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The Future Of Education Eliminates The Classroom, Because The World Is Your Class

The Future Of Education Eliminates The Classroom, Because The World Is Your Class | EdRadar | Scoop.it
Editor’s NoteThis post is part of Co.Exist’s Futurist Forum, a series of articles by some of the world’s leading futurists about what the world will look like in the near and distant future, and how you can improve how you navigate future scenarios...
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+ "We are turning each pixel of our geography into a live textbook and a live encyclopedia." See: Google Glass.


+ "MOOCs today are our equivalents of early TV, when TV personalities looked and sounded like radio announcers (or often were radio announcers). People are thinking the same way about MOOCs, as replacements of traditional lectures or tutorials, but in online rather than physical settings." Couldn't agree more, we just wrote about this as well.


+ "We are moving away from the model in which learning is organized around stable, usually hierarchical institutions (schools, colleges, universities) that, for better and worse, have served as the main gateways to education and social mobility." Agreed, although as in journalism, where curators are valuable, so in education professors will still have a place -- just not quite as gate keepers.


+ Still to come, we need answers on: We'll still need "classrooms" as in locations to dialogue and where people who want to study and exchange ideas of on a given subject can aggregate and synthesize. (See: Meetup.com) How does accreditation of skills/new learning happen? How does a learner 'prove' they've digested what they've consumed?

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Interview: First-Hand Insight for Online Language Learning

Interview: First-Hand Insight for Online Language Learning | EdRadar | Scoop.it

"I think I can safely say that the affordances of the online classroom for engaging students through social media and using simultaneously different modes of communication – both written and spoken - maximizes participation in a way that traditional classrooms are unable to achieve. I feel that the absence of the students’ physical presence in the online environment is offset by the development of a social presence that is unique to the online experience."


Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Edward Dixon, who teaches German at UPenn, believes there are advantages to language learning thanks to social media and other online collaboration that could not have happened the same way in traditional classes. Dixon plans to follow up this idea with research.

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Nokia Alum Launch Eliademy To Deliver MOOCs to Nigeria | TechCrunch

Nokia Alum Launch Eliademy To Deliver MOOCs to Nigeria | TechCrunch | EdRadar | Scoop.it

"It’s recently launched Eliademy, a free, cloud-based VLE to initially take on legacy players like Blackboard, but with broader plans to become a leading MOOC (Massively Open Online Course), pitting it against Kleiner-backed Coursera, among many others in the fast-growing MOOC space.

 

However, adopting a strategy that feels at least a little like it borrows from the Nokia playbook, CBTec is choosing to focus on emerging and non-English-speaking countries — a market that co-founder and CEO Sotiris Makrygiannis thinks many existing players in the online learning space, and Silicon Valley as a whole, ignore at their peril."

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The founders of Elidemy, a MOOC with Finnish roots, truly understand disruptive innovation. They launched their MOOC exactly where learners don't have real alternatives— Nigeria. The new MOOC will be free for students and for teachers to collaborate and run classes through a CMS. And it all lives in the cloud. 

 

Check it: “We start from the opposite direction with heavy investment in localisation, understanding the different cultures, different education systems they have,” said CEO Sotiris Makrygiannis. “That’s our differentiator.”

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California Bill Would Force Colleges to Honor Online Classes

California Bill Would Force Colleges to Honor Online Classes | EdRadar | Scoop.it
Legislation in California would require universities to honor faculty-approved online courses taken by those unable to register for classes on campus.
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Two interesting developments here: 1. Professors as curators and 2. Courses might not have to originate from traditional degree granting institutions: “This would be a big change, acknowledging that colleges aren’t the only ones who can offer college courses,” said Burck Smith, the founder of Straighterline. “It means rethinking what a college is.”

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Breaking: Noodle Acquires Lore

Breaking: Noodle Acquires Lore | EdRadar | Scoop.it
As students, we created Lore to give our classes an online presence that was modern, easy to use, and social. We launched the product a year and a half ago — today it’s used in hundreds of...
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What you need to know:

 

+ Noodle, which aspires to be the Google of education has gone out and purchased cloud-based LMS provider, Lore (aka Coursekit). Inside Higher Ed's Doug Lederman has a soild rundown of <a href="http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/03/15/noodle-buys-lore-lms-help-colleges-take-programs-online">why the move is puzzling</a>:

 

+ John Katzman, formerly of Princeton Review and 2u, has a solid track record of building viable businesses. Still past success is no guarantee of future success. True to its name, Noodle still feels a bit floppy as it figures out what it wants to be.

 

+ Katzman did not disclose terms of the purchase.

 

+ Lore's business is built on a free access platform for both educators and learners. The company skips the regular budget hurdles of institutions. But some early indications show further improvement to UX is needed. Over at the CUNY School of Journalism classes, last semester, students jumped off the Lore ship en masse for Facebook. School surveys show traction has been slow for Lore.

 

+ Katzman may be getting in the online class infrastructure game, which would put Noodle in competition with 2u, which helps schools put classes online.

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MOOCs and the Emerging Digital Classroom

MOOCs and the Emerging Digital Classroom | EdRadar | Scoop.it

Thursday, March 21, 2013
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Building E14-633


Abstract
MOOCs (massive open online courses) and other forms of online learning have the potential to disrupt traditional classroom education—or to help us better understand how to exploit the many learning spaces students now inhabit.  This forum examines the ongoing migration of our analog practices into digital forms, looking at the ways in which digital technologies are transforming teaching and learning both on and off campus. What gaps in our curricula, or in our students’ experience, can be filled through technology?  What elements of teaching practice can be effectively translated into new media, and what aspects of “teaching” must be redefined? 

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Speakers

Anant Agarwal the president of edX, a worldwide, online learning initiative of MIT and Harvard University, and a professor in MIT’s electrical engineering and computer science department.

Alison Byerly holds an interdisciplinary appointment as College Professor at Middlebury College and, during 2012-2013, she is a visiting scholar in the Literature Section at MIT. Recently, she was named the 17th president of Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. 

Daphne Koller is the Rajeev Motwani Professor in the computer science department at Stanford University and a founder of Coursera. Koller will join the conversation remotely.

Moderator: David Thorburn is Professor of Literature at MIT and has been the director of the MIT Communications Forum since 1994.

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Academic freedom goes global [FT]

Although Kevin Werbach has made his name teaching about games, there are some things that the Wharton business school professor takes very seriously. 
 One of those is the latest generation of online courses – Moocs, or massive open online courses – and just how his Ivy League institution, the University of Pennsylvania, can take advantage of them."

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The focus here is on business schools, but same lessons apply elsewhere. The FT's Della Bradshaw gets points here for pointing to the global extension of brand for higher education institutions. And contrary to the latest buzz,  MOOCs have actually been around for years. It is interesting to see these courses gain traction and acceptance among the powers that be, namely future business leaders. This opens the way to wider acceptance and perhaps a more sustainable future for open courseware.

 

Our favorite bit: “What’s changed today is that, unlike residential programmes that tend to compete in a specific geographical sphere, online education is competitive worldwide.”

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What MOOCs Look Like Dissected

What MOOCs Look Like Dissected | EdRadar | Scoop.it
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Must see data visualization that digests vital stats on the four leading MOOCs. Some schools are on both Coursera and Udacity, which is interesting since we would have thought the contracts wouldn't allow that.

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