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I Failed My Online Course—But Learned A Lot About Internet Education

I Failed My Online Course—But Learned A Lot About Internet Education | e-learning and moocs | Scoop.it

By Selena Larson, 3/8/14

 

MOOCs, or massive open online courses, are quickly becoming technology darlings. Companies like Coursera, Udacity, edX and others provide college-caliber online courses taught by professors from the most prestigious universities. Millions of students interested in pursuing inexpensive post-secondary education can take classes on anything from nutritional health to machine learning—right from the comfort of their own home.

It’s not just about learning new skills. "Graduates" of these classes can receive paid course certificates or accreditation, which is always great to showcase on LinkedIn. Some organizations, like Udacity, have even partnered with universities to create entirely MOOC-based degrees. 

I registered for a five-week course on Coursera, Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory And Practice. I’m interested in global politics and how the definition and scope of terrorism has changed since September 11, 2001, and since the topic was equally intriguing and different from the tech community I’m knee-deep in, I figured this class would provide a good introduction to massive open online courses.

The course was available under Coursera’s “Signature Track” program, so I paid $49 to receive a certificate of completion when I passed the class. It was a waste of $49.

I failed my first MOOC. 

It wasn’t for lack of trying. When I first signed up, I took it very seriously.

 

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[A very intriguing report of MOOC participation.]

. . . I failed my first MOOC. It wasn't for lack of trying. . . .  I took it very seriously. My Coursera professor ... provided great insight, paired it with interesting ... readings. . . . In my entire college career, I never failed a class. I pulled all-nighters to study for tests and write essays, and all the work I put in eventually paid off. ... My Coursera class was a totally different story.

[So far, so good, but then she continues:]

. .  . I'll admit it: I had minimal motivation.

[Here it is getting intriguing.
How exactly - or even by approximation - can one combine taking it seriously and providing great insights with minimal interest?]

 

. . . And reading on:

 

[How can a not-early-aborted college career be reconciled with the structureless essay she submitted? (there is a link to the essay in her article).

How can she be clueless why her peer reviewers did not give her a pass?
What does this tell us about her college - or high school - education?

Is the Coursera class being "a totally different story" proof that Coursera - educationally speaking - sucks; or is an indication that it can - crudely - detect talent? ]

 

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Very Intriguing . . . in what universe this is possible?

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 25, 2014 6:08 PM

Lessons Learned about Moocs.  

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Aprendizajes de los MOOC

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20 Excellent YouTube Channels for Math Teachers

20 Excellent YouTube Channels for Math Teachers | e-learning and moocs | Scoop.it
Math learning and teaching can be so much fun especially when done through the right strategies. One of these strategies is through engaging video content.  To this end, we have compiled 20 of the best and most popular YouTube channels for math teachers. These channels provide a wide variety of  videos, tutorials and animated courses covering different mathematical concepts from algebra to geometry.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, March 11, 6:17 PM

Share with your Math peeps for #PiDay!

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, March 13, 2:27 AM
Something for our Maths teachers 
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, March 13, 5:52 PM
Il fallait l'ajouter à la liste : des sites pour les profs de math.
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16 issues driving higher education's approach to teaching and learning

16 issues driving higher education's approach to teaching and learning | e-learning and moocs | Scoop.it
A new survey released by the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative provides a framework for addressing the role of technology in improving postsecondary teaching and learning.
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Nice list of issues that the edu-policy-bureaucracy deems important (in 2017).
Questions:  
1) how do these compare to those of 2010 en 2000
2) will this list be still relevant in 2030?
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Could online tutors and artificial intelligence be the future of teaching?

Could online tutors and artificial intelligence be the future of teaching? | e-learning and moocs | Scoop.it
Online maths company has partnered with scientists to identify what makes lessons successful - and to see if AI can be used to improve teaching

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how can AI be used to supplement math teaching
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 8, 11:05 PM

Interesting article about the combination of AI and personal tutors.

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Grace Hopper's Bug

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Discover Grace Hopper's Bug in Washington, D.C.: A computer bug so primitive it was an actual insect.
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 22, 2016 11:53 AM
Computer Science pioneer Grace Hopper should be honored and remembered. We live and work in a future she made possible.
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CAS Community | CAS computational thinking - A Guide for teachers

CAS Community | CAS computational thinking - A Guide for teachers | e-learning and moocs | Scoop.it
This guide seeks to help develop a shared understanding of the teaching of computational thinking in schools. It presents a conceptual framework of computational thinking, describes pedagogic approaches for teaching and offers guides for assessment. It is complementary to the two CAS guides published in November 2013 (Primary) and June 2014 (Secondary) in supporting the implementation of the new National Curriculum and embraces the CAS Barefoot and CAS QuickStart Computing descriptions of computational thinking. Computational thinking lies at the heart of the computing curriculum but it also supports learning and thinking in other areas of the curriculum.

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UK proposal for GCSE teaching of basic concepts of programming.

Emphasis on developing of algorithms (less emphasis on data-modeling and foundational maths, no interest in interpretation of data and statistics) 

Basically a nice intro to CS as we understood it in 1980.
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10 Free Tools for Building Blended & Online Learning

10 Free Tools for Building Blended & Online Learning | e-learning and moocs | Scoop.it
Remember though that finding the right tool is important, but how you structure and design interaction with the content is way more important. Taking classroom activities and materials and placing them on a web-based platform and expecting them to work is sure way to disappoint students. You need to think carefully about how the student will engage with the materials and how the materials relate to each other to ensure that your materials don’t just test the students’ knowledge and abilities, but that they guide and enable the student to hypothesise and make and confirm deductions in order to encourage deeper levels of autonomous learning.

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Carmen Herrero's curator insight, November 30, 2016 5:44 PM
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Maria Olávia Monteiro's curator insight, December 1, 2016 5:15 AM
Blended Learning article
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10 Free Tools for Building Blended & Online Learning via @MarkEDeschaine http://sco.lt/...

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Organizing Your Thoughts With Note-Taking Apps

Organizing Your Thoughts With Note-Taking Apps | e-learning and moocs | Scoop.it
MANY of us use our phones to jot down notes, whether we’re in a class, at an interview or trying to remember a shopping list. And many apps are available to help.

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handy tool
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, September 8, 2016 7:02 PM

Still trying to completely lose the pen-and-paper habit. ;)

Lee Hall's curator insight, September 9, 2016 3:44 PM
Several good choices. 
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Are MOOCs Forever?

Are MOOCs Forever? | e-learning and moocs | Scoop.it
Coursera’s Daphne Koller discusses plans for the future of a format that some thought would never last this long.

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Daphne Koller explains the thinking (if that is the word) that led to the shift to the new platform Coursera.

She surely has some explaining the do - or is it really simple: the Coursera investors wanted real revenues, they dismissed the educators and replaced them by "marketeers" that do not understand their market all -.
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Open Educational Resources - Babson Survey Research Group

Open Educational Resources - Babson Survey Research Group | e-learning and moocs | Scoop.it

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, August 1, 2016 8:03 AM
Important document revealing the barriers to implementation.
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Making Sense of MOOCs: A Guide for Policy-Makers in Developing Countries - A New Book for MOOC Developers and Policymakers

Making Sense of MOOCs: A Guide for Policy-Makers in Developing Countries - A New Book for MOOC Developers and Policymakers | e-learning and moocs | Scoop.it

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HE-consultants have discovered a new market:
give MOOC advice to developing nations
(paid for by development aid money I presume)
Very professional, complete with "quality" assurance frameworks
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10 ways MOOCs have forced Universities into a rethink

10 ways MOOCs have forced Universities into a rethink | e-learning and moocs | Scoop.it

MOOCs have made us think. As one of the most fascinating developments in higher education in my lifetime, they are,in many ways, a pioneer of a more ‘open’ spirit in learning. I’d contend that MOOCs, for all their promises and faults, have been at their most effective in forcing a rethink in Higher Education.


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Wow . . . a very good lessons learned from four years of MOOCing.

 

I highly recommend you read all 10 points; all are relevant + mainly correct + perceptive.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 15, 2016 4:30 AM

Always worth a read.

Norton Gusky's curator insight, February 15, 2016 9:11 AM

While many people thought MOOCs have disappeared, they continue to grow and morph into interactive learning experiences, especially for students (adults) seeking to extend their knowledge in technical fields. 

Tony Guzman's curator insight, March 1, 2016 4:42 PM

This article shares some ways that the MOOC has impacted higher education so far.

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What do we mean when we say, “Transformative learning experiences powered by technology”?

What do we mean when we say, “Transformative learning experiences powered by technology”? | e-learning and moocs | Scoop.it

A transformative learning experience fundamentally changes our understanding of what it means to learn and what it means to work together with others to learn.


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Nice example of how a persons life and learning strategies became transformed by an experience at a young age (in this particular case it was an encounter with primitive computer technology, but in general it  could have been anything: e.g. hearing the saxophone played well for the first time, or "seeing" the mother of god in a cave)  

 

Alas, also a typical example of unwarranted educational proselytizing. The man is so enthusiastic about his new insight that everybody has to hear the good news. Worse, everybody has to convert and repent. The idea that Catholicism, Jazz or technology enhanced project based learning  does not work for everybody, never enters the man's mind.

 

Lets stop with this kind of "inspirational" stories in educational design. Lets stick to science (mainly cognitive and social psychology). I know it is boring, but it is our best shot at finding out what works for whom under which circumstances.  

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 5, 2016 11:15 AM

Technology is not a tool. Heidegger proposed it involves two intertwined definitions: human/anthropological and technological/instrumental. He proposed that technology is about a way of thinking, acting, and speaking about, with, and through the tools humans use. In that sense, the line about technology being transforming is accurate. When the two definitions are separated, that is not the case.

Norton Gusky's curator insight, February 6, 2016 7:35 AM

Personal story that highlights the power of technology to transform learning - the preamble to the 2016 National Educational Technology Plan

Michael MacNeil's curator insight, April 4, 2016 10:05 AM

A very good read.

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Creating Authentic and Explanatory Videos - Teaching in Higher Ed

Creating Authentic and Explanatory Videos - Teaching in Higher Ed | e-learning and moocs | Scoop.it

Creating Authentic and Explanatory Videos
By Bonni Stachowiak February 20, 2017 L

In this past week's episode with Steven Michels, we both spoke about the importance of allowing for more authenticity in videos we create for class. I shared about the time I sneezed during one of my pencasts and how funny the students found it.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 26, 3:40 PM

Explanatory video is a powerful tool for online teaching. Learn more about it. 

Gemma Ballarín's curator insight, February 27, 3:25 AM
21st century teaching
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10 Reasons Why You Need Microlearning In 2017 - eLearning Industry

10 Reasons Why You Need Microlearning In 2017 - eLearning Industry | e-learning and moocs | Scoop.it
Want to know why you need Microlearning In 2017? Check 10 reasons microlearning should be at the top of your learning agenda in 2017.
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common sense edu agitprop - but nice to have the explicit list
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Content Chunking: The Basis To An Engaging And Well-Designed Course - eLearning Industry

Content Chunking: The Basis To An Engaging And Well-Designed Course - eLearning Industry | e-learning and moocs | Scoop.it
Content chunking is quite similar – it is the process of breaking down content into smaller, bite-sized bits of easily digestible information that are easy to comprehend, learn, and commit to memory.

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A popular rehash of the insights that H.A.Simon gave us in The Sciences of the Artificial (1969, third ed 1996).
Mostly based on "het denken van de schaker" A.D. de Groot 1946 
 But still very valuable insights. 
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 21, 7:40 PM

Design Chunking: words to live by.  Read this 'nicely chunked' article to see when you should be using this technique and when you should not. 

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 25, 3:42 AM

Useful ideas, nicely chunked, for writers, bloggers and course writers.

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MOOC Trends in 2016: MOOCs No Longer Massive

MOOC Trends in 2016: MOOCs No Longer Massive | e-learning and moocs | Scoop.it
We've gained the ability to take MOOCs at any time, but lost something in the process

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MOOCs (e.g. Coursera) have found their business model:
The lifelong learners that study out of interest are no longer served well,; the target now is: continuous education  for professionals; busy people that happily spend 80$ for 20 hours filled with chunk of edu-light.  
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The jobs of the future – and two skills you need to get them

The jobs of the future – and two skills you need to get them | e-learning and moocs | Scoop.it
Maths ability will get you furthest, says Harvard's Davis Deming. As long as you've got the social skills to go with it.

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A nice start (but ultimately misleading ?)

When I apply critical thinking to this piece three problematic aspects become apparent:

First: the dimensions along the axis should be reconsidered: 

The X-axis should not display math skills, but formal theoretical reasoning skills (both the process of formal reasoning  -mathematical or verbal or ... -  and real insight into the knowledge of substantive theory are important here)

The Y axis: should not measure normal sociability or empathy, it should measure the very instrumental skill of acting appropriate given a social context (it is not about being emphatic it is about being perceptive and "flexible" or deceptive) 

Second: here education is something that is done to students by government and managers. This is a direct violation of the first law of education: learning is done by the student, not by the teacher, let alone by a manager.

Third: there is is an exclusive emphasis on skills. This ignores that education mainly works by making students familiar with models about how the world work (i.e substantive "theory", what we usually call knowledge). This a a piece  about the knowledge economy that ignores the importance of knowledge.

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Online Education Is Now a Global Market

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MOOCs may have been overhyped, but their impact is far from over, says Simon Nelson, of the online-learning provider FutureLearn. And traditional colleges have a huge opportunity if they’re just willing to think a little differently.
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UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Directory of Free Educational Resources for Teachers

UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Directory of Free Educational Resources for Teachers | e-learning and moocs | Scoop.it
“Directory of Free Educational Resources for Teachers: Classroom Productivity” is a collection of free quality software which is ready to be installed directly onto your computer. It includes a collated set of freely available productivity tools, such as content authoring software, mind-mapping software, graphic editors, office suite among many others.

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een lijst met tools
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 31, 2016 12:30 AM

Some very big files to download but sounds very useful.

elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, August 31, 2016 3:33 AM
A complete and interesting directory for teachers !
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The British Library Puts 1,000,000 Images into the Public Domain, Making Them Free to Reuse & Remix

The British Library Puts 1,000,000 Images into the Public Domain, Making Them Free to Reuse & Remix | e-learning and moocs | Scoop.it


Earlier this week, Oxford's Bodleian Library announced that it had digitized a 550 year old copy of the Gutenberg Bible along with a number of other ancient bibles, some of them quite beautiful. Not to be outdone, the British Library came out with its own announcement on Thursday:

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Helen Teague's curator insight, October 4, 2016 5:21 PM
This is a great resource!
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7 Best Search Sites: How to Find Online Teaching Jobs

7 Best Search Sites: How to Find Online Teaching Jobs | e-learning and moocs | Scoop.it
If you’re an online instructor who’s looking for online teaching job openings, you may find searching for jobs to be a daunting task. Just google “online teaching job.” We did and got 103,000,000 results. Good luck sorting through that humongous pile of data!

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 25, 2016 11:22 AM

Here's a solid article to get you started searching for your online teaching job.  I found my first online teaching job on Geteducated.com (way back before the turn of the century)!

 

Learn how to go beyond the basic application process by reading my blog series on finding e-jobs.

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24 Data Science, R, Python, Excel, and Machine Learning Cheat Sheets

24 Data Science, R, Python, Excel, and Machine Learning Cheat Sheets | e-learning and moocs | Scoop.it
Here's a good starting point. You can find many additional references here (Python, Excel, Spark, R, Deep Learning, AI, SQL, NoSQL, Graph Databses, Visualizati…

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Cloudschool | A free teaching platform

Cloudschool | A free teaching platform | e-learning and moocs | Scoop.it
Cloudschool is a free teaching platform. It's the easiest way for teachers to create and deliver lessons.

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Moodle light for free
(but not clear what their business model is)

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Konstantinos Kalemis's curator insight, April 5, 2016 12:45 AM

Another online teaching platform for creating blended and online learning.

JOHN DSOUZA's curator insight, April 5, 2016 2:45 AM

Another online teaching platform for creating blended and online learning.

Celeste Foley's curator insight, April 5, 2016 8:48 AM

Another online teaching platform for creating blended and online learning.

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MOOC Trends in 2015: Rise of Self Paced Courses - MOOC Report

MOOC Trends in 2015: Rise of Self Paced Courses - MOOC Report | e-learning and moocs | Scoop.it
Find out how the format of MOOCs has changed and grown over the past year, what "self paced" means for MOOCs, and how it compares to the "session based" format.

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