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How To Become Indiana Jones With Online Courses [Infographic]

Or an alien hunter. Or Nate Silver. Or lots of other stuff. (How To Become Indiana Jones With Online Courses [Infographic]: The first massive open online course, or MOOC,...
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The Traditional University Lecture Is Dead

The Traditional University Lecture Is Dead | Free Education | Scoop.it
And massive open online courses are vying to replace it—though not without compromises.
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Fair comments

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Experts speculate on possible business models for MOOC providers | Inside Higher Ed

Experts speculate on possible business models for MOOC providers | Inside Higher Ed | Free Education | Scoop.it
Massive open online courses were supposed to revolutionize — and democratize — higher education. But two years since their debut, the initial buzz seems like nothing but hype.
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Pretty good article.

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Universities Are Terrified – LewRockwell.com

Universities Are Terrified – LewRockwell.com | Free Education | Scoop.it
Universities Are Terrified of #MOOC's http://t.co/NxouJb3KXC #highered #edtech #edububble
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One man's view.  I doubt that the typical nay-sayer is terrified, having been periphreal at best to other transformative technologies.

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5 Reasons to Take a MOOC - MOOCs - Think Massively

5 Reasons to Take a MOOC - MOOCs - Think Massively | Free Education | Scoop.it
5 Reasons to Take a MOOC http://t.co/H2EqmSzhkm via @moocscom
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A few good thoughts.

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MOOCs make waves in higher education worldwide - University World News

MOOCs make waves in higher education worldwide - University World News | Free Education | Scoop.it
MOOCs make waves in higher ed worldwide http://t.co/7F8wEt2QN1 #neo #mooc # edtech
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Open Educational Resources in the Post MOOC Era...

Open Educational Resources in the Post MOOC Era... | Free Education | Scoop.it
It's clear that the landscape of the open education movement is changing everyday. What we now know as MOOCs (massive open online courses) will soon be superseded by a new MOOC-massively online open ...
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Add it to Warton's first year MBA classes, and MIT's online curriculum.  I still think that it is a stepping stone to the complete unbundling of Skills Mastery.

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FutureLearn plans to stand out from Mooc crowd ...

FutureLearn plans to stand out from Mooc crowd ... | Free Education | Scoop.it
UK platform aims to make up for late start via ‘social architecture’ (FutureLearn plans to stand out from Mooc crowd | @scoopit via @fagottissimo http://t.co/2sIybep3ZS)...
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Somewhat skeptical of differentiation from other MOOC platfoms, but appears to be excellent platoform.  It will all depend on the user interface, intuitive nature, and ease of use for the student.

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New Infographic: Adventures in Online Learning – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Infographic: Adventures in Online Learning – Stephen's Lighthouse | Free Education | Scoop.it
Great MOOC infographic: http://t.co/EtHXEUGIiQ via @sabram @janholmquist #STEM #tlchat #educhat
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Very interesting infographic.

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UK enters online university race

UK enters online university race | Free Education | Scoop.it
The UK's biggest online university project is being launched, with a partnership of more than 20 universities offering free courses.
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Back to School, MOOC Style | DIY Global Education

Back to School, MOOC Style | DIY Global Education | Free Education | Scoop.it
Time for some public accountability: Back to School, #MOOC Style http://t.co/8FPGeRK6hD cc @design1o1 @Bushee_Coursera @coursera @iversity
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One version of what we all feel about our many MOOC endeavours. MOOC experience will be key to many of our careers.

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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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Which MOOC Website Should I Use?

Discover which MOOC website lines up with your education goals.
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Interesting personas of MOOC students

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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

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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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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3 Ways Colleges Are Adapting to Online Learning

3 Ways Colleges Are Adapting to Online Learning | Free Education | Scoop.it
Innovation in online education is redefining how, and where, students learn.
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They are having success in lowering costs while improving learning

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Massive open online courses: the latest venue for crowdsourcing | SmartPlanet

Massive open online courses: the latest venue for crowdsourcing | SmartPlanet | Free Education | Scoop.it
How one MOOC became a wellspring of innovation for 100 participating organizations, and how this changes online courses into two-way engagements.
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“We need to rethink what constitutes ‘a student.’ Today’s students are astute, have work experiences, and in many cases, have already developed a set of core competencies. Moreover, students in MOOCs offer unique international perspectives that would be the envy of any business school classroom.”

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Mike Groesser: Designing a Corporate MOOC Part 2: Content First

The most important decision I made while developing my first corporate MOOC was to put content first. In this post, I explain why focusing on content first makes all the difference when developing a corporate MOOC.
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Corporations can not only recruit through MOOCs, but educate their current and prospective employees in important subject areas.

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Learning to Love Math: How One Teacher is Using MOOCs to Transform Instruction, Inspire Passion in Students

Learning to Love Math: How One Teacher is Using MOOCs to Transform Instruction, Inspire Passion in Students | Free Education | Scoop.it
Let's take a moment to imagine a world in which people not only "get" math... but love math. Where would we be as educators? As individuals? As a workforce? As an economy? As a country?
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Very entertaining and uplifting article.

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Top universities embrace MOOCs, but opinion is divided - University World News

Top universities embrace MOOCs, but opinion is divided - University World News | Free Education | Scoop.it
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“At their most ferocious, MOOCs will force many higher education players to radically transform themselves, or die if they fail to adapt, and a chaotic rout of the sector is in prospect.”

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The Best MOOC Provider: A Review of Coursera, Udacity and Edx - SkilledUp.com

The Best MOOC Provider: A Review of Coursera, Udacity and Edx - SkilledUp.com | Free Education | Scoop.it
A thorough look at the 3 main providers of MOOC’s; Coursera, Udacity and edX, including a comparison of what exactly these 3 different providers have to offer.
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Interesting, but others (such as BlackBoard) should be included in comparison.

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Two MOOC curriculum announcements in one week -

Two MOOC curriculum announcements in one week - | Free Education | Scoop.it
In two apparently unrelated announcements, both MIT and Wharton announced they were moving beyond just courses and putting significant parts of their curriculum into MOOC platforms, both with identity verification.
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This is a great step forward.  And, if they hook up with proctered testing it is an even greater advance.

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College Diplomas are Meaningless. This is How to Fix Them.

College Diplomas are Meaningless. This is How to Fix Them. | Free Education | Scoop.it
Design specs for upgrading the communications device formerly known as the sheepskin
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Thought provoking article.  Yes, badges and 'evolving' portforlios of knowledge acquisition and experience will quickly overtake the generic degree as employers recognize the power of the new approach to credentializing.

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More educational disruption: ’synchronous massi...

More educational disruption: ’synchronous massi... | Free Education | Scoop.it
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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