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Chinese Universities Collaborate To Launch Portal for Blended Learning MOOCs on EdX Platform -- Campus Technology

Chinese Universities Collaborate To Launch Portal for Blended Learning MOOCs on EdX Platform -- Campus Technology | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A consortium of Chinese universities will launch the country's largest online learning portal, XuetangX (SchoolX), using the edX platform.
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Verified Certificates | edX

Verified Certificates | edX | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
EdX a non-profit created by Harvard and MIT brings the best of higher education to students of all ages anywhere in the world via the internet with free MOOCs
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mooc.org - Press Release

mooc.org - Press Release | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
mooc.org is an edX destination. We're working to help educational institutions, businesses and teachers easily build and host courses for the world to take.
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MOOCs, MIT and Magic | Tony Bates - online learning and distance education resources

MOOCs, MIT and Magic | Tony Bates -  online learning and distance education resources | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Why is MIT ignoring 25 years of research into online learning and 100 years research into how students learn in its design of online courses?


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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, June 27, 2013 7:14 AM

This blogpost is a detailed account by Tony Bates of why he thinks this is the case and what the implications of this observation are for educational research and instructional design. He first discusses four presentations that were given at MIT's recent LINC 2013 (Learning International Networks Consortium) conference. These presentations (by MIT's Sanjay Sarma, Sir John Daniel, edX's Anant Agarwal and Tony Bates) each cover a different point from which to view online learning, specifically MOOCs. Tony Bates then goes on to focus on how MIT in particular approaches online teaching with its edX platform. As indicated, he is rather disappointed with it, as MIT seem to ignore previous and often excellent past educational research. To single out two of his comments: For its MOOCs MIT uses lecture capturing as its main technology, this fits in with their behaviourist approach to teaching. 25 years of research at open universities, spearheaded by the Open University in the UK, has not only revealed the limited effectiveness of such an approach, it also has come up with a wealth of alternatives. In spite of what MIT seems to think, these can reenact the richness of informal communications that MIT claims their campus-based teaching (and the corridors and coffee corners in its buildings, I would add) offers. 

 

This observation of the state of affairs of educational research at MIT is all the more interesting as it is my impression (see my blogpost on this: http://tiny.cc/tj3bzw) that Harvard, MIT's founding partner institution in edX, takes a much more sophisticated approach to the role educational research could and should play. To them, edX is a means to carry out such research and they are aware of what insights educational research has already brought us. Nevertheless, the lack of impact of educational research could not be a matter of lack of knowledge, but a lack of status of instructional designers (as Tony Bates suggests may be the case at MIT) (@pbsloep)

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EdX Builds Community of Developers for its Online and Blended Learning Platform

EdX Builds Community of Developers for its Online and Blended Learning Platform | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  EdX , the not-for-profit online learning enterprise composed of the leading global institutions of the xConsortium, released its learning platform via open ...
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MOOCs: Coursera, edX, Futurelearn and Udacity - University profiles | LISTedTECH

MOOCs: Coursera, edX, Futurelearn and Udacity - University profiles | LISTedTECH | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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Online university plans to charge

Online university plans to charge | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The University of Texas, latest recruit to the edX online university platform, intends to offer courses which count towards degrees and to charge tuition fees.
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Online courses 'real world' exams

Online courses 'real world' exams | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Harvard and MIT's online university, edX, forms a partnership with Pearson to provide a global network of invigilated exam centres.
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The Future Of Higher Education

The Future Of Higher Education | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
We're joined by noted MIT researcher Anant Agarwal. He's also the president of edX, the joint Harvard/MIT project to offer free learning online.
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Anant Agarwal Discusses Free Online Courses Offered by a Harvard/M.I.T. Partnership.

Anant Agarwal Discusses Free Online Courses Offered by a Harvard/M.I.T. Partnership. | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Anant Agarwal, the president of the new Harvard-M.I.T. partnership called edX, talks about massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
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Top US universities put their reputations online

Top US universities put their reputations online | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A million students are going to begin online courses as major universities promise a "revolution".
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Move Over Harvard And MIT, Stanford Has The Real “Revolution In Education”

Move Over Harvard And MIT, Stanford Has The Real “Revolution In Education” | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Lectures are often the least educational aspect of college; I know, I've taught college seniors and witnessed how little students learn during their four years in higher education.
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MIT and Harvard announce edX web education platform, make online learning cheap and easy

MIT and Harvard announce edX web education platform, make online learning cheap and easy | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
We'll forgive you if you failed to take MIT up on its offer take its courses for free when it rolled out its...
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EdX to Work with French Ministry of Higher Education to Create National Online Learning Portal

EdX to Work with French Ministry of Higher Education to Create National Online Learning Portal | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ The French Ministry of Higher Education has announced the launch of France's national massive open online course (MOOC) and blended learning portal, which will use edX's open source learning platform.
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HarvardX, edX, and MOOCs proving effective at educating | Harvard Magazine

HarvardX, edX, and MOOCs proving effective at educating | Harvard Magazine | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
edX and other MOOC providers expand offerings, assess effectiveness, and move toward course credit.
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edX president predicts an online learning transformation - FT.com

edX president predicts an online learning transformation - FT.com | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Anant Agarwal is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and president of edX, a leading provider of massive open online courses, known as Moocs.
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What else would the edX president predict, the quick demise of MOOCs?

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Data from edX’s first course offer preliminary insights into online learning - MIT News Office

Data from edX’s first course offer preliminary insights into online learning - MIT News Office | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Researchers analyze page views, clickstreams and discussion threads for clues to how students learn online.
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Stanford teams up with edX to build online learning platform | opensource.com

Stanford teams up with edX to build online learning platform | opensource.com | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The open education landscape is set to grow a little more as Stanford University announces plans to team up with edX to build an online learning platform that universities and developers around the world can access for free.
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I really look forward to the "open-sourcing" of the entire platform in June!

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Go, Stanford!

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How EdX Plans to Earn, and Share, Revenue From Free Online Courses - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

How EdX Plans to Earn, and Share, Revenue From Free Online Courses - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The nonprofit is giving university partners two options for sharing in the money its MOOCs bring in. But first, they have to bring it in.
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5 Ways That edX Could Change Education

5 Ways That edX Could Change Education | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The new venture will engage the entire world in an expensive and ambitious experiment.
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School’s Out, Forever: EdX Online Classes Change How People Learn

School’s Out, Forever: EdX Online Classes Change How People Learn | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
EdX Online Classes: A new online education program changes how people learn. College students can take online classes from home with edX.
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Berkeley to Offer Free Online Classes on EdX

Berkeley to Offer Free Online Classes on EdX | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The University of California, Berkeley, will be offering two edX courses, contributing new open-source technology and heading a soon-to-be-formed consortium of universities joining edX.
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‘Ivy League Spring’ debated: is free, online education financially viable?

‘Ivy League Spring’ debated: is free, online education financially viable? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The Udacity of hope: new online programs offer free courses to hundreds of thousands of students, while the business model still gets worked out.
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What My 11 Year Old's Stanford Course Taught Me About Online Education

What My 11 Year Old's Stanford Course Taught Me About Online Education | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
My 11 year old son just took a course at Stanford. That has a nice ring to it but it is actually meaningless because these days anyone can take a course at Stanford. You don’t even have to pay.
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MITx + Harvard = edX

MITx + Harvard = edX | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

This is big news: Harvard and MIT form a partnership called edX that'll build on the MITx platform. Harvard plans to start offering courses online for free (with certificates available upon completion -- for a fee). And the two universities launch a research initiative to examine how these sorts of efforts support teaching and learning online and on-campus.

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