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OPINION: Are MOOCs Really the Future of the University? (EdSurge News)

OPINION: Are MOOCs Really the Future of the University? (EdSurge News) | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
What is the cost of MOOCs for society at large? Who profits? And who loses?
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Curtin Teaching and Learning - Learning Engagement

Curtin Teaching and Learning - Learning Engagement | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
The diverse team of eLearning advisors provide elearning workshops, send out periodic newsletter, provide customised consultation, support the eScholar program and more.

 

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The website was redesigned and we disappeared ... This scoop is simply a flag about who's curating... We didn't expect anyone wold ever want to visit us.....
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Research Uncovers MOOC Cheating Strategy -- Campus Technology

Research Uncovers MOOC Cheating Strategy -- Campus Technology | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
Researchers from MIT and Harvard University have uncovered a new cheating scheme specific to MOOCs.

 

The researchers have come up with a name for this approach: "copying answers using multiple existences online" or CAMEO.

 

They uncovered the CAMEO technique while examining data from edX, the MOOC platform that MIT and Harvard both helped found. Certain users were answering assessment questions "faster than is humanly possible," said Chuang.

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What to do with a MOOC? | Higher Education Academy

What to do with a MOOC? | Higher Education Academy | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

In this post Leah Marks looks at the idea of using MOOC content in on-campus education and considers some of the potential benefits and pitfalls of doing so.

Leah is University teacher in Medical Genetics at University of Glasgow and an Associate Fellow of the HEA (leah.marks@glasgow.ac.uk)

Last year I ran a MOOC. When I say ran, I also mean envisioned, designed, planned, and directed (along with masses of help from some trusty colleagues). The process in itself was a fabulous experience for me as a relatively junior member of staff whose main experience thus far in my career has been as deputy on a variety of programmes and courses.

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5 massive MOOC lessons learned by colleges and universities - eCampus News

5 massive MOOC lessons learned by colleges and universities - eCampus News | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Recent best practices and research from adventurous, innovative colleges and universities yield 5 takeaways about MOOC implementation.

MOOC-lessons-onlineLove them or hate them, MOOCs are still a popular option among college and universities. Yet, only the institution that takes note of MOOC evolution via trial-and-error will be able to effectively harness the multiple campus and student benefits offered by this notorious mode of online learning.

After reviewing recent studies, best practices, and research reports over the last two years as published by eCampus News, there are five major takeaways from the MOOC implementation boom, which could potentially help students, professors, and campus marketing better take advantage of what MOOCs originally aimed to do for higher education: increase access to education, increase student engagement, and promote branding of the institution—all without adding an unmanageable financial burden to the institutional budget.

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On-Campus Impacts of MOOCs at Duke University (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

On-Campus Impacts of MOOCs at Duke University (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

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- In 2012, Duke University began using MOOCs to promote innovation in teaching and learning within the campus community, with the goal of importing successful new pedagogical ideas into Duke classrooms.
- Since that time, 30 instructors from 28 departments have developed 31 MOOCs on Coursera, attracting 2.8 million enrollments and issuing more than 72,000 certificates.
- Various examples show how these instructors changed their teaching approach in both MOOCs and traditional courses, including by improving classroom materials and activities, crafting better measures of student learning, and experimenting with new pedagogies to increase engagement and learning.

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Explainer: what is a Small Private Online Course?

Explainer: what is a Small Private Online Course? | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
If you have studied an online course at a university over the past couple of decades, you’ve probably already experienced a SPOC, or Small Private Online Course. SPOC is a new term for an old concept…
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New MOOC to explore what uni is like

New MOOC to explore what uni is like | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
Charles Sturt University has launched a MOOC aimed at developing students’ pre-tertiary achievem...
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La démarche est intéressante et pourrait certainement permettre à nos étudiants d'arriver un peu mieux préparés

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MOOCs transform teaching and learning in primary and secondary schools

MOOCs transform teaching and learning in primary and secondary schools | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
Access to free online courses is allowing primary and high school students obtain university level education, something that was previously off limits prior to the birth of MOOCs.

Australian National University (ANU) acting vice-chancellor professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, who will take part in an education symposium to discuss current trends and opportunities, and challenges with online learning, believes if a primary school aged student is ready for university level education, then it should be available to them.
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Something we all wish to see soon in our country, with all necessary cautions aside, time has come for some walls to crack

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OpenClassrooms Launches First MOOC-Based Bachelor Degree Recognized By French State

OpenClassrooms Launches First MOOC-Based Bachelor Degree Recognized By French State | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
You won’t have any excuse to skip class anymore. French startup OpenClassrooms is launching the first State-recognized bachelor degree in France that relies exclusively on MOOC. The startup partnered with IESA Multimédia to create this program.

There are three learning paths in engineering, design and digital marketing. Students will have to complete all the courses and required projects in order to get their degree. It’s the exact same degree that you would get at IESA, except that you won’t see any teacher. IESA is already working on 40 different MOOC for this program.
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Open edX: The open source learning management system for corporations and non-profits

Open edX: The open source learning management system for corporations and non-profits | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
In 2013 edX released its open source software to the world, allowing anyone, including for-profit companies, to use it.

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Curtin University joins MOOC provider edX

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Western Australia's Curtin University will launch a MOOC on mining.

 

Curtin University will join edX to become the first non-Group of Eight university to partner with a one of the large massive open online course providers.

 

The university said on Thursday that its first edX massive open online course (MOOC) would be The Business of Mining, to be launched in mid-June, which covers the life cycle of mining, from exploration to mine planning, operation and closure.

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Who studies MOOCs? Interdisciplinarity in MOOC research and its changes over time | Veletsianos | The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

Who studies MOOCs? Interdisciplinarity in MOOC research and its changes over time | Veletsianos | The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

George Veletsianos1 and Peter Shepherdson2
1Royal Roads University, Canada, 2University of Zurich, Switzerland

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The complexity of digital and online education is becoming increasingly evident in the context of research into networked learning/participation. Interdisciplinary research is often proposed as a way to address complex scientific problems and enable researchers to bring novel perspectives into a field other than their own. The degree to which research on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is interdisciplinary is unknown. We apply descriptive and inferential statistics to bibliometric data to investigate interdisciplinarity in MOOC research. Results show that MOOC research published in 2013-2015 was (a) mostly conducted by researchers affiliated with Education and Computer Science disciplines, (b) far from monolithic, (c) had a greater representation of authors from Computer Science than in the past, and (d) showed a trend toward being more interdisciplinary than MOOC research published in 2008-2012. Our results also suggest that empirical research on xMOOCs may be more interdisciplinary than research on cMOOCs. Greater interdisciplinarity in xMOOC research could reflect the burgeoning interest in the field, the general familiarity with the xMOOC pedagogical model, and the hype experienced by xMOOCs. Greater interdisciplinarity in the field may also provide researchers with rich opportunities to improve our understanding and practice of digital and online learning.

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The Business of Mining | CurtinX

The Business of Mining | CurtinX | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Learn the theory behind running a mine and see if you've got what it takes to explore, plan, operate and close a mining operation. 

 

About this course

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Mining underpins much of our technology and industries as well as modern society in general. A successful mine should be run efficiently and responsibly from exploration through to closure, with sound economic management every step of the way.

 

In this course you’ll examine the business aspect of mining, focusing on the life cycle of a gold mine and discovering the technical and economic issues that affect the exploration, planning, operation and closure of a large-scale mining project.

 

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By the end of this course you will be able to:

*  Discover how new mineral deposits are found and examine the economic factors that govern their development.

*  Plan the complete life cycle of a mine, from initial infrastructure requirements through to operation, closure and rehabilitation.

*  Experience the 'living plan' of a mine and see how extraction and processing of minerals is constantly adjusted to suit market conditions.

*  Investigate how economics and market forces influence the decision to close a mine.

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The Business of Mining MOOC introduces some new features to MOOC design and offers a different experience of engagement.

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Digital Branding and Engagement

Digital Branding and Engagement | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Want to learn how to get people to engage with your brand, but not sure where to begin?

Digital technology has rapidly evolved in the last decade, and so too has the way people communicate. Businesses can no longer rely solely on traditional business models to build brand awareness.

In today’s interconnected, hyperaware world, brand awareness and brand engagement are synonymous. We are in the age of digital brand engagement, where brands need to participate in, and inspire, a two-way conversation with their consumers.

This course will teach you about this shift and how it has altered the way brands communicate with their audiences. You will learn about the challenges of managing a digital brand and how rich and compelling content, combined with digital distribution, are integral to brand engagement.

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New Curtin/edX MOOC.

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6 concerns students have about MOOCs - eCampus News

6 concerns students have about MOOCs - eCampus News | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
New qualitative research reveals students may know more about MOOCs than institutions think; have doubts on reliability.

MOOCs have the potential to reach learners who otherwise may not have access to postsecondary education, but they have a long way to go in proving reliability of information and quality of content.

That may sound like a researcher or wary administrator’s perspective, but these sentiments are strongly expressed by today’s college students.

In a new qualitative data report, Communication Instructor Dr. Andrew Cole at Waukesha County Technical College and Dr. C. Erik Timmerman, associate professor at the Department of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, reveal the thoughts of one large university’s current college students toward MOOCs.

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WHERE DO WE MOOC FROM HERE ..?

WHERE DO WE MOOC FROM HERE ..? | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
In the event that the MOOC endeavours were to collapse or spectacularly crash and fade into oblivion, the underlying idealogy, design and output of the pseudo-MOOCs will prevail in the form of online learning the plethora of new innovations and added services that are developed in the process.

Succinctly, cMOOCs focus on knowledge creation and generation whereas xMOOCs focus on knowledge duplication. In order for the MOOC, in its original form, to be transformative, the education system must in tandem revolutionize until there is a parallel system of free or low-fee credentials, not controlled by traditional colleges, that leads to jobs. Alas, their true impact won’t be felt until students and learners of all kinds have access to digital credentials that are also built for the modern world.
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MOOC Professors' Agency in the Face of Disruption (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

MOOC Professors' Agency in the Face of Disruption (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
Key Takeaways

Stanford University used MOOCs as an opportunity to create a supportive environment for faculty to explore, create, and express themselves in new ways through open and digital education.
Following its early support for MOOCs, Stanford built "soft infrastructure" to incubate good ideas and allow courses to evolve over time to include different formats, audiences, or goals based on the involved faculty members' interests and motivations.
Interviews with faculty revealed that soft infrastructure created a context where a wide diversity of faculty members' values, motivations, and interests could flourish and creative ideas could be affirmed.
The soft infrastructure helped more than 280 faculty and instructors across Stanford launch over 200 distinct online, blended, or flipped course offerings in a period of less than three years.
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FutureLearn MOOC Platform Adds 5 New Universities -- Campus Technology

FutureLearn has attracted five new institutions to join its MOOC platform with massive, open, online courses.
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Should MOOCs be used as credit for high school?

Should MOOCs be used as credit for high school? | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
While MOOCs can provide some great content, the teaching and assessment methods probably aren't appropriate for high school students.
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Big Data MOOC Research Breakthrough: Learning Activities Lead to Achievement

Big Data MOOC Research Breakthrough: Learning Activities Lead to Achievement | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
By taking massive stores of data and removing most nuance and complexity, researchers examining Udacity, edX, Google Course Builder, and Khan Academy conclusively demonstrate the obvious: that effort in online courses predicts achievement.
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Survey: MOOCs Supplement Traditional Higher Ed -- Campus Technology

Survey: MOOCs Supplement Traditional Higher Ed -- Campus Technology | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
A new survey of students enrolled in massive open online courses (MOOCs) suggests that the courses are supplementing traditional higher education forms and "democratizing learning."

Researchers from Duke University studied "13 free, open-access digital courses offered by Duke using the Coursera platform," according to a news release, and found that the courses "are popular among youngsters, retirees and other non-traditional student populations."
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MIT Researchers Develop Model To Predict MOOC Dropouts -- Campus Technology

MIT Researchers Develop Model To Predict MOOC Dropouts -- Campus Technology | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a model that aims to predict when students will drop out of a massive open online course (MOOC).

The model, presented at last week's Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, was trained on data from one course and is designed to apply to a wide range of other courses. "The prediction remains fairly accurate even if the organization of the course changes, so that the data collected during one offering doesn't exactly match the data collected during the next," according to a news release.
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Who studies MOOCs? Interdisciplinarity in MOOC research and its changes over time

Who studies MOOCs? Interdisciplinarity in MOOC research and its changes over time | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

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The complexity of digital and online education is becoming increasingly evident in the context of research into networked learning/participation. Interdisciplinary research is often proposed as a way to address complex scientific problems and enable researchers to bring novel perspectives into a field other than their own. The degree to which research on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is interdisciplinary is unknown. We apply descriptive and inferential statistics to bibliometric data to investigate interdisciplinarity in MOOC research. Results show that MOOC research published in 2013-2015 was (a) mostly conducted by researchers affiliated with Education and Computer Science disciplines, (b) far from monolithic, (c) had a greater representation of authors from Computer Science than in the past, and (d) showed a trend toward being more interdisciplinary than MOOC research published in 2008-2012. Our results also suggest that empirical research on xMOOCs may be more interdisciplinary than research on cMOOCs. Greater interdisciplinarity in xMOOC research could reflect the burgeoning interest in the field, the general familiarity with the xMOOC pedagogical model, and the hype experienced by xMOOCs. Greater interdisciplinarity in the field may also provide researchers with rich opportunities to improve our understanding and practice of digital and online learning.

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xMOOC research shows more interdisciplinarity than cMOOC's. What do you make of it?

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Interesante constatar de forma objetiva algo que suponíamos por el éxito de la oferta de este tipo de cursos: Los pertenecientes a disciplinas científicas o tecnológicas son cerca del 50% de los alumnos que se se matriculan en cursos MOOC.

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The Business of Mining - Australia's Mining Monthly

The Business of Mining - Australia's Mining Monthly | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
WA's mining expertise goes online for students around the world.

 

Curtin developed the introductory online course with government, industry and academic experts after being accepted to join the edX consortium, a growing platform for universities and education providers to offer free online courses.

 

The Business of Mining comprises four modules and covers all aspects of a mine’s life-cycle, from planning through to production and closure.

It is designed to provide a high-level introduction to the resources sector for non-operational staff, government employees, suppliers and contractors supporting the industry.

 

Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion helped design the MOOC and at its launch last night said it would play a critical and innovative role in promoting the state’s mining expertise and possibilities to the world.

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The True Power of MOOCs May Have Been Accidental

The True Power of MOOCs May Have Been Accidental | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
Free online college courses haven't sparked the higher-ed revolution advocates envisioned, but perhaps they could reform education in a way that was largely unintentional.
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Harvard U., Massachusetts Institute of Technology release updated MOOC research

Harvard U., Massachusetts Institute of Technology release updated MOOC research | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

An updated study of massive open online courses from Harvard U. and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology finds diverse learner populations and interests -- and the need for more research.


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