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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Tom Vander Ark: Wunderkind MOOCs Still A Non-Consumption Trend | WiredAcademic

Tom Vander Ark: Wunderkind MOOCs Still A Non-Consumption Trend | WiredAcademic | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
MOOCs are an interesting development because the are free and a number of leading institutions have jumped on board, that that doesn’t improve delivery of existing courses.

 

Universities are struggling with large classes and looking for ways to economically improvement in engagement. The University of Michigan studied the interactive classroom and found their participation rates among students going up from 3 percent to over 65 percent using some of Echo’s Active Learning Interactive Classroom Tools. (Echo recently acquired LectureTools from Dr. Perry.)

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Using an instructional design perspective to analyze MOOC materials

"A facebook conversation from yesterday encouraged me to share one of the assignments that I developed for my instructional design course. The goal of the class is for the students to understand, experience, and apply instructional design in a variety of educational contexts.

One of the assignments I developed for asked students to enroll in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and analyze the instructional materials within the course using one of the rubrics provided by Dick and Carey (the instructional design book we use in class). It was a lot of fun and the students appreciated the exercise. Given the lack of presence and voice by instructional designers in MOOC happenings, the lack of valid, reliable, and serious research that exists on the topic (though Rita Kop’s work on cMOOCs is admirable), and my desire to engage students in contemporary events, I came up with this assignment to embed MOOC analysis in my course. The assignment is available for download on and posted below for those who just want to skim it without downloading it. Enjoy and feel free to use it..."


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Clay Shirky is our MP3 » FOLLOWERS OF THE APOCALYPSE

Clay Shirky is our MP3 » FOLLOWERS OF THE APOCALYPSE | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
The needs that MOOCs satisfy are the needs of a bunch of middle-aged men (and it is – nearly – always men) who are comfortably tenured but seek the thrill of being on the cutting edge of technology and “innovation” (whatever that is – looks to me like inventiveness with all the fun sucked out of it). They make for great TED talks. Wonderful blog posts. But they are nothing more than a surface solution to the surface problems a non-specialist observer could see in higher education.

The problems Higher Education does face is that it is a marketplace when it doesn’t need to be. We spend billions of dollars forcing universities to compete without any evidence whatsoever that this leads to a better or cheaper product. We spend more on HE than at any point in our history whilst departments are closing, services are withering and talented young academics are leaving in droves because they have reached their mid 30s without finding anything other than temporary hourly-paid work.
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giovanni nulli's curator insight, December 19, 2012 8:00 AM

A different position on mooc as napster+ mp3 for university just re-posted to complete my yesterday post.

And if mooc is the right answer for grey haired students, that enjoied all the benefit of a traditional university campus and teaching?

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MOOCs from the Student Perspective - The EvoLLLution | The EvoLLLution

MOOCs from the Student Perspective - The EvoLLLution | The EvoLLLution | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
MOOCs allow students to pursue interests in a non-commital way. However, the format does not provide students with the added benefits of a classroom that help transform interests into passion and knowledge
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giovanni nulli's curator insight, December 19, 2012 6:20 AM

An interesting perspective on Mooc from a student. He followed a course, and because he is really interested and motivated by the quality of the university. So strong motivation is a key factor for success of these kind of environment. 

Another important point is that he felt the content just as a top down flow, and he felt himself connected at all with the teacher.

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Online learning in 2012: a retrospective

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Learning Futures | Curtin Learning and Teaching's insight:

An amusing introduction talking about the MOOC hysteria of 2012... 

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5 Ways Technology Will Impact Higher Ed in 2013 - Forbes

5 Ways Technology Will Impact Higher Ed in 2013 - Forbes | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
Guest post authored by Chris Proulx, President & CEO of eCornell 2012 was a transformative year in education.   Between the introduction of the MOOC (the ‘Massive Open Online Course’), and the explosive growth in the number of online offerings, all...
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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, December 15, 2012 12:12 AM

Key takeaways:

 

1. Growth in Online Education will be particularly strong In the Top Tier

2.  Expect to See More Innovation Around “Flipping the Classroom”

3.  Next Year’s Buzz Words are ‘Hybrid Program'

4.  The Race Will Be On For A New Instructional Model.

5. Higher Ed Costs May Start to Decrease…But Not Quite Yet.

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MOOCs break down barriers to knowledge

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MOOCHING from someone means sponging from them -- taking more than you give, perhaps giving nothing.
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Alec Couros: Openness Beyond the Course Container - CogDogBlog

Alec Couros: Openness Beyond the Course Container - CogDogBlog | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

With no sign of any waning of MOOC Hysteria, it seems like a “course” is of course the only way of convening educators online. There is some stampeded going to create more MOOCs or various anagram soups of MOONs OOs, MOOS, whatever.

 

Alec Couros has been floating the idea of a new one, ETMOOC:

This space will act as a major information hub for #etmooc, a massively open online course focused on the use of educational technology (#edtech) and media in education. While the field of educational technology is vast, this particular course will focus on some of the recently popularized technologies, literacies and related topics such as social/participatory media, blended/online learning environments, digital literacies, open education, digital citizenship/identity, copyright/copyleft, and multimedia in education.

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Can a MOOC Replace Your Teaching? (A Checklist) | NeoAcademic

As a college instructor, can you be realistically replaced with a MOOC?
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A Cautious Word about MOOCs

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MOOCs are all the rage. Not a day goes by without someone extolling how they will transform and rescue higher education: they will democratize it; they will revolutionize it; they will make it more affordable. In an essay here yesterday, Richard Vedder outlined their promise of positive impact.

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Indiana University eyes global audience in online learning venture

Indiana University eyes global audience in online learning venture | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
Students from around the world could participate in classes at Indiana University through the Web under the university's aggressive new online education model.
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MOOCs and Pedagogy: Teacher-Centered, Student-Centered, and Hybrids

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In writing about all of the hype surrounding MOOCs, I saw this photo entitled “University Classroom of the Future.” From instructional television in the 1950s through updated versions o...
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MOOCs Are Moving Forward

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More universities are developing long-distance courses by computer for students throughout the world | EXPLORATIONS (MOOCs Are Moving Forward - Read, listen and learn English with this story.
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Emerging Technologies for Researchers » Coursera: behind the scenes filming

Emerging Technologies for Researchers » Coursera: behind the scenes filming | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

Coursera: behind the scenes filming
By Ben Loveridge (Learning Environments, The University of Melbourne"

"Over the last few months, the MOOC’s team at Learning Environments have been busy preparing for the University of Melbourne’s Coursera debut in 2013. Much has has already been written about the impact of MOOC’s (Massive Online Open Courses) on higher education but little on the practical challenges of filming. Here I outline these aspects, primarily for staff of other institutions who may be planning to go down this path..."


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Helen Blunden's curator insight, December 19, 2012 3:49 AM

I always wondered how they did the Coursera Gamification course, now I know!

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Essay critiques the ideas of Clay Shirky and others advocating higher ed disruption | Inside Higher Ed

Essay critiques the ideas of Clay Shirky and others advocating higher ed disruption | Inside Higher Ed | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
If someone like me -- a graduate student for many years, currently trying to find an academic job -- looks at MOOCs and online education, and sees the downsides very clearly, it’s also true that no one has a more strongly vested interest in arguing the benefits of radically transforming the academe than Clay Shirky and a number of others who talk about the inevitability of radical change. As Chuck Klosterman unkindly put it, once, "Clay Shirky must argue that the Internet is having a positive effect – it’s the only reason he’s publicly essential." Which is not to say that Shirky is wrong, simply that he must prove, not presume, that he is right.
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Committee proposes online courses | Yale Daily News

Committee proposes online courses | Yale Daily News | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
“MOOCs are a wonderfully efficient way to disseminate needed information, but information isn’t knowledge — knowledge is what happens to information when it is put under the pressure of concentration and reflection,” Kastan said. “MOOCs aren’t good for that.”
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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: MOOCs

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: MOOCs | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
Massive Open Online Courses. MOOCs. This was, without a doubt, the most important and talked-about trend in education technology this year.

And oh man, did we talk about it. MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs MOOCs ad infinitum.
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Open University Enters Battle Of The MOOCs, Launches “FutureLearn” | WiredAcademic

Open University Enters Battle Of The MOOCs, Launches “FutureLearn” | WiredAcademic | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
The heavy hitting and innovative Open University is majority owner of FutureLearn Ltd.

Not to be outdone by US consortiums, the United Kingdom announced its own massive open online course (MOOC) provider on Friday called “FutureLearn”, kicking up the battle of the MOOCs to a trans-Atlantic affair.

The heavy hitting and innovative Open University is majority owner of FutureLearn Ltd. But it says the organization will run independently, offering a wide range of free, open, online courses from a roster of UK universities that includes: The universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Anglia, Exeter, King’s College London, Lancaster, Leeds, Southampton, St Andrews and Warwick.
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drsmetty's curator insight, December 17, 2012 9:11 AM

The UK starts his own MOOC provider, I guess France and Germany will follow soon.

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MOOC Meetup Groups Point To A Blended (Online + Community) Learning Model | WiredAcademic

MOOC Meetup Groups Point To A Blended (Online + Community) Learning Model | WiredAcademic | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
One thing caught my eye while tooling around the Coursera web site: the advent of MOOC Meetup groups. Last I checked, more than 11,000 students had signed up for meet up groups in more than 1,100 cities worldwide!
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UK universities are wary of getting on board the mooc train

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Peter Mellow's insight:

Thanks to Raoul Mulder (Melbourne University) for this link.

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Could online courses be the death of the humanities?

Could online courses be the death of the humanities? | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
Humanities are at risk, less from the free education market than the free market strategies in education, suggest Aurélien Mondon and Gerhard Hoffstaedter...
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The Sustainability of MOOCs in Higher Education - University of Massachusetts Boston

The Sustainability of MOOCs in Higher Education - University of Massachusetts Boston | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
The oceanfront campus is minutes from downtown Boston and nationally recognized as a student-centered urban public research university.

 

The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Innovation and Excellence in eLearning (CIEE), University College at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).

 

When & Where

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (EDT)

 

University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125
Campus Center, Ballroom B & C

 

Live stream of the forum will be available. For information and a link to access the live stream, please visit  http://ciee.wikispaces.umb.edu/LiveStream11Dec2012_MOOC_Forum

 

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The Unstoppable MOOCs

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Although difficult to measure, it is unlikely that higher education has had any productivity advance in the 50 years since I finished college. Economists like Princeton's William Baumol have argued that rising college costs are inevitable, given inherent limitations on reducing the cost of disseminating knowledge -only so many people can fit into a room to hear a lecture.

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Providers of Free MOOC's Now Charge Employers for Access to Student Data - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Providers of Free MOOC's Now Charge Employers for Access to Student Data - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
Several high-profile tech companies have already signed up for Coursera's new employee-matching service. Udacity offers a similar service.
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For a critique of MOOCs/whatever and the restructuring of the University | Richard Hall's Space

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