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Dept of Ed Report Encourages Sharing Across Disciplines

Dept of Ed Report Encourages Sharing Across Disciplines | EdRadar | Scoop.it

Any report on digital learning technologies would be incomplete without a discussion of artificial intelligence, and the example offered from the Navy’s Information Technology Specialist training program is particularly potent. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, went to work on a significant problem the Navy faced: it needed to train highly effective IT specialists who could solve complicated technology problems aboard ships deployed around the world. To get IT Specialists to adequate levels of training previously required highly experience instructors, a significant amount of classroom time, and then several additional years of on-the-job training. The process was slow, expensive, and dependent on limited human resources. So DARPA created a small ideal training program with elite instructors and a small cohort of trainees. The program underwent rapid-cycle testing and iteration (design-based research) until its new graduates could outperform experts with years of experience. DARPA then built a Digital Tutor, or DT, program that could mimic the abilities of the elite trainers in the live-instruction pilot program.

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Pay attention: here's what DARPA is doing in digital learning -- artificial intelligence called the Digital Tutor.

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Mozilla's Debuts Open Badges To Showcase Out of School Learning and Skills

Mozilla's Debuts Open Badges To  Showcase Out of School Learning and Skills | EdRadar | Scoop.it
SHOW ME YOUR BADGE: Away with the gold stars. The Mozilla Foundation officially unveiled Version 1.0 of its Open Badges project at the Digital Media and Learning Conference this week
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This move will help accelerate the move to modularized learning. This is the same space that Degreed, PathBrite, and BadgeStack are in. But because Open Badges have public metadata standards, employers and those that would value the accreditation can verify standards for getting a badge.

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Macmillan New Ventures Buys Late Nite Labs

Macmillan New Ventures Buys Late Nite Labs | EdRadar | Scoop.it
Macmillan New Ventures
is acquiring New York City-based virtual science lab startup, Late Nite Labs. Both declined to disclose
the price.
elbert chu's insight:

We've covered Late Nite Labs before, and love that the creators built in the possibility of mistakes and errors instead of a monkey-see-monkey-do process. The rundown:

 

+ Late Nite is an online SAAS that simluates biology and chemistry labs with sophisticated alogorithms. Costs $50/student/semester.

+ Late Nite was launched in 2006 by David Jaffe, and by 2011 snagged $1.1 million in funding from Palm Ventures, Harold Levy, Don Burton, and Matt Greenberg.

+ Late Nite demonstrated annualized revenue rate of $1 million.

+ This move enables Late Nite to expand offerings. Next virtual labs: Physics in conjunction with Penn State, and astronomy with Arizona State University.

+ Macmillan has already snatched up iClicker and PrepU

 

 

Macmillan New Venture's president, Troy Williams told edSurge: "We're trying to look at the size the opportunity and capture companies that have market adoption and can prove efficacy--not just ones showing off 'cool' stuff," says Williams. "There's a lot of cool stuff that comes through the door. We're looking for products that genuinely help students learn, when (the companies) are still on that rising tide."

 

 

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Lynda Weinman of Lynda.com Talks About Future of Learning Online (Video)

Lynda Weinman of Lynda.com Talks About Future of Learning Online (Video) | EdRadar | Scoop.it

"Watch this and you might learn something...

To Lynda Weinman, it’s funny that the online learning site she and her husband founded in 1995 suddenly seems like an overnight success.

“Yes, only two decades in the making,” she joked at a lunch I had with her last week.

 

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+ Scored $103 million in funding and purchased Austrian online learning company, video2brain.

+ Lynda.com to use capital to expand globally, improve delivery platform, add more content

+ Top growth was through word of mouth referrals

+ Most popular content: 1. Business 2. Web design 3. Photography

+ Already delivering to schools like MIT, Harvard, Yale, government agencies.

 

 

"A lot of people have been afraid to charge for content...I think people are willing to pay fair price for indisputiable value...then you can pay your instructors."

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New York University vote of no confidence raises debate about ambitions and governance models | Inside Higher Ed

New York University vote of no confidence raises debate about ambitions and governance models | Inside Higher Ed | EdRadar | Scoop.it

The strain that runs through all the complaints about Sexton is that he is undermining the traditional model of faculty governance by cutting professors out of major decisions, an allegation that multiple research university presidents have faced in recent years.

Complicated issues like campuses abroad and online education present challenges to the traditional governance model. Under that model, financial matters might have been primarily handled by administrators while curricular matters would have been the province of the faculty. These days, some administrators view foreign expansion or a speedy move into new online programs as financial imperatives. But many professors see such initiatives as reshaping institutional mission and curriculum -- in other words, as matters on which they believe faculty leaders should play a key role.

That model was also predicated on smaller, less complex institutions where faculty members could reasonably be expected to keep up with various issues outside their discipline and form informed decisions.

“The notion of shared governance that has provided strength and stability and endurance in American higher education that worked so well when institutions were smaller and when faculty members were well-informed and engaged in decisions, maybe doesn’t translate quite as directly when institutions are at a much larger scale and when the pace of change is faster and such big ideas are on the table,” Broad said.


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The pressure is on as administrators must wrestle with financial imperatives and changes they see coming as a result of online education. Friction between administrators and faculty only highlight the similar trends we've seen in other industries.

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MOOC-sourcing for Social Good (Stanford Social Innovation Review)

MOOC-sourcing for Social Good (Stanford Social Innovation Review) | EdRadar | Scoop.it
Engaging communities of learners in massively open online courses to use their knowledge—and numbers—for good.
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Here's a way to reframe the MOOC debate around how to generate value outside of people trying to get degrees with one question: How can we engage the talented, passionate, and often educationally disenfranchised students in MOOCs to help solve real-world problems? Three reasons why MOOCs could spark fixes for the world's problems:

 

+ Students interact with peers learn better (assuming MOOCs have capacity for social)

+ Outsiders find solutions for problems from an unexpected perspective

+ People learn best when studies are linked closely to application

 

Project applying these ideas:

+ Stanford's Venture Lab

+ Innocentive

+ ChallengePost

+ Kaggle

+ Coursolve (author, Nabeel Gillani is co-founder)

 

hat tip: @echoinggreen

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Nabeel Gillani's comment, March 31, 2013 1:52 PM
Thanks for taking the time to read the post and offer your thoughts! Looking forward to hearing any questions or additional comments you may have on this topic.
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In 15 Years From Now Half of US Universities May Be in Bankruptcy. My Surprise Discussion with @ClayChristensen

In 15 Years From Now Half of US Universities May Be in Bankruptcy. My Surprise Discussion with @ClayChristensen | EdRadar | Scoop.it

"In 15 Years From Now Half of US Universities May Be in Bankruptcy.” Such was the quote of Clayton Christensen followed by, “… in the end I’m excited to see that happen. So pray for Harvard Business School if you wouldn’t mind.”

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Must watch 30 min interview. Here's what Christensen and Mark Suster, a venture capitalist, had to say about future online education:

+ Higher education must have a closer relationship with employers.

+ Universities flocking to MOOCs as a new distribution channel, but "method of delivery is not a new business model."

+ Liberal arts should not die, but needs to be more closely related to job skills.

 

Killer quote: “Online education is truly going to kill us.”

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The 7 Most Powerful Ideas In Learning Available Right Now

The 7 Most Powerful Ideas In Learning Available Right Now | EdRadar | Scoop.it

"Utopian visions of learning are tempting, if for no other reason than they absolve us of accountability to create it right now, leading to nebulous romanticizing about how powerful learning could be if we just did more of X and Y. But therein lies the rub: Tomorrow’s learning is already available, and below are 7 of the most compelling and powerful trends, concepts, and resources that represent its promise."


Via EDTECH@UTRGV
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The most powerful will be #4, when communities of learners are tied not to institutions but to one another in self-formed and organized groups who can curate and tap into better learning mechanisms because barriers to entry have dropped. 

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DPG plc's curator insight, April 9, 2013 3:36 AM

Subjective yes but very interesting and agree with most - what about you?

Dorothy Minor's curator insight, July 8, 2013 3:09 PM

We talk a great deal about shifting the learning dynamic. Here's an article with good ideas on connecting students and learning.

Daniel Jimenez Zulic's curator insight, August 3, 2013 12:05 PM

Buen resumen para no perder el rumbo

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Online learning: Campus 2.0

Online learning: Campus 2.0 | EdRadar | Scoop.it
Massive open online courses are transforming higher education — and providing fodder for scientific research.
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Nature discovers MOOCs, and I love this bit about how MOOCs in their current iteration are based on education research over 30 years old:

 

"Koller also wanted to incorporate insights from the many studies showing that passively listening to a lecture is a terrible way to learn (F. I. M. Craik and R. S. Lockhart J. Verb. Learn. Verb. Behav. 11,671–684; 1972). Following an approach pioneered by other online developers over the previous decade, Koller broke each video into 8–10-minute segments separated by pauses in which students have to answer questions or solve a problem."

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The Germans are coming: Berlin-Based iversity Pivots into MOOCs Platform, The Coursera Of Europe? | TechCrunch

The Germans are coming: Berlin-Based iversity Pivots into MOOCs Platform, The Coursera Of Europe? | TechCrunch | EdRadar | Scoop.it
The fast expanding universe of MOOCs has a new addition. Berlin-based startup iversity, founded in 2011 to offer online collaboration tools for learning management, has relaunched itself as a platform for massive open online courses.
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What you need to know:

+ TechCrunch interviewed iversity CEO, Marcus Riecke, formerly of Yahoo and Monster.

+ iversity, based in Berlin, is pivoting from a learning tools collaboration site into a MOOC platform.

+ The goal is to takeover conquer Europe, but they have competition from Futurelearn, based in the U.K, which already has 19 institutions signed up.

+ iversity has three revenue streams in mind: charge students for certification, license iversity courses to universities who need content, and head hunter fees. 

+ iversity plans to launch classes this fall, while Futurelearn will get a couple months head start towards the middle of the year.

+ To kickstart their goal of 10 courses by fall, iversity plans to give away €25,000 to ten winners of a competition to build out winning MOOC ideas. 

+ The global MOOCs race is on with Coursera leading the pack and counts some international institutions already in its pocket. Still, Riecke thinks iversity has local boots on the soil advantage.

 

”We became convinced that the MOOCs phenomenon is not just your regular hype but a very substantive trend or new business that’s emerging,” said Riecke.

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A different view of MOOCs| by Mark Smithers

This morning Richard Grusin posted a series of twenty tweets presenting a highly critical and thought provoking view of MOOCs. These are valuable so I've

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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20 reasons to hate MOOCs. Our favorite: "7.MOOCs follow the model of Facebook or Google by giving away their product in exchange for data and advertisements, eventually for money."

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Minerva Project Wins Leading Stanford Scholar

Minerva Project  Wins Leading Stanford Scholar | EdRadar | Scoop.it

The Minerva Project, which made headlines and raised eyebrows in higher education with a $25 million seed round from Benchmark Capital last year, has appointed Dr. Stephen M. Kosslyn as the Founding Dean of the university.

Over the past three decades, Kosslyn has held positions at prestigious institutions around the country--most recently as director of the Center for Advanced Study in Behavior Sciences at Stanford University. He was previously at Harvard, where he served as a professor of psychology and dean of social sciences, and prior to that the chair of the department of psychology. (And the list goes on.)

Both Kosslyn and Minerva's founder and CEO, Ben Nelson, told EdSurge that they are excited about applying Kosslyn's extensive research in the science of learning, motivation, and cognition to a "blank slate" on which the collegiate experience can be re-imagined and realized.

"This is a dream opportunity to create a university of the 21st century that takes advantage of what we know about the science of learning and motivation...[and] to integrate technology in a sensible way into a novel curriculum. It's really a chance to get it right without the constraints faced by most universities," says Kosslyn.

Minerva is, in some ways, an even more audacious experiment than a free MOOC because it's aiming right at the heart of the elite university experience. To be successful, it must not only attract great faculty but top students willing to take a gamble on an unproven model. What's more, Nelson will likely have to raise another hefty round of financing to get it off the ground.

Here's what we know of Minerva's plan so far:

Slated to open in September 2015, Minerva aims to start with five colleges. As dean, Kosslyn will oversee the staffing and programming for four colleges, namely Natural Science, Social Science, Arts and Humanities, and Computational Science. Each college will begin with three to five concentrated majors. Each major will have 12 required courses. (Details about the fifth college, a business school, will be forthcoming.)

The first class of students will begin in San Francisco for their first year. In subsequent years, students will have the option to rack up frequent flyer miles as they move to different campuses around the world. There will be campuses in seven cities, each staffed with Minerva faculty and offering different co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. (Paris might be the destination for those interested in art history; New York or London for the finance-inclined.) By the end of their four years "at" Minerva, students will have had the opportunity to live in seven different cities. It's all part of Minerva's goal of providing students a real-world context for their intellectual development and immersion in different cultures, worldviews and perspectives.

First-years will take introductory "cornerstone" courses that focus on mastering certain methods, basic concepts, critical thinking and analytical abilities. As part of these classes, students will also get a sampling of courses from all five colleges to better understand the research methods and applications required by each field. Nelson offered as one example a critical analysis course that would use unstructured data from a dozen different sets and disciplines to help students understand and master data analysis for different contexts. Students will pick their major during the middle of their second year, and wrap up their studies with a senior capstone project.

Every course will be delivered via a flipped model where students are expected to do readings and videos prior to joining a Minerva professor for a real-time, online seminar capped at 25 students. Courses are expected to meet four hours a week. And it won't be a walk in the park, as students will be expected to work "at least 60 hours a week," estimates Kosslyn.

No doubt, these early details on Minerva's program will much food for fodder, especially for those seeking to categorize Minerva in relationship to MOOCs like Coursera, Udacity and edX. Is it a hybrid between traditional colleges and MOOCs? Or an in-between? (Will our understanding and definition of a MOOC still be the same by the time Minerva opens in 2015?) 

Clearly Minerva is utilizing technology for real-time, distance learning to deliver instruction within the structures of a pre-defined curriculum and off-campus experience. And for "less than half of the tuition of Ivy Leagues," boasts Nelson.

He adds: "We are creating a formal and an informal education that is second to none. One that takes advantage of the best of both worlds--formally, where students are intellectually developed on an individual basis, and informally where students have the resources of the world at their feet.”


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Minerva, a new school that can't decide if it's a MOOC or a traditional school, or a study abroad exchange program gone wild. Sounds like a great experiment, but sticks to the same old 4-yr paradigm. Why? The idea is that education should really move away from time-served to stuff learned. In any case, this is any interesting one to watch when it launches in 2015.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, April 25, 2013 11:52 AM

I'm intrigued to see if the flipped classroom and the blank slate will break through the old, rigid models of higher education.  Staying tuned.  ~  Deb

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, April 25, 2013 11:55 AM
All good points about the 4 year paradigm (some college's have allowed a BA in 3 years.) Using current motivation and learning science, and lessons from MOOC's, with elite leadership should still help advance the model. I'm intrigued and hopeful they can make it work.
Anne Fox's curator insight, April 27, 2013 6:03 AM

Yet another MOOC model but this time, one which may mark an equilibrium between free and outrageously expensive.

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Call for Proposals | Open Education Conference 2013

Call for Proposals | Open Education Conference 2013 | EdRadar | Scoop.it
RT @opencontent: #OpenEd13 Call for Proposals now available! http://t.co/k7nj2n1jtF Join the annual OpenEd family reunion... #openeducationwk #oer
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The Call for Proposals is open through May 1, 2013. All proposals should fit into one of the conference strands:

developing and deploying models that support the broad adoption and use of open educational resourcesleveraging the open content infrastructure to enable and reinvigorate efforts like prior learning assessment, alternative pathways to credentials, and informal and lifelong learningmeasuring the impact of openness on the cost of education and various student success metricsexploiting the synergies between open education and parallel work in open data, open access, open government, open science, and open sourcepromoting and evaluating institutional and governmental policy and strategy around opensupporting open study groups and other opportunities for social interactiondesigning new pedagogies that leverage the reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute potential of OERinnovating at the bleeding edge of openness
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creativeLIVE Secures Funds

creativeLIVE Secures Funds | EdRadar | Scoop.it

creativeLIVE has secured funding from Creative Artists Agency, William Morris Endeavor, CrunchFund and Google Ventures among others. The new investors join Greylock Partners to bring creativeLIVE’s total funding to $8 million.

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OER Pioneer David Wiley Launches Startup to Help Schools Cut Textbook Costs

OER Pioneer David Wiley Launches Startup to Help Schools Cut Textbook Costs | EdRadar | Scoop.it

WILEY COYOTE: BYU professor David Wiley is widely known in edtech circles for pioneering the use of OER materials. Says Wiley: "We think of our company [operating] on a 'not-for-loss' business model...We are definitely not seeking venture capital as we've seen what it has done with other startups when the revenue motive takes over."

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+ A lean team of 4.5 people

+ Lumen will consult to help schools implement OER materials

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Florida International University Selects Hosted Online Learning Platform for MOOCs -- Campus Technology

Florida International University Selects Hosted Online Learning Platform for MOOCs -- Campus Technology | EdRadar | Scoop.it
Florida International University has implemented an online learning platform to offer its own massive open online courses.
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+ The school chose CourseSites, a platform for online courses infrastructure developed by Blackboard.

+ Started with five courses, with more to come.

+ Looks like FIU has sold its soul to Blackboard, lock and key. The company also hosts the university's serves, uses Blackboard Learn for their LMS, and Blackboard Mobile manages interactions on devices.

+ FIU online courses are not for credit college level classes that run roughly eight hours.

+ CourseSites says it has over 12,000 institutions on their free platform.

 

 

press release: http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/News-Center/Press-Releases.aspx?releaseid=122687

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Can publishing giant Wiley take on lynda.com and others with new digital learning site?

Can publishing giant Wiley take on lynda.com and others with new digital learning site? | EdRadar | Scoop.it
Publishing giant Wiley has launched Digital Classroom, an online marketplace of software training videos and digital books.
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What you need to know:

 

+ Wiley launches Digital Classroom with 46 courses, 50 digital books, and 2,500 videos. Lynda.com has 1,700 courses.

+ Competition in the software space is getting crowded with key players like creativeLIVE, Kelby, and countless coding specific sites like Codecademy.

+ Wiley plans to undercut Lynda pricing with a $20/mo subscription, or $120 for the year.

+ Digital Classroom will give enterprise clients and schools to curate courses for specific needs.

+ The writer says Digital Classrooms first offerings were mostly screenshots,  and sounds like they lack the presentation quality of Lynda or creativeLIVE.

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Washington becomes a test case for changes in online higher education

Washington becomes a test case for changes in online higher education | EdRadar | Scoop.it
Washington business schools are moving some degrees online, but no two approaches are the same.
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The Washington Post offers an intresting perspective on MOOCs and online education with a look at how various business schools in the area have ventured into the territory. How are the business people looking at the space? Turns out they don't have the answer either. Here's the rundown:

 

+ Number of schools that offered online master's in business went to 118 most recently, from 99 two years ago -- out of 500 schools. [Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business]

 

Which schools are doing what:

 

+ University of Maryland -- A few courses on Coursera.

 

+ American University -- Revenue share disagreement faltered the move online for the master's in taxation. Will pursue online certificate program that can upgrade to a full MBA with online coursework. However, the online MBA already cannibalized the part-time MBA program. Only requires one in-person meeting on campus a week.

 

+ George Mason University -- Executive MBA program's content all online through Colloquy (owned by Washington Post Co.). Just one two-week session required in person. 

 

+ George Washington University -- The "anti-MOOC", 17 students online MBA Jan, 2013. Meet once a week online, rest asynchronous, videos feature fake students to feel more cozy. A separate healthcare MBA has 80 students enrolled.

 

+ Georgetown University -- Starts Jan, 2014 with 50 students for master's in finance. Will partner with "unnamed" third party for tech infrastructure.

 

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Community college to offer textbook-free degree

Community college to offer textbook-free degree | EdRadar | Scoop.it
In what is seen as the next major innovation in cutting college costs, Tidewater Community College will offer a textbook-free degree program in the fall that could reduce the price of earning an associate degree by about a third.
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So long, and good riddance. Thanks to Lumen Learning, this community college in Virginia, will tap into open educational resources (OER, read: free). This move helps chop the tuition.

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Indiana Colleges Divided Over Value of Free Online Classes - Higher Education

Indiana Colleges Divided Over Value of Free Online Classes - Higher Education | EdRadar | Scoop.it

“We’re trying to be very careful with the Indiana University reputation and what people in the state of Indiana expect from us,” said Barbara Bichelmeyer, IU’s online education office director and associate vice president of university academic planning and policy.

IU announced last fall an $8 million, three-year initiative to expand its online education.

“Our students are pushing us to consider how we use online as part of a good-quality, effective, affordable and convenient educational experience,” Bichelmeyer said.

“What we’re learning from online,” she added, “is helping us revisit how we deliver on-campus programs.”

At Purdue, tech chief McCartney is keeping an eye on MOOCs.

“There’s a threat here,” he said. “We have to watch what’s going on. Does that mean we have to jump up and down like crazy? Not necessarily.”

The key, McCartney says, would be to combine the broad reach of MOOCs with other innovations that ensure a quality education.

 

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Indiana University and Purdue have decided to drag their feet in the MOOC party. Here's why. Some interesting online learning experiments out of Purdue:

+ Signals -- uses algorithms to detect when learners struggle.

+ Passport -- a badge for online accreditation of learned skills.

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The Professors Behind the MOOC Hype - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Professors Behind the MOOC Hype - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | EdRadar | Scoop.it
In the largest survey of instructors who have taught massive open online courses, The Chronicle heard from critics, converts, and the cautious.
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What you need to know:

+ Survey gathered responses from 103 MOOC professors.

+ Majority of these profs don't think students should earn credits for MOOCs and believe institutions won't offer credit anyway. The exception was courses in STEM, where profs from schools like Princeton and Stanford would be willing to back their students with certification.

+ In spite of that, almost 80 percent still think MOOCs deserve the hype.

+ Building a MOOC is a lot of upfront work, and some profs 

+ Chronicle cautioned that the 103 responders (out of 184 queried) were probably true believers.

 

Here's an interesting quote about how profs learn from creating MOOCs:

 

... M. Ronen Plesser, an associate professor of physics at Duke University, who saw the challenge of captivating a vast, fickle audience as a way to reassess his own teaching techniques. "I found that producing video lectures spurred me to hone pedagogical presentation to a far higher level than I had in 10 years of teaching the class on campus," he said.

The result was an online class that he describes as "significantly more rigorous and demanding than the on-campus version."

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Carnegie Mellon's online efforts include spinoffs and subsidiaries but not MOOCs | Inside Higher Ed

Carnegie Mellon's online efforts include spinoffs and subsidiaries but not MOOCs | Inside Higher Ed | EdRadar | Scoop.it

The university owns or has a stake in several companies, with more spinoffs possible in coming months:

Acatar (2012), a subsidiary, wants to help universities offer creditworthy online courses

Clearmodel (2012), a subsidiary, consults with businesses who want "process improvements" using a technique developed at Carnegie Mellon.

iCarnegie Global Learning (2012), a subsidiary, does workforce training Panopto (2008), a spinoff in which the university has an ownership stake, provides software to capture and archive video presentations

Sources: Carnegie Mellon University and Pennsylvania Secretary of State's Office



Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/02/28/carnegie-mellons-online-efforts-include-spinoffs-and-subsidiaries-not-moocs#ixzz2NjrI5V9q ;
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Carnegie Mellon, a vanguard of technology, has shunned the MOOC movement. But it spins out businesses in edtech that it retains ownership in, and only launches businesses that has a proven revenue model from day one. How novel. Will the be left behind, or be glad they waited until the MOOC construction dust settles?

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How MOOCs Could Meet the Challenge of Providing a Global Education | MIT Technology Review

How MOOCs Could Meet the Challenge of Providing a Global Education  | MIT Technology Review | EdRadar | Scoop.it
Putting free U.S. college courses online is only the first step to filling higher education needs around the world.
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Key bits:

+ A nascent project to launch a university in Rwanda built around MOOCs.

+ The idea of "massively empowered classrooms" via Microsoft Research to enable learning in any language through machine learning and tools like VidWiki, which allow users to annotate videos themselves.

+ With edX starting the move to open source -- who becomes the killer platform?

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Coursera needs to start acting like a platform

Coursera is now in an enviable position among MOOC providers: they have more students than all the other providers combined (Udacity, edX, FutureLearn, peripheral players like LMS companies).

Via Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.
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Interesting thought that Coursera has the scale to take advantage of the benefits that come from network synergies: "At this stage, Coursera is most like Google in its positioning (edX most like Apple in its attention to detail and quality)"

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edX Makes Key Code Open Source | Inside Higher Ed

edX Makes Key Code Open Source | Inside Higher Ed | EdRadar | Scoop.it
edX Makes Key Code Open Source | Inside Higher Ed http://t.co/Zvb9GxYJT4
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edX for everyone! best of luck with the revenue model, though.

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