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Students in Free Online Courses Form Groups to Study and Socialize - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Students in Free Online Courses Form Groups to Study and Socialize - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"As enrollment has rapidly increased in free online classes, also known as Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOC’s, students are increasingly forming groups, both online and in the real world, to study and socialize.

 

Whether aiming to make the experience more personal or to learn more about the possibilities of free online education, the students are seeking out various ways to connect with classmates." -- from Source

 

NOTE: the article goes on to give a couple well explained descriptions of different ways the groups are formed or used and which technologies they use to create their groups.

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The World of Massive Open Online Courses

The World of Massive Open Online Courses | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Published Date: July 11, 2012
Source: Online Colleges
URL: http://www.onlinecolleges.net/2012/07/11/the-world-of-massive-open-online-courses/

Title: (MOOCs) The World Of Massive Open Online Courses

 

This "infographic" explains backround, process, and participants of MOOCs at the time of publication. An "Infographic" a is a chart with text and images which illustrates with text and images a synopsis of a topic.

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Consortium of Colleges Takes Online Education to New Level

Consortium of Colleges Takes Online Education to New Level | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Published Date: July 17, 2012
Source: New York Times
URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/17/education/consortium-of-colleges-takes-online-education-to-new-level.html?src=me&ref=general

Title: Universities Reshaping Education on the Web

Abstract/Quotes:
"As part of a seismic shift in online learning that is reshaping higher education, Coursera, a year-old company founded by two Stanford University computer scientists, will announce on Tuesday that a dozen major research universities are joining the venture. In the fall, Coursera will offer 100 or more free massive open online courses, or MOOCs, that are expected to draw millions of students and adult learners globally.

Even before the expansion, Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, the founders of Coursera, said it had registered 680,000 students in 43 courses with its original partners, Michigan, Princeton, Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania.

Now, the partners will include the California Institute of Technology; Duke University; the Georgia Institute of Technology; Johns Hopkins University; Rice University; the University of California, San Francisco; the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; the University of Washington; and the University of Virginia, where the debate over online education was cited in last’s month’s ousting — quickly overturned — of its president, Teresa A. Sullivan. Foreign partners include the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, the University of Toronto and EPF Lausanne, a technical university in Switzerland."  -- from the Source

Note:  Coursera is the new "shiny new toy" that every University wants to be part of in some way. By the way, this is one of the issues that caused the UVA President to be fired temporarily. The Board wanted her to join in, but she did not until MOOCs proved some validated value and ROI. You'll notice she has bent to the pressure in the quote above and now UVA is a member of Coursera.

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