MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning
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Examining the development of the Massive Open Online Course and its variants.
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Duke MOOC Participants Around the World

Duke asked MOOC students from around the world to send in videos telling us something they learned from their course. Here's what they said.
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A great 'student voice' video showing the real impact and reach of MOOCs for higher education.

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Peter Mellow's curator insight, October 21, 2014 6:21 PM

A great 'student voice' video showing the real impact and reach of MOOCs for higher education.

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MOOC Students Attracted Most By Course Topics -- InformationWeek

MOOC Students Attracted Most By Course Topics -- InformationWeek | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
Of those who drop out, 68% said they got too busy to continue, according to Canvas survey.
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Do students take MOOCs to earn certificates?

Do students take MOOCs to earn certificates? | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

A new report released by the University of Edinburgh shows that a majority of students who take the university’s six Coursera massive open online courses (MOOCs) do so simply to learn and have little interest in gaining a certificate.

The report, “MOOCs @ Edinburgh 2013,” is based on data collected over 10 months and answers to entry and exit surveys that were conducted before and after participants took the MOOC courses. The six MOOC courses covered philosophy, critical thinking, eLearning and digital cultures, astrobiology, artificial intelligence planning and equine nutrition.

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How to Finish a MOOC

How to Finish a MOOC | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

Dr. Jonathan Rees, a history professor at Colorado State University – Pueblo American, spent his sabbatical participating in a MOOC via Coursera. He believes that working underneath a more authoritative presence is key to the MOOC's ultimate survival.

 

"More individual attention would greatly improve completion rates," he says. "Regular online courses at least have a living, breathing professor on the other end of the computer screen whose job it is to help students succeed."

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Should 'real' students do an online course on the side?

Should 'real' students do an online course on the side? | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
What can you get from a mooc – that's a massive open online course – other than a chance to attend lectures in your pyjamas?
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Coursera Meetups Everywhere

Coursera Meetups Everywhere | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
Connecting the world to a great education and let people learn without limits.
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Are MOOCs Good for Students? | Boston Review

Are MOOCs Good for Students? | Boston Review | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

I am one of the signers of the open letter by the professors of philosophy at San José State University to Professor Michael Sandel of Harvard University concerning his involvement in edX, a start-up company that offers massive open online courses (MOOCs). The letter, collaboratively written by members of the department and approved by all, explained our reasons for resisting the implementation of JusticeX, a course based on videotaped lectures from Sandel’s massively popular Harvard course on justice, in our curriculum. We wrote:

There is no pedagogical problem in our department that JusticeX solves, nor do we have a shortage of faculty capable of teaching our equivalent course. We believe that long-term financial considerations motivate the call for massively open online courses (MOOCs) at public universities such as ours. Unfortunately, the move to MOOCs comes at great peril to our university. We regard such courses as a serious compromise of quality of education and, ironically for a social justice course, a case of social justice.

Although our letter sparked much needed discussion about the value of MOOCs, confusion remains about the options presented by new education technologies and the potential value they may have for higher learning.

 
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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, June 16, 2013 2:10 PM

Whilst I agree that watching videos and taking quizzes is a backward step for education, Coursera MOOCs (and EdX) have been developed so that the courses are improved through the analytics that are gained as the students participate.  I don't think MOOCs save money, they are reputation raising, and highlight how classes are delivered within the institutions.  Any MOOC that offers watching videos without interaction, or any formative assessment is probably doing a disservice to their institution.  

 

We should learn to learn about online education as a viable alternative (done properly).  Then MOOCs will be good for on campus students 

Will Stewart's curator insight, June 17, 2013 4:34 AM

An interesting take on the threat to the traditional model from MOOCs.

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I have become a MOOC Junkie

I have become a MOOC Junkie | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
I had no idea. No idea at all. Six months ago I couldn't even spell MOOC and now I am totally addicted. (If you don't know what a MOOC is, see the video and explanation at the end of this post.) It...

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My first MOOC - Managing Innovation

My first MOOC - Managing Innovation | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
After a month of MOOC -ing I thought it was a good time to share some initial thoughts about the experience. These are crude, simple, initial reactions that are not intended to be some deep insight into the content or platform.
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