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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Director, MOOC Development in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Learning with MOOCs | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

Welcome! MOOCs are a new educational learning paradigm. Explore how to use MOOCs effectively and keep up with the latest MOOC news here!

 

This topic is curated by staff in Learning Environments at the University of Melbourne, along with invited colleagues.

 

If you use Flipboard, you may be interested in our MOOC related topic- MOOCs

 

https://flipboard.com/section/moocs-bXPoIy

 

Note: These articles are posted around a common interest in MOOCs, to provide information and promote discussion. They do not represent the views or positions of the University of Melbourne.

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Belling the tertiary education cat

Belling the tertiary education cat | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

Digital disruption is fuelling the rise of online curriculums in the university sector, and CIOs must be ready to deliver.

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MOOC: the future of education?

MOOC: the future of education? | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it
The first MOOC of the Groningen University is as fun as possible. No error. But will you resist Facebook while listening?
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M&S offers online education courses

M&S offers online education courses | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

Marks and Spencer is entering the online education market, launching a business course with Leeds University.

 

The massive open online course, or Mooc, is a free course on business innovation.

 

It uses case studies, video from the company's archive and support from university academics.

 

Alison Houston, head of the M&S archive, says the course teaches how "creative concepts are balanced with commercial thinking".

 

These self-study online courses were first associated with universities, with many prestigious institutions making their courses available and drawing huge numbers of students.

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India needs to rethink the brick & mortar classroom model

“We need to rethink the brick and mortar classroom model and start building an alternative education platform that is more accessible

 

On the other hand, the real-time instruction-based learning techniques that we have come with offerings such as (1) live, interactive training sessions, (2) expert guidance, (3) queries resolved with the experts, then and there, (4) industry-relevant content, (5) projects for hands-on experience, (6) interactive environment, (7) opportunity to mingle with like-minded people, (8) 24x7 support, (9) access to training sessions on updated topics in a course, (10) flexibility to choose comfortable batches and more. In fact, I must add that this model also leads to a 70% course-completion rate against the general MOOC model’s 4% rate (among IT industry professionals).

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MOOC study creates new "taxonomy of engagement"

MOOC study creates new "taxonomy of engagement" | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

Researchers from Cornell and Stanford universities studied the behaviour patterns of over 300 000 Coursera students, and found that simply measuring completion vs dropout rates leaves out a lot of information about how students interact with the course.
The study shows that students join the courses with diverse learning goals and intentions. Many MOOC learners may not complete the entire course and its assignments, but they still engage with the material in various ways.

The authors established a "taxonomy of engagement" that separates online learners into five different categories based on their engagement patterns.

Bystanders are registered for the course, but their total activity is below a very low threshold.


Collectors primarily download lectures, but don't participate much.


Viewers watch lectures, handing in few if any assignments


Solvers hand in assignments for a grade, viewing few if any lectures


All-Rounders balance the watching of lectures with the handing in of assignments


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Free online courses by professors in the offing

Free online courses by professors in the offing | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

The government will soon launch a programme under which professors of centrally funded institutions and universities will offer free online courses to the citizens, it was announced on Thursday.

 

Under the SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active-learning for Young Aspiring Minds) Programme, professors of centrally funded universities like Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and central universities will offer online courses.

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MOOC Camp facilitator guide from US dept of State

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AdelaideX Announcement

The AdelaideX team includes three learning designers, Andrew Beatton, Shaun McCarthy and Travis Clapp; a program manager, Katy McDevitt; and two technical developers, Jill Vogel and Pinaki Chandrasekhar. They will work with our course teams on our first five MOOCs, which will go live in the first half of 2015. The team is located in the Learning Innovations Studio, level 3 the Hub.

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HRD Ministry to launch MOOC platform, National E-Library, Know Your College portal & More

HRD Ministry to launch MOOC platform, National E-Library, Know Your College portal & More | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it
The Union HRD Ministry has initiated the SWAYAM Programme, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform that is expected to go live within t
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MOOC-Supported Learning Communities for Future STEM Faculty

MOOC-Supported Learning Communities for Future STEM Faculty | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

What we’re planning is an extension of the local study groups that often form in conjunction with MOOCs. Since our primary audience for the course, STEM grad students and post-docs, can largely be found in clusters at research universities, we’re designing the MOOC to support and enhance local learning communities of MOOC participants. We’ll give those who facilitate these communities early access to the MOOC learning materials, as well as discussion questions and other activities they can use in their weekly meetings. Think “flipped classroom” lesson plans here, where the pre-class assignment is participation in the MOOC, and the weekly learning community meetings help MOOC participants go deeper with the material, applying it to their own teaching contexts.

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A global shift to open source at the university

A global shift to open source at the university | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it
What is open education and all of the resources out there all about? What does it all mean? Jodi Biddle tackles these big questions and more in this article for Opensource.com's Open Education Week.
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Nutrition professionals worldwide crave info via MOOCs | Cornell Chronicle

Nutrition professionals worldwide crave info via MOOCs | Cornell Chronicle | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

Says Stark: “The new MOOC platforms provide a way to deliver high-quality nutrition education to thousands of individuals worldwide. In addition, experiences from online courses can benefit face-to-face courses on campus.”

 

Noting the two-way process, she adds: “Lessons learned from a global audience can be incorporated into live offerings.”

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EnglishAgenda podcast: 15th September 2014 | EnglishAgenda | British Council

EnglishAgenda podcast: 15th September 2014 | EnglishAgenda | British Council | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

This week we interview Chris Cavey, Lead Educator for the British Council's first ever Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), 'Exploring English: language and culture'. Interest in the course has been overwhelming and more than 100,000 learners have signed up to the course in the first week.

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This is not just any MOOC...

This is not just any MOOC... | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

News today that M&S - knicker retailer to the masses - has joined the MOOC revolution. The high street store is launching a MOOC with the University of Leeds on the Futurelearn platform. The three week course starts today (15th September) and will “demonstrate the importance of innovation in growing and sustaining a business.”


This is laudable stuff and I wonder to what extent other businesses will open up their archives to support Universities in producing material with which to attract huge numbers of potential learners. After all, we know many large companies have loads of high quality content which could be similarly re-used to create new learning opportunities.

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University System of Georgia Launches MOOC to Imagine Higher Ed's Future -- Campus Technology

University System of Georgia Launches MOOC to Imagine Higher Ed's Future -- Campus Technology | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it
The University System of Georgia is embarking on a mission to "Invent the Beyond," and it is opening up the process to others in higher education in a MOOC-like collaboration starting this week.
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MOOC Reaches Out to High School Students | SayCampusLife: Campus News, Sports and Events

MOOC Reaches Out to High School Students | SayCampusLife: Campus News, Sports and Events | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

Branching out to high school students comes as educators evaluate college readiness amongst today’s student population. Indeed, despite being accepted into college, approximately 60 percent of first-year college students are not ready for the rigors of higher education according to a June 2010 report from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Those students often must take remedial courses before proceeding with their regular curriculum, slowing down their academic progress and costing them more money.

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Future of the executive education: Unbundled MBA

Future of the executive education: Unbundled MBA | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it
We're already witnessing the very beginning of what will be revolutionary change to the most popular credential in all of business: the MBA degree.

 

Ironically, the most disruption in higher education won't be caused by new, entrepreneurial outfits. It is coming and will continue to come largely from the educational incumbents who have learned from other industries that they need to move first. That is why schools such as the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School has led the way in offering an array of free MOOC courses to students, including what the school calls its "foundation series" of four core offerings in financial accounting, marketing, corporate finance and operations management. Those free core courses have cost the school $250,000 but already have reached 2 million online students.

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Interview: Emiliana Simon-Thomas, UC Berkeley's happiness guru | The Daily Californian

Interview: Emiliana Simon-Thomas, UC Berkeley's happiness guru | The Daily Californian | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

DC: How long did it take to create the MOOC?

 

ES: Around 12 months. We were able to announce and allow people to register well before we had all of the content on edX, which is how the flow of the work goes. People teach MOOCs in very different ways. One of the common ways which is probably a little faster is to bring a videographer into the classroom and film lectures. We really didn’t do that. Our MOOC doesn’t have any videos that are over twelve minutes long, most average four to five minutes. We don’t expect people to sit there for hours watching someone talk.

 

One of the challenges of a MOOC is oftentimes 200,000 people sign up, and only 5,000 people finish the course. Part of that is because you can’t just take hour-long videos of someone talking to other people in the lecture hall and post them, expecting that to hold people’s attention and interest. We decided to try something more dynamic and engaging.

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Why 'Nano-Degrees' Can Never Replace Liberal Arts Colleges

Why 'Nano-Degrees' Can Never Replace Liberal Arts Colleges | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it
In a market where jobs are constantly shifting and disappearing, the kind of ultra-specialized training offered by companies like Udacity won't go very far.

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ғelιх c ѕeyғarтн's curator insight, September 13, 7:26 AM

@TheAtlantic is answering a question that has not really been asked by anyone but this headline.

ExtensionEngine's comment, September 14, 4:41 AM
I don't think anyone is suggesting that nano-degrees are a perfect replacement for a liberal arts degree anymore than a car is a perfect replacement for a horse and carriage. A car will never have the personal relationship and friendship of a horse. There will always be a place for traditional liberal arts but 93% of the world's population will never get a traditional college degree so the real objective is to provide those with an opportunity to learn.
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MOOC on MOOCs? A novel yet pragmatic approach - University World News

MOOC on MOOCs? A novel yet pragmatic approach - University World News | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, or IIT-K, and the Commonwealth of Learning in Vancouver have teamed up again to offer a novel MOOC that is focused on the design of the course itself. Entitled “MOOC on MOOCs: What you need to know about massive open online courses”, it is aimed at addressing the nuts and bolts of designing and running a MOOC.

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I Failed My Online Course—But Learned A Lot About Internet Education

I Failed My Online Course—But Learned A Lot About Internet Education | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

MOOCs, or massive open online courses, are quickly becoming technology darlings. Companies like Coursera, Udacity, edX and others provide college-caliber online courses taught by professors from the most prestigious universities. Millions of students interested in pursuing inexpensive post-secondary education can take classes on anything from nutritional health to machine learning—right from the comfort of their own home.


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UT System continues with MOOCs program despite low completion rates - The Daily Texan

Despite low completion rates, Steven Mintz, executive director of the UT System’s Institute for Transformational Learning, said MOOCs are part of building a learning platform for the future.

 

Mintz said UT is increasing the spread of its international image, and its ability to compete with other top colleges by being one of the first universities to use MOOC technology.


“We play football in the big leagues, and, academically, we need to be in the big leagues,” Mintz said. “Faculty members of the caliber that UT-Austin has need to feel that they have exactly the same opportunities as a Princeton professor or a Harvard professor, and I want to make sure they have those opportunities.”


Engineering associate professor Michael Webber, who taught the “Energy 101” MOOC, said teaching these free courses is beneficial for the University because professors become better at teaching through learning how to internationalize their content and prepare it for a digital format.

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Strategies for Making the Transition from Instructor-Led Training to a MOOC

Strategies for Making the Transition from Instructor-Led Training to a MOOC | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

Moving from traditional ILT to a MOOC is not as simple as just putting your current learning resources online. In fact, studies have shown that this approach is the exact opposite of what you want to do. The best MOOCs are designed as MOOCs from the ground up, from a digital perspective and taking full advantage of the available technologies. This article outlines an overall approach for making the transition from ILT to a MOOC.

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Online Education and the Future of College

Online Education and the Future of College | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

 

In yesterday’s Times Higher Education, Steven Ward argues that there are two models for online education at universities. One uses online lectures and focuses on competencies and leads to “a (more or less) professor-less future for higher education”:

 

Why won't online education replace campus learning? We have bodies.

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MOOCの元祖Courseraの社長Daphne Koller曰く: 2014年はMOOCの成熟の年 - TechCrunch

MOOCの元祖Courseraの社長Daphne Koller曰く: 2014年はMOOCの成熟の年 - TechCrunch | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it
今朝(米国時間9/10)のDisrupt SFでは、MOOCの草分けCourseraのDaphne Koller社長が、同社は教育分野の営利企業だ、という世の中の通念に反発した。彼女に言わせると、Courseraはテクノロジ分野の営利企業なのだ。 本誌TechCrunchのスタッフライターFrederic Lardinoisが、彼女のプラットホームでは一(ひと)クラス平均の終了...
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