E-Learning and On...
Follow
Find tag "mooc"
229.7K views | +18 today

University of Wisconsin Stout: Interested in online teaching and learning?

Information about our Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning.
E-Learning and Online Teaching
Learning to Teach in the 21st Century

${leadGenConfiguration.title}

$leadGenConfiguration.description
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
Scoop.it!

Cell Phones and Daggers: Moocs, Disruption and Change

Cell Phones and Daggers: Moocs, Disruption and Change | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Mulukan Ayalu, who may be the busiest man in Dalifagi (Paul Salopek, 2013) http://outofedenwalk.nationalgeographic.com/files/2013/01/Paul-Salopek-Oasis3-1024x683.jpg


Combine inexpensive mobile technology with the archived course content available right now, add translation software and satellite bandwidth and the possibility of reaching across the globe into the most remote spots on the planet becomes real.  

Dennis T OConnor's insight:

How do you see the disruptive power of open education, moocs and mobile tech?

more...
David J MacFadyen's curator insight, June 27, 4:28 PM

Just a hint in this link, but the imbedded link on a remote African town is mind blowing. MOOCs make lives better for those with the self-guided learning skills needed to learn independently.

Rescooped by Dennis T OConnor from Learning with MOOCs
Scoop.it!

OSU, Stanford Partner to Launch Free Massive Online Course for Teachers - Salem-News.Com

OSU, Stanford Partner to Launch Free Massive Online Course for Teachers - Salem-News.Com | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Oregon State University this fall will launch its first massive, open online course, or MOOC, partnering with Stanford University and the Oregon Department of Education to deliver a free, professional learning opportunity to potentially thousands of K-12 educators in the state and around the world.


Via Peter Mellow
Dennis T OConnor's insight:

Will teachers go for free (if massive) online professional development?


Despite all the theories, noise, and excitements around Moocs... it may all come down to some one in a district office deciding to award salary credit for Moocs. 


If yo're a curious K-12 educator, check it out? (Even if it doesn't bump up on that slow ladder to a living wage. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
Scoop.it!

Understanding Cheating in Online Courses - CUW Online Learning

Understanding Cheating in Online Courses - CUW Online Learning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Live Events, Twitter Feeds, Chat Rooms, and other resources for the Understanding Cheating in Online Courses MOOC (Massively Open Online Course)
Dennis T OConnor's insight:

Clever Mooc Style open course on cheating in the online environment. All course modules are open and available to you. 


The hastag for this course is #cheatmooc .  Clever, and provocative; can you cheat your way through a mooc? Why would you? What would be gained?  Lots to think about here.

more...
Maryalice Leister's curator insight, June 13, 4:35 AM

Cheating in online coursework remains a hot topic. Take another look at the issue here.

Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
Scoop.it!

Sloan-C: Managing the MOOC Momentum

Sloan-C: Managing the MOOC Momentum | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Four strategic considerations for college and university leaders in 2014 In the fall of 2011 when then-Stanford professor Sebastian Thrun unveiled the first Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) by o...
Dennis T OConnor's insight:

Special thanks to Witt Salley for pointing this out. 

more...
Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 10, 8:48 AM

Interesting MOOC infograph.

Sanjay Malaviya's curator insight, February 12, 8:29 AM

Managing the MOOC Momentum

Sieg Holle's curator insight, February 14, 11:41 AM

market review for the future of education? 

Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
Scoop.it!

MOOCs and Connectivist Instructional Design

MOOCs and Connectivist Instructional Design | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Summary by Monica Goddard:


The author describes his participation in George Siemen's and Stephen Downe's MOOC, "Connectivism and Connective Knowledge 2008" (CCK08). This course had weekly guest lecturers and presentations, blogging assignments, discussions on Twitter, Facebook and Moodle. It was a highly interactive course with collaborative virtual meetings about discussions and presentations. Research indicates that course interaction is one of the primary measures of success and retention in an online course.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
Scoop.it!

Get Ready: MOOCs Are Coming to K-12 -- THE Journal

Get Ready: MOOCs Are Coming to K-12 -- THE Journal | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Greg Thompson:


"Lurie believes the hybrid approach is one way to enhance knowledge and branch out from the lecture-based instruction that can grow stale, even when it comes from the best teachers. EdX-blended AP courses "could also provide a level playing field for all schools and all teachers, where in effect our courses become sort of a talking textbook," he says. "MOOCs can be a new set of resources for use by teachers locally in their own classrooms."


Read more at http://thejournal.com/articles/2013/09/02/get-ready-moocs-are-coming-to-k-12.aspx#bTO2zrlW6o8tqJc5.99

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
Scoop.it!

180 MOOCs to Start the New Year (Is This the Crest of the Wave?)

180 MOOCs to Start the New Year (Is This the Crest of the Wave?) | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
If you haven’t tried a free MOOC, I’d do it sooner than later. In recent weeks, the whole MOOC project took a hit when a University of Pennsylvania study found what was becoming empirically obvious — that MOOCs generally have very low participation and completion rates, and what’s more, most of the students taking the courses are “disproportionately educated, male, [and] wealthy,” and from the United States. This study, combined with other disappointing experiments and findings, will likely make universities think twice about sinking money into creating MOOCs (they can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $50,000 to develop). It might take another 6-12 months to see the shift. But I’d hazard a guess that this January might be the peak of the free MOOC trend. Enjoy them while they last. Whatever their shortcomings, they can be quite informative, and you can’t beat the price.
more...
Steve Vaitl's curator insight, January 7, 7:49 AM

Very little of this do I find this surprising.

MFaculty's curator insight, January 7, 7:44 PM

The insights revealed through the previous studies serves to codify what many educators, and even more marketers knew intuitively; free always begs the question of quality. Don't hear what I'm not saying. I'm not saying ALL MOOCs are low quality, I'm merely saying that without academic rigor and effective management, even the best intentions can slide off the rails.

 

I too had noted a number of previous MOOC supporters distancing themselves from the initiatives. Was there ever an identified demand for MOOCs, or were they simply a result of benevolent thinking? Regardless, it is interesting that the 'target audience' for MOOCs are apparently the ones taking least advantage of them. Perhaps the age old marketing rendition of supply and demand has merit still has merit.

Tammy Morley's curator insight, January 8, 4:43 PM

Food for thought.

Rescooped by Dennis T OConnor from Discussions in Online Courses
Scoop.it!

Data Mining Exposes Embarrassing Problems for Massive Open Online Courses | MIT Technology Review

Data Mining Exposes Embarrassing Problems for Massive Open Online Courses | MIT Technology Review | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Not only does student participation decline dramatically throughout the new generation of Web-based courses, but the involvement of teachers in online discussions makes it worse.

Via JohnThompson
more...
JohnThompson's curator insight, December 28, 2013 6:37 AM

This data study seems to be conflicted in its analysis of teacher participation in the online discussions. At one point, the paper states the above but in the conclusion it states, " We showed, for example, that the teaching staff's active participation in the discussion increases the discussion volume but does not slow down the decline in participation." So does teacher participation help or hurt? Read the PDF doc yourself and see what you think. Also, the study needs to provide examples of what passes for discussion topics/threads in the courses that are analyzed. At first glance, it seems those discussions are seriously lacking in many ways to start, as it appears they're more "Q&A" discussions rather than the more traditional discussions that actually invited back-n-forth comments. Might be interesting for these researchers to analyze participation involvement in different types of discussions.

Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
Scoop.it!

How To Earn An Elite MBA For Free

How To Earn An Elite MBA For Free | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
So you want an MBA? But you can’t afford to take two years off and invest upwards of a quarter of a million on tuition, books, living expenses, and lost wages?Boy, do I have a proposition for you!


And even David Wilson, the outgoing chief executive of the Graduate Management Admission Council, which administers the GMAT test, says it may well be possible. "The next MBA degree may not be a degree but a portfolio of certificates," says Wilson. "The market will determine the worth of it."

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Dennis T OConnor from Into the Driver's Seat
Scoop.it!

A List Of 75 MOOCs For Teachers & Students ~ TeachThought

A List Of 75 MOOCs For Teachers & Students ~ TeachThought | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

"Though some have criticized the real value of MOOCs, it is undeniable that these courses give students the capacity to learn at a level never before made available to them. It may not be perfect, nor at times pretty or easy, but it is a step forward towards the ultimate goal of providing a quality education to not only the lucky and privileged, but to all who seek to better themselves through learning.


"Below is a list of courses from various MOOC providers, separated by subject areas that are increasingly valuable in today’s society. Also included are courses that educators can use to improve their own teaching methods, skills, and facilitate a more effective learning environment in their classrooms."


via The Committed Sardine


Via Jim Lerman
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
Scoop.it!

U.S. Teams Up With Operator of Online Courses to Plan a Global Network

U.S. Teams Up With Operator of Online Courses to Plan a Global Network | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Coursera, a California-based venture that has enrolled five million students in its free online courses, announced on Thursday a partnership with the United States government to create “learning hubs” around the world where students can go to get Internet access to free courses supplemented by weekly in-person class discussions with local teachers or facilitators.

more...
Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, November 1, 2013 2:44 PM

This looks promising. 

Rescooped by Dennis T OConnor from Connectivism
Scoop.it!

Massive Open Online Courses Trends 2013 Infographic

Massive Open Online Courses Trends 2013 Infographic | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
MOOCs in Higher Education Today 2013 74% of schools currently offer some type of online course. 16% plan to offer one within 3 years. 13% of schools

Via Susan Bainbridge
more...
Errol Wilson's curator insight, October 19, 2013 8:24 PM

WE are already using Infographic in the CSUSB MSN Program, nice to know we are in the majority.

Ante Lauc's curator insight, October 21, 2013 12:42 AM

I like that my dream is better and better realized. I am sad that my countrymen are far from it! 

Eliana Lobo's curator insight, October 21, 2013 2:58 PM

I'm taking a course on instructional design right now on Coursera!

Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
Scoop.it!

MOOC completion rates

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have the potential to enable free university-level education on an enormous scale. A concern often raised about MOOCs is that although thousands enrol for courses, a very small proportion actually complete the course. The release of information about enrollment and completion rates from MOOCs appears to be ad hoc at the moment - that is, official statistics are not published for every course. This data visualisation draws together information about enrollment numbers and completion rates from across online news stories and blogs.

Dennis T OConnor's insight:

The interactive data map helps you see completion rates at a clance. Most courses covered in this graphic had less than a 10% completion rate.


Readers with Mooc completion data are invited to contribute to this research. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
Scoop.it!

A real world MOOC experience

A real world MOOC experience | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
MOOC have a notoriously low completion rate, but what's it like to be one of the 7% who actually complete a course? This post tells you all.
Dennis T OConnor's insight:

Have you ever met a person who finished a Mooc? Here's one fellow who completed his first mooc and lived to blog about it. 



more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
Scoop.it!

8 Things You Should Know About MOOCs - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

8 Things You Should Know About MOOCs - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

About the data: The edX MOOC data released by Harvard and MIT covered 16 sections of 13 courses from the first year of edX, from fall 2012 to summer 2013. About 475,000 students and about 640,000 registrations are included. Although there were 841,000 registrations in these courses, 200,000 rows of data were deleted by HarvardX and MITx in the de-identification process. De-identification was most likely to remove outliers and extremely active users, which may affect some of the analysis. You can learn more about the de-identification process from the HarvardX and MITx documentation.

Dennis T OConnor's insight:

This is an easy to read overview article enhanced with graphics.  The Harvard and MIT moocs have been very high profile. Interesting that so few students view all of the materials. 

more...
Library@NYP's curator insight, June 20, 7:16 AM

Learn about the latest trends and adoption of MOOCs.

Manuel León Urrutia's curator insight, June 24, 7:28 AM

Remarkable facts extracted from the release of edX MOOC data one month ago. The most surprising: apparently most MOOC learners are male!

Rescooped by Dennis T OConnor from Online and Blended Learning in K-12+
Scoop.it!

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 Online Teaching | 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.

 

Read more


Via Dr. Gordon Dahlby
Dennis T OConnor's insight:

Lessons Learned about Moocs.  

more...
Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, May 26, 8:41 AM

[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? ]

 

-

 

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

Gerardo Varela's curator insight, May 26, 11:39 AM

Aprendizajes de los MOOC

Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
Scoop.it!

If Even the Genius Godfather of MOOCs Can’t Make Them Work, Can Anyone?

If Even the Genius Godfather of MOOCs Can’t Make Them Work, Can Anyone? | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Sebastian Thrun, godfather of the massive open online course, has quietly spread a plastic tarp on the floor, nudged his most famous educational invention into the center, and is about to pull the trigger. Thrun—former Stanford superprofessor, Silicon Valley demigod, and now CEO of online-course purveyor Udacity—just admitted to Fast...
Dennis T OConnor's insight:

I found this segment of the article to have some real teeth: "The problem, of course, is that those students represent the precise group MOOCs are meant to serve. “MOOCs were supposed to be the device that would bring higher education to the masses,” Jonathan Rees noted. “However, the masses at San Jose State don’t appear to be ready for the commodified, impersonal higher education that MOOCs offer.” Thrun’s cavalier disregard for the SJSU students reveals his true vision of the target audience for MOOCs: students from the posh suburbs, with 10 tablets apiece and no challenges whatsoever—that is, the exact people who already have access to expensive higher education."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
Scoop.it!

Assessment Design Tips for MOOCs and other Open Courses

Assessment Design Tips for MOOCs and other Open Courses | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Dr. Bernard Bull: "I've participated in dozens of open courses over the years, and I can appreciate many designs and approaches.  With that said, I have a hard time with the use of traditional grading systems in MOOC...

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
Scoop.it!

Higher education technology predictions for 2014 | Mark Smithers

Higher education technology predictions for 2014 | Mark Smithers | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
TL;DR In summary, we’ll have another contentious year. We’ll see big growth in higher education services from outside of the university sector, a con
Dennis T OConnor's insight:

What does an expert see coming for the new year?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
Scoop.it!

[Infographic] The Minds Behind The MOOCs - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

[Infographic] The Minds Behind The MOOCs - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Few important things regarding the infographic “The Minds behind the MOOCs”.
Dennis T OConnor's insight:

Excellent series of infographics about MOOCs. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
Scoop.it!

List of Over 160 Free Online Courses/MOOCs Starting in January 2014 - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

List of Over 160 Free Online Courses/MOOCs Starting in January 2014 - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Here's a List of Over 160 Free Online Courses/MOOCs Starting in January 2014
Dennis T OConnor's insight:

If you are looking for small online graduate classes facilitated by master teachers, consider taking a course from UW-Stout Online Professional Development.


Semester Graduate Units

Many of our courses are accepted in UW-Stout's online masters program.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
Scoop.it!

Leadership in open and distance education universities

Leadership in open and distance education universities | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Dennis T OConnor's insight:

This insightful and detailed post from Tony Bates gives those of us in North America a more global perspective.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Dennis T OConnor
Scoop.it!

Assessment Design Tips for MOOCs and other Open...

Assessment Design Tips for MOOCs and other Open... | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
I've participated in dozens of open courses over the years, and I can appreciate many designs and approaches. With that said, I have a hard time with the use of traditional grading systems in MOOC...
Dennis T OConnor's insight:

This article provides solid advice for all online courses not just Moocs.  Solid information here!

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Dennis T OConnor from Connectivism
Scoop.it!

The State of MOOCs: An EdTech Researcher Retrospective

The State of MOOCs: An EdTech Researcher Retrospective | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Looking back over EdTech Researcher's posts about the history, development, and contemporary state of Massive Open Online Courses.

Via Susan Bainbridge
more...
wandywheeler's curator insight, October 23, 2013 12:24 AM

MOOC's are making hype these days, I have decied to opt for a quick degree from http://www.usauniversitiesonline.com/degree/fast-degrees-online/ , this post has been one of the reason because of which I chose online education!!!

Rescooped by Dennis T OConnor from Educational Technology in Higher Education
Scoop.it!

Infographic: Why Aren't Students Completing MOOCs?

Infographic: Why Aren't Students Completing MOOCs? | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

MOOCs (free online courses that are open to anyone) are more popular than Justin Bieber right now, but why aren't students finishing the courses they signed up for?


Via SusanBat , Dominique Demartini, Pierre Levy, juandoming, Mark Smithers
more...
Elaine Watkins's curator insight, October 24, 2013 7:29 PM

I was one of the 36% of students who completed the Equine Nutrition course. I can tell you why I was able to... It was because there was excellent support from the lecturers, easy to access video lectures, no hard deadlines until the end of the course, meaning there was much more flexibility for people, like me, who work full time and can't always complete quizzes by 6pm each Monday for example. I could do it in my own time, as long as I stayed within the course duration and I found that some weeks I had much more time and could complete 2 weeks worth of readings & quizzes. 

In contrast, I just attempted to complete an Animal Behaviour course, but unfortunately due to hard deadlines each Monday, I was unable to complete quizzes on time and therefore could not achieve the marks necessary to pass, so I gave up halfway through. I have still completed readings and watched lectures, but with no result as the quizzes did not count after the weekly hard deadlines. Obviously many people had the same issue as me, because out of 24950, only

1428 people completed the course.

I believe course designers need to revisit their courses and ensure they are flexible enough for full time workers to do in their own time. 

Christine Aizpurua's curator insight, October 31, 2013 8:57 AM

Me ! 

Patricia Christian's curator insight, February 8, 2:45 AM

An integral part of any online learning environment is the social synergy created via communication and discussion.  This is where deep reflection and learning take place.  Are students not feeling connected.  Are they collaborating and creating something new with the knowledge they have gained and sharing it with others?  Learning must me meaningful and applicable.