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Other MOOCs: Massive Open Online Courses

Check out http://moocs.co! Directory of Other Massive Open Online Course Providers
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Stop me if you think you've heard this one before - The Ed Techie

Stop me if you think you've heard this one before - The Ed Techie | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
No doubt most of you will have read the (unintentionally hilarious) interview with Udacity founder and the media's poster child for MOOCs, Sebastian Thrun. If you haven't the short version (minus the ego fanning and competitive cycling) is...
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Why We Shouldn't Celebrate Udacity's "Pivot"

Why We Shouldn't Celebrate Udacity's "Pivot" | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
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Before there were MOOCs--there were MOOCs

If you haven't been following open and online education closely, you may be under the impression that MOOCs began with Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig's Artificial Intelligence course in Fall 2011...

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Science and Technology.: Can you MOOC?

Science and Technology.: Can you MOOC? | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
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Despite courtship Amherst decides to shy away from star MOOC provider | Inside Higher Ed

Despite courtship Amherst decides to shy away from star MOOC provider | Inside Higher Ed | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
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very interesting - dialogue being put first in education... what a concept!

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Open Thread Wednesday: Have You Taken a MOOC? - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Open Thread Wednesday: Have You Taken a MOOC? - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
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more debate... diverse comments

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Learning with 'e's: Who's afraid of the big bad MOOC?

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go Steve! sensible words

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Essay on how MOOCs raise questions about the definition of student | Inside Higher Ed

Essay on how MOOCs raise questions about the definition of student | Inside Higher Ed | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
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The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education

The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
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For simultaneously scaring and wooing brick-and-mortar universities into the future by helping get their courses online, at no cost to students.

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RTO - the business of training: EDCMOOC postnote: The RealValue of mooc's

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MooC ITyPA | Internet : Tout Y est Pour Apprendre

MooC ITyPA | Internet : Tout Y est Pour Apprendre | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
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first french mooc apparently

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Times Higher Education - Will Moocs fail to give students help they need?

Times Higher Education - Will Moocs fail to give students help they need? | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
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elearnspace › The Failure of Udacity

Well, there it is folks. After two years of hype, breathless proclamations about how Udacity will transform higher education, Silicon Valley blindness to existing learning research, and numerous articles/interviews featuring Sebastian Thrun, Udacity has failed.

No one did more of a disservice to MOOCs than Thrun through his wild proclamations (“we have found the magic combination for online learning” and “in the future there will only be 10 universities”, digital learning manifestos, and so on) and self-aggrandizing. No one will do more damage to MOOCs as a concept than Thrun now that he realizes how unfounded his statements actually were.


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Gabi Witthaus's curator insight, November 18, 2013 7:56 AM

Thank you, George Siemens, for pointing out that Udacity's failure does not necessarily augur the failure of MOOCs in general.

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Briefly Noted (reactions to Sebastian Thrun's Fast Company hagiography)

Briefly Noted (reactions to Sebastian Thrun's Fast Company hagiography) | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
Who is troubled by this week's Sebastian Thrun hagiography ('Udacity's Sebastian Thrun, Godfather Of Free Online Education, Changes Course') in Fast Company, as well as this announcement ('Launchin...
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Sebastian Thrun: MOOCs Not Effective for Undergraduate Education After All...

Sebastian Thrun: MOOCs Not Effective for Undergraduate Education After All... | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
"I'd aspired to give people a profound education--to teach them something substantial," Professor Sebastian Thrun tells me when I visit his company, Udacity, in its Mountain View, California, headq...
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Launching event

Launching event | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
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resources relevant to multilingualism & the land of mooc

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Grading the MOOC University

Grading the MOOC University | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
Take away the dorm rooms, the classroom banter, the brown-nosing, the keg parties and the tuition, and is it still college?
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ah, time to write that paper.... peer review, how to do... and the irony of commentary about how you can't learn online by people who are engaging in online learning...

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mysteries of the (spider) web queen

mysteries of the (spider) web queen | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
A LANGUAGE TEACHER'S TALE...
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Connectivist Learning: How new technologies are promoting autonomy...

In this presentation I discuss the topic of autonomy as it relates to connectivism. I begin by making a case for autonomy, and then apply the four-factor model
Emily Purser's insight:

love this one - edupunk rules ok - let it be... multimodal, multilingual, free

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The Ed Techie: Disrupting disruption

The Ed Techie: Disrupting disruption | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
David Kernohan likes to joke that he has a disruption klaxon that sounds whenever that over-used term is deployed. It must have sounded like a nuclear attack warning when reading this educause piece (which he pointed me at, and which...
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a voice of reason

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Futurelearn MOOC Mentor - Futurelearn

Futurelearn MOOC Mentor - Futurelearn | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
A vision of a future possibility for Futurelearn. The story of Martha, who is looking at the possibility of training to be a MOOC Mentor.
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well that didn't take long... what next? 

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5 Useful iPad Apps For ESL Students - Edudemic

5 Useful iPad Apps For ESL Students - Edudemic | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
What are some of the best iPad apps for ESL students? There's a ton out there but here are my personal favorites!

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Kate Thompson's curator insight, June 11, 2013 2:06 AM

Students with ESL (English as a Second Language), studying a second language can be difficult and with this helpful tool educators can use these applications to assist their students to understand English as a language. These iPad apps have been developed specifically for ESL students through technology, however they can assist other students with their understanding of English grammar and vocabulary.  

 

WordBook XL - English Dictionary & Thesaurus for iPad resource also includes audio cues that will assist student with ESL and pronunciation.

 

Sentence Builder for iPad - particularly useful for early primary students this application assists in understanding and challenging grammar and vocabulary. It supports ESL students with videos and images.

 

Intro to Letters - also helpful for early primary students, it involves effective methods of learning the English alphabet including what each means, their purpose through puzzles and flashcards. Tracing the letters has also been included in this application and allows students to correctly form each letter.

 

Hello-Hello English - this application benefits students who need assistance speaking English. It also encourages students to construct sentences that work succinctly.

 

Berlitz My English Coach for iPad - assists students to use this application to increase their understanding about English through phrases, question and answer activities, practice conversations.

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5 Reasons Why MOOCs Provide Little Real Value | WPLMS

5 Reasons Why MOOCs Provide Little Real Value | WPLMS | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
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The Internet will not ruin college

The Internet will not ruin college | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
As cheap online educational options spread like wildfire, critics are sounding the alarm. They're too late VIDEO
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