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Blackboard Announces New MOOC Platform - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Blackboard, a company that makes software that many colleges use to run their classroom and online courses, announced on Wednesday that it was expanding its support for MOOCs, though it is relatively late to the much-talked-about trend of massive open online courses."


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Massive List of MOOC Resources, Lit and Literati

Massive List of MOOC Resources, Lit and Literati | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
UPDATE 08.14.2012: This week marks the launch of MOOC MOOC, and given the insane amount of content that\'s already been produced, we\'re going to hold off on updating this ongoing list o\' links.

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Why Do Students Enroll in (But Don’t Complete) MOOC Courses? | MindShift

Why Do Students Enroll in (But Don’t Complete) MOOC Courses? | MindShift | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it
Less than 10 percent of MOOC students, on average, complete a course. That's the conclusion of Katy Jordan of Open University, who published her analysis, pul

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Patricia LeClaire's comment, April 8, 2013 12:50 PM
I've enrolled in two MOOC courses - partly because the topics were relevant to my work, but also to experience a MOOC from the "inside" as both a student and an instructional designer. I was particularly interested in opportunities for interaction (student-instructor, student-student, student-content, student-technology) and collaboration.

In one course, focused on a subject area with which I'm very familiar, students formed virtual groups around mutual interests and professional objectives, developed projects which were evaluated according to clear guidelines, and the projects were made available to all enrollees.. This course also had very active student-generated discussions on focused topics. What characterized this MOOC was the flexibility provided to the students for creating multiple ways to interact and collaborate.

The second MOOC focused on topics that were highly technical and mostly how-to with little discussion of why-to. Interaction among students was considerably less, and I was unsuccessful in either forming or joining a group (virtual or F2F local) to expand my understanding of context and implementation issues. While the content was interesting ( I particularly liked the video lectures and animations), I found it a much more isolating experience and did not complete the course.
ManufacturingStories's comment, April 8, 2013 8:33 PM
Pat, thanks for sharing those first hand experiences. Very valuable insights!
Dawne Tortorella's curator insight, April 10, 2013 8:02 PM

This blog post does discuss some reasons why students enroll in MOOCs, but doesn't really talk much about why they drop out. 

 

One big reason - FRUSTRATION.  When a learner gets stuck and can't get individualized meaningful feedback, it creates a failed learning experience. I think we discount how important those personal encounters are in helping learners.

 

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The 7 Best Places For Online Education | Edudemic

The 7 Best Places For Online Education | Edudemic | Jewish Education Around the World | Scoop.it

There’s a whole new language being developed around the hottest trend in education: online learning. From MOOCs (like a cow would say it but with a hard K at the end) to OpenCourseWare to ‘21st century learning‘ … there’s a lot of new terms you should know about.


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