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Why c and x MOOCs are attracting different number of participants?

Why c and x MOOCs are attracting different number of participants? | EduMOOC | Scoop.it
Here is a post on FB on a discussion on the question: Why are xMOOCs attracting tens or hundred thousands of students? Thanks to Ana and Steve for their comments and conversation. Here are my refle...
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This is a useful comparison of cMOOC and xMOOC, with observations like: "xMOOCs are much easier compared to cMOOCs.  This is grounded on that in xMOOCs, the instructors would have done most, if not all of the ground work necessary for teaching and learning for the learners.  What the learners are normally expected to do would be to consume the knowledge transmitted or broadcasted to them, and to confirm their understanding of the concepts through repeated quizzes or assignments." This is antithetical to how Siemens characterizes cMOOC here: http://goodbyegutenberg.pbworks.com/w/page/61341664/Getting_Started_2013evo

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Learning2gether with Maria Bossa - Brighten and Lighten your class with Web 2.0

Learning2gether with Maria Bossa - Brighten and Lighten your class with Web 2.0 | EduMOOC | Scoop.it
Download here: http://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/2013apr14mariabossa-10-001-64k.mp3 We used this link to help us put in the URLs to Maria's tools: http://etherpad.mit.edu/p/L...
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Latest in the series of #learning2gether events announced here http://learning2gether.pbworks.com/w/page/32206114/volunteersneeded#Nextupcomingevents and archived at http://learning2gether.net 

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Open education

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The Open University is doing an open course on Open Education.  Week four is about (guess what) MOOCs

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Business and MOOCs

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What impact will MOOCs have on business down the road? Ten experts discussed the topic in freeform conversation. Jay Cross, George Siemens, Dave Cormier, Stephen Downes, Coursera, illustrious others. Of course the session was recorded, including this bootleg mp3: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/40757132/Business%20and%20MOOCs-10.mp3

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Want Some MOOC With Your TV Dinner? (Part 1) - The EvoLLLution | The EvoLLLution

Want Some MOOC With Your TV Dinner? (Part 1) - The EvoLLLution | The EvoLLLution | EduMOOC | Scoop.it
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Curt Bonk reflects on MOOCs as we move headlong from an age of scarcity into one of abundance.  This is Part 1 in a series, so stay tuned.

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MoocGuide - 4. Designing a MOOC using social media tools

MoocGuide - 4. Designing a MOOC using social media tools | EduMOOC | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Thanks to Ana Cristina Pratas for this one, useful for next round of MultiMOOC :-)

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Dawne Tortorella's curator insight, February 14, 2013 12:21 PM

Interested in success stories regarding Wikis in MOOCs. As a MOOC student, I have not found them to be very robust or helpful, but hopefully that will change as courses evolve.

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I like this comment on the front page of the mobiMOOC, which addresses how people respond to MOOCs: "Many of the participants who went through a MOOC experience have had a powerful learning experience which in some cases resulted in strong personal or professional projects with impact. On the other hand the drop-out rate in a non-credited MOOC is high and some participants simply do not like the approach of a MOOC for it has specific dynamics. The diversity in appreciations and feelings is not new: the playground felt like a mental warzone to some and a great adventure to others."
Gary Motteram's curator insight, February 23, 2013 2:56 AM

An interesting wiki about MOOCs.

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Vance Stevens hosts EVO MultiMOOC HANGOUT and stream

Vance Stevens hosts EVO MultiMOOC HANGOUT and stream | EduMOOC | Scoop.it
This Sunday Vance Stevens planned to host a live online session to explain in greater detail how to get started with Google Reader, as described in this blog post: http://multiliteracies.posterous.com/following-blogs-by-subscribing-to-their-rss-f ...
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Learning2gether with EVO MultiMOOC we learned how to stream a Hangout along with embedded back-channel text chats.  This post plays the YouTube recording of the stream and at the bottom of the page, shows a video to explain how it was done.

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Venture Capital's Massive, Terrible Idea For The Future Of College

Venture Capital's Massive, Terrible Idea For The Future Of College | EduMOOC | Scoop.it
Can you go to college on your computer? Some say yes, and others respond with a resounding no. But one thing is for sure: there is a boatload of public money to
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This 'meaty' article on MOOCs comes from Barbara Dieu via the TALO Teaching and Learning Online list. It speaks of 'immeasurable dangers' to venture capital's massive, terrible idea for the future of college.

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MOOCmania | DMLcentral

MOOCmania | DMLcentral | EduMOOC | Scoop.it
MOOCs, it seems, are driving us to distraction. The objects of so much current investment, fiscal and psychological, if MOOCs (massive open online courses) haven’t reached you yet, they are just a click away, coming to a screen near you soon.
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Citing Udacity's recent contract to provide remdial courses for San Jose State freshmen at 1/3 normal tuition costs, DAVID THEO GOLDBERG January 21, 2013, thinks MOOCs are worth the investment if they can "draw on the most compelling social media practices and on peer-to-peer collaborative learning ... by the premise of anywhere, anytime learning and the motivations of personal interests that are embedded in the premise of MOOCs, by the dramatic reach across place and class, and by the demand for more self-assertive, active/activist sorts of learning practice." This article balances the pros and cons, and concludes that the strength of MOOCs may be in "connected learning: the connection between ideas and the materialization of things, between people collaborating to learn and do and make things together, between mind and machine, curiosity and capacity, anywhere and anytime learning and effecting, between the world as it is and our ideals of edification and equity that we deem crucially important to institutionalize ... Ultimately their success or failure will turn on whether they can help substantially to move us collectively and collaboratively along the road to delivering on these potentialities of connected learning."

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The moot point of MOOCs

Some people are head-over-heels in love with MOOCs. Or perhaps more accurately, the idea of MOOCs. They believe the new paradigm will democratise – and even revolutionise – education. O...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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This post makes the point that high attrition in MOOCs matters not a whit. I left this comment: "I agree. I am signing up for MOOCs now as if "what do I have to lose?" I get what I can from them, but it doesn't matter (to anyone, as is pointed out here, apart from statisticians) whether I "complete" the course or not. The important thing is that for people who need to complete courses, the opportunities for that are skyrocketing (toward a freemium model). For those who want to learn what they can, or get their feet wet without taking the plunge, or just sample the waters, why wouldn't the 'attrition' rate be high? But then again 'attrition' implies that all those enrolled intended to see the course through to the bitter end to begin with, which is hardly likely to be the case."
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Natasa's blog: ModPo is over, long live Modpo

Natasa's blog: ModPo is over, long live Modpo | EduMOOC | Scoop.it
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This is an informative post because it gives a participant's impression of a Coursera course that was run as a cMOOC (usually, Coursera courses are xMOOCs). The moderators of ModPo knew how to pull 3500 participants into a community, many of whom remain networked.  

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sarspri's comment, January 22, 2013 12:21 PM
I saw the ModPo team present briefly at a virtual Penn seminar and was intrigued. Thanks for sharing Natasa's post.
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What is a MOOC? What are the different types of MOOC? xMOOCs and cMOOCs

What is a MOOC? What are the different types of MOOC? xMOOCs and cMOOCs | EduMOOC | Scoop.it
The acronym “MOOC” has been in vogue recently, with lots of discussion about organisations like udacity, coursera and edX. The acronym stands for “Massive Open Online Course.&#822...
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in our MultiMOOC course at http://goodbyegutenberg.pbworks.com we have been talkng about the difference between cMOOCs and xMOOCs.  One of the participants there Natasa Bozic Grojic called our attention to this article in a post to our Yahoo Group http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/multilit/message/1787. Here she sites another post scooped here earlier by Lisa Lane (positing 3 kinds of MOOCs) and points us to her own post at http://lunas994.blogspot.com/2012/12/modpo-is-over-long-live-modpo.html, where she describes an xMOOC course she took that was run as a cMOOC. This scoop also examines that difference from an experiential point of view.

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Massive Open Online Courses Prove Popular, if Not Lucrative Yet

Massive Open Online Courses Prove Popular, if Not Lucrative Yet | EduMOOC | Scoop.it
New companies are partnering with universities to offer online courses, in an effort that could define the future of higher education — if anyone can figure out how to make money.
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“Monetization is not the most important objective for this business at this point,” said Scott Sandell, a Coursera financier who is a general partner at New Enterprise Associates. “What is important is that Coursera is rapidly accumulating a body of high-quality content that could be very attractive to universities that want to license it for their own use. We invest with a very long mind-set, and the gestation period of the very best companies is at least 10 years.”

But with the first trickles of revenue now coming in, Coursera’s university partners expect to see some revenue sooner.

“We’ll make money when Coursera makes money,” said Peter Lange, the provost of Duke University, one of Coursera’s partners. “I don’t think it will be too long down the road. We don’t want to make the mistake the newspaper industry did, of giving our product away free online for too long.”

 

Say what!!?? Stop right there ... rewind, playback ... you mean this stuff isn't going to just remain free and open forever??

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Making Sense of MOOCs -- A Reading List | A World Bank Blog on ICT use in Education

Making Sense of MOOCs -- A Reading List | A World Bank Blog on ICT use in Education | EduMOOC | Scoop.it
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Not quite as impressive as Stephen Downes’s definitive archive of knowledge on MOOCs (now over 500 annotated references):http://www.downes.ca/mooc_posts.htm. But if 500++ is too much, Michael Trucano suggests ten things to read to get you started.

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Stalking the Mooc

Stalking the Mooc | EduMOOC | Scoop.it
Stalking the Mooc, by VanessaVaile: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
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Vanessa Vaile is showing us how to curate via Paper.li in this periodically issued paper on MOOCs

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Heiko Idensen's curator insight, April 1, 2013 11:54 PM

... A good idea to use a twitter based curation tool like paperli for curation of moocs :-)

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Codecademy

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My wife showed me this video: http://youtu.be/nKIu9yen5nc

Called "What most schools don't teach" (coding), it turns out they don't have to. Teach yourself, starting here.

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Posts About MOOCs ~ Stephen's Web

Posts About MOOCs ~ Stephen's Web | EduMOOC | 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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Wow, 454 articles (and counting) all on MOOCs annotated here from 2008 through the present 2013. Stephen does it again :-)

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Checking the petri dishes: End game analysis for MultiMOOC 13

Checking the petri dishes: End game analysis for MultiMOOC 13 | EduMOOC | Scoop.it
I've decided to write a brief reflection on MultiMOOC, having just awakened this morning to find a copy of our Paper.li news, weekly edition, laying on my virtual doorstep. As I have pointed out many times, MultiMOOC was not a MOOC.
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In this post I try to get across what EVO MultiMOOC was all about and the extent to which it worked or didn't.  I conclude that it did. That's because, as with any MOOC it worked if it worked for you :-)

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Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken

Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken | EduMOOC | Scoop.it
I wrote a thing last fall about massive open online courses (MOOCs, in the parlance), and the challenge that free or cheap online classes pose to business as us
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Clay Shirky weighs in (again) on MOOCs.  The last one was here: http://www.theawl.com/2013/01/venture-capitals-massive-terrible-idea-for-the-future-of-college

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Coursera forced to call off a MOOC amid complaints about the course | Inside Higher Ed

Coursera forced to call off a MOOC amid complaints about the course | Inside Higher Ed | EduMOOC | Scoop.it
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Curt Bonk called my attention to this post about a MOOC that was recently trying to cater to 40,000 but suffered tech problems and was withdrawn / postponed with apologies after numerous complaints.  The post examines what happened.  One example doesn't seem like a tech problem so much as a design one.  Interesting read!

"Several students reported that the forums were designed for small groups, but had no apparent limits on the number who could join, so theoretically small groups quickly became large, unworkable groups, resulting in tons of e-mail notifications and little understanding of what to do."

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mooc - gsiemens on Diigo

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In reading George Siemens's article MOOCs are Really a Platform, in which he coins the term xMOOC to distinguish them from cMOOCs

http://www.elearnspace.org/blog/2012/07/25/moocs-are-really-a-platform/ I noticed that George points us to his Diigo collection of links on MOOCs.  There must be something in here worth reading :-)

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The Taming of the MOOC--With ePortfolio Evidence -- Campus Technology

The Taming of the MOOC--With ePortfolio Evidence -- Campus Technology | EduMOOC | Scoop.it
How ePortfolios can help "tame" the flood of openness and educational opportunity arising with MOOCs and other new modalities.
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In another interesting rationale for ePortfolios, Trent Batson explains "

A major benefit of ePortfolios is that they allow learners to collect evidence of their learning in the classroom, of their work in team projects, and of their work outside of the classroom. And, of course, they may be used to collect evidence from any learning experience. ePortfolios stay with the learner, so learners have a persistent record of their achievements and competencies.

Learners enrolled in MOOCs would increase the value of their experience by using an ePortfolio. ePortfolio accounts are available for individuals anywhere; the ePortfolio providers host the functionality and data on their own servers. Many ePortfolio providers also offer mobile apps, so a smart phone is sufficient in many cases to capture evidence and to upload the evidence to the ePortfolio.

What kind of evidence? Both the learner and others who might see the ePortfolio want some kind of meaningful record of the learning experience. If a MOOC involves active learning, then photos or video clips or audio clips could record the activity. An audio clip can also be a spoken reflection on the active learning ... "

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Reflection on Connectivism and Information Literacy

Reflection on Connectivism and Information Literacy | EduMOOC | Scoop.it
I am interested in learning more about the learning theory of Connectivism  (Siemans, 2005) and connecting that to my pedagogy within information literacy instruction. I’ve learned that Connectivis...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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This short post distills the relationship between connectivism and technology by reversing " thinking that technology is simply a value-neutral tool to meet learning objectives. However, within Connectivism, technology becomes embedded in the theory."
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Dave Cormier discusses cMOOC and MultiMOOC, connectivism, and openness in learning

Dave Cormier discusses cMOOC and MultiMOOC, connectivism, and openness in learning | EduMOOC | Scoop.it
cormier.10-001.mp3 Listen on Posterous Venue : Bb Collaborate / Elluminate, with thanks to   http://learningtimes.org   http://learningtimesevents.org/webheads/ Elluminate has been chosen over Hangout because there is a TILL Sunday Hangout event on...
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Dave Cormier talks here about his ideas on learning and differentiates the nature of what needs to be learned into David Snowden's simple, complicated, complex, and chaotic.  MOOCs he said were expecially good at promoting learning at the complex and chaotic levels.  Listen here and find out why.

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My reflection on Connectivism as a new learning theory – to date

My reflection on Connectivism as a new learning theory – to date | EduMOOC | Scoop.it
Here is my response to a post on FB relating to the question of whether Connectivism is a new learning theory or not.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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This scoop by MultiMOOC co-moderator Ana Cristina Pratas touches briefly and lightly on many of the issues associated with connectivism and it's relation to MOOCs and with reference to articles by George Siemens, Stephen Downes, Rita Kop, and so on.  It's a quick read, the meat is in the links.

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