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Should adult learning embrace the MOOC?

Should adult learning embrace the MOOC? | Free Education | Scoop.it
At the end of last year NIACE held their Learning at the Digital Frontier conference which included a debate on whether adult education should embrace the MOOC culture.

Via Ramón Talavera Franco
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Make the most of the MOOCs phenomenon and use the energy and enthusiasm out there to bring about positive social change.

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Ramón Talavera Franco's curator insight, March 20, 2014 9:56 AM

I myself need to learn math and I'm sure that a MOOC could help me. the question is... how can I match the "I need to" with the "I want to"

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Coursera Offers the Equivalent of a MOOC Major: Specialization Certificates

Coursera Offers the Equivalent of a MOOC Major: Specialization Certificates | Free Education | Scoop.it

Online learning is becoming more like offline learning, with the well-funded education startup Coursera announcing today a program that will award certificates from leading universities to students who complete a selection of courses on a certain topic and a culminating project.

 

This is a bit more lightweight than a full college major, as Coursera’s initial “specializations” will require as few as three courses. However, some are more involved, like a nine-course Johns Hopkins certificate in analyzing data sets or an eight-course Commonwealth Education Trust certificate on effective teaching.


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David J MacFadyen's insight:

Interesting move.  Can they be more closely tied to jobs and even careers?

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MOOC Learners: Who They Are, What Motivates Them

MOOC Learners: Who They Are, What Motivates Them | Free Education | Scoop.it
Lately, I've noticed that much of the discussion around massive open online courses (MOOCs) has focused almost exclusively on one point: Completion rates, or those students who achieve a certificate in a particular course. While this data point, borr...

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Paying for the completion certificate increases completion rates from 50% to 60%.  That is a 20% increase,  Is there something fundamentally different about the learners?  Do those that pay have an intent to use the certificate in a different way?  Or. are they just more affluent?

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Ramón Talavera Franco's curator insight, March 13, 2014 8:44 AM

I'm totally agree with Dr. Agarwal. Completion rates can't define MOOCs success. The diversity of students ages 8 to 95 who register in a course is just one important example that must be considered when analyzing the success or not of this new educational approach.

I invite you to check my blog to read my own experience using MOOCs  http://moocstream.blogspot.com