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European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning: Accreditation of MOOCs

European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning: Accreditation of MOOCs | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Article by David Pundak, Nissim Sabag and Elena Trotskovsky:


Higher education institutions face conflicting challenges; they must equip students with up‑to‑date knowledge in fields in which knowledge is constantly being renewed, while they also need to guide students to examine reality through broad-based observation and consider different scientific disciplines. They operate within different constrictions such as: learning program boundaries, budgetary constrictions, and lack of accessibility to experts in different areas, and the range of courses offered to students is limited. To cope with these constrictions, Ort Braude Academic College of Engineering opened an experimental program. As part of this program, students were allowed to study MOOC courses under the college’s supervision, and were eligible for accreditation if they completed the courses successfully. Only 15 out of the 600 students offered the program, registered for these courses. Only seven were accepted for the program. This paper describes the background for the college’s decision, the registration process and supervision of students, detailing students’ challenges and achievements in the MOOC courses. Students who completed the MOOC courses reported that they enjoyed meaningful learning, requiring serious efforts in comparison to the courses that the MOOC courses replaced. Given this positive feedback by the students, it was decided to continue with the experiment.

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A very interesting article on integrating MOOCs into traditional higher education programmes and the approaches and challenges involved.

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Juan Pedro Balibrea's curator insight, November 30, 2014 9:23 AM

Instituciones de educación superior se enfrentan a desafíos en conflicto; tienen que equipar a los estudiantes con el conocimiento actualizado en campos en los que se renueva constantemente el conocimiento, mientras que también tienen que guiar a los estudiantes a examinar la realidad a través de la observación de base amplia y considerar las diferentes disciplinas científicas. Operan en diferentes constricciones tales como: los límites del programa de aprendizaje, constricciones presupuestarias, y la falta de accesibilidad a los expertos en diferentes áreas, y la gama de cursos que se ofrecen a los estudiantes es limitada. Para hacer frente a estas constricciones, Ort Braude Colegio Académico de Ingeniería abrió un programa experimental. Como parte de este programa, los estudiantes se les permitía estudiar cursos MOOC bajo la supervisión de la universidad, y fueron elegibles para la acreditación si se completaron los cursos con éxito. Sólo 15 de los 600 estudiantes ofrecieron el programa, registrada para estos cursos. Sólo siete fueron aceptados para el programa. En este trabajo se describen los antecedentes de la decisión de la universidad, el proceso de registro y supervisión de los estudiantes, que detalla los retos y logros de los estudiantes en los cursos MOOC. Los estudiantes que completaron los cursos MOOC reconocen que les gusta el aprendizaje significativo, que requiere esfuerzos serios en comparación a los cursos que los cursos MOOC reemplazados. Teniendo en cuenta esta retroalimentación positiva por los alumnos, se decidió continuar con el experimento

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Is Student Feedback A Waste Of Time?

Is Student Feedback A Waste Of Time? | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

From the Aqua-tnet project blog :

 

"Obtaining student feedback on courses has become standard practice in many institutions. There is surely a simple logic that teachers and course managers should be listening to the views of students and taking them into account as they revise or develop future courses? I was therefore interested to read two other blog posts that take a very contrary view....." 

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Some muses on a couple of recent blog articles about the value of student feedback questionnaires...

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Global Perspectives on International Joint and Double Degree Programs

Global Perspectives on International Joint and Double Degree Programs | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
Joint and Double degree programs are an increasingly popular form of higher education internationalization. While many institutions find them challenging to organize, these collaborative degree programs continue to gain traction around the world, in part because they offer an opportunity to build strong academic and institutional partnerships. This book is the first truly global collection of essays from experts with experience in creating and administering international collaborative degree programs.
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Hope to see this book on the library shelf soon!

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Using Digital Badges for Adult Learners

American Institute for Research


Via Dennis T OConnor
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New report examining the use of digital badges for adult learners

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Gerardo Varela's curator insight, November 4, 2013 12:51 AM

Artículo del uso de insignas o Badges en educación superior

JM Gonzalez-Barahona's curator insight, November 4, 2013 7:36 PM

Badges are becoming more and more usual in certain learning communities, specially those in non-academic environments. But this system for recognition is extending to many other realms. This report explores how and when to introduce them in a very specific area: adult learners.

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Got Skills? Why Online Competency-Based Education Is the Disruptive Innovation for Higher Education (EDUCAUSE Review)

Got Skills? Why Online Competency-Based Education Is the Disruptive Innovation for Higher Education (EDUCAUSE Review) | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Online competency-based education can even out the playing field by taking students to the furthest point possible in their learning experiences, regardless of their starting point, race, geographical location, or family income. <Article by Michelle R Weise>

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I have mixed feelings about competency-based education but see its role and importance in many contexts. This is a very thought provoking article from Michelle Weise which although focused on higher education in the USA underlines the importance of the work Aqua-tnet has been doing in Europe with ESCO, ECVET, Tuning and other initiatives. 

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Anne-Christin Tannhauser and Anthony F. Camilleri: Credits for Learning with Open CourseWare – Introducing a Learning Passport

The presentation created by Anne-Christin Tannhauser and Anthony F. Camilleri presents a number of scenarios for the unbundling of learning, together with proposals on how to improve the recognition and transfer of credit achieved through open learning.

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This is a very timely initiative - A learning passport for open courseware. 

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Expanding Education and Workforce Opportunities Through Digital Badges

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Digital badges offer students the opportunity to pave their own learning pathways and allow employers to verify necessary workforce skills, according to this report from the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Mozilla Foundation. The report defines digital badges as “credentials that represent skills, interests, and achievements earned by an individual through specific projects, programs, courses, or other activities.” A credible badge stores information online through a digital hyperlink about the associated skills, as well as what projects and tasks the badge holder completed to obtain it. This report explores digital badges and how they can be used to improve student learning and outcomes, as well as expand vocational and interest-based skills for learners of all age.


Via Robert Farrow, Dawne Tortorella, Roy D Palmer
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Another new report on the development of digital badges.

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Robert Farrow's curator insight, October 25, 2013 3:25 PM

Possible data for #oerrhub (badging)

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SQA investigates opportunities with Mozilla's Open Badges - SQA

The Scottish Qualifications Authority, (SQA) has announced its intention to investigate the opportunities presented by an innovative approach to displaying individuals’ learning accomplishments online.

SQA is working in partnership with Mozilla, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the democratization of the web, to explore the benefits to learners that can be achieved through their Open Badges.

Mozilla’s Open Badges project intends to make it easy to earn, issue and display digital badges that recognise and communicate individuals’ skills and achievements.

The badge project infrastructure allows individuals to display their real-world skills and achievements in online environments – such as social media profiles – in way that may help with future career and education opportunities.

Joe Wilson, Head of New Ventures at SQA, said: “We believe Mozilla’s Open Badges project enables greater flexibility for learners to demonstrate their achievements. Open badges have the potential to allow individuals to display the accomplishments they make along each step of the learner journey, and receive recognition for a single skill or packages of learning that cover a number of skills in relation to a particular task.”

Joe continued: “SQA will work with Mozilla to explore how we can adopt Open Badges.  We will encourage our partners to investigate how they could benefit from adopting open badges to support learners across Scotland in addition to the recognition we offer teachers and college lecturers through our CDP courses and training we will explore how we can integrate open badges into our certification processes.”

Erin Knight, Senior Director of Learning and Badges at Mozilla, said: "We are really excited that SQA, as Scotland's national awarding and accreditation body, is actively exploring how best to implement Open Badges as a means to give learners and institutions the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and accomplishments through digital badges."

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This is significant....A national qualifications authority taking Internet badges seriously...

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