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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 | educacion-y-ntic | 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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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 25, 3:08 PM

Lessons Learned about Moocs.  

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? ]

 

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

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

Aprendizajes de los MOOC

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JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching

JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching | educacion-y-ntic | Scoop.it
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Nuevo número de la publicación de JOLT (Journal of Online Learning and Teaching), dedicado a MOOCs

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Cursos de Khan Academy traducidos al español

Cursos de Khan Academy traducidos al español | educacion-y-ntic | Scoop.it
Hace unas semanas Carlos Slim y Salman Khan anunciaron que están trabajando en un proyecto educativo para ofrecer cursos gratuitos en línea para México y América Latina. Uno de los objetivos de bri...

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Cursos de Khan Academy traducidos al español.

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Raúl Luna's curator insight, February 28, 2013 5:39 AM

Aunque ya existen servicios desarrollados desde el inicio en español Khan Academy sigue siendo la referencia primigenia para las clases invertidas.

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Openness is still the only superpower

Openness is still the only superpower | educacion-y-ntic | Scoop.it
Flurry of anti-MOOC, anti-Cousera columns in the Chronicle recently, many fairly well thought out. Doug Guthrie thinks the real direction should be not cohorts, but customized learning (he doesn&#8...

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Sobre elaboracion colaborativa de MOOCs.

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Designing and running a MOOC (in 9 easy steps) | By George Siemens

Presentation, University of South Africa (Pretoria)...


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cafel23mooc's curator insight, March 4, 2013 2:00 AM

Un diaporama qui permet de cheminer dans l'histoire des MOOC, la compréhension des formes de MOOC. Présentation des grandes données chiffrées des MOOC (le tendances en matière de fréquentation, de nationalités, d'outils utilisés sur le Web...). Pour finir, des conseils : les étapes d'une mise en oeuvre réfléchie du dispositif.

 

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HarvardX and MITx: The First Year of Open Online Courses, Fall 2012-Summer 2013 by Andrew Dean Ho, Justin Reich, Sergiy O Nesterko, Daniel Thomas Seaton, Tommy Mullaney, Jim Waldo, Isaac Chuang :: ...

HarvardX and MITx: The First Year of Open Online Courses, Fall 2012-Summer 2013 by Andrew Dean Ho, Justin Reich, Sergiy O Nesterko, Daniel Thomas Seaton, Tommy Mullaney, Jim Waldo, Isaac Chuang :: ... | educacion-y-ntic | Scoop.it
HarvardX and MITx are collaborative institutional efforts between Harvard University and MIT to enhance campus-based education, advance educational research, an
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Estudio de Harvard y MIT sobre los cursos masivos online (MOOC)

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San Jose State Gives Pilot With MOOC Provider a Failing Grade

San Jose State Gives Pilot With MOOC Provider a Failing Grade | educacion-y-ntic | Scoop.it
A pilot collaboration between San Jose State University and the online course provider Udacity to provide certain basic courses to students over the Internet performed so poorly that SJSU is putting a...
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Universidad del Estado de San José (EEUU) suspende MOOC por los malos resultados obtenidos.

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MOOCs and OERs ~ Stephen's Web

MOOCs and OERs ~ Stephen's Web | educacion-y-ntic | Scoop.it
Stephen's Web, the home page of Stephen Downes, with news and information on e-learning, new media, instructional technology, educational design, and related subjects

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Marta Torán's curator insight, February 6, 2013 11:16 AM

Aprender del mismo Stephen Downes sobre MOOCs Y OERs en su conferencia en Santiago de Compotela a través de un Hangout.

 

Un lujo.

 

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A list of current and future connectivist MOOCs - Connectivist MOOCs


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Lista de MOOCs conectivistas.

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