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Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken

Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken | dark side of the MOOC - language education | 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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the Shirky / Bady wrap up!

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Report from Online and open access learning in higher education: MOOCs, new pedagogies and business models, Senate House, 5 Feb 2013 - MEDEV, School of Medical Sciences Education Development

Report from Online and open access learning in higher education: MOOCs, new pedagogies and business models, Senate House, 5 Feb 2013 - MEDEV, School of Medical Sciences Education Development | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
MEDEV - Working with our host the school of Medical Sciences Education Development to promote engagement and enhance the student learning experience
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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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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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On #LearnersRights: Utilitarian Models, Implementation, and Egalitarian Access

On #LearnersRights: Utilitarian Models, Implementation, and Egalitarian Access | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
This week I asked my students to read, analyze, and share their perspective on the Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in the Digital Age.  I had this discussion across three classes of adva...

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This week I asked my students to read, analyze, and share their perspective on the Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in the Digital Age.  I had this discussion across three classes of advanced composition that emphasize rhetoric and argumentation.  As a result of our class themes, my students’ analysis tended to zero in on the structure of argumentation in the document as well as its content.  Three major trends emerged in my students’ discussion of this document and its potential. First, students were excited about what they felt was the idea of open access and more egalitarian access to education across socioeconomic lines.  Second, they wanted to know what the Bill of Rights was for, who it would benefit, and whether or not they would ever see any concrete benefits from its implementation.  And finally, perhaps most dishearteningly, there was a strain of criticism against the Bill of Rights that focused on how implementation of some of the principles in the document might require them to engage in courses and learning activities that were a “waste of time” and not related to their future careers or earning potential.  I’ll expand and explore these threads below, in reverse order, pulling from my students’ discussions and trying to think through some of these issues.

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Totally Addictive Education: The Future of Learning - Forbes

Totally Addictive Education: The Future of Learning - Forbes | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
Today, most educational systems are designed to work from the microscopic to the macroscopic. Students learn facts and figures and tiny fractions of knowledge long before anyone really puts things into a larger context.

 

We are entering an era of customization. With digitally-delivered education, every student can learn however they want, whenever they want. Or, at least, that’s the promise.

 

The reality is still too one-sided. If you’re a microscopic learner, well the Khan Academy has a bevy of videos for you. So do plenty of other outfits. We’ve got lots of ways to get you knowledge. But if you’re a macroscopic learner?

 

Hmmm. On a certain level, the internet is your general playground. It’s got context all over the place. But what I haven’t yet seen is a specific online macroscopic-to-microscopic learning platform. There’s a huge gap in the market waiting to be exploited.


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Advanced Power Searching with Google -- Registration Opens Today - Inside Search

Advanced Power Searching with Google -- Registration Opens Today - Inside Search | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
Inside Search (RT @betchaboy: Become a Google Power Searcher! http://t.co/j3peoOqw Building on the previous MOOC from Dan Russell)
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uebersuchmachine-ja bitte

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RPubs - Normal Distribution in Corpus Linguistics?

Normal Distribution in Corpus Linguistics? http://t.co/T7ExNNSf
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how normal are 'we'? the acid test!

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How to design breakthrough inventions

How to design breakthrough inventions | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
Global firm IDEO incorporates human behavior into product design -- an innovative approach being taught at Stanford. Charlie Rose profiles the company's founder, David Kelley.
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design thinking = education + empathetic problem observation + collaboration

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A Crowdsourced Essay on MOOCs and Higher Education Pedagogies | alex chaucer

A Crowdsourced Essay on MOOCs and Higher Education Pedagogies | alex chaucer | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
Crowdsourset essay om #mooc og ped i høyere utdanning, skapt mandag kveld http://t.co/PWKjMYd0 35 bidragsyt da jeg var inne
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new production process or new genre?

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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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How the internet is changing English

How the internet is changing English | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it

Unesco estimates that half of the world's 6,000 languages will have disappeared by the end of the century - but new research shows that social media and text messaging in particular are promoting and supporting language diversity.

 

Texting is now conducted by speakers of around 5,000 languages.

"Text messaging is the most linguistically diverse form of written communication that has ever existed," says Munroe.

"It's also become the first form of written communication of many of the world's languages," he says.

 

"Most have only ever been spoken. But the technology and economics of text messages and the proliferation of cells phones means it's the most economic option of communication."

 


Via Nik Peachey
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all tools can be used for good or evil - great to see evidence of new technologies helping to maintain and revitalise language diversity around the world

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With 5M Downloads To Date, MindSnacks Brings Its Addictive Educational Games To The iPad | TechCrunch

With 5M Downloads To Date, MindSnacks Brings Its Addictive Educational Games To The iPad | TechCrunch | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
Back in August, MindSnacks, the DreamIt Ventures accelerator grad and makers of language learning games for the iPhone, raised $6.5 million from Sequoia.
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The reflective institution: Assuring and enhancing the quality of teaching and learning - Springer

The reflective institution: Assuring and enhancing the quality of teaching and learning - Springer | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it

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Three definitions of ``quality'' have entered the qualityassurance (QA) debate: quality as value for money, quality as fitfor the purpose of the institution, quality as transforming. The firstis pivotal forretrospective QA, which sees QA in terms ofaccountability, and conforming to externally imposed standards. The lasttwo are pivotal for prospective QA, which sees QA asmaintaining and enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in theinstitution. In this paper, the reflective practitioner is taken as themodel for prospective QA. Three stages are involved in institutionalreflective practice: articulating an espoused theory of teaching, thequality model (QM); continually improving on current practicethrough quality enhancement (QE), in which staff development should playan important role; and making quality feasible (QF), by removingimpediments to good teaching, which often arise through distortedpriorities in institutional policy and procedures. These three stages,QM, QE, and QF, are essential ingredients in prospective QA.


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Dr Vangelis Tsiligiris's curator insight, February 7, 2013 4:11 AM

interested about quality? Read this now

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Times Higher Education - Two decades to take out the 'trash', Mooc-style

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Yale takes time to reflect, evaluate before jumping into MOOCs | Inside Higher Ed

Yale takes time to reflect, evaluate before jumping into MOOCs | Inside Higher Ed | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it

News of universities partnering with massive open online course providers has become commonplace, which is why Yale University stands out for what it’s not doing: rushing.


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Mooc - L&T conference 2013

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Personal experiences from MOOCs andtheir potential for increasing diversity, social inclusion & learner engage
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Why A Badge Is Better Than an A+ - Getting Smart by Alison Anderson - badges, EdTech, Innovation

Why A Badge Is Better Than an A+ - Getting Smart by Alison Anderson - badges, EdTech, Innovation | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
We are not totally gamifying our classrooms or currently using Edmodo, so this year I was not really considering the possibility of awarding my students digital badges.

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Three Ways Game-Based Learning can be a Helpful Tool | ASCD Inservice

Three Ways Game-Based Learning can be a Helpful Tool | ASCD Inservice | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
Three Ways Game-Based Learning can be a Helpful Tool - http://t.co/WP7uXtLh #edtech
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and for language learning !

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The MOOC movement is not an indicator of educational evolution - O'Reilly Radar

The MOOC movement is not an indicator of educational evolution - O'Reilly Radar | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
Somehow, recently, a lot of people have taken an interest in the broadcast of canned educational materials, and this practice — under a term that proponents and detractors have...
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the power is in DIY and peer to peer, not canned infotainment

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10 Text Mining Ideas — CIO Dashboard

10 Text Mining Ideas — CIO Dashboard | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
Text mining can be pretty daunting for a CIO. Here are 10 simple ideas to get you started. (10 Text Mining Ideas http://t.co/sxJ6h3m9
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seeing patterns through simple keyword research - always a good start in sociological text analysis !

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Mobile Technologies and Empowerment: Enhancing human development through participation and innovation | E-governance and Access to Information

Mobile Technologies and Empowerment: Enhancing human development through participation and innovation | E-governance and Access to Information | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
Mobile Technologies and Empowerment: Enhancing human development through participation and innovation http://t.co/4Jud1jQ2
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on the way to universal literacy

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Millions of Lessons Learned on Electronic Napkins

Talk on the 29th Chaos Communication Congress on massive open online courses, free education, and freeing education. For all videos by Jörn Loviscach, see: h...

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The Tower of Babel: MOOCs, Online Learning, and Language…

The Tower of Babel: MOOCs, Online Learning, and Language… | dark side of the MOOC - language education | Scoop.it
Machine translation may soon, under certain conditions, make concerns about the role of language in online learning and MOOCs obsolete (e.g., Google’s ‘Babel fish’ heralds future of translation).

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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at least one other person sharing my main concerns and interests - I keep searching, and following :)

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