It’s move-in week this week at the state university campus across the street from where I live and where I taught for several years. This occasion always reminds of the ominous first paragraph of Don DeLillo’s 1984 academic satire White Noise, which begins, “The station wagons arrived at noon.”The station wagons and the provisions they carry have changed in 30 years, but the dislocation recorded by the narrator hasn’t. The students still “get younger every year,” as my colleagues like to joke. T
Here’s a question I’ve been battling for some time .. how do you measure the ‘success’ of a MOOC? The problem is that I haven’t been able to define what the ‘success’ is supposed to be, so to try and measure it seems, well, a pointless exercise...
It's stuff like this that keeps me going and reminds me that this MOOC book project might be relevant after all....
...Like I said, maybe all this program needs to do to be successful is to attract some students who would have otherwise tried to go to ASU anyway. Maybe it will be successful as a PR move, too: some students take some ASU MOOCs, have good experiences, and decide to enroll there for real. But for MOOCs to really represent a “sea change” in higher education, it seems to me they need to address the top motivating factors for students’ choices about what school to attend and not just costs.
So after a couple of years since MOOCs become a recognized eLearning strategy (and for the sake of our readers, I’ll suppose you know what generally defines a MOOC), where do they stand? Still the possible future of education? Still a developing concept? Or perhaps a failed experiment?
I’ll stand in the middle, aligning myself with ‘developing concept’, as there is promise, hype, and both encouraging and discouraging results.
Arizona State University and edX are launching the Global Freshman Academy, a first-of-its-kind program that offers a unique entry point to an undergraduate degree.
The Global Freshman Academy will give learners anywhere in the world the opportunity to earn freshman-level university credit after successfully completing a series of digital immersion courses hosted on edX, designed and taught by leading scholars from ASU.
In many ways, we have a romanticized view of college. Popular portrayals of a typical classroom show a handful of engaged students sitting attentively around a small seminar table while their Harrison Ford-like professor shares their wisdom about the...
“Just as podcasting and Tweeting made it easier to share general content, EdCasting empowers everyone to share their knowledge and help create the new culture of lifelong learning in this knowledge economy,” said Karl Mehta, CEO and Founder of EdCast. “With EdCasting, you are just a button push away from being connected to subject experts.”
The launch of EdCasting includes 10 channels ranging from entrepreneurship, architecture, robotics, technology, and health, filled with insights from over 100 “globally renowned experts and influencers,” described the company in a press release.
And just like with Twitter, the mini-MOOC platform is meant to be an informal learning ecosystem, where those who sign up for the EdCast platform can follow channels, groups, or individuals, and educators can curate content for their followers. It’s also AI driven based on user profile characteristics and activity-based interests.
Offering online courses for credit is a unique endeavor for each institution, but the fundamentals are the same: To offer courses for credit, you need to verify student I.D. and protect against exam cheating. But how can a program do this most efficiently and successfully?
According to Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX, one answer lies in the ability of a virtual proctoring solution’s decoupling of exam taking from proctoring verification.
Curtin University plans to extend its global reach through a collaboration with one of the world’s leading education platforms.
The University has been accepted to join edX, a consortium of elite higher education institutions established by Harvard and MIT universities in 2012, which offers interactive online classes and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
EdX partners include many of the world’s top ranked universities and are recognised for their cutting-edge technologies, innovative pedagogy, and have a reputation for offering the best of higher education online.
Curtin’s partnership with edX expands the consortium’s range of offerings with MOOCS in Mining, Digital Marketing and Transmedia Storytelling due for release in the next 12 months.
Curtin University has become just the fourth Australian university to join the edX global consortium of many of the world’s top ranked universities, with plans to build a global community of online learners who will be actively engaged with the Western Australian educator.
Curtin Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry says joining edX, one of the world’s leading education platforms, will extend the university’s global reach.
The edX consortium of elite higher education institutions was established by Harvard and MIT universities in 2012, and offers interactive online classes and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
Mining underpins modern society. 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 Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), you learn the theory behind running a mine, and dive headfirst into managing your own fictional gold mine. Experience the boom and bust of a typical mining life cycle and see if you've got what it takes to explore, plan, operate and close a major mining operation. You call the shots, but you also carry the risk.
... Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have evolved over the past three years. This is how we think about their evolution:
MOOC 1.0 - One-to-Many: Professor lecturing to a global audience MOOC 2.0 - One-to-One: Lecture plus individual or small-group exercises MOOC 3.0 - Many-to-Many: Massive decentralized peer-to-peer teaching. MOOC 4.0 - Many-to-One: Deep listening among learners as a vehicle for sensing one's highest future possibility through the eyes of others...
Curtis J. Bonk will deliver a presentation via videoconference at Tampere University of Applied Sciences, http://www.tamk.fi/. The following themes are included in presentation:
- Massive open online courses as part of the higher education. - The trends of e-learning and educational technology. - Opportunities and challenges in online learning, blended learning and moocs - Recommendations and guidelines for design and implementation of MOOCs
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