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Abstract: We present an analysis of instructional design quality of 76 randomly selected Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The quality of MOOCs was determined from first principles of instruction, using a course survey instrument. Two types of MOOCs (xMOOCs and cMOOCs) were analysed and their instructional design quality was assessed and compared. We found that the majority of MOOCs scored poorly on most instructional design principles. However, most MOOCs scored highly on organisation and presentation of course material. The results indicate that although most MOOCs are well-packaged, their instructional design quality is low. We outline implications for practice and ideas for future research.
Academics discuss whether online courses have fallen short of expectations
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MOOCs: A work in progress and a Hypocresy?: no free - you need the means. No accredited, no credentialed. Marketing tool, for the already learned. Laurillard equalising assessment in HE to that of professional online training.
The problem MOOCs are trying to solve: how academics will survive without students, due to student debt and cost of HE. New fat-cats. Just give me the money, forget about developing your human equals, just be a neo-liberal selfish, me, me, me. See Gilly Salmon in Australia as PVC after spending her research projects effort by the pool in Spain, while her 'slaves' tried to cover her arse. She is so important, that she had to get into the MOOCS bandwagon, (and called it "Carpe diem", ironical or cynical?) to be another Ernest!
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One of the most talked about and exciting devices (to be released 2014) is the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, a gaming interface priced at less than £200, which gives full immersion in a 3D world.
Allegations that the NSA is secretly harvesting millions of records from Google and Yahoo data centers outrages the tech giants. 'It underscores the need for urgent reform,' says Google's David Drummond.
At the beginning of 2013 the Mozilla Foundation announced its intention to work with the community to create a new learning standard for Web Literacy. From S.Downes: As one commenter points out, "the points about the process of learning being just as, or more important than, the finality of it all." Doug Belshaw concluded in his thesis that digital literacy is a ‘convenient hypocrisy’, and that speaking of a plurality of ‘digital literacies’ makes more sense than endless attempts to define ‘one literacy to rule them all’.
MarginNote Reader also eliminates the need for users to lug around heavy, bulky textbooks and notebooks. All of their data is ready for them in one place, and users can organize and reorganize their notes with the swipe of a finger! This ease- of-use is one key difference between MarginNote and other note apps.
As far as technology itself and education is concerned, technology is basically neutral. It’s like a hammer. The hammer doesn’t care whether you use it to build a house or whether on torture, using it to crush somebody’s skull, the hammer can do either.
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These teachers see the internet and digital technologies such as social networking sites, cell phones and texting, generally facilitating teens’ personal expression and creativity, broadening the audience for their written material, and encouraging teens to write more often in more formats than may have been the case in prior generations. At the same time, they describe the unique challenges of teaching writing in the digital age, including the “creep” of informal style into formal writing assignments and the need to better educate students about issues such as plagiarism and fair use.
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