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Cell Phones and Daggers: Moocs, Disruption and Change

Cell Phones and Daggers: Moocs, Disruption and Change | Free Education | Scoop.it

Mulukan Ayalu, who may be the busiest man in Dalifagi (Paul Salopek, 2013) http://outofedenwalk.nationalgeographic.com/files/2013/01/Paul-Salopek-Oasis3-1024x683.jpg


Combine inexpensive mobile technology with the archived course content available right now, add translation software and satellite bandwidth and the possibility of reaching across the globe into the most remote spots on the planet becomes real.  


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David J MacFadyen's insight:

Just a hint in this link, but the imbedded link on a remote African town is mind blowing. MOOCs make lives better for those with the self-guided learning skills needed to learn independently.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 25, 2014 11:15 AM

How do you see the disruptive power of open education, moocs and mobile tech?

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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.

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

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European MOOCs Scoreboard | Open Education Europa

European MOOCs Scoreboard | Open Education Europa | Free Education | Scoop.it

The aim of this scoreboard is to highlight the huge potential that European institutions have in the world of MOOCs and to help visualize this potential by compiling the existing European-provided MOOCs and open courses available on different open websites.


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Impressive

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Terry Elliott's curator insight, November 11, 2013 9:44 PM

MOOCs gone wild--in Europe.

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Infographic: Why Aren't Students Completing MOOCs?

Infographic: Why Aren't Students Completing MOOCs? | Free Education | Scoop.it

MOOCs (free online courses that are open to anyone) are more popular than Justin Bieber right now, but why aren't students finishing the courses they signed up for?


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Good infographic.

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Elaine Watkins's curator insight, October 24, 2013 10:29 PM

I was one of the 36% of students who completed the Equine Nutrition course. I can tell you why I was able to... It was because there was excellent support from the lecturers, easy to access video lectures, no hard deadlines until the end of the course, meaning there was much more flexibility for people, like me, who work full time and can't always complete quizzes by 6pm each Monday for example. I could do it in my own time, as long as I stayed within the course duration and I found that some weeks I had much more time and could complete 2 weeks worth of readings & quizzes. 

In contrast, I just attempted to complete an Animal Behaviour course, but unfortunately due to hard deadlines each Monday, I was unable to complete quizzes on time and therefore could not achieve the marks necessary to pass, so I gave up halfway through. I have still completed readings and watched lectures, but with no result as the quizzes did not count after the weekly hard deadlines. Obviously many people had the same issue as me, because out of 24950, only

1428 people completed the course.

I believe course designers need to revisit their courses and ensure they are flexible enough for full time workers to do in their own time. 

Christine Aizpurua's curator insight, October 31, 2013 11:57 AM

Me ! 

Patricia Christian's curator insight, February 8, 2014 5:45 AM

An integral part of any online learning environment is the social synergy created via communication and discussion.  This is where deep reflection and learning take place.  Are students not feeling connected.  Are they collaborating and creating something new with the knowledge they have gained and sharing it with others?  Learning must me meaningful and applicable.

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The corridor of uncertainty: Shop window MOOCs

The corridor of uncertainty: Shop window MOOCs | Free Education | Scoop.it
Shop window MOOCs http://t.co/ViERuq4Rgn #OER #lifelonglearning

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Venture Capitalists love large numbers.  MOOCs don't need to dominate all education to serve lots of people willing to pay nominal amounts for valuable educational services

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What’s Up with MOOCs? 20 Burning Questions Answered

What’s Up with MOOCs? 20 Burning Questions Answered | Free Education | Scoop.it
Confused about what all this MOOC talk is all about? Not sure what it means for eLearning? Here are answers to 20 questions that might help clear things up.
David J MacFadyen's insight:

These questions and answers are a fascinating overview of MOOCs.  It is surprising that the person providing the answers has never taken a MOOC.  His crisp, insightful answers are some that I'll put away to answer the same or similar questions.  When asked, I tend to rant on.  But, as a devoted taker of MOOCs I perhaps am a little more excited.

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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

 

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MOOC: Changing Paradigms of Education | StudentLive

MOOC: Changing Paradigms of Education | StudentLive | Free Education | Scoop.it
When I first heard of MOOC’s or Massive Online Open Courses, I severely underestimated their potential and credibility. Now, being a few MOOCs old, I have an entirely different story to narrate.

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Some of us were initially impressed, and many, many MOOCs later, even more impressed.

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Top Free Classes's curator insight, January 12, 2014 3:20 AM

If you want to push your limits while expanding your horizons, online education is the answer. It helps equip you with the skills and tools required to thrive in an ever-demanding industry. Indeed, what Bill Gates said resonates perfectly with what we’re witnessing today. The web has truly proved to better than any single university. So, if you haven’t already, it’s time you stepped into this dynamic world of online education. It could take as little as a devoted ten hours a week to steer your life in a new direction.

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Summarizing All MOOCs in One Slide: Market, Open and Dewey

Summarizing All MOOCs in One Slide: Market, Open and Dewey | Free Education | Scoop.it
Last week, I proposed a 2x2 framework summarizing the field of education technology, which asked two questions 1) Are you trying to make a billion dollars? And 2) Do you believe education can be delivered?

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Gives an interesting perspective to different platforms and different MOOCs

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In U.S., Online Education Rated Best for Value and Options | Lydia Saad, Brandon Busteed, Mitchell Ogisi - Gallup Poll

In U.S., Online Education Rated Best for Value and Options | Lydia Saad, Brandon Busteed, Mitchell Ogisi - Gallup Poll | Free Education | Scoop.it

Bottom Line: Online courses and degrees offer immense potential for increasing college access, decreasing the cost of education, and providing expanded options for learning. Still, overcoming the public's views on technology could be difficult. For instance, despite lots of media and industry buzz about the personalized nature of online instruction, Americans still view traditional, classroom-based education as better tailored to each individual.


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Amazing results (pro-MOOC) for the age of the MOOC movement and for the minimally evolved state of MOOCs

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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, October 16, 2013 4:03 AM

Although this poll does not explicitly mention MOOCs and addresses online education in general, it has MOOC written all over it. With the large public attention MOOCs have drawn over the past year, with articles in the New York Times and Time Magazine, with senators and the president paying attention to them, it is inevitable that the public image of online education is at least tainted by MOOCs.

 

And what does the public think? They are cautious, see opportunities and value for money, but still mainly put their faith in the publicly funded educational system if it comes to the value of a degree and the quality of teaching and testing. Gallup concludes that "… if leaders in the field [of online education] want online learning to have equal status with campus-based programs, they need to do more to demonstrate high standards for instruction, testing, and grading. 

 

This suggests we should want online education to replace campus-based education. I am not so sure we should want this. I find another finding from the poll more interesting. People don't think online learning can be tailored to fit the needs of the individual learner (a difference of 18 percent points between those who do and those who don't think so, see picture). Perhaps this goes for xMOOCs, but cMOOCs and other forms of networked learning are designed to put the learner in the driver's seat. So also in this respect, online learning has a lot of convincing to do, and the current debate about xMOOCs isn't helping, I'm afraid. @pbsloep

 

Note: thanks are due to Peter Waterhouse, who brought this poll to my attention via the Association for Learning Technology's Members discussion list.

Darryl Poole's curator insight, October 20, 2013 9:50 PM

Would your conclusion from the data be the same as the above?

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Infographic: How will the MOOCs make money? | PandoDaily

Infographic: How will the MOOCs make money? | PandoDaily | Free Education | Scoop.it

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