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The MOOC Ecosystem ~ Stephen's Web

The MOOC Ecosystem ~ Stephen's Web | Educational Technology in Higher Education | 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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Emerging Trends in MOOC Delivery of Business Education

Emerging Trends in MOOC Delivery of Business Education | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
 "There is a sea change in both the quantity and types of institutions offering MOOCs in the business education space", says Colin Nelson in this post on the AACSB Data and Research blog. Highlights include: The majority of MOOCs are still run by univ [...]
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Practical Guidance from MOOC Research: Flexibility and Stickiness

Practical Guidance from MOOC Research: Flexibility and Stickiness | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Two research studies show that students appreciate the flexibility to pursue MOOCs at their own pace, but they benefit from returning regularly to the course activities.
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The corridor of uncertainty: Supporting new learners in open education

The corridor of uncertainty: Supporting new learners in open education | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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Massive online courses set sights on sixth formers - BBC News

Massive online courses set sights on sixth formers - BBC News | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Three free online programmes, aimed at helping sixth-formers bridge the gap between school and university, are due to launch this summer.
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A review of MOOCs and their assessment tools

A review of MOOCs and their assessment tools | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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Interesting paper reviewed by Tony Bates.

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Learning and Connectivism in MOOCs ~ Stephen's Web

Learning and Connectivism in MOOCs ~ Stephen's Web | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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Getting the Most from a MOOC | Higher Ed Beta @insidehighered

Getting the Most from a MOOC | Higher Ed Beta @insidehighered | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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HarvardX’s and MITx’s MOOC Data Visualized and Mapped

HarvardX’s and MITx’s MOOC Data Visualized and Mapped | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Newly released data from HarvardX and MITx offer insight into who is taking MOOCs, and why.
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The Cognitive Infrastructure Built by the MOOC Bubble | Inside Higher Ed

The Cognitive Infrastructure Built by the MOOC Bubble | Inside Higher Ed | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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edX Drops Plans to Connect MOOC Students With Employers – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

edX Drops Plans to Connect MOOC Students With Employers – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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MOOC history as presented at AACN13 conference -

MOOC history as presented at AACN13 conference - | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
With all of the great discussions spawned by the “greatest MOOC conference in the history of MOOCs” (MRI13), it seems a good time to share a segment of a keynote presentation I gave last year on MOOC history. This presentation was at … Continue reading...
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The Victorian MOOC - Hybrid Pedagogy

The Victorian MOOC - Hybrid Pedagogy | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The Society allowed women to leverage technology & expertise to provide educational opportunity on a continental scale to themselves, remotely. 
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MOOCS and Social Learning Networks ~ Stephen's Web

MOOCS and Social Learning Networks ~ Stephen's Web | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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MIT and German research on the [appalling] use of video in xMOOCs | Tony Bates

MIT and German research on the [appalling] use of video in xMOOCs | Tony Bates | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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Who takes Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)? A HarvardX and MITx study - Journalist's Resource

Who takes Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)? A HarvardX and MITx study - Journalist's Resource | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
2015 report from Harvard University and MIT, building on previous studies that look at participation and completion rates for their Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
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Journal of Interactive Media in Education

Journal of Interactive Media in Education | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Article: Designing for Educational Technology to Enhance the Experience of Learners in Distance Education: How Open Educational Resources, Learning Design and Moocs Are Influencing Learning
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Instructional quality of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) | Anoush Margaryan, Manuela Bianco, Allison Littlejohn - Computers & Education

Abstract: We present an analysis of instructional design quality of 76 randomly selected Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The quality of MOOCs was determined from first principles of instruction, using a course survey instrument. Two types of MOOCs (xMOOCs and cMOOCs) were analysed and their instructional design quality was assessed and compared. We found that the majority of MOOCs scored poorly on most instructional design principles. However, most MOOCs scored highly on organisation and presentation of course material. The results indicate that although most MOOCs are well-packaged, their instructional design quality is low. We outline implications for practice and ideas for future research.


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ғelιх c ѕeyғarтн's curator insight, November 19, 2014 8:37 AM
More of this kind of research is needed, although this article seems to follow the prevalent kind of thinking that groups different kind of learning activities which have chosen the #MOOC format into one genre, as if there was a genuine type. This does not appear to hold up to scrutiny. The finding that these MOOC formatted courses do not largely comply with the "instructional design principles" of e-learning but do excel in "organisation and presentation" instead, once combined with the fact that millions of learners flock to these very MOOC but could care less about conventional e-learning formats, leads one to reflect on the usefulness of said principles as analytical/evaluation tools and their scope as indicators of learning outcomes.
Anoush Margaryan, Manuela Bianco, Allison Littlejohn, Instructional quality of Massive Open Inline Courses (MOOCs), Computers & Education, Volume 80, January 2015, Pages 77-83, ISSN 0360-1315, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2014.08.005.(via http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S036013151400178X)Keywords: Massive Online Open Courses; Distributed learning environments; Evaluation methodologies; Lifelong learning; Pedagogical issues
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Estudio sobre 76 MOOCs: materiales bien construidos pero diseño instruccionar pobre.

Mariano Rico's curator insight, November 20, 2014 8:43 AM
Back to basic formation design. We learn by doing
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Professors help startups teach real-world skills online without university bureaucracy

Professors help startups teach real-world skills online without university bureaucracy | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Coursera, Johns Hopkins, and Swiftkey team up for data science training.
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Online university courses can't change the world alone - opinion - 10 March 2014 - New Scientist

Online university courses can't change the world alone - opinion - 10 March 2014 - New Scientist | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
They promise equality of access to higher learning, but online courses will only succeed with better general education in place first, say two
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MOOCs – Magnificent, Monsters or Malediction | Mark Smithers

MOOCs – Magnificent, Monsters or Malediction | Mark Smithers | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Random thoughts by Truthout.org Thanks to Kate Bowles (@KateMfD) for sending me a link to an open Coursesites web site (free registration) that has been
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How MOOCs Can Be Free and Profitable at the Same Time

How MOOCs Can Be Free and Profitable at the Same Time | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A look at the economics of MOOCs.
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Completion data for MOOCs - The Ed Techie

Completion data for MOOCs - The Ed Techie | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
As I mentioned in the previous post, I am doing some Gates funded research on MOOCs. My part was learning design analysis, while Katy Jordan has been looking at factors influencing completion rates. All this work is Katy's, I take...
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