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New Leaders for MOOC Providers - Inside Higher Ed

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New Leaders for MOOC Providers
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His arrival shifts the make-up of the MOOC provider's leadership team.
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Providers of Free MOOC's Now Charge Employers for Access to Student Data

Providers of Free MOOC's Now Charge Employers for Access to Student Data | Learning trend | Scoop.it

"Providers of free online courses are officially in the headhunting business, bringing in revenue by selling to employers information about high-performing students who might be a good fit for open jobs.

 

On Tuesday, Coursera, which works with high-profile colleges to provide massive open online courses, or MOOC's, announced its employee-matching service, called Coursera Career Services. Some high-profile tech companies have already signed up—including Facebook and Twitter, according to a post on Coursera's blog, though officials would not disclose how much employers pay for the service. Only students who opt into the service will be included in the system that participating employers see, a detail stressed in an e-mail message that Coursera sent to its nearly two million past or present students on Tuesday." -- from the source http://chronicle.com/

NOTE: People always ask about the "business model" of new internet services and applications. Here's a pretty innovative process. Especially in a time where there seem to be job shortages for college graduates or people separating from the US Military.


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Federica Brambilla's curator insight, May 7, 2014 6:58 AM

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Experience API | LINE Communications

Experience API | LINE Communications | Learning trend | Scoop.it
What's the point of Experience API? Earlier this year version 1.0.0 of the much-touted Experience API (formerly and unofficially known as Tin Can API) was r.
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MOOCs & Quality | Martin Weller - MOOC Quality Project

MOOCs & Quality | Martin Weller - MOOC Quality Project | Learning trend | Scoop.it

I’m tempted to suggest that above all MOOCs should hang a sign that declares “abandon all quality measures”, because most of the ones we have developed for formal education don’t apply in MOOCs. We have developed a set of quality measures based on a specific relationship between the education provider and the student. That relationship is fundamentally altered in a MOOC, and so those of existing measures are not applicable.


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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, June 24, 2013 6:15 AM

Martin Weller then goes on to examine quality using the intentions of MOOC providing institutions and their students as yardsticks. He argues that particularly learners have intentions that vary widely from students in formal education, not worse or better, just different. Thus he identifies leisure learners (for enjoyment), drive-by learners (because it is free), and antagonistic learners (to check whether I am right in not wanting to learn about this topic). And then of course there are those who engage in MOOC learning for professional development. With the differing intentions should come different quality measures, Martin argues. This is also needed because formal education and MOOCs have different filtering mechanisms: formal education restricts input, MOOCs output. Therefore, say, completion rates as a measure of quality cannot be compared across formal education and MOOCs. 

 

This is a very valuable contribution to the discussion about MOOCs, one that probably goes wider than the assessment of quality: MOOC learning is a different beast than formal education, so treat it differently. Doing so would also imply that pitting MOOCs and formal education against each other as alternative ways of providing and education to our children, makes no sense. If anything, then, they are complementary. (@pbsloep)

M.A.P.'s curator insight, June 24, 2013 3:00 PM

An important essay that I hope our team will read it.

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Beintoo, iDreamSky Partner to Bring Gamification to Asia - Colloquy.com

Beintoo, iDreamSky Partner to Bring Gamification to Asia - Colloquy.com | Learning trend | Scoop.it
Beintoo, iDreamSky Partner to Bring Gamification to Asia
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It connects mobile users with brands via gamification, rewarding members for completing missions both online and offline.
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