace. That's down from 14% two years ago and 19% three years ago. This is effectively a "no confidence" vote in college graduates' work readiness, and if we don't work to fix it, there will be catastrophic effects for the American education system and economy.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, April 28, 9:40 AM

This doesn't surprise me. We talk about the appropriate social and emotional skills as well as the need for problem-solving and critical thinking skills, but too often faculty don't work collaboratively within or across departments nor do they have realistic conversations with the folks who might be hiring graduates. While I don't think the only reason to get a college education is to get a job, I know that's the driving force for most people. In most cases, however, getting a job means being with other people which means those social and emotional skills as well as those collaborative problem-solving and critical thinking skills are pretty important.

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The 'University Of Everywhere' Isn't For Everyone: The Future Of Learning Will Be A Big Tent

The 'University Of Everywhere' Isn't For Everyone: The Future Of Learning Will Be A Big Tent | Innovation in Digital Higher Ed | Scoop.it
Last May, I used this column to argue that Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are more like health clubs than hospitals: Providing free access to a gym will encourage lots of healthy, motivated people to use it and get healthier. And that would be a good thing; healthier people [...]

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Kevin Carey, The End of College (Leaders Series) | Acrobatiq

Kevin Carey, The End of College (Leaders Series) | Acrobatiq | Innovation in Digital Higher Ed | Scoop.it
Kevin Carey is an American higher education writer and policy analyst. He is serving as Director of the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan research organization based in Washington, D.C. We asked Kevin about his recent, provocative book, The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere.
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Competency-Based Education: The Ripple Effects of Taking Assessment to the Next Level | Acrobatiq

Competency-Based Education: The Ripple Effects of Taking Assessment to the Next Level | Acrobatiq | Innovation in Digital Higher Ed | Scoop.it
The excitement about CBE is justified. CBE gives shape and direction to the long overdue need to personalize learning in higher education; it allows students to progress at their own pace; it incorporates the practice of prior learning assessment (indirectly through self-paced learning or directly through credential recognition), and offers a logical framework for aligning the demands of the labour market with higher education. CBE works especially well for adults that are returning to school to complete programs of study, and it has the potential to reduce costs for students, institutions, and taxpayers by shortening the time to completion. Not too shabby.
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Seven myths of university teaching

Seven myths of university teaching | Innovation in Digital Higher Ed | Scoop.it
Paul Ashwin unpicks some cherished nostrums, from Hollywood-style star turns at the podium to the much-exaggerated death of the lecture

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Rich Schultz's curator insight, March 2, 10:39 AM

Makes for interesting reading...

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Steven Mintz on Competency-Based Education 2.0

Steven Mintz on Competency-Based Education 2.0 | Innovation in Digital Higher Ed | Scoop.it

Competency-Based Education can produce unprecedented gains in access, affordability, and student success. The challenge is to do this right.




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