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Badges? Certificates? What counts as succeeding in MOOCs?

Badges? Certificates? What counts as succeeding in MOOCs? | e-Assessment | Scoop.it

Success and how it is measured continues to be one of the "known unknowns" for MOOCs. Debate (hype) on success is heightened by the now recognised and recorded high drop out rates. If "only" 3,000 registered users complete a MOOC then it must be failing, mustn't it? If you don't get the certificate/badge/whatever then you have failed. Well in one sense that might be true - if you take completion to equate with success. For a movement that is supposed to be revolutionising the (HE) system, the initial metrics some of the big xMOOCs are measuring and being measured by are pretty traditional. Some of the best known success of recent years have been college "drop outs', so why not embrace that difference and the flexibility that MOOCs offer learners?

 

Well possibly because doing really new things and introducing new educational metrics is hard and even harder to sell to venture capitalists, who don't really understand what is "broken" with education. Even for those who supposedly do understand education e.g. governments find any change to educational metrics (and in particular assessments) really hard to implement. In the UK we have recent examples of this with Michael Gove's proposed changes to GSCEs and in Scotland the introduction of the Curriculum for Excellence has been a pretty fraught affair over the last five years.


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grainnehamilton's curator insight, April 19, 2013 7:42 AM

Interesting post on how to demonstrate evidence of learning in MOOCs... I wonder if an Open Badge backpack could be useful here, combining a central portfolio of badges with links to the evidence submitted for receiving the badge (if the badge issuer includes it)...

EsdeGroot's curator insight, April 24, 2013 3:38 PM

What equates with success, indeed. Useful to continue the discussion about this.

Cláudia Gomes's comment, June 16, 2013 2:02 PM
Reaching the combination of behavior models, like badges, with social approaches.
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RSC e-Assessment: #MOOCs: will losing the live be a loss?

RSC e-Assessment: #MOOCs: will losing the live be a loss? | e-Assessment | Scoop.it

I've been thinking about the implications for teaching, learning and assessment if the live element of teaching is no longer there. There do not appear to be any synchronous activities in the xMOOC I will be taking next year with Coursera and if this trend towards teaching via MOOCs and asynchronous activities continues, I wonder what, if anything, will be lost? 

 

'I am currently doing some re-designing of the JISC RSC Scotland's online courses, and with all the discussion around MOOCs at the moment, this has prompted some questions for me about the synchronous, live aspect of teaching and how / if it needs to feature in online courses.'...

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Open Badges - A new Open Standard for recognition?

Open Badges - A new Open Standard for recognition? | e-Assessment | Scoop.it
If you have ever been a boy scout or girl guide, you would have been awarded a badge to recognise your achievements in a skill, experience or deed. This would have been sewn proudly on your shirt o...
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grainnehamilton's curator insight, April 11, 2013 9:43 AM

Post from the Accidental Technologist considering uses of Open Badges, highlighting example of potential use in MOOCs and Higher Education.

grainnehamilton's curator insight, April 11, 2013 11:44 AM

Post from the Accidental Technologist considering uses of Open Badges, highlighting example of potential use in MOOCs and Higher Education.

LLZ Uni Halle's curator insight, May 28, 2013 6:31 AM

In Zeiten von MOOC's wird es Zeit für Badges. Open Badges.

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Summarizing All MOOCs in One Slide: Market, Open and Dewey

Summarizing All MOOCs in One Slide: Market, Open and Dewey | e-Assessment | Scoop.it

Interesting article exploring the concept of 'open' education...

 

"1) Are you trying to make a billion dollars? And 2) Do you believe education can be delivered?...

 

By comparing the Market and Open courses, we can see that a corruption is taking place in the meaning of the word "Open" in the MOOC acronym. The original Open meant open registration and open license. The open license meaning is blurred by referring to proprietary courses as open.

 

Consider the attention gap between the Market/Open and the Dewey MOOCs. The Dewey MOOCs were first, are more theoretically developed, and there have been more of them. That said, vast sums of money are pouring into the creation of courses about content delivery, and these are getting a great deal of media attention. At the same time, creative educators are using very similar technologies to create massive courses about experience rather than simply content delivery. This pattern shows itself frequently in education technology...."


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