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The March of the MOOCs: Monstrous Open Online Courses

The March of the MOOCs: Monstrous Open Online Courses | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

MOOCs are a red herring. The MOOC didn’t appear last week, out of a void, vacuum-packed. The MOOC has been around for years, biding its time. Still, the recent furor about MOOCs, which some have called “hysteria,” opens important questions about higher education, digital pedagogy, and online learning.

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No such thing as a free MOOC : JISC

No such thing as a free MOOC : JISC | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

In his recent JISC blog, David Kernohan asks: ‘Why bother paying inflated fees to attend university? …What if you could get it all for free, online?’ Of course, it is tongue in cheek, because as my title above suggests, you don’t get something for nothing.

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How to Effectively Evaluate E-Learning

How to Effectively Evaluate E-Learning | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Being able to ascertain the quality of a learning module helps to ensure the highest return-on-investment and perpetuates a positive perception of the value of online learning.
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Technology is the Answer to Educational Reform

There may be potential to keep some aspects of the education system intact and make the transition to technology-based learning gradually and mostly painlessly. The first step in doing this will be to move technology to the center of education rather than keeping it as the peripheral piece that it currently is. The time has come to add technology to our curriculum as a core subject. This would represent the first step in patching the foundation of the education system and strengthening its structure so that it could support the rapid growth and change that is characteristic of institutional change in the information age. Strengthening our foundation through technology would stabilize the system and prepare it to move forward. From that point the natural course of technological innovation will take over and lead education in directions we can’t currently even imagine.


Via Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.
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The State of E-Learning in Australia in 2012

The State of E-Learning in Australia in 2012 | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
An opinion piece about the state of e-learning in Australia from the perspective of Australian organisations and the e-learning industry.
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MOOCS: Listen Up You Primitive Screwheads

I hereby volunteer: the next pundit who talks about how MOOCs are going to save higher education some big bucks needs to meet me for drinks at the establishment of his or her choosing, I’ll foot the bill, and in return I just ask for the chance to politely and rationally CHEW THEIR FUCKING EARS OFF. And then if they really want they can write an op-ed the next week and pretend they thought of everything I said by themselves and I’ll never let on otherwise.

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“What should we do about MOOCs?” – the Board of Governors discusses

“What should we do about MOOCs?” – the Board of Governors discusses | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

By accident, a microphone was left switched on at a medium sized state university’s Board of Governors meeting last week. In the best tradition of WikiLeaks, I am pleased to share a transcript with you.

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Online Education is Real Education » Cyborgology

Online Education is Real Education » Cyborgology | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Discussing the relative strengths and weaknesses of education as it occurs on and offline, in and outside of a classroom, is important. Best pedagogical practices have not yet emerged for courses primarily taught online. What opportunities and pitfalls await both on and offline learning environments? Under ideal circumstances, how might we best integrate face-to-face as well as online tools? In non-ideal teaching situations, how can we make the best of the on/offline arrangement handed to us? All of us teaching, and taking, college courses welcome this discussion. What isn’t helpful is condemning a medium of learning, be it face-to-face or via digital technologies, as less real. Some have begun this conversation by disqualifying interaction mediated by digitality (all interaction is, by the way) as less human, less true and less worthy, obscuring the path forward for the vast majority of future students.

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Online Learning: Where is the Money?

Online Learning: Where is the Money? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

MIT offers their MITx online courses and certificates for a price, Stanford offers some online courses free, and Utah State University professor Wiley provides successful students with letters confirming course completion. But offering online learning has failed many using these business models. Cambridge, Chicago, Cornell, Michigan, New York and Oxford, Stanford, Temple and Yale Universities, University of Maryland University College and the London School of Economics all terminated their online courses for financial reasons. They were all started assuming student tuition and fees would pay for both the cost of operation and for developing very effective, high quality course materials.

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Even MORE MOOC MOOC MOOC! Chronicle article explains the business model

And once again, here I am near the lake, checking in on my online class (which I like to think of as SO-POC– that is, a “small online partly open class” because anyone out there is welcome to visit, join the discussion, do the assignments, whatever, but I won’t grade your work or give you credit if you aren’t enrolled at EMU), and checking my email when I see this from The Chronicle of Higher Education, “Inside the Coursera Contract: How an Upstart Company Might Profit From Free Courses.”

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MOOCs Fail Students With Dark Age Methods

The trouble is that unless you realize how things could be, you just don't see the lack of progress in the current crop of courses. I was talking with a colleague who used to create educational software about MOOCs and phenomena like Khan Academy and we agreed very quickly:-
"if we knew it was that easy we both would have done it years and years ago."
Instead we tried to do difficult things that still haven't been done.

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Why Higher Education is Looking for E-Learning Leaders

Why Higher Education is Looking for E-Learning Leaders | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Universities and community colleges are looking to hire staff who can help institutions adapt successfully to the ever-changing technology landscape.
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Codeacademy – Is Less More in Online Learning?

Codeacademy – Is Less More in Online Learning? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The basic premise behind Codeacademy is that, because of our increasing reliance on technology and the propensity for more and more jobs to be automated, learning to write computer code is one way to ensure that you will …...
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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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The Ed Techie: Innovating Pedagogy report

Here at IET in the OU, a bunch of us, led by Mike Sharples, were asked to produce an annual report on how changes in teaching and learning (related to technology) were changing the current landscape. The initial idea was...

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Fifty of the best ed-tech products for colleges and schools

Fifty of the best ed-tech products for colleges and schools | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Here are the results of our 2012-13 Readers’ Choice Awards, which recognize the educational technology products and services that have had the greatest impact in our readers' schools.
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Constructivism and Online Learning

Constructivism and Online Learning | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
My notes from: Huang, H. (2002). Toward constructivism for adult learners in online learning environments. British Journal of Educational Technology. Vol 33. No 1. 27-37. Online learning requires a...
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Are Universities Too Big To Fail?

Are Universities Too Big To Fail? | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
I have been following a rather interesting train of thought this week about the so called Higher Education bubble and wanted to share my conclusions. When I consider problems like this I like to br...
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MOOCs from Here | Inside Higher Ed

MOOCs from Here | Inside Higher Ed | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The normally sober Tim Burke had a bit of a meltdown on his blog about MOOCs and their attendant hype. (MOOCs are Massively Open Online Courses, such as the ones offered through Coursera.) He rightly called out the techno-utopians for their eager willingness to believe that the latest techno-toy will Change Everything, and offered helpful reminders of previous techno-toys that were supposed to Change Everything, and didn’t. (Sunrise Semester, anyone?)

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/confessions-community-college-dean/moocs-here#ixzz21Phu3PvQ
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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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Overblown-Claims-of-Failure Watch: How Not to Gauge the Success of Online Courses

Overblown-Claims-of-Failure Watch: How Not to Gauge the Success of Online Courses | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Online courses are experiencing sky-high dropout rates, and that's probably a good thing.
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College Degrees, Designed by the Numbers

College Degrees, Designed by the Numbers | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Campuses are places of intuition and serendipity: A professor senses confusion on a student's face and repeats his point; a student majors in psychology after a roommate takes a course; two freshmen meet on the quad and eventually become husband and wife.

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How an Upstart Company Might Profit From Free Courses

How an Upstart Company Might Profit From Free Courses | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Coursera has been operating for only a few months, but the company has already persuaded some of the world's best-known universities to offer free courses through its online platform. Colleges that usually move at a glacial pace are rushing into deals with the upstart company. But what exactly have they signed up for? And if the courses are free, how will the company—and the universities involved—make money to sustain them?

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity - A Video Lecture You Won’t Soon Forget: Video Games and Storytelling

Moving at the Speed of Creativity - A Video Lecture You Won’t Soon Forget: Video Games and Storytelling | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Daniel Floyd’s ten minute YouTube video, “Video Games and Storytelling,” is a video lecture you won’t soon forget. Reminiscent of “RSA Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us,” about Dan Pink’s book “Drive,” this video by Daniel Floyd is the most intense, “rapid-fire” visual presentation of related images I’ve seen in a video lecture to date. Several clever visual quips in here, but you certainly have to pay close attention! The content is outstanding also… as a digital storyteller and a storychaser, I’m quite interested in the confluence between storytelling and gaming.

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8 Tools to Create an Irresistible Ebook

8 Tools to Create an Irresistible Ebook | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
These eight tools will make the experience of creating your first ebook painless and even fun.

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