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Are MOOCs the answer? An Indian Perspective

Are MOOCs the answer? An Indian Perspective | Distance Education & Open Learning | Scoop.it
They are the buzzwords in the education sector. The popularity of these open courses is gaining steadily, with thousands of students across the globe enrolling online.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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"Eventually, MOOCs will evolve beyond the delivery of online courses to becoming a pervasive resource where open access to cutting-edge university research (as well as teaching) will play a pivotal role in guiding the decisions of individuals in matters that affect their lives the most."  This is the ideal objective.  As the commenter said at the end of the article, the low penetration of Internet, language constraint, local knowledge, etc. are all barriers at present.  

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Learning Management System is the latest and most effective learning platform today and it has paved the way for new methods of education. MYVLE offers a virtual learning environment for both instructors and students. To learn more about LMS, please visit http://www.myvle.com/.
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ICDE » New research on adult learners in European higher education

ICDE » New research on adult learners in European higher education | Distance Education & Open Learning | Scoop.it
A new report on adult learners in higher education shows that courses offered at a distance are liberating and a crucial route to new qualifications. It also sh
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Employer perspectives on competency-based education - AEI

Employer perspectives on competency-based education - AEI | Distance Education & Open Learning | Scoop.it
While excitement is growing over the potential for competency-based education to change US higher education, many employers don't even know what it is.
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2 challenges:

1.  Awareness of CBE is relatively low among employers.

2.  Some employers concern about CBE students might lack the general skills. 

 

I'm a little bit confused.  Isn't that many employers said students lack the skills to do the jobs?  I thought employers' complaints were one of the driving force of CBE. 

 

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Active Learning in an Intercultural Online Environment at Wilfrid Laurier University | Contact North

Active Learning in an Intercultural Online Environment at Wilfrid Laurier University | Contact North | Distance Education & Open Learning | Scoop.it
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Not a MOOCs course, nor is it a normal "online distance education".  Yet the course did have the online, distance, or even flipping components.  An example might show a wide range of possibilities in delivering HE courses by using tech and cooperation with universities around the globe.

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Explaining Jisc's open learning analytics architecture

Explaining Jisc's open learning analytics architecture | Distance Education & Open Learning | Scoop.it
Jisc is currently procuring the different elements of its architecture for a basic learning analytics system which we plan to make available to UK colleges and universities later this year.  In thi...
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I like this 2 min short video about LA.  Clear and concise.

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Contact North | Contact Nord Reports a 51.2% Increase in Student Registrations

 good THUNDER BAY, Ontario, April 1, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Contact North | Contact Nord, Ontario's Distance Education & Training Network, today reported a 51.2% increase in the number of student registrations in online programs and courses from Ontario's 24 public colleges, 22 public universities, and 250 literacy and basic skills and training providers during the Fall 2014 academic semester as compared to the Fall 2013 semester.

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A good year for online education enrolment in ON, Can.  The question is why.   I don't think the article has a strong answer for that.

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Study on MOOCs provides new insights on an evolving space

Study on MOOCs provides new insights on an evolving space | Distance Education & Open Learning | Scoop.it
Findings suggest many teachers enroll, learner intentions matter, and cost boosts completion rates.
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Our Wrong Thinking About The Quality Issue In Online Learning | Contact North

Our Wrong Thinking About The Quality Issue In Online Learning | Contact North | Distance Education & Open Learning | Scoop.it
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The author suggested 5 aspects to assess the "quality" issue, which i think ppl work in the HEI should always remind themselves.  The role of technology regarding quality is also addressed.

 

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UNESCO’s Open Access (OA) Curriculum is now online | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO’s Open Access (OA) Curriculum is now online | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Distance Education & Open Learning | Scoop.it

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Look like today is a resource day.  Here's another resource from UNESCO. 

 

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Online Learning in Postsecondary Education | Ithaka S+R

Online Learning in Postsecondary Education | Ithaka S+R | Distance Education & Open Learning | Scoop.it
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This is a literature review of 12 studies that examines learning outcomes between F2F and Online/Hybrid delivery formats from 2013 to 2014.  The author, Dr Derek Wu, noted that only 3 out of the 12 studies were rigorous in terms of methodology.  To me, that's important.  If the study is not methodology rigorous, the "findings" won't be valid at all, no matter what the results are. 

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How Google and Coursera may upend the traditional college degree

How Google and Coursera may upend the traditional college degree | Distance Education & Open Learning | Scoop.it
Last week the online education firm Coursera announced a new arrangement with Google, Instagram and other tech firms to launch what some are calling “microdegrees” – a set of online courses plus a hands-on capstone project designed in conjunction with top universities and leading high-tech firms.Together with other developments, such as rival MOOC developer Udacity’s “nanodegree” program, the Coursera announcement could be an important step in a radical shakeu
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As a MOOCs student, I can see the changes gradually.   From complete certificate to  signature track certificates to the capstone projects.  Also the collaboration with big companies is crucial.  I'm not sure if this are micro degrees or not, but definitely the recognition seems to be started.

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How Course Web Design Impacts Student Engagement -- Campus Technology

How Course Web Design Impacts Student Engagement -- Campus Technology | Distance Education & Open Learning | Scoop.it
When Instructure began analyzing the course designs for its higher ed customers, the LMS company discovered something about getting students to interact with the online elements of their courses.
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Here's the link to the infographic:

http://www.canvaslms.com/downloads/HE-Infographic-Course-Design.pdf

 

The infographic did a good job to summary the findings, which is a complex study that based on machine learning. 

 

"The purpose of that exercise, Stein said, was "to see if we could create four really simple buckets that we could drop any course into" and figure out whether that had any meaning for student participation and, most especially, learning outcomes. " Jared Stein, the VP of Instructure and lead of the study.

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Techniques for Unleashing Student Work from Learning Management Systems

Techniques for Unleashing Student Work from Learning Management Systems | Distance Education & Open Learning | Scoop.it
Learning management systems, like Blackboard and Moodle, have helped educators manage assignments. However, the LMS can be an obstacle to letting students take their work with them while connecting to the greater world.
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In this article, Justin Reich talks about the learning environment, which is based on connectivism, for his "massive" course at Harvard.  We will see  how this learning environment works in the next scoop.

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Trend Report: Technology compass for education

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Here is a more detailed report about ICT, and drawn examples on the Dutch. 

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Measuring mastery: Best practices for assessment in competency-based education - AEI

Measuring mastery: Best practices for assessment in competency-based education - AEI | Distance Education & Open Learning | Scoop.it
The long-term viability of competency-based education programs hinges on programs' credibility in the eyes of employers, which relies on assessment quality.
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This is the second report of the AEI study, which addresses the assessment issue of CBE.

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Why more universities are offering online graduate degrees | University Affairs

Why more universities are offering online graduate degrees | University Affairs | Distance Education & Open Learning | Scoop.it
Give up a regular paycheck and leave home for grad school? Why bother, when more graduate programs are available by distance, especially for working professionals.
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Personally, I really like this article.  It tells us the distance education trend in the Canadian context.  Where is the market?  What are the Canadian adult learners looking for?  Which universities doing what regarding online education.  If you pay attention to the development of distance education in Canada, this is an article for you.

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Online Test-Takers Feel Anti-Cheating Software’s Uneasy Glare

Online Test-Takers Feel Anti-Cheating Software’s Uneasy Glare | Distance Education & Open Learning | Scoop.it
School administrators say for online learning to be legitimate, testing has to be monitored. Proctortrack is a new anti-cheating program being used by some universities.
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An area rarely touched here.

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Book ‘Teaching in a Digital Age’ now ready and available | Tony Bates

Book ‘Teaching in a Digital Age’ now ready and available | Tony Bates | Distance Education & Open Learning | Scoop.it

This

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My colleague posted it internally.  Thanks Gail. 

(PS: Since my eye surgery, I haven't been able to catch up the latest devt as prompt as in the past ;(    ).

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Harvard U., Massachusetts Institute of Technology release updated MOOC research @insidehighered

Harvard U., Massachusetts Institute of Technology release updated MOOC research @insidehighered | Distance Education & Open Learning | Scoop.it
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This article tells readers another research dimension, the landscape of MOOCs,  of the MOOCs report from Harvard U & MIT yesterday. 

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Healthy Foundations: Nursing’s Role in Building Strong Aboriginal Communities

New technologies are making the delivery of high-quality nursing programs in Northern locations feasible. This report documents an innovative delivery model using remote presence robotics in two Northern Saskatchewan communities.
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With the other 2 articles, "College of Nursing launches remote presence robot technology" ( https://words.usask.ca/news/2012/06/29/college-of-nursing-launches-remote-presence-robot-technology/ ) and  "More Aboriginal Nurses are Needed in Aboriginal Communities" ( http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1501337/more-aboriginal-nurses-are-needed-in-aboriginal-communities ) show how distance education could work and benefit remote communities in this countries.    Hopefully, other distance education institutions of Canada will follow soon.

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State of the Commons

State of the Commons | Distance Education & Open Learning | Scoop.it
Creative Commons licenses are the standard for sharing free content online. The result is greater access to knowledge and culture for everyone, everywhere.
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Want to see the latest development of CC, then this report is for you.

 

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Computing Conversations: Daphne Koller and Coursera - YouTube

Author Charles Severance provides an audio recording of his Computing Conversations column, discussing his interview with Daphne Koller and Coursera, an onli...
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This is one of course materials of a MOOCs course that I'm taking now. 

If you have never taken a MOOCs course, you might hear about the dev't of MOOCs and Coursea.  You probably won't have much feeling about it.  But if you are a MOOCs student like me,  you'll deeply agree with Daphne Koller.  Without MOOCs, I would not have chance to study so many interesting and quality courses, free and no prerequisite.   No matter how many MOOCs out there and how the movt evolve, it's important to know its primary objective.  Hence, the interview of Daphne Koller is still worthy watching and reminding the organizers, the PSE, the public what MOOCs is about.

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Massive: The Future of Learning at Scale

Massive: The Future of Learning at Scale | Distance Education & Open Learning | Scoop.it
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Really like this learning environment.  Really facilitates course engagement. 

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9 Tips To Apply Adult Learning Theory to eLearning - eLearning Industry

9 Tips To Apply Adult Learning Theory to eLearning - eLearning Industry | Distance Education & Open Learning | Scoop.it
Apply Adult Learning Theory to eLearning. Applying Adult Learning Assumptions and Adult Learning Principles to eLearning. Apply Andragogy to eLearning!
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The article is not about online learning.  Rather, the article attempts to understand adult learners, who are the major component of many online education program. 

The first part is about Malcolm Knowles' 5 assumptions of adult learning experience.  The second part is about 4 principles concerning adult learning (andragogy).  Adult learners  could be benefitted if these 2 aspects are carrying out  in e-learning.

Infographic is provided as the end of the article as a visual summary.

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