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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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

UK universities are wary of getting on board the mooc train | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
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

The Unstoppable MOOCs | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

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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OpenMooc « A fully open source MOOC solution

OpenMooc « A fully open source MOOC solution | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

OpenMOOC is an open source platform (Apache license 2.0) that implements a fully open MOOC solution. If you do not know what a MOOC is, check it out on Wikipedia.

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Wiley: TED Homepage

Wiley: TED Homepage | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
We are proud to present in collaboration with TED a curated series of talks plus specially commissioned educational support materials
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MOOC Monitor: Liberal Arts Wellesley College Joins edX | WiredAcademic

MOOC Monitor: Liberal Arts Wellesley College Joins edX | WiredAcademic | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
The move is a bold one for the old school liberal arts college known as an elite, private finishing school of sorts for women. WellesleyX will offer four courses on edX starting in the fall of 2013.
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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

Online learning in 2012: a retrospective | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
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

MOOCs break down barriers to knowledge | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
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

MOOCs and Pedagogy: Teacher-Centered, Student-Centered, and Hybrids | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
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

MOOCs Are Moving Forward | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
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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Community Colleges Try MOOCs in Blended Courses -- Campus Technology

Community Colleges Try MOOCs in Blended Courses -- Campus Technology | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
Two community colleges in Massachusetts will be trying out a blended model of instruction that integrates online content from edX.
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The future of MOOCs

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MOOCs get a bad rap. Dismissed as prescriptive, or teacher-centric, or unsocial, or something else, it’s like a badge of honour to espouse why you dislike MOOCs. Despite their pedagogical flaws, however, MOOCs provide unprecedented access to quality content for millions of learners....

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