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More educational disruption: ’synchronous massi...

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More educational disruption: ’synchronous massive online course’ « Online Learning Update on New Learning - Ny læring curated by Ove Christensen (#skolechat #mooc #smoc More educational disruption: ’synchronous massive online course’ «...
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A variation on a theme. And, we'll see lots more as traditional instutions try to hang on to some revenue while taking advantage of advanced teaching technologies.

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Resources & Expectations For Creating A Smarter MOOC

Resources & Expectations For Creating A Smarter MOOC | Free Education | Scoop.it
Resources & Expectations For Creating A Smarter MOOC (Resources & Expectations For Creating A Smarter MOOC http://t.co/vXIYeEm5FO #education #teach)...
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Helpful piece on creating a mini-MOOC, which the author calls a mOOC.

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Digital Natives: A Defense of the Internet Community

Digital Natives: A Defense of the Internet Community | Free Education | Scoop.it
In a guest column, an educator takes up the debate over higher education online.
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Good discussion of Internet natives and their communication patterns and comfort.  I guess that a 73-year old who first dealt with computers in 1956 is not native to the Internet, and articles like this one are useful, insightful, and valuable.

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Wharton Puts First-Year MBA Courses Online for Free

Wharton Puts First-Year MBA Courses Online for Free | Free Education | Scoop.it
Wharton is now offering four core courses from its highly ranked full-time MBA program on the online learning platform Coursera (Something about buying the cow...
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In the transition period to strictly Skill Mastery credentials, Degree and Core Cirriculum groupings will emerge.  Why will students spend years when dedicated learners can race through degree-content MOOCs in under a year and demonstrate their potential value to employers?

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The State of Digital Education Infographic - #edtech #edutech #edu11

Vastly improved technology and increased student drop out rates have set the stage for education's Internet moment. Get the full story in this beautiful infographic.
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Good presentation of interesting statistics and concepts.

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Blended Learning: A Disruptive Innovation [INFOGRAPHIC] #edtech #edutech

Check out this in-depth infographic all about Blended Learning. Learn what it is, why it's spreading, and how it works in real and virtual classrooms.
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Promising experiences with Blended Learning.

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Infographic: From MOOC to eBooks... Deconstructing The Ed Tech Alphabet Soup, Acronyms & Jargon. - WiredAcademic

Infographic: From MOOC to eBooks... Deconstructing The Ed Tech Alphabet Soup, Acronyms & Jargon. - WiredAcademic | Free Education | Scoop.it
Independent news source & thought center for the online education community. (RT @mykidcancode: Infographic: From MOOC to eBooks… Deconstructing The Ed Tech Alphabet Soup, Acronyms & Jargon.
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MOOC Around The World, Part 6 – "MOOCish" Online Ed Resources - moocnewsandreviews.com

MOOC Around The World, Part 6 – "MOOCish" Online Ed Resources - moocnewsandreviews.com | Free Education | Scoop.it
The 6th part to the series is about the relatives of MOOCs - MOOClatives. These are online ed resources that have a lot in common with MOOCs but do not quite fit because they are either not massive, not entirely free or not really a complete course.
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Definition of MOOC will never stabilize and the evolution started will evolve to many, many variants.  Hopefully all kinds of educational needs will be cost-effectively met with the old, administrativelly, politically, and financially heavy business models relegated to the dustbin.

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Why the "Open" Education Alliance Matters

I expressed my frustration yesterday about the infuriatingly inaccurate name of the "Open" Education Alliance. Despite the obvious problems with the name, this new initiative demonstrates a critica...
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ACE to Forge New Ground in MOOC Evaluation and Research Effort

ACE to Forge New Ground in MOOC Evaluation and Research Effort | Free Education | Scoop.it
ACE is opening a new front in its groundbreaking initiative to evaluate massive open online courses (MOOCs) for possible college credit and explore how this new learning mode can best spur student success.
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Important inititative, leaves open the question of whether MOOC adoption by employers and students will outstrip the capacity of exisiting organizations to adapt in time to be helpful.

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Advice for Middle-Age Seekers of MOOCs, Part 2

Advice for Middle-Age Seekers of MOOCs, Part 2 | Free Education | Scoop.it
Cathy N. Davidson, a researcher on learning in the digital age, addresses some of the negatives about massive open online courses, though with an eye to their potential.
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The promise of individualized learning and the faculty role (essay) | Inside Higher Ed

The promise of individualized learning and the faculty role (essay) | Inside Higher Ed | Free Education | Scoop.it
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First Trial of Crowdsourced Grading for Computer Science Homework | MIT Technology Review

First Trial of Crowdsourced Grading for Computer Science Homework  | MIT Technology Review | Free Education | Scoop.it
The latest online crowdsourcing tool allows students to grade their classmates’ homework and receive credit for the effort they put in.
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Key point in MOOC for credit

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Understanding-the-MOOC-Trend.pdf | DiHE- Digita...

Understanding-the-MOOC-Trend.pdf | DiHE- Digita... | Free Education | Scoop.it
Understanding-the-MOOC-Trend.pdf on DiHE- Digitalisation in Higher Education curated by Oliver Janoschka (Understanding-the-MOOC-Trend.pdf | @scoopit http://t.co/biy9DJjK73)...
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Incredibly insightful, comprehensive and thoughtful white paper on MOOCs, higher education, continuing education, and the future.

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Top 10 Misconceptions About MOOCs -- Free Online University Courses

Top 10 Misconceptions About MOOCs -- Free Online University Courses | Free Education | Scoop.it
I'm the professor, and my virtual classroom has more than 40,000 students enrolled. (Superprofessor lists "Top 10 Misconceptions About MOOCs" BEFORE his MOOC starts.
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Very good professor's view.

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'MOOCs' could lower cost of college

'MOOCs' could lower cost of college | Free Education | Scoop.it
Increasingly popular online courses could be a solution to the ever-growing cost of traditional undergraduate and graduate degrees.
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Just a transition from current university model to free for the industrious.

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MOOCs and the Gartner Hype Cycle: A very slow tsunami

MOOCs and the Gartner Hype Cycle: A very slow tsunami | Free Education | Scoop.it
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Well reasoned, but WRONG.  All who have studied innovation (and my study extends over 50+ years) know that percieved economic advantage is the single largest driver of adoption.  And compare free to $100,000+.  The other driver is the job market.  The shift to hiring skill mastery over degrees is over a decade old in IT and growing in other disciplines.  Should one spend four years and tens of thousands to prepare for a career, or should they find internship opportunities while they study for a few months to command the same salary as a new degree-credentialed debter?

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Disruptive Innovation vs. Harvard: Who Will Win?

Disruptive Innovation vs. Harvard: Who Will Win? | Free Education | Scoop.it
When I was in business school, I was taught that Coca-Cola was the world’s most powerful brand. But that’s plain wrong: elite universities are the world’s most powerful brands. No
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Clayton Christensen has spoken.

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Volume 1, Issue P | MOOCs FORUM | Table of Contents

Volume 1, Issue P | MOOCs FORUM | Table of Contents | Free Education | Scoop.it
MOOCs Forum preview issue now available online: http://t.co/C7syU61yHl http://t.co/0vsM0fzLJu
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Sure to be interesting new Journal.  Ambitious proposition to keep up with MOOC evolution.  Logo should be a spinning head.

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Free Massive Online Education Provider, Coursera, Begins To Find A Path To Profits (And What That Means For Education) | TechCrunch

Free Massive Online Education Provider, Coursera, Begins To Find A Path To Profits (And What That Means For Education) | TechCrunch | Free Education | Scoop.it
Online education providers may very well disrupt the higher education establishment, but, first, these for-profit companies need to find a way to finance the mammoth technical infrastructure needed to support millions of students.
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Does anyone doubt that millions of users doesn't represent monetizatin opportunities?

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Will the future of Education be Online, Open and Massive?

Will the future of Education be Online, Open and Massive? | Free Education | Scoop.it
A massive shift is occurring in education. We have gone from analog to digital, from isolated to connected, standardized to customized, and fixed to mobile.
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Insightful, explanatory article

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HarvardX, edX, and MOOCs proving effective at educating | Harvard Magazine

HarvardX, edX, and MOOCs proving effective at educating | Harvard Magazine | Free Education | Scoop.it
edX and other MOOC providers expand offerings, assess effectiveness, and move toward course credit.
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People hard at work making MOOCs all that they can be report trenendous effort and continually improved outlook.

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Tuning into Mass Online Education with MOOCs - Infographic

Tuning into Mass Online Education with MOOCs - Infographic | Free Education | Scoop.it
This infographic provides you with statistics & benefits of MOOCs, reasons for MOOC dropouts, and data of survey from MOOC educators.

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MOOCs and Distance Education Institutions - by Terry Anderson

MOOCs and Distance Education Institutions - by Terry Anderson | Free Education | Scoop.it

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Promise and/or Peril:  MOOCs and Open and Distance Education

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MOOCs: Tearing Down the Ivory Tower

MOOCs: Tearing Down the Ivory Tower | Free Education | Scoop.it
Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, are served up by a variety of companies, organizations and educational institutions, including Coursera, Udemy, Iversity, EdX and many others.

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Interesting review of current state of MOOCs.  Little encouragement as replacement for expensive college degree.

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MOOCs are evolving, and it remains to be seen how useful they will be for degree-seeking students and the educational institutions that serve them. For the time being, MOOC providers are expanding their offerings and singing the praises of the one thing no one can deny about MOOCs: They provide easy access to high-level learning to a greater number of people around the world than ever before.