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MOOCs and OERs - by Stephen Downes

MOOC and OERs Stephen Downes 06 February 2013

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Heiko Idensen's curator insight, February 10, 2013 5:30 AM

... Not to forget the recorded Video from the Presentation:

"February 6, 2013
Keynote presentation delivered to Conference Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, via Hangout.

Overview of some of the early MOOCs we created, along with some more extended duscussion of the design principles we employed in creating MOOCs. [Slides] [Audio]"

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http://www.downes.ca/presentation/310


sarspri's curator insight, February 12, 2013 10:37 AM

cMOOCs and xMOOCs (networks and content)

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Universities Rebranding with Competencies in Mind: Top Prediction for 2012

Universities Rebranding with Competencies in Mind: Top Prediction for 2012 | Emerging Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Early in 2012 we asked WCET members and other notable thinkers to provide predictions for postsecondary e-learning for the year.  From a OMG-it’s-all-over-the-media point-of-view, it’s ...
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edtechdigest.com

edtechdigest.com | Emerging Technology in Education | Scoop.it
© 2010-2012 edtech digest.(MOOCs: Making the Most of What You Learn | http://t.co/FHpTCWLk - http://t.co/Xzgfyve5...)...
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Available now: a guide to using Twitter in university research, teaching, and impact activities

Available now: a guide to using Twitter in university research, teaching, and impact activities | Emerging Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Following on from the lists of academic tweeters published earlier this month, we have put together a short guide to using Twitter in university research, teaching, and impact activities, available...

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 17, 2014 9:24 AM

Available now: a guide to using Twitter in university research, teaching, and impact activities

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Learning Analytics

Learning Analytics | Emerging Technology in Education | Scoop.it
There is probably no segment of activity in the education world attracting as much attention at present as that of knowledge management in terms of learning analytics. Learning analytics as defined...

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 11, 2012 8:22 PM

I'm still looiking for a data driven dashboard that will help me better understand the progress (and needs) of my students. 

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Who are MOOCs for? - Online College.org

Who are MOOCs for? - Online College.org | Emerging Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Many have declared this the (Who are #MOOCs for? http://t.co/aeJNH3uo With so many options available, find out if they are right for you.
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edX & Gates Partner to Offer Blended MOOCs at MassBay Community Colleges - Getting Smart by Getting Smart Staff - edleaders, EdTech, MOOC

edX & Gates Partner to Offer Blended MOOCs at MassBay Community Colleges - Getting Smart by Getting Smart Staff - edleaders, EdTech, MOOC | Emerging Technology in Education | Scoop.it
EdX, the world’s leading online-learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), today announced an innovative blended massive open online course (MOOC) offering at Bunker Hill and MassBay...
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Colleges Turn to Crowd-Sourcing Courses

Colleges Turn to Crowd-Sourcing Courses | Emerging Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Colleges are building global student bodies and trying to create models for massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
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What Are 'MOOC's and Why Are Education Leaders Interested in Them?

What Are 'MOOC's and Why Are Education Leaders Interested in Them? | Emerging Technology in Education | Scoop.it
It's a question higher education leaders are asking themselves a lot these days -- what are these so-called MOOCs and should their college or university offer one? 

Could faculty spend less time preparing and giving lectures, and more time interacting with students? Could colleges and universities devote more time to developing critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills because the basic foundational skills were mastered quickly, easily, and cheaply through a MOOC?

These are the questions we need to be asking, and research has shown that blended learning is more effective than either face-to-face or pure online learning. For instance, courses developed by faculty, learning scientists, and technologists at Carnegie Mellon University's Open Learning Initiative were shown to produce results equal to traditional face-to-face instruction-in 25 percent less time.

This could be a revolutionary development in higher education, and MOOCs could teach us a lot about how to develop high-quality online learning experiences that complement face-to-face instruction. Today's MOOCs and MOOC platforms still have a long way to go to fulfill this vision, but the potential is there. We need to invest the time and resources into answering these questions--and resist passing judgment either for or against MOOCs before the evidence is gathered.

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Should MOOCs Be Eligible for College Credit?

Should MOOCs Be Eligible for College Credit? | Emerging Technology in Education | Scoop.it
If MOOCs are determined to be close enough to traditional college courses, they could make higher education more affordable and accessible.
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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Student Social Media Use

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Student Social Media Use | Emerging Technology in Education | Scoop.it
“In “Only Disconnect,” Andrew Reiner, writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education, lamented the state of American youth, particularly their preoccupation with social media. By the end of his article, Reiner advocated for ...
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2U One-Ups MOOCs, Coursera, Now Offers Online Undergrad Cour

2U One-Ups MOOCs, Coursera, Now Offers Online Undergrad Cour | Emerging Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Four years after it launching its first graduate program with USC, 2U today has announced its foray into undergraduate education through a ne.
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MOOCs Move Closer to Receiving Credit - Online Colleges

MOOCs Move Closer to Receiving Credit - Online Colleges | Emerging Technology in Education | Scoop.it
MOOCs Move Closer to Receiving Credit #highered #edu #elearning http://t.co/AGZ8BhWu...
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Students as Curators of Their Learning Topics

Students as Curators of Their Learning Topics | Emerging Technology in Education | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Must-read article on ClutterMuseum.com by Leslie M-B, exploring in depth the opportunity to have students master their selected topics by "curating" them, rather than by reading and memorizing facts about them.

 

"Critical and creative thinking should be prioritized over remembering content"

 

"That students should learn to think for themselves may seem like a no-brainer to many readers, but if you look at the textbook packages put out by publishers, you’ll find that the texts and accompanying materials (for both teachers and students) assume students are expected to read and retain content—and then be tested on it.

 

Instead, between middle school (if not earlier) and college graduation, students should practice—if not master—how to question, critique, research, and construct an argument like an historian."

 

This is indeed the critical point. Moving education from an effort to memorize things on which then to be tested, to a collaborative exercise in creating new knowledge and value by pulling and editing together individual pieces of content, resources and tools that allow the explanation/illustration of a topic from a specific viewpoint/for a specific need.

 

And I can't avoid to rejoice and second her next proposition: "What if we shifted the standards’ primary emphasis from content, and not to just the development of traditional skills—basic knowledge recall, document interpretation, research, and essay-writing—but to the cultivation of skills that challenge students to make unconventional connections, skills that are essential for thriving in the 21st century?"

 

What are these skills, you may ask. Here is a good reference where to look them up: http://www.p21.org/storage/documents/P21_Framework_Definitions.pdf (put together by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills)

 

 

Recommended. Good stuff. 9/10

 

Full article: www.cluttermuseum.com/make-students-curators/

 

(Image credit: Behance.net)

 

 


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Education Creations's curator insight, May 12, 2014 12:00 AM

How to turn students into curators.

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We often ask our students to create annotated bibliographies, and this focuses on their capacity to evaluate and make decisions about the validity, reliability and relevance of sources they have found. using Scoop.it, we can ask them to do much the same thing, but they will publish their ideas for an audience, and will also be able to provide and use peer feedback to enhance and tighten up their thinking. This is relevant to any curriculum area. Of course it is dependent on schools being able to access any social media, but rather than thinking about what is impossible, perhaps we could start thinking about what is possible and lobbying for change.

Sample Student's curator insight, May 5, 10:18 PM

We often ask our students to create annotated bibliographies, and this focuses on their capacity to evaluate and make decisions about the validity, reliability and relevance of sources they have found. Using Scoop.it, we can ask them to do much the same thing. But they will publish their ideas for an audience, and will also be able to provide and use peer feedback to enhance and tighten up their thinking. This is relevant to any age, and any curriculum area. Of course it is dependent on schools being able to access social media. But rather than thinking about what is impossible, perhaps we should start thinking about what is possible, and lobbying for change. Could you use a Scoop.it collection as an assessment task?

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MOOCs and Pedagogy: Teacher-Centered, Student-Centered, and Hybrids

MOOCs and Pedagogy: Teacher-Centered, Student-Centered, and Hybrids | Emerging Technology in Education | Scoop.it
In writing about all of the hype surrounding MOOCs, I saw this photo entitled “University Classroom of the Future.” From instructional television in the 1950s through updated versions o...

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Gates to fund "gateway" MOOCs

Yesterday, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation announced the final recipients of grants for research and development specific to massive open online courses (MOOCs).
Of the $3 million total in grant...
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Social Media and Professors: 3 Promising Trends to Watch

Social Media and Professors: 3 Promising Trends to Watch | Emerging Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Social media’s reach has extended into the lives of professors and, finally, the classroom.
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11 Incredible eLearning Blogs To Be Thankful For

11 Incredible eLearning Blogs To Be Thankful For | Emerging Technology in Education | Scoop.it
We've highlighted eleven eLearning-related blogs that we're frequently thankful for (and believe you might feel the same way).

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Will MOOCs Break the Back of State Institutions? | Distance-Educator.com

Will MOOCs Break the Back of State Institutions? | Distance-Educator.com | Emerging Technology in Education | Scoop.it
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Uncertainty Abounds as MOOCs Move Toward Credit - Diverse: Issues in Higher Educatio

Uncertainty Abounds as MOOCs Move Toward Credit - Diverse: Issues in Higher Educatio | Emerging Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Diverse: Issues in Higher EducatioUncertainty Abounds as MOOCs Move Toward CreditDiverse: Issues in Higher EducatioThe question now is what the MOOCs will ultimately achieve. Will they simply expand access to good instruction (no small thing)?
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Social Media On Your Mind: The Neuroscience Behind The Hype

Social Media On Your Mind: The Neuroscience Behind The Hype | Emerging Technology in Education | Scoop.it

A lot is being written about the effects of social media on the brain, how it may be changing the neural circuitry, shortening attention spans and reducing deep thinking and creativity.


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A shakeup of higher education - The Boston Globe

A shakeup of higher education - The Boston Globe | Emerging Technology in Education | Scoop.it

We’re witnessing the end of higher education as we know it. This transformation is being brought on by “MOOCs” — massive open online courses being offered for little or no cost. Most significantly, MOOCs are causing higher education to shift from a vertically integrated model to a horizontally integrated one. For centuries, higher education has been a vertical enterprise: Its core functions — knowledge creation, teaching, testing, and credentialing — all have been housed within colleges and universities. MOOCs disrupt this model by decoupling teaching and learning from the campus on a mass scale.

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Sustainability and MOOCs in Historical Perspective ~ Stephen's Web

Sustainability and MOOCs in Historical Perspective ~ Stephen's Web | Emerging Technology in 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 (Top story: Sustainability and MOOCs in Historical Perspective ~ Stephen's Web
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Death of the Degree? Not So Fast - Inside Higher Ed

Death of the Degree? Not So Fast - Inside Higher Ed | Emerging Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Death of the Degree? Not So FastInside Higher EdOver the past year, the phenomenon known as massive open online courses (MOOCs) -- now being offered by elite universities like Stanford, Harvard, MIT and Berkeley -- have been featured in virtually...
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Excelsior College and Three California Community Colleges Offer Credit for Professor-less MOOC - Online College Courses

Excelsior College and Three California Community Colleges Offer Credit for Professor-less MOOC - Online College Courses | Emerging Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Excelsior College has partnered with San Diego City College, San Diego Miramar College, and Santa Rosa Junior College to offer credit for a professor-les (See who's recently partnered to bring credit to professor-less #MOOCs:
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