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The teaching and learning foundations of MOOCs

The teaching and learning foundations of MOOCs | Ebooks & digital textbook accessibility | Scoop.it
The idea that massive open online courses (MOOCs) provide a less valid learning experience than face-to-face courses is a furphy. Here are some reasons why the critics are wrong.

Via Susan Bainbridge
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"Overall, the evidence is that there is no reason to believe that MOOCs provide any less a valid learning experience than face-to-face courses."


But are students prepared with the skills and tools needed to studt from online resources? The jump from classroom teaching to lectures is difficult enough but most students have no experience or strategies for learning from online courses without human interaction to guide them.


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elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, June 17, 2013 3:29 AM
Toujours à prendre avec le recul nécessaire mais un point de vue intéressant et des liens conceptuels concrets
António Maneira's curator insight, June 18, 2013 5:26 AM

That's it!

There is no strong apparent reason for MOOCs to be less valid then face-to-face courses.

It is an e-learning model for great numbers that in most cases attracts lots of people which is great to researchers as it increase significance of quantitative research studies.  

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The Direction of MOOC Research

The Direction of MOOC Research | Ebooks & digital textbook accessibility | Scoop.it
After 2 years of MOOC mania, the time has come for increasing the output of MOOC research. But what direction is that research taking – what direction should it take? At the beginning of the month ...

Via Susan Bainbridge
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Mooc research needs to consider inckusion - how to include those excluded from traditional university study particularly those with disabilities and accessibility needs. so far we are struggling to capture their needs and requirements. 

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The Traditional University Lecture Is Dead

The Traditional University Lecture Is Dead | Ebooks & digital textbook accessibility | Scoop.it
“ And massive open online courses are vying to replace it—though not without compromises.”
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MOOC Discussion Forums: barrier to engagement? -

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“ Robert McGuire wrote an article for Campus Technology, Building a Sense of Community in MOOCs, that touches on an important topic – is the centralized discussion forum a barrier to student engagement?”
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The Best Apps For Reading Ebooks on the iPad for Power Readers | Digital Book World

The Best Apps For Reading Ebooks on the iPad for Power Readers | Digital Book World | Ebooks & digital textbook accessibility | Scoop.it
“ I am what the book industry calls a “power reader.” I read a lot of books (at least 300 a year), and I read them quickly. With that sort of intake, using an”
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Phone E-readers Easier for Dyslexics

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An e-reader may make reading less of a struggle for some kids with dyslexia, a new study shows. Researchers found that high-school...

Via Drs Fernette and Brock Eide at DyslexicAdvantage.com
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"Breaking sentences up into short segments -- two to three words per line -- may help people with dyslexia read more easily" definately in my experience. A few words on the screen can help with concentrating on the concepts being presented.

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Drs Fernette and Brock Eide at DyslexicAdvantage.com's curator insight, September 18, 2013 7:10 PM

Reading 2-3 words per line is easier for most dyslexic people to read. Simple idea, and more from dyslexic researcher Matt Schneps.

Some E readers have the option to adjust the size of the font and words per page. 


It's important that when people hear of 'soundbytes' that visual problems don't cause dyslexia - it doesn't mean that visual factors can't make it easier or harder to read. Matt's research works in the area of visual attention and perception - and this phenomenon (easier reading with more white space on a page) is clearly a feature of dyslexia and not related to phonics or sound-based discrimination.


Dyslexia-friendly print should consider visual factors such as spacing and font as well as word choice, sentence complexity, and other factors.


For Matt's full research article, click HERE

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Nielsen Survey: How Students Prefer To Use Tablets In Schools

Nielsen Survey: How Students Prefer To Use Tablets In Schools | Ebooks & digital textbook accessibility | Scoop.it
Not just for games and movies, tablets are becoming more common in educational settings. A recent Neilsen survey found that 71 percent of students who use table

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Carolyn Wiberg's curator insight, September 1, 2013 9:49 AM

"A recent Neilsen survey found that 71 percent of students who use tablets are interested in accessing textbooks."

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A Map of Education Technology Through 2040 [#Infographic]

How will disruptive technology change education?

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Jeroen Bottema's curator insight, August 27, 2013 2:08 AM

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What will education look like in the future?

Considering that 10 years ago very few students carried smartphones, andtablets didn’t even exist, it’s impossible to look 20 or 30 years into the future. It is likely, however, that cloud-based technology will be the foundation for educational technology and that remote, online learning will continue to grow at a faster pace.

Will the developing world catch up with the developed world? Will residential colleges be as popular as they are today? And what about degrees…will they still mean something to employers?"

Treathyl Fox's comment, August 27, 2013 10:09 AM
I'm not a geek or tech type. I should have kept up with the technology revolution, but I didn't. But with respect to what I did learn and derive benefits from? If it's real progress, let it run its course. Don't get in the way and don't try to stop it. "Education is priceless."
Treathyl Fox's curator insight, August 27, 2013 10:11 AM

"Education is priceless."  It's not a process that should be disrupted.  If technology is disruptive, that's just ignorant!

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Students Reading E-books Learn Equally as those Reading Printed Books

Students Reading E-books Learn Equally as those Reading Printed Books | Ebooks & digital textbook accessibility | Scoop.it
A study suggests that students reading e-books learn just as good as those reading printed books.

Via Miriam Schcolnik
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We need more studies like this to us understnad how technolgoy is changing the reading experience.

 

No difference in reading comprehension using a tablet or a printed book. 88 percent of the students had read e-books using laptops, desktops and netbooks but only 51 percent had used a tablet. In fact, 36 percent was using their mobile phone to read most of the time.

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Excellent iPad Apps to Create eBooks

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Excellent iPad Apps to Create eBooks | Ebooks & digital textbook accessibility | Scoop.it

.What amazing things technology is bringing into our life. What is even more amazing in technology is its unpredictability. We never know what will come next and in the same time we are alwasy looking for innovations. At first we started with technology, then things advanced to give birth to mobile technology and now we are living in an age of nanotechnology. Isn't it amazing how human life is developing into the unknown ?


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#MOOCs & Quality by Martin Weller

#MOOCs & Quality by Martin Weller | Ebooks & digital textbook accessibility | Scoop.it
Martin Weller is Professor of Educational Technology at the UK Open University. He chaired the OU's first major elearning course in 1999 with 15,000 students, and has been Director of the VLE and S...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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"higher education filters on the way in, whereas MOOCs filter on the way out. The quality measures are therefore very different. Interesting discussion on how to assessthe quality of MOOCs and the motivation of MOOC users. However, one group of learners is not considered - those who may not be able ot access traditional higher education - due to a range of barriers (financial, physical etc). MOOCs havev the potential to remove those barriers.

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timokos's curator insight, June 23, 2013 3:03 AM

Great peace on new types of learners, such as leasure or drive-by learners and antagonistic learners, and the need to develop new quality measures for MOOCs

 

"One last plea – MOOCs are still a new kid on the block. Let them make mistakes, let them be experimental, let people play and explore in this space without tying it down with the types of quality overhead we already have in formal education."

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BEA 2013: The Seven Deadly Myths of Digital Publishing

BEA 2013: The Seven Deadly Myths of Digital Publishing | Ebooks & digital textbook accessibility | Scoop.it
E-books may now outsell mass market paperbacks, but successfully selling digital editions of novels and other text-centric titles is only the first phase of a profound transformation of all segments of the traditional book publishing business.
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Abi James's curator insight, May 29, 2013 12:35 PM

Good overview of the e-booK business. A new but rapidly developing market

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The teaching and learning foundations of MOOCs

The teaching and learning foundations of MOOCs | Ebooks & digital textbook accessibility | Scoop.it
The idea that massive open online courses (MOOCs) provide a less valid learning experience than face-to-face courses is a furphy. Here are some reasons why the critics are wrong.

Via Susan Bainbridge
Abi James's insight:

"Overall, the evidence is that there is no reason to believe that MOOCs provide any less a valid learning experience than face-to-face courses."


But are students prepared with the skills and tools needed to studt from online resources? The jump from classroom teaching to lectures is difficult enough but most students have no experience or strategies for learning from online courses without human interaction to guide them.


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elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, June 17, 2013 3:29 AM
Toujours à prendre avec le recul nécessaire mais un point de vue intéressant et des liens conceptuels concrets
António Maneira's curator insight, June 18, 2013 5:26 AM

That's it!

There is no strong apparent reason for MOOCs to be less valid then face-to-face courses.

It is an e-learning model for great numbers that in most cases attracts lots of people which is great to researchers as it increase significance of quantitative research studies.  

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Accessible Digital Learning Materials—Draft Publisher/Developer Best Practices Guidelines | National Center on AIM

Accessible Digital Learning Materials—Draft Publisher/Developer Best Practices Guidelines | National Center on AIM | Ebooks & digital textbook accessibility | Scoop.it

The AIM Center is seeking public comments regarding the draft version of Accessible Digital Learning Materials—Publisher/Developer Best Practices Guidelines dated May 1, 2013. The document may be downloaded from this page.

 

Ultimately, our hope is that all learners will be able to use the digital learning materials that are recommended by states and/or purchased by school districts and families. This means that those digital learning materials will need to be accessible to students who have print disabilities right from the start.


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FutureLearn & the role of MOOCs - The Ed Techie

FutureLearn & the role of MOOCs - The Ed Techie | Ebooks & digital textbook accessibility | Scoop.it
“ If you're working in higher ed in the UK you will no doubt have seen that FutureLearn had its beta launch last week. Some disclosure - FutureLearn is owned by the OU & I've been partially involved in its development,...”
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How to Transition from a Print to Digital Curriculum

How to Transition from a Print to Digital Curriculum | Ebooks & digital textbook accessibility | Scoop.it
“ Technology and curriculum leaders from districts in Kansas, Arizona and Illinois explain the process of moving toward more digital content in the classroom.”
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Read Easy - Research From the Smithsonian Institution Laboratory for Visual Learning

Read Easy - Research From the Smithsonian Institution Laboratory for Visual Learning | Ebooks & digital textbook accessibility | Scoop.it
Research From the Smithsonian Institution Laboratory for Visual Learning. People with dyslexia, who ordinarily struggle to read, sometimes remark that reading is easier when e-readers are used. Here, we used eye tracking to observe high school students with dyslexia as they read using these devices. Among the factors investigated, we found that reading using a small device resulted in substantial benefits, improving reading speeds by 27%, reducing the number of fixations by 11%, and importantly, reducing the number of regressive saccades by more than a factor of 2, with no cost to comprehension
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The Maturing of MOOCs - BIS research paper

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New assessment of the current debate on MOOCs. Well made points about considering all learners, not just those who are internet savvy. Those less in favour "charge that MOOCs are unable to serve learners with more complex learning needs" and "suffers from weaknesses around access, content, quality of learning, accreditation, pedagogy, poor engagement of weaker learners, exclusion of learners without specific networking skills. BUT "Learners who have completed MOOCs emerge from the literature as relatively enthusiastic about the MOOC format."

 

Dispite being an in-depth report there is no mention of the difficulties of providing accessibile content through MOOCs for learners wth disabilities and using assisitive technology. The on-demand, on-line nature of MOOCs could improve inclusion of disabled students in FE and HE if the technological issues of accessibility are considered at all stages of design.

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The Challenge of Ebooks

The Challenge of Ebooks | Ebooks & digital textbook accessibility | Scoop.it

The goal of the "Challenge of Ebooks in Academic Institutions" project is to help orientate senior institutional managers (our primary audience) and to support institutions in the effective adoption and deployment of ebooks and ebook technology. 

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Abi James's curator insight, September 10, 2013 7:51 AM

An in-depth report on the challenges and best practices for integrating ebooks into Higher Education provision. A very extensive resource!

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9 Infographics on Mobile Technology & iPads in Education

9 Infographics on Mobile Technology & iPads in Education | Ebooks & digital textbook accessibility | Scoop.it
From elementary school to grad school, technology is changing the way schools teach and students learn. One of the more common technologies leading this change is the Apple iPad.

Via Carolyn Wiberg
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Great summaryof stats on how the changing world of technology & ebooks is affecting education

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Carolyn Wiberg's curator insight, September 2, 2013 10:00 AM

Bye bye textbooks, it's going mobile ...

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Food for thought - accessible e-book platforms? | Jisc TechDis Blog

Food for thought - accessible e-book platforms? | Jisc TechDis Blog | Ebooks & digital textbook accessibility | Scoop.it
Alistair McNaught draws on his dietary whims to ask when did it become the job of librarians to assess the accessibility of ebook platforms?

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Sarah George's comment, July 19, 2013 6:09 AM
Topping idea. I'm thinking of sending each supplier a report card to tell them how they're performing on all the criteria we tested!!
Abi James's curator insight, July 19, 2013 4:04 PM

Alistair demonstrates perfectly the need for anyone providing digital content to understand and be transparent about accessibility. Without it, the opportunities that digital content could provide dyslexic and disabled pupils, students and adults is fading away.

Sarah George's comment, July 26, 2013 12:17 PM
Hi Alistair - can I use your initial quote on the online version of ofur presentation on auditing e-resources? I read it out at the presentation and there were a lot of dropping jaws and some frantic scribbling :)
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Ebooks: the format of the academic future

Ebooks: the format of the academic future | Ebooks & digital textbook accessibility | Scoop.it
Steven Schwartz explains why more universities should start publishing ebooks and how they benefit students...

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The Digital Learning Revolution: What Lies Ahead?

A key note presentation at the Digital Learning and the Future Student, 26th June, Auckland.

Via Rui Guimarães Lima, Carolyn D Cowen
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Great overview of the changing face of education

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PeterT's curator insight, August 22, 2013 12:07 PM

Thought provoking, HE focussed, analysis of how things might evolve/transform ...

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Moocs are the clever way to keep up to date

Moocs are the clever way to keep up to date | Ebooks & digital textbook accessibility | Scoop.it

Leading UK universities offer short Mooc courses to help mature students stay abreast of the latest developments (Moocs are the clever way to keep up to date: http://t.co/QluQDNXOvJ)...

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It's still early days for MOOCs and they have not yet realised the potential to widen access to learning. Currently participatition still dominated by those who embrace academia - "Early analysis of mooc students shows most of them to be mature learners who already hold one or two degrees" and in the current employment environment, is studying without accreditation worthwile?

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Making The Most Of MOOCs: The Ins And Outs Of E-Learning : NPR

Making The Most Of MOOCs: The Ins And Outs Of E-Learning : NPR | Ebooks & digital textbook accessibility | Scoop.it
Don't ever email the professor. Never friend the teacher on Facebook. Those are some of the rules A.J. Jacobs learned when he joined the ranks of millions enrolled in massive open online courses, MOOCs.

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pol van rymenant's curator insight, May 29, 2013 5:11 AM

E-Learning!!

Anthony Cyril Williams's curator insight, May 29, 2013 1:33 PM

Do you know what MOOC means? ask google

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Coursera, edX, and MOOCs Are Changing the Online Education Business | MIT Technology Review

Coursera, edX, and MOOCs Are Changing the Online Education Business | MIT Technology Review | Ebooks & digital textbook accessibility | Scoop.it
Students anywhere are being offered free instruction online. What will that do to the trillion-dollar education business?

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Carolyn Wiberg's curator insight, May 30, 2013 8:41 AM

Imagine the power of analytics behind all of these offerings.