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I’m in the Mood for MOOCs - IEEE Spectrum

I’m in the Mood for MOOCs - IEEE Spectrum | Learning World | Scoop.it
To describe new massive open online college courses, we need new words...
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UK universities are wary of getting on board the mooc train

UK universities are wary of getting on board the mooc train | Learning World | Scoop.it
Moocs – massive online open courses – have taken off in America. Why are UK universities holding back?
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The future of MOOCs

The future of MOOCs | Learning World | Scoop.it
MOOCs get a bad rap. Dismissed as prescriptive, or teacher-centric, or unsocial, or something else, it’s like a badge of honour to espouse why you dislike MOOCs. Despite their pedagogical fla...

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TED | TED Playlists | Re-imagining school

TED | TED Playlists | Re-imagining school | Learning World | Scoop.it
All over the world, there's a growing consensus that our education systems are broken. These educators offer lessons in how we might re-imagine school.
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Online learning: how it can widen and formalise access to higher education

Online learning: how it can widen and formalise access to higher education | Learning World | Scoop.it
Online learning provides a way of studying for pleasure, opens up new ways of learning and offers the chance to participate in a social 'event'.
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MOOCs: neither the death of the university nor a panacea for learning by Jane Den Hollander

MOOCs: neither the death of the university nor a panacea for learning by Jane Den Hollander | Learning World | Scoop.it

"Over the last few months most of us who work in higher education, as well as those who watch and comment on what we do have been fascinated by a singular topic: the MOOC. [...] They are very new, and no-one yet knows what they will mean or what role they will play. But many already believe that Pandora’s box has been opened. [...] For the first time in our existence, some are questioning the university’s purpose and future. [...] Clearly MOOCs are not the panacea, or a replacement, but they do contribute to a worldwide learning community, hungry to learn and engage with others who wish to do likewise."

 


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On why xMOOCs can't be exported, by Dheeraj Sanghi

Would MOOCs enrich higher education in India, could it replace existing courses?, is the question discussed here by Dheeraj Sanghi. In other words, do MOOCs pose a threat to existing Higher Ed. institutions in India (and similar countries)? Although the ulitemate answer is 'no', the argument is interesting. Dheeraj Sanghi first acknowledges that "A course by an excellent professor in a good university in some part of the world even in an online mode is likely better than the corresponding course offered in an average engineering college in the country, even though latter is a face-to-face communication." To me, this sounds quite disconcerting. So, in principle, a Stanford MOOC on AI beats your average course elsewhere.

But _in practice_ , the argument continues, such a replacement won't work because of language issues, lack of writing skills to particpate in fora, difference in course content, differing regulations. Dheeraj Sanghi concludes that MOOCs have their use, but for lifelong learning scenarios only.

What strikes me is his admitting that _in principle_ the MOOC is a better course, but that for _practical reasons_  it won't work. As indicated, I find this quite disconcerting. Has the added benefit of teacher interaction become this low? Or should we as academics put more effort in creating OERs? And how about the students? Will they rest content with this status quo or develop their own ideas about how useful MOOCs are, perhaps urging their teachers (or educational systems) to improve? If MOOCs are the in-principle favorite because of their ancestry, that sounds ominous for the state of higher eduation.


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Would MOOCs enrich higher education in India, could it replace existing courses?, is the question discussed here by Dheeraj Sanghi. In other words, do MOOCs pose a threat to existing Higher Ed. institutions in India (and similar countries)? Although the ultemate answer is 'no', the argument is interesting. Dheeraj Sanghi first acknowledges that "A course by an excellent professor in a good university in some part of the world even in an online mode is likely better than the corresponding course offered in an average engineering college in the country, even though latter is a face-to-face communication." To me, this sounds quite disconcerting. So, in principle, a Stanford MOOC on AI beats your average course elsewhere.

But _in practice_ , the argument continues, such a replacement won't work because of language issues, lack of writing skills to participate in fora, difference in course content, differing regulations. Dheeraj Sanghi concludes that MOOCs have their use, but for lifelong learning scenarios only.

What strikes me is his admitting that _in principle_ the MOOC is a better course, but that for _practical reasons_  it won't work. As indicated, I find this quite disconcerting. Has the added benefit of teacher interaction become this low? Or should we as academics put more effort in creating OERs? And how about the students? Will they rest content with this status quo or develop their own ideas about how useful MOOCs are, perhaps urging their teachers (or educational systems) to improve? If MOOCs are the in-principle favorite because of their ancestry, that sounds ominous for the state of higher eduation. (@pbsloep)

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Free Online Certificate Courses from Great Universities: A Complete List

Free Online Certificate Courses from Great Universities: A Complete List | Learning World | Scoop.it
Discover 130+ free online courses by great universities -- Harvard, Stanford. MIT, etc.
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Daphne Koller, the AI Researcher Who Founded Coursera | MIT Technology Review

Daphne Koller, the AI Researcher Who Founded Coursera | MIT Technology Review | Learning World | Scoop.it
Experts in artificial intelligence are leaving academia to bring online learning to the world. But their most radical ideas are still on hold.
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15 Big Ways the Internet is Changing Our Brain

15 Big Ways the Internet is Changing Our Brain | Learning World | Scoop.it

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Stamen Maps

Stamen Maps | Learning World | Scoop.it
Stamen's toner, terrain and watercolor map styles are lovingly crafted and free for the taking.
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Rethinking College: MOOCs & Online Education

A Hangout on MOOCs (massive open online courses), flipped learning, and their effect on cost, access, and interactions in higher education with Leon Botstein...
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Researchers tell traditional universities to ignore e-learning 'at their peril' - TechCentral.ie

TechCentral.ieResearchers tell traditional universities to ignore e-learning 'at their peril'TechCentral.ieTechLife | 03 Dec 2012 : The University of Reading is helping to develop a new e-learning tool that delivers lessons via a mobile phone, yet...

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Keeping MOOCs Open - Creative Commons

Keeping MOOCs Open - Creative Commons | Learning World | Scoop.it
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators. MOOCs — or Massive Open Online Courses — have been getting a lot of attention lately.

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Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects.
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Can MOOCS be a substitute for campus education?

Can MOOCS be a substitute for campus education? | Learning World | Scoop.it
At first glance, a massive open online course (MOOC) appears to be a boon to Indian and American students, though for different reasons.
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Using Vygotsky to Understand Connectivism: Proximity and Duration

Using Vygotsky to Understand Connectivism: Proximity and Duration | Learning World | Scoop.it
Vygotsky divides the idea of development into two developmental levels: a potential developmental level and a completed developmental level. Starting at the potential developmental level a learner ...

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RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms

This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin...
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Coursera, edX, and MOOCs Are Changing the Online Education Business | MIT Technology Review

Coursera, edX, and MOOCs Are Changing the Online Education Business | MIT Technology Review | Learning World | Scoop.it

Students anywhere are being offered free instruction online. What will that do to the trillion-dollar education business?
"If you were asked to name the most important innovation in transportation over the last 200 years, you might say the combustion engine, air travel, Henry Ford’s Model-T production line, or even the bicycle. The list goes on.

Now answer this one: what’s been the single biggest innovation in education?

Don’t worry if you come up blank. You’re supposed to. The question is a gambit used by Anant Agarwal, the computer scientist named this year to head edX, a $60 million MIT-Harvard effort to stream a college education over the Web, free, to anyone who wants one. His point: it’s rare to see major technological advances in how people learn."

 

 


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Elite colleges bring education to masses

Elite colleges bring education to masses | Learning World | Scoop.it
Brian Caffo teaches a public-health course at Johns Hopkins University that he calls a "mathematical biostatistics boot camp." It typically draws a few dozen graduate students. Never more than 70.
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Where's my classroom? A short take on e-learning, virtual learning ...

Where's my classroom? A short take on e-learning, virtual learning ... | Learning World | Scoop.it
When you say learning environment, the first word that comes to mind is school, one with teachers, classrooms and classmates. As technologies become more sophisticated, the classroom migrates into a new dimension -- the ...

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Constructivism and Online Learning

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Online learning requires a new pedagogy that is built on establishing a relationship between the instructor or facilitator and the learners. One of the most salient features of online learning is that it allows learning to be place and time independent. Learners can arrange their learning around their everyday lives.


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UnCollege - Hacking Your Education

UnCollege - Hacking Your Education | Learning World | Scoop.it
UnCollege is a social movement changing the notion that going to college is the only path to success.
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