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Traditional Learning vs Competency-Based Learning Infographic | e-Learning Infographics

Traditional Learning vs Competency-Based Learning Infographic | e-Learning Infographics | Free Education | Scoop.it
The Competency-Based Learning Infographic shows you the pros and cons of Traditional College Learning vs Competency-Based Learning.
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Devil is in the details.  As more and more employers gain confidence in competency based learning, traditional degrees will continue to be devalued.  Employers will increasingly accept indicators of competency and often will even favor them over degrees requiring uncertain accomplishments.

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Are Universities Going the Way of Record Labels?

Are Universities Going the Way of Record Labels? | Free Education | Scoop.it
If you spent the 1990s plucking songs from a stack of cassettes to make the perfect mixtape, you probably welcomed innovations of the next decade that served your favorite albums up as individual songs, often for free. The internet’s power to...
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This last decade of the music industry presages the coming decade of education. Choice is expanding at every level, from pre-k to graduate school.

Students are the big winners here. Decreased cost of content combined with increased competition among professors, and lower average ROI for universities per professor, will lead to lower tuition costs and greater choice.

Second tier institutions that cannot invest in talent or great content will find it harder to cover operating costs given downward pressure on tuition pricing. Those without endowments must change dramatically or go out of business.

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Making E-learning Courses More Tablet-friendly Infographic

Making E-learning Courses More Tablet-friendly Infographic | Free Education | Scoop.it
The Making E-learning Courses More Tablet-friendly Infographic presents tips that can help you make your online courses compatible with the emerging devices.
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It had to happen.  Thanks for the helpful framework.

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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.  


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

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Will a degree made up of Moocs ever be worth the paper it's written on?

Will a degree made up of Moocs ever be worth the paper it's written on? | Free Education | Scoop.it
The University of the People can now hand out degrees to its online students – but will employers take them seriously? (Will a degree made up of Moocs ever be worth the paper it's written on?
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It will depend on whether the information about skills gained are presented in a way that prospective employers can understand the fit to job requirements.  It can't possibly be less valuable than the degrees degrees now granted by for-profit, on-line universities.  The MOOC, and UoP mission is to educate you.  The mission of the for-profits (and most other private universities) is to get as much of your money as possible.

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One semester in, students satisfied with unfinished Georgia Tech online degree program @insidehighered

One semester in, students satisfied with unfinished Georgia Tech online degree program @insidehighered | Free Education | Scoop.it
GTech making the MOOC work for the MSCS. Market not profs will decide what is best done F2F & what can be MOOCed. http://t.co/Qf72hiuvNM
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A rapidly evolving educational experience.  Hooray for any success for the nascent effort. 

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MOOC Supply and Demand in Europe | Visual.ly | ...

MOOC Supply and Demand in Europe | Visual.ly | ... | Free Education | Scoop.it
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have opened new doors for free online learning that lends itself well to ICT-related subjects.
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Student preference for MOOC education in the top skills employers are seeking is the message.  Employers and students will increasingly move away from colleges and universities for career learning.   Perhaps a similar infographic for the US would be much like the situation in EU.  Except the US has about a year longer MOOC history funding and evolution.  Watch the blinding shift from degrees to skills and experience as employer preference.

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When the MOOC hits your eye like a big pizza pie

When the MOOC hits your eye like a big pizza pie | Free Education | Scoop.it
I love Massive Open Online Courses. For a number of weeks you can learn from some of the best teachers in the world. I commissioned this free PDF, Studying a MOOC: a Guide, because there wasn't muc...
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Detailed, 100 page .pdf MOOC stucy guide.  While quite extensive, it contains much information, and only select parts will be of interest to an individual MOOC student.  It is very well done but necessarily lacks specifics.  For instance, it rather blithely advises you to choose a MOOC of interest, but doesn't suggest how.  www.MOOCtracks.com is one of the better MOOC directories available and includes more than 15,000 courses.  Professor Neil Morris and James Lambe of the University of Leeds have made a major contribution.

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The $4,000 bachelor’s degree

The $4,000 bachelor’s degree | Free Education | Scoop.it
How a digital university eliminated tuition.
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The college degree will fade in importance.  Until it does, such low-cost, MOOC assisted, degree granting schools will proliferate.  When employers focus on job seekers with needed skills (versus degree holders that still need substantial training) the shift to concepts such as Open Badges will accelerate.  In the meantime, many ways for students to avoid life-long-debt will emerge.

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Three Kinds of MOOCs « Lisa's (Online) Teaching & History Blog

Three Kinds of MOOCs « Lisa's (Online) Teaching & History Blog | Free Education | Scoop.it
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Thanks for a very thoughtful framework.  We need a nuts-snd-bolts discussion of what this means to students, employers, all other users of MOOCs.  Well thought through discussion of three types of MOOC.

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Are MOOCs Bad For B-schools?

Are MOOCs Bad For B-schools? | Free Education | Scoop.it
The MOOC revolution is upon us. Top B-schools such as Wharton, MIT, and Duke are offering classes online for free or deeply discounted rates. But are they cannibalizing their own potential MBA candidates in the process?
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A good analysis of the Wharton report on their experience with MBA-courses delivered by MOOC.  None of the discussion looks at the obvious, which was evidenced in Georgia Tech's IT Masters Degree.  You really don't have to charge much from each of 100,000 students to match the revenue from 200 on-campus students paying $45,000.  In fact, that comes to $90 compared to $45,000.  And it is less expensive to deliver the MOOC to 100,000 than to provide for 200 on-campus students.  Perceived economic advantage has always been the greatest driver of the adoption of innovation. Could you ask for a greater advantage than 500-to-1?  Will MOOCs from the top 10 or 15 MBA programs capture all aspiring MBA students?  Probably not, but they will get enough to make their efforts more than worthwhile even if they charge more than $90 for an entire MBA curriculum. 

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How Competency-Based Education is Changing Mainstream Learning Infographic

How Competency-Based Education is Changing Mainstream Learning Infographic | Free Education | Scoop.it
The How Competency-Based Education is Changing Mainstream Learning Infographic presents what competency-based education is, what competence based experience looks like, as well as the benefits of competency-based education learning.
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The challenge is to assure employers of competencies gained.  This is evolving quickly and more and more employers will adopt measures other than college-granted certification and degrees.  Jobs will increasingly be described with needed competencies (skills) which will make career preparation and advancement increasingly visible to the workforce.

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140 Massive Open Online Courses Getting Started in June: Enroll in a MOOC Today

140 Massive Open Online Courses Getting Started in June: Enroll in a MOOC Today | Free Education | Scoop.it
Have some downtime this summer? Would your time be well spent taking a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)? Then you'll want to look through the slew of summer MOOCs getting started this June.
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Here is a resource for free ebooks, courses, talks, and more.  Our problem is that there is so very much learning to consume that the choices are bewildering.  I've clearly learned more in the past two years of MOOCs than in almost 10 years of engineering and business college.  Try as I have, I haven't scratched the surface.  What is really needed is a way to chart a path and to understand in advance which MOOCs (or portions of MOOCs) will be most personally rewarding.

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The corridor of uncertainty: Accentuating the MOOC positives

The corridor of uncertainty: Accentuating the MOOC positives | Free Education | Scoop.it

upliftAfter so much MOOC criticism focusing on the low completion rates (a subject I've written on many times) it was refreshing to read a more positive angle from a teacher. Guy M Rogers (Professor of Classics and History at ...

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uplifting report of a professor that taught, successfully, more students than he had taught in the prior 10 years.  And, he judged the students to be successful.

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5 Things People Want from Higher Education Infographic

5 Things People Want from Higher Education Infographic | Free Education | Scoop.it
5 Things People Want from Higher Education According to a national survey conducted for North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, although the majority of Americans think higher education is critical to success, 83% believe the country’s current system must...
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It's mostly about jobs and career.

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3 Key Concepts To Understand Learning in the Digital Age Infographic

3 Key Concepts To Understand Learning in the Digital Age Infographic | Free Education | Scoop.it
3 Key Concepts To Understand Learning in the Digital Age
Learning is evolving—in large part due to the Internet. There are three particular forces that affect the way we all learn online.
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  1. Heutagogy
  2. Peeragogy or Paragogy, and
  3. Cybergogy
Are words that I don't know, but are defined in this link.  The truly exciting information is in the embedded link, a truly hopeful story of a remote African village. 
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8 Things You Should Know About MOOCs - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

8 Things You Should Know About MOOCs - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Free Education | Scoop.it
76% of #MOOC participants are male. In college classrooms, 57% of students are female. http://t.co/rPSznSohTl http://t.co/nqfOgxs9wl
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interesting statistics.  Takeaway is that people that take lots of MOOCs are more engaged.  Dah!

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After weeks of rumors, universities unveil the digital education consortium Unizin @insidehighered

After weeks of rumors, universities unveil the digital education consortium Unizin @insidehighered | Free Education | Scoop.it
After weeks of rumors, universities unveil the digital education consortium #Unizin @insidehighered http://t.co/bxw1mQUJkE #mooc
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Buggy whip providers form consortium to advise horseless carriage manufacturers.

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Infographie : "MOOC supply and demand for web ...

Infographie :  "MOOC supply and demand for web ... | Free Education | Scoop.it
uTOP Inria's insight: (Open Education Europa, 10/06/2014) (Infographie : "MOOC supply and demand for web skills in Europe" http://t.co/EdGnEQZg77 via @scoopit)...
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The top 6 skills employers are seeking are: Web and app design, Domain-specific skills, Programming languages, Android, and iOS.  These are fastballs that MOOCs can hit out of the park.  Professionals consider MOOCs as the best way to prepare these skills, with on-the-job training close behind.  Only 15% of professionals consider Higher education to be the best way to prepare.  This European finding is telling for the future role of Higher education in career preparation.  This is the fundamental way that MOOCs will disrupt Higher education.  To the extent that Higher education is sought for employment and career purposes – and that is certainly a driver – students would be well advised to look elsewhere.  And, when a lifetime of debt is compared to the low-cost alternatives most students will make the obvious choice.  The debate within academia will wither along with the institutions.  It is just a matter of time and it will be a very short time.

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Kiss - MOOC Magazine!

Kiss - MOOC Magazine! | Free Education | Scoop.it
Movies show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it. - Andy Warhol.
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WOW! To get the drift that MOOCs aren't all STEM, take a look at the first issue of MOOC Magazine.  MOOC Magazine is here! The journal of MOOC generated arts projects around the globe. MOOC Magazine premieres June 2014 with the Warhol MOOC issue.  It is amazing.

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How MOOCs beat campuses in GPAs & diversity (in 3 graphs)

How MOOCs beat campuses in GPAs & diversity (in 3 graphs) | Free Education | Scoop.it
Some good news for massively open online business courses: student GPAs are slightly higher than in face-to-face classes at Georgia Tech (3.61 vs. 3.58) and 3x more likely to reach students in deve...
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Unquestionably good news for many who lack access -- for a multitude of reasons -- to the on-campus experience.  As an insightful person pointed out, our educational system from Kindergarten, directs our learning and provides all sorts of external motivation.  Initially MOOC-educated will have incredible self-discipline and self-motivation.  Over time, mechanisms will evolve to provide them with the guidance, and later with the motivation needed.  The sequences of courses appearing under the rubric of 'certificate sequences' are the start of help in directing studies.  Some of the motivation will come from the growing acceptance of MOOC recognition by employers.  As with everything MOOC, the evolution will be rapid.

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How To Display Your Open Badges on Your LinkedIn Profile

Until we have flawless integration methods for displaying your Open Badges on your various social media and networking profiles, we will try our best to share with you any “long-cuts” to getting your...
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An important element, not normally followed on this curation, is the use of MOOCs in career-related matters.  It is useful to keep your resume, and any accessible profiles updated with your latest skill additions.  Here is a step-by-step guide to automatically update your Linkedin profile whenever a badge is added to Mozilla Open Badges.

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Unbundle This! Why MOOCs 2.0 Are the True Disruption in Higher Education | RealClearEducation

Unbundle This! Why MOOCs 2.0 Are the True Disruption in Higher Education | RealClearEducation | Free Education | Scoop.it
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I'm increasingly convinced that any discussion framed by traditional higher-education is simply short-sighted.  My formal education has been in science, engineering, and business. Clearly Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math ("STEM") can be better served by MOOCs.  Additionally, employment and careers, are so highly technical that standard engineering degrees are mostly inapplicable to specific jobs and the employer has to train in the specifics.  MOOCs will be the new training grounds of choice for employers and the preponderance of time spent learning will be directly relevant to career needs.  Just as unbundling CDs into single songs proved more exciting than selling entire CD content via streaming media, MOOCs are the unbundling of higher education and the degree may well go the way of the CD. 

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MOOCs Won’t Replace Business Schools — They’ll Diversify Them

MOOCs Won’t Replace Business Schools — They’ll Diversify Them | Free Education | Scoop.it
New data from Wharton suggests MOOCs are helping business schools reach new audiences.
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This is an interesting examination of Wharton's experience with business school and MBA-type MOOCs.  Perhaps the experience of the elite MBA (which would certainly include Wharton's) programs will be far different than the hundreds of second-, third-, and worse-rated business offerings.  MOOCs may well swell the interest in the elites' MBAs while decimating the rest by offering opportunities less than Wharton, but better than most.

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Me and My MOOC Habit

Me and My MOOC Habit | Free Education | Scoop.it
These last few weeks, I have been doing some more MOOCs - Massive Open On-line Courses. They are - by and large - free of charge. This seems part of a spirit of openness and generosity of sharing i...
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One person's view of MOOCs, with which I largely agree.  Her focus and assertion that they are mostly science and technology is woefully wrong.  Searching www.MOOCtracks.com reveals subjects from the Classics to leading edge political, educational, art, theater, or virtually any other non-scientific subject matter.  More than 15,ooo eLearning opportunities can be found with a simple search of MOOCtracks.

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Why Clayton Christensen Is Wrong (And Michael Porter Is Right)

Why Clayton Christensen Is Wrong (And Michael Porter Is Right) | Free Education | Scoop.it
Harvard’s Clay Christensen is a masterful, spell-binding teacher and one of the world’s great thought leaders
A polite squabble has broken out at Harvard Business School over its strategy for online education.
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This, supplemental to the earlier New York Times article is a fascinating MOOC debate.  The simple fact that in two short years it is a critical business model discussion at Harvard Business School, which has billions of dollars, is very telling.  No one needs to worry about HBS since it's entrepreneurial faculty fully understands 'pivot.'  If their first attempt isn't optimal, they will just pivot to one that may be.  In the terms of Venture Capital-backed start-ups, it is only important how many pivots can they afford to find the right model.  $3 Billion will finance lots of pivots.  With the ability to raise billions more, they have plenty of time to come to the business model best for HBS continued success.

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