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Analyzing MOOCs - A SWOT Analysis | Andrew Spinner

"One of my many roles at @Understoodit includes conducting onging analysis and research of education technology tools and trends.  One of the most interesting and heavily discussed areas relates to what is known as Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOC for short.  MOOCs are like your typical university style class – a professor, students, homework, and exams.  However, these courses are open to anyone, anywhere in the world, and the majority of them are completely FREE." 

via http://www.scoop.it/t/easy-mooc


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and the threats and opportunities of the implications for the potentially largest 'market' of all in this new medium - the students outside the anglosphere...

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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, February 7, 2013 3:37 AM

And then Andrew continues his story with an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses MOOCs are characterised by, the opportunities they offer and the threats they face (yes, a SWOT analysis). It is a useful analysis, not because if offers much that MOOC watchers wouldn't know yet, but because it puts these arguments in a neatly organised row. He makes a big thing out of the fact that MOOCs are free and that they are offered by 'extremely reputable schools and professors'.

 

However, I find it curious that under threats or opportunites the effect MOOCs may have on the way higher education is going to be organised, in the first instance in the US but later on also elsewhere, is not mentioned at all. And yet, if MOOCs are going to be disruptive it is in this department. If this is an opportunity or threat I leave to you to decide. (@pbsloep)

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A Language Learning MOOC #EFL #ESL « A Point of Contact

A Language Learning MOOC #EFL #ESL « A Point of Contact | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it

Some very interestng thoughts on how a MOOC could be used for EFL.


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MOOCs can set an online example in educating women

MOOCs can set an online example in educating women | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
There's a large implication to MOOCs that U.S. universities so far have missed: the ability to export gender equality and powerful female role models to the rest of the world.

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