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MOOCs, SPOCs, and LAPs: The Evolving World of Education

MOOCs, SPOCs, and LAPs: The Evolving World of Education | eLearning tools | Scoop.it
Not long after educational providers and students alike clocked on to the fast-rising and game-changing trend of free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) programmes, it quickly expanded to factor in the option of paid MOOCs, otherwise known as MOOC+....
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UK universities embrace the free, open, online future of higher education powered by The Open University

UK universities embrace the free, open, online future of higher education powered by The Open University | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

Students from the UK and around the world will have free access to some of the country’s top universities thanks to Futurelearn Ltd, an entirely new company being launched by The Open University (OU). The universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Anglia, Exeter, King’s College London, Lancaster, Leeds, Southampton, St Andrews and Warwick have all signed up to join Futurelearn.

 

Futurelearn will be independent but majority-owned by the OU. It will:


• Bring together a range of free, open, online courses from leading UK universities, that will be clear, simple to use and accessible; 
• Draw on the OU’s expertise in delivering distance learning and pioneering open education resources to underpin a unified, coherent offer from all of its partners;
• Increase accessibility to higher education (HE) for students across the UK and in the rest of the world.

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No such thing as a free MOOC : JISC

No such thing as a free MOOC : JISC | eLearning tools | 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.

And that brings me to our recent decision in the University of Edinburgh to join our colleagues in North America and offer our own MOOCs – or massive open online courses – through the Coursera consortium.
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Times Higher Education - Predictive text and the surprising shape of things to come

Times Higher Education - Predictive text and the surprising shape of things to come | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

Well, we didn't see that coming but Patrick McGhee did: the v-c consults the oracle and offers his forecast for the year ahead


"...Several universities reject massive open online courses, or Moocs, in favour of basic open organised collections. "Boocs" - print versions of cloud-sourced digital material bound together and published in the tens of thousands - are hailed as the next big thing in higher education. While completing a Booc does not in itself secure academic credit, the user is expected to experience mild feelings of intellectual euphoria..."

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Sheila’s work blog » Analytics and #moocmooc

Sheila’s work blog » Analytics and #moocmooc | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

Reflections by Sheila MacNeill on analysing her involvement in the recent #moocmooc course and incluseds refrence to "analytics tricks that I was able to utilise which gave me a bit of an insight into my, and the whole class activity"

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