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Gates Foundation Offering $50,000 Grants for Remedial MOOCs

Gates Foundation Offering $50,000 Grants for Remedial MOOCs | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

It’s no secret that Massive Open Online Courses are the topic of the moment. Coursera, Udacity, and edX have sparked interest around the world by offering classes in such attention-grabbing subjects as applied cryptography and aboriginal worldviews and education.

 

Many of the MOOCs are geared towards students who are either familiar with the subject matter or have the skill set necessary to complete a college course. The gap between the skillsets of students, some of whom may be taking college level courses for the first time, has caused problems and raised ethical and pedagogical concerns in some of the writing-intensive MOOCs.

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Google Introduces Course Builder, an Open Source Project Targeted at MOOCs (but the Real Competitor Might Be Amazon) - e-Literate

Google Introduces Course Builder, an Open Source Project Targeted at MOOCs (but the Real Competitor Might Be Amazon) - e-Literate | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Google quietly made an educational technology announcement yesterday about the release of Course Builder, an “open source project” targeted at massive open online courses (MOOCs). This platform follows on the heels of Google’s own MOOC this summer. We should find out more information over the coming months, but here are my initial observations after reading the Research Blog on Google’s site:

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George Siemens talks about MOOCs : The eLearning Site

George Siemens talks about MOOCs : The eLearning Site | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Dr George Siemens talks about MOOCs and their benefits for the teacher and the learner in the context of open education and OER. Dr Siemens also gives advice for anyone wishing to run a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)
Date: September 3rd 2012, Pretoria – South Africa
Interviewer: Dr Andreia Inamorato dos Santos

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Connectivist MOOCs | A list of connectivist MOOCs

Connectivist MOOCs | A list of connectivist MOOCs | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

"This site is an attempt to collect together a list of upcoming and in-progress connectivist MOOCs (massive open online courses)."


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European Commission - EUROPA - European Commission - Directorate-General for Education and Culture

European Commission - EUROPA - European Commission - Directorate-General for Education and Culture | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Consultation on "Opening up Education – a proposal for a European Initiative to enhance education and skills development through new technologies"

 

The objective of the consultation is to explore the perceived need - mainly but not exclusively among education and training stakeholders – for EU action to promote the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and of ICT in education.

 

New technologies, in particular the internet, together with globalisation and the emergence of new education providers, are radically changing the way people learn and teach. Open access to education resources offers an unprecedented opportunity to enhance both excellence and equity in education. The EU aims to help both individual learners and education and training institutions in Member States to benefit from these opportunities and to increase their contribution to society.

 

In the last quarter of 2012, the Commission will present a Communication on Rethinking Skills aiming to increase the quantity, quality and relevance of skills supply for higher economic and social outcomes. This will, among other actions, announce a new EU Initiative on "Opening up Education": a proposal to exploit the potential contribution of ICTs and Open Educational Resources (OER) to education and skills development. This new EU initiative on "Opening up Education" will be the topic of a subsequent Communication in mid-2013.

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In MOOCs, more is less, and less is more (Part 1)

In MOOCs, more is less, and less is more (Part 1) | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

What do I mean by the more is less and less is more in MOOCs?

 

There are two types of MOOCs, the cMOOCs and xMOOCs. We have more x MOOCs than c MOOCs. We might however have less chance to transform education, if we don’t go beyond the boxes in thinking and designing the learning. There would be less “learning” if we are to adhere only to the traditional way of teaching and learning – by mere lecturing, video taking, or just flipping the classroom, without reflecting and learning what they mean to our education and learning.

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Step Forward For New Higher Education Model - Forbes

Step Forward For New Higher Education Model - Forbes | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
Education innovator Sebastian Thrun: Colorado State will offer credits for his online class.

 

The computer science introduction course teaches basic skills by having students build a Google-like search engine, using the programming language Python. It is taught by an engaging professor, David Evans, who is on leave from the University of Virginia. Thrun, a lively presence, also makes appearances in the online course. Some 94,000 students around the world took the course last year and 98,000 signed up for the second class, which started in April.

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U. of Maine campus experiments with small-scale, high-touch open courses | Inside Higher Ed

U. of Maine campus experiments with small-scale, high-touch open courses | Inside Higher Ed | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

The buzz surrounding massive open online courses, or MOOCs, has grown nearly as massive as the courses themselves. MOOCs are the new “thneeds,” the oddly-shaped items peddled by the Once-ler in The Lorax: Everybody seems to want one, even if nobody yet knows exactly what they are or what they mean.


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First humanities MOOC professors road-test Coursera's peer grading model

First humanities MOOC professors road-test Coursera's peer grading model | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Interesting look inside a humanities mooc run by Coursera.


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Exclusive: Europe's Erasmus Prepares To Launch College Rankings, MOOC Classes | WiredAcademic

Exclusive: Europe's Erasmus Prepares To Launch College Rankings, MOOC Classes | WiredAcademic | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
He’s been watching the MOOC startups in the US, ranging from Udacity to Coursera to the recent edX announcement from MIT and Harvard. He said some colleges in Europe are moving toward online courses, but not fast enough.
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10 opinions on MOOCs and what they mean to higher ed

10 opinions on MOOCs and what they mean to higher ed | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
News, voices and jobs for education professionals. Optimized for your mobile phone.
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Before You Jump on the Bandwagon ... - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Before You Jump on the Bandwagon ... - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

We are only starting to imagine the possible effects that massive open online courses and other innovative technologies will have on traditional higher education—but the immediate response has a disconcerting air of panic.

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Into the Future With MOOC's - Commentary

Into the Future With MOOC's - Commentary | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

By Kevin Carey

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edX explores demographics of most persistent MOOC students

edX explores demographics of most persistent MOOC students | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

As the MOOC buzz continues to reverberate across higher education, the question of which subjects and populations these massive open online courses are best-suited to remains a mystery. The data released so far by the companies that run MOOC platforms have offered little insight beyond what countries students are logging in from and some information on who took a particular computer science course.

 

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/09/12/edx-explores-demographics-most-persistent-mooc-students#ixzz26JPks6tn
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Stanford University offers more free online classes - Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal

Stanford University offers more free online classes - Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
Stanford University is beefing up its free online courses this fall.

 

The school will offer 16 classes, open to anyone with a computer. Classes cover cryptography, finance and human-computer interaction.

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Gates Foundation Offers Grants for MOOC's in Introductory Classes - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Gates Foundation Offers Grants for MOOC's in Introductory Classes - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation wants to find out whether the massive open online courses that have proved so popular in advanced and often highly technical fields offer the same promise for remedial and introductory courses.

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Credentials in the cloud: how will MOOCs deal with plagiarism?

Credentials in the cloud: how will MOOCs deal with plagiarism? | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
Many are proclaiming 2012 is the year of the MOOC — Massive Open Online Course — thanks to the arrival of major players, edX, Udacity and Coursera all started by colleagues from elite American universities…...
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George Siemens' interview on MOOCs and Open Education

Dr George Siemens talks about MOOCs and their benefits for the teacher and the learner in the context of open education and OER. Dr Siemens also gives advice for anyone wishing to run a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)


Date: September 3rd 2012, Pretoria - South Africa


Interviewer: Dr Andreia Inamorato dos Santos (aisantos.wordpress.com @aisantos)

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Will MOOC's Take Down Branch Campuses? We Don’t Think So - WorldWise - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Will MOOC's Take Down Branch Campuses? We Don’t Think So - WorldWise - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

In a recent blog on University World News, Rahul Choudaha argues that MOOC’s (massive open online courses) could lead to the decline of international branch campuses. There is some logic to this argument. Access to online learning is available just about anywhere, and economies of scale as represented by the MOOC’s can make education incredibly inexpensive. Branch campuses, on the other hand, double down on geography and are often more expensive than other local options. But does that make MOOC’s and branch campuses mutually exclusive options and interchangeable entities for the provision of higher education? We don’t think so.

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Turning Back the Clock on Lifelong Learning: The Paradox of MOOCs - The EvoLLLution | The EvoLLLution

Turning Back the Clock on Lifelong Learning: The Paradox of MOOCs - The EvoLLLution | The EvoLLLution | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Massive Open Online Learning has certainly been making big waves in higher education this year, but the question is whether it’s turning back the clock on learner-centered learning.

 

 

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Alec Couros: Edtech MOOC, January 2013?

Alec Couros: Edtech MOOC, January 2013? | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

"During my sabbatical year (July 1/12 to June 30/13), I plan to focus on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as one of my key areas of research. To do so, I’m considering planning, organizing and facilitating a semester-long MOOC focused on educational technology starting January 2013."


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MOOC Brigade: Will Massive, Open Online Courses Revolutionize Higher Education?

MOOC Brigade: Will Massive, Open Online Courses Revolutionize Higher Education? | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
Correction Appended: Sept. 5, 2012 MOOC may be a silly-sounding acronym, but this new breed of online classes is shaking up the higher education world in ways that could be good for cash-strapped students and terrible for cash-strapped colleges.

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Stanford & Columbia University Select Academics To Lead Online Learning Efforts | WiredAcademic

Stanford & Columbia University Select Academics To Lead Online Learning Efforts | WiredAcademic | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
The blended learning revolution is creating new jobs in the administration suites of elite college campuses such as Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and Columbia University in New York City.
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The Development of Connectivism and MOOCs (Diagram)

The Development of Connectivism and MOOCs (Diagram) | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

I ran a short workshop for colleagues on the topics of connectivism and the rise of MOOCs earlier this week .


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MOOCs challenge higher education’s business models - University World News

MOOCs challenge higher education’s business models - University World News | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Prepared by William Lawton and Alex Katsomitros, the report, MOOCs and Disruptive Innovation: The challenge to HE business models, says it is also clear that many in the elite group of universities have calculated they have little to lose by joining the MOOC club now to extend their reach.

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