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Experiences from Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and how the MOOC could potentially increase diversity, social inclusion & learner engagement | Mark Morley

"There is currently much interest and excitement at the emergence of an educational approach commonly termed the ‘Massive Open Online Course’ or MOOC. ... I feel there is much we can learn from the delivery of MOOCs that can be used to enhance the on-campus experience supplemented by online course material and delivery. This format offers us the opportunity to investigate learning and improve teaching processes, perhaps more similar to the edX approach. It would seem appropriate to collect and use data to inform this process; treating learning and teaching as a field ripe for research, tying in to a research-led approach."


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MOOCs are not going away!

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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, January 12, 2013 5:55 AM

This is the single, most compehensive resource on MOOCs that I have come across yet. It discusses the history of MOOCs and describes Mark's personal experience with a number of them (both the c- and x- variety). Although it is a personal account, particularly the latter part, there is much value in learning the opinions of someone who 'has walked the walk' and not just 'talked the talk'. Anybody who wants to form an opinion on MOOCs - whether administrator, teacher of regular courses, teacher aspiring to teach a MOOC, or student in the widest sense of the word - can find something valuable here. Highly recommended! (@pbsloep)

Rose Heaney's curator insight, January 12, 2013 6:30 AM

comprehensive indeed - author has participated in a lot of moocs. Very readable intro for those who have never heard of moocs

Patricia Daniels's curator insight, January 13, 2013 9:17 AM

Interesting and detailed personal insight into cMOOCs and xMOOCs from a participant. I sincerely hope more learners take the time to reflect and share the experiences they have with this kind of learning context. I find as an educator that the student voice is important and assuming that the developers of MOOCs are prepared to listen to critique, both postive and negative, then this is a valuable factor which can lead to improvements which hopefully will have a positive effect on the learner experience and quality of learning.

 

 

 

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Activating ‘mindshare’

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A national faculty survey produced by Higher Education Research Institute implies that changes in teaching may be afoot, as lecturers increasingly adopt student-centered and team-based teaching practices. In fact, this recalibration of the pedagogical universe is happening at Harvard, too.
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The Erosion of Faculty Rights – The Conversation - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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The issue of intellectual property rights and copyright law are coming to a head in online education. Who owns the content the faculty develop in their online courses?

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The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age | The MIT Press

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Unequal Classrooms: What Online Education Cannot Teach - The Conversation - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Let's be very clear that not all online courses are MOOCs. There is absolutely value for all students in a well-developed, passionately-taught online course delivered to a small, committed group of learners!

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Resources | Whitepapers | Online College Students 2013 Research Report

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Who is studying online? What do they value? What is the impact of their online degree? The newest edition of the “Online College Students” report, a joint project of Learning House and Aslanian Market Research, answers these questions and more.
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Interesting report available through Learning House on online students' preferences.

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As Course-Management Market Gets More Competitive, Instructure Raises $30-Million in Funds - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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More competition in the CMS market--that's not a bad thing!

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Scholars Sound the Alert From the 'Dark Side' of Tech Innovation

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A cross-disciplinary group of scholars convened at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee to focus attention on the lesser-noticed consequences of innovation.
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'Bill of Rights' Seeks to Protect Students' Interests as Online Learning Expands - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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The document's authors want to make sure that the rapid rise of MOOCs and other digital tools does not obscure traditional obligations to students.
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Siri trick turns iBooks into audiobooks

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"Have you ever purchased an iBook and then wished that you had an audiobook version of it? Macworld UK's Mark Hattersley wrote a wonderful post today on how to use Siri Dictation to speak either a portion or all of the text from an iBook."

 


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Wow! What a great possibility!

 

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This is a great way for children with reading problems to learn to read. and also for little kids to help them with learning to read.

Cheryl Widdick Catts's curator insight, March 21, 2013 2:15 PM

Works great!

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Excellent!

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Five Ways Free Online Classes Will Change College, or Not

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Nothing moves fast in higher ed, except for MOOCs.A year ago very few people had heard of the acronym for Massive Open Online Course. Now stories about the courses attracting tens of thousands of
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MOOCs will change higher education, but they won't transform it.

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University of Minnesota among universities offering free online courses - Pioneer Press

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University of Minnesota among universities offering free online courses
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The University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin-Madison are among a growing number of universities offering free online courses through their websites.
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The University of MN has entered the race to build and teach MOOCs

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The Trouble With Online College

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Education via the Internet has been overrated and could produce more dropouts than degrees.
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This editorial introduces research published by Columbia University examining the very low completion rates of many college students in online courses.

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How Online Learning Is Being Used To Enhance Education - Edudemic

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The basic idea behind online learning is simple: enable more people to learn for less money. What does this mean for you, the avid student?
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5 ways online learning may improve educational productivity. Interesting.

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Report from the UNF Academic Technology Innovation Symposium – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Online education provider 2U to disband Semester Online consortium | Inside Higher Ed

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This article reminds us to stay diligent about our evaluation of the purpose and value of online course development in undergraduate, liberal arts education.

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Eight Roles of an Effective Online Teacher

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Teaching face-to-face and teaching online are both teaching, but they are qualitatively different.
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Georgia Tech’s New, Super-Cheap MOOC Master’s Degree Could Radically Change American Higher Education

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Georgia Institute of Technology is about to take a step that could set off a broad disruption in higher education: It’s offering a new master’s degree in computer science, delivered through a series of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, for...
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In Online Partnerships, Legal Compliance Is Key

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When nonprofit colleges team up with for-profit companies, the colleges need to protect themselves.
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Always something to consider when entering the online education world.

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Online Course Platforms Offer Paid Freelance Gigs to Professors - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Additional opportunities for faculty on the side

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8 questions MOOCs face in 2013

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State schools and Ivy League universities signed on to offer big, free classes on the Coursera and edX platforms in 2012. In 2013, they will be forced to evolve.
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All about MOOCs

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Online learning: Campus 2.0

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Massive open online courses are transforming higher education — and providing fodder for scientific research.
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EdX Releases Open Source Tool For Building Interactive MOOC Courseware -- Campus Technology

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EdX has released source code to the general public that supports interactive learning built specifically for the Internet.

 

The nonprofit online learning platform founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has released XBlock SDK, the underlying architecture supporting EdX course content.

 

XBlocks are a prototype second-generation application programming interface for hierarchically combined EdX courseware components such as video players and learning sequences. The XBlock source code allows course developers to combine independent XBlocks to create engaging online courses such as wiki-based collaborative learning environments and online laboratories, or create integrated education tools such as a circuit simulator for an electronics course or a molecular manipulator for teaching biology.


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Applying the Seven Principles for Good Practice to the Online Classroom | Faculty Focus

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Almost 25 years have passed since Chickering and Gamson offered seven principles for good instructional practices in undergraduate education.
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Chickering and Gamson's seven principles are as applicable in the online environment as they are in the face-to-face classroom. Great advice!

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Online Courses Could Widen Achievement Gaps Among Students - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) (blog)

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TechCrunch Online Courses Could Widen Achievement Gaps Among Students Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) (blog) The study, which is described in a working paper titled “Adaptability to Online Learning: Differences Across Types of Students...
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Online learning goes official as five Coursera courses get approved by the American Council on Education

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Coursera announced a massive milestone today: the first big step towards credit options. The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has made ...
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This is going to be a more frequent occurence!

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