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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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The course Web site is integral to the success of blended or online learning

The course Web site is integral to the success of blended or online learning | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Here at UM we use CTools, an implementation of Sakai. While this is a perfectly reasonable CMS, it was built to support a class from a different era, one in which the professor is the center of learning and students are simply the recipients of knowledge.

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Tom Still column: UW online degree program is a winner

Tom Still column: UW online degree program is a winner | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The University of Wisconsin System was a bit late to the digital education party, but at least it's not a no-show.
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Education startup Coursera partners with 12 new universities, raises $3.7M and hits 1.6M enrollments

Education startup Coursera partners with 12 new universities, raises $3.7M and hits 1.6M enrollments | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
As we wrote back in April, there's no doubt that the Internet is revolutionizing education, as more and more companies continue to emerge and alter the way we learn. We've kept a close ...
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Is Coursera the Beginning of the End for Traditional Higher Education? - Forbes

Is Coursera the Beginning of the End for Traditional Higher Education? - Forbes | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
In the New York Times story today about the dramatic expansion of online higher education venture Coursera, co-founder Daphne Koller is quoted as saying that the year-old company is not planning to offer degrees.

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Top Universities Test the Online Appeal of Free

Top Universities Test the Online Appeal of Free | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Online courses have been around for years. But now big-name colleges and competing software platforms have entered the field, which is evolving with astonishing speed.
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Considering Coursera's Expansion

Considering Coursera's Expansion | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The online education platform Coursera announced today that 12 more universities had signed on as partners, joining the 4 that were part of the startup’s launch in April. Joining the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, University of Michigan and Stanford are Georgia Tech, Duke University, University of Washington, Caltech, Rice University, University of Edinburgh, University of Toronto, EPFL - Lausanne (Switzerland), Johns Hopkins University (School of Public Health), UCSF, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Virginia

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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.

Via Jon Samuelson
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The Revolution: Top Ten Disruptors of Education

The Revolution: Top Ten Disruptors of Education | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
New online learning models are bursting from startups and top universities, bridging the educational divide.
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Massively Open Online Courses Are 'Here to Stay'

Massively Open Online Courses Are 'Here to Stay' | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Twelve top universities jump into the 'MOOC' arena, prompting discussions about what this announcement means for the future of higher education.
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Bill Gates: Why 'game-based learning' is the future of education

Bill Gates: Why 'game-based learning' is the future of education | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
In Bill Gates’ vision of the classrooms of the future, students are grouped according to skill set. One cluster huddles around a computer terminal, playing an educational game or working on a simulator.
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Despite rumors, creditialing still an impasse for universities offering MOOCs | Inside Higher Ed

Despite rumors, creditialing still an impasse for universities offering MOOCs | Inside Higher Ed | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The University of Washington plans to offer “enhanced” versions of the massive open online courses (MOOCs) it will develop through a partnership with Coursera, according to the university’s provost.
The "enhanced" versions will add a number of features designed to make them more closely resemble conventional online courses -- including more assessments, direct interaction with instructors, and the opportunity to earn a certificate that hypothetically could be redeemed for course credit.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/07/18/despite-rumors-creditialing-still-impasse-universities-offering-moocs#ixzz20yHgesoV
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Higher Education's Monopoly on Credibility Is Ending

Higher Education's Monopoly on Credibility Is Ending | Educational Technology in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The times they are a changin’, and in this essay, I’d like to suggest they are changing in a way that has massive implications for education: sources of credibility—once the domain of expensive degrees--are becoming democratized, decentralized, and...
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