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Opportunities and challenges of MOOCs: perspectives from Asia

Opportunities and challenges of MOOCs: perspectives from Asia | Social Learning - MOOC - OER | Scoop.it

... this paper will discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by MOOCs, from the perspective of Asian countries, with reference to economics, culture, language, and instruction.

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The Coursera Of Europe: iversity Opens With 24 Free Courses And 100K Students

The Coursera Of Europe: iversity Opens With 24 Free Courses And 100K Students | Social Learning - MOOC - OER | Scoop.it
Berlin based iversity.org has planted its footprint in the ever-expanding MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) universe. It starts with a fresh bouquet of free courses and a strong student base of 115,000.
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MOOC mucking…

MOOC mucking… | Social Learning - MOOC - OER | Scoop.it

So, it’s time to see if this experiment is working.   Which experiment?  MOOCs  (Massive Open Online Courses).  I explained how these work (or at least the Harvard/MIT/UC Berkeley version, called edX) and explained that MIT also has had open courseware for more than a decade.

 

The big boy in MOOCs is Coursera.  This for-profit venture has accumulated 5 million student subscribers this year.  edX, the non-profit MOOC version from MIT and Harvard, has some 1.3 million who may be benefiting.  (I will describe the various attributes of the programs below- you can then decide if these are succeeding or not.) Most of the users are in the US; edX has some 20% from outside the US (12% India, 9% Africa).

The question is the what is the goal-  to educate folks, to reduce the cost of education, or to generate additional funds for teachers and institutions.  After all, it is clear that watching a computer monitor (which at that point resembles a TV screen, if you consider it) is not quite an engaging method to involve students. So, it’s not surprising that only about 10% of those who sign up for a course manage to complete it.

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MOOCs: What you need to know about this growing trend

MOOCs: What you need to know  about this growing trend | Social Learning - MOOC - OER | Scoop.it

Four letters might be reshaping higher education as we know it: MOOC.


During the last two years, massive open online courses have taken the world of distance education by storm.

 

Why? Because they are free and open to anyone with access to the Internet. And major employers are supporting the top providers, who already have many of the big names in higher education as partners.

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elearnspace › Open presentations on MOOCs and M...

elearnspace › Open presentations on MOOCs and MOOC Research Initiative on Educación flexible y abierta curated by Jesús Salinas (See it on Scoop.it, via Educación flexible y abierta

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Reinventing the MOOC model for the real world

Reinventing the MOOC model for the real world | Social Learning - MOOC - OER | Scoop.it
Here’s how the MOOC model can be modified to meet both the needs of the students and those of the companies they would like to work for.
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Google and EdX Are Building a "YouTube for MOOCs"

Google and EdX Are Building a "YouTube for MOOCs" | Social Learning - MOOC - OER | Scoop.it
Google is teaming up with EdX, an open-source online education nonprofit started by Harvard and MIT, to create a new site that EdX’s president compared to a “YouTube for MOOCs.” The site is called mooc.org—MOOC being the unfortunate acronym for...
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High schools to use Penn Coursera class

High schools to use Penn Coursera class | Social Learning - MOOC - OER | Scoop.it

Students at nine high schools will have access to a Penn professor and teaching assistants as part of a new Massive Open Online Course initiative which begins this school year.

 

The initiative, announced by Provost Vincent Price, will offer math courses to seniors at different high schools across the country. The schools include the Friends Select School in Philadelphia, the Middlesex County Academy of Science in New Jersey and Stanford Online High School in California, among others.

 

“We have teamed up with nine high schools for them to use Rob Ghrist’s Coursera Single Variable Calculus course in their 12th grade Calculus courses,” Edward Rock, Penn’s director of open course initiatives, said in an email.

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC): The Revolutionary New Mode Of Free Education

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC): The Revolutionary New Mode Of Free Education | Social Learning - MOOC - OER | Scoop.it

In the education world the year 2012 can, without the slightest pinch of skepticism, be called the year of Revolution, the year of the MOOC. The silly-sounding acronym, short for massive open online courses, encompasses a new pedigree of online classes that are rattling the higher education world in ways that could be a boon for cash-strapped students, predominantly because the courses are free and open to any individual (not just students) anywhere.

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Udacity Scores Higher Pass Rates in Summer Term

Udacity Scores Higher Pass Rates in Summer Term | Social Learning - MOOC - OER | Scoop.it

The ever-ballooning field of online education took a big hit this summer when news broke that more than half of the students who took Udacity's online courses at San Jose State University this spring failed the class. The poor results inspired the college to temporarily suspend its partnership with Udacity for the fall semester.

 

Now, the Palo Alto-based company, which is one of many providers of massively open online courses, or MOOCs, is making a comeback.

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10 Open Education Resource (OER) Tools You Must Know About

10 Open Education Resource (OER) Tools You Must Know About | Social Learning - MOOC - OER | Scoop.it

Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible, usually openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, educational, assessment and research purposes. Open Educational Resources include learning content, tools and licenses.


Learning Content: Full courses, course materials, content modules etc.

Tools: Software to create and manage open learning content.

Licenses: Intellectual property licenses to promote open publishing of materials, design-principles, and localization of content.

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MOOCVILLE: MOOCs and the Two Cultures of Educational Reform

MOOCVILLE: MOOCs and the Two Cultures of Educational Reform | Social Learning - MOOC - OER | Scoop.it
Stanley Fish writes in the New York Times of the "Two Cultures of Educational Reform." Citing Derek Bok,former Harvard president, Fish identifies these as follows:  

The first “is an evidence-based approach to education … rooted in the belief that one can best advance teaching and learning by measuring student progress and testing experimental efforts to increase it.” The second “rests on a conviction that effective teaching is an art which one can improve over time through personal experience and intuition without any need for data-driven reforms imposed from above.”

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Apple dominates in the Chinese MOOC space even though it’s not a MOOC

Apple dominates in the Chinese MOOC space even though it’s not a MOOC | Social Learning - MOOC - OER | Scoop.it
Spurred by this article on MOOCs taken hold in Hong Kong, I decided to do a survey on MOOC adoption by Chinese institutions. I did not, as you can see,
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MOOC research focus on Seamless Learning or on Self-Directed Learning?

Calling for ideas and thoughts on researching MOOC more from a self-directed learning angle, or more from a seamless learning angle. With a link to a reference rich probation report on the subject of self-directed learning in mobile MOOC...

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World Bank, Coursera to take MOOCs to developing world - University World News

World Bank, Coursera to take MOOCs to developing world - University World News | Social Learning - MOOC - OER | Scoop.it

"Developing countries worldwide are to benefit from an agreement signed last Tuesday by the World Bank Group and Coursera, a leading provider of MOOCs – massive open online courses."


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To MOOC, or Not to MOOC?

To MOOC, or Not to MOOC? | Social Learning - MOOC - OER | Scoop.it

We all know that MOOCs are a hot topic, but what some may not know are the critical questions schools should ask before they decide whether or not to start a MOOC. In this video, I preview my upcoming session, “To MOOC, or Not to MOOC,” at EDUCAUSE 2013. Thanks for watching, and I will see you at EDUCAUSE!


Katie Blot, President of Education Services, will present at EDUCAUSE 2013 in a session called “To MOOC, or Not to MOOC” from 1:30-2:20 p.m. on Thursday, October 17, in Meeting Room 209A/B.


- See more at: http://blog.blackboard.com/company/featured/educause-session-preview-to-mooc-or-not-to-mooc/#sthash.sdQLauT0.kdw0GMJm.dpuf

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Europe’s MOOC experiment accelerates in Berlin « Educational Technology

Europe’s MOOC experiment accelerates in Berlin « Educational Technology | Social Learning - MOOC - OER | Scoop.it

There are now at least six organisations in Europe that host MOOCs – UnX, Miríada X, OpenupEd, OpenCourseWorld, Iversity and FutureLearn. Since there are no geographic barriers for MOOCs, they compete directly with other providers around the world. Coursera, the largest provider worldwide, hit four million student sign-ups in July 2013 (less impressive than it sounds as MOOC providers tend to experience high drop-out rates). It offers 460 courses in 13 languages – though the bulk are in English – in partnership with about 80 education institutions, including top-end universities in Europe.

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MBA 2.0? Inside the new Stanford Graduate School of Business MOOC lab

MBA 2.0? Inside the new Stanford Graduate School of Business MOOC lab | Social Learning - MOOC - OER | Scoop.it
The next phase of a business education is upon us as graduate schools like Stanford follow the model of disruptive startups and tap into technology and embrace the world of Massive Open Online Courses.
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La posesión de e-Reader en los EE.UU. crece a un 24%

La industria de dispositivos lectores en los Estados Unidos ha crecido en los últimos años. Con la caída de los precios de los dispositivos en los últimos dos años, estamos asistiendo a una tasa de adopción mayor.
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A Review of rgMOOC, Rhetoric and Composition: The Persuasive Power of Video Games as Paratexts

A Review of rgMOOC, Rhetoric and Composition: The Persuasive Power of Video Games as Paratexts | Social Learning - MOOC - OER | Scoop.it

Summertime and the living is easy, or so the song goes. Among many hobbies of mine, gaming usually absorbs much of my free time, but this summer it gave way to something different — studying games. I initially signed up for Rhetoric and Composition: The Persuasive Power of Video Games as Paratexts, also known as rgMOOC, because I was interested in the topic presented, but I quickly became fascinated by the argument that games can and should be taken seriously, something which non-gamers have a hard time accepting.

Read more: http://moocnewsandreviews.com/a-review-of-rgmooc-rhetoric-and-composition-the-persuasive-power-of-video-games-as-paratexts/#ixzz2dT5KEjoV ;
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The 10 Most Popular Teacher Tools Being Used This Year

The 10 Most Popular Teacher Tools Being Used This Year | Social Learning - MOOC - OER | Scoop.it

The school year is upon us. It’s quite literally the time for teachers, students, parents, school administrators, and everyone else to begin spending the vast majority of their day at a school. Whether it’s college, high school, middle school, or elementary levels, it’s school time. That means teachers need to be up to speed and ready to rock the classroom. In order to do that, we thought it’d be useful to know about the most popular teacher tools that we’re hearing about. We’ve assembled a list of the basic and popular tools that we’ve seen used in modern classrooms around the world. They may not be the most cutting-edge but, instead, you can rest assured that they’re tried and tested.

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'A MOOC? What's a MOOC?' Now You Can Look It Up

'A MOOC? What's a MOOC?' Now You Can Look It Up | Social Learning - MOOC - OER | Scoop.it

“A mook? What’s a mook?” asks “Johnny Boy” Civello, the fast-talking gambling debtor in Martin Scorsese’s 1973 film Mean Streets.


For years, “mook” existed in English as an obscure slang term referring to “a foolish, insignificant, or contemptible person” (as Merriam-Webster’s Online defines it). According to one Scorsese biographer, Vincent LoBrutto, the term first appeared in 1930 in the work of S.J. Perelman, the well-known writer and humorist. Since then it has occasionally resurfaced—in Mean Streets, for example; and again, around 2000, to classify an emerging class of poor, angry white kids who listen to rap metal. But that particular monosyllable was rarely at the tip of anyone’s tongue.

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India Based Open Educational Resource Tools

India Based Open Educational Resource Tools | Social Learning - MOOC - OER | Scoop.it

Commonwealth of Learning defines Open Educational Resources (OER) as “materials offered freely and openly to use and adopt for teaching, learning, development and research”. Open Educational Resourcesinclude learning content, tools and licenses.

 

Learning Content: Full courses, course materials, content modules, etc.

Tools: Software to create and manage open learning content.

Licenses: Intellectual property licenses to promote open publishing of materials, design-principles, and localization of content.


The vision behind creating OER is to lower the cost of educational materials, develop innovations and improve the quality of content. There are many web platforms which provide you with the best OER sources. In our previous articles we’ve covered information about best OER search engines as well asOER tools. And here we provide you with information on OER tools which are developed in India.

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The Current MOOC Trends Worth Knowing About - Edudemic

The Current MOOC Trends Worth Knowing About - Edudemic | Social Learning - MOOC - OER | Scoop.it

Earlier this year, MOOCs were huge. Lots of people were talking about how MOOCs were going to change the face of education, and for good reason. They garnered the attention of lots of folks, from VC investors to big name universities. Currently, there’s somewhat less buzz happening about MOOCs. But they’re still out there, happening and evolving while we’re busy doing other things. I do find it useful to regularly be able to take the temperature, so to speak, of what people are thinking and what’s actually happening with MOOC trends, which the handy infographic belowdoes wonderfully. Keep reading to learn more.

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Libraries as Cyber-Classrooms: HarvardX Expands Access to Library Collections

Libraries as Cyber-Classrooms: HarvardX Expands Access to Library Collections | Social Learning - MOOC - OER | Scoop.it

It gives one chills to see [Dickinson’s] original manuscripts—to be able to picture where her eccentric and significant dashes were originally placed,” said Elisa New, Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature. New’s HarvardX fall course, “Poetry in America,” will include several lectures filmed in Harvard libraries and feature items from libraries' collections.
 
HarvardX—launched in parallel with EdX, the not-for-profit online learning enterprise founded by Harvard and MIT—allows faculty members like New to reimagine their teaching using new technologies to reach a global audience of learners. While MOOCs, or massive open online courses, are frequently associated with video lectures and discussion forums, New is incorporating what she believes is one of Harvard’s most significant assets—its libraries. “We have extraordinary resources in the Harvard libraries,” she said.

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