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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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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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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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'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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