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Class2Go: Stanford’s New Open-Source Platform For Online Education | TechCrunch

Class2Go: Stanford’s New Open-Source Platform For Online Education  | TechCrunch | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
The cost of higher education in the U.S. today is ridiculous. Student debt shot north of $1 trillion earlier this year, for example. It's not surprising, then, that we're seeing growing adoption of online learning platforms and tools.

 

To unpack that a little: When Class2Go says it’s portable, it means that it wants to be platform agnostic. Its documents are already portable, its videos already live outside its system on YouTube, its assets can be repurposed as professors see fit and the platform’s exercises and problem sets are in the Khan Academy format (meaning they’re not in a proprietary database) and can be used anywhere.

 

In terms of interoperability, Class2Go’s website reads, “we don’t want to build or maintain more than we have to,” so it stands on the shoulders of, or relies significantly on, other services to run, like Khan, Piazza, YouTube, Python Django, Amazon AWS, Opscode and Github. Furthermore, designing the platform for both teaching and research means that the platform will leverage data to inform and evolve pedagogy, as well as to give them a glimpse into the efficacy of lessons, teaching style, tech tools, etc.

 

But the biggest differentiating factor for Class2Go — in case it hasn’t yet become apparent — is its early dedication to building and maintaining a totally open-source platform. This means that the platform aims to be both free of cost and of pricey IP, while professors are free to contribute to Class2Go’s code and get involved in the development of the platform, as well as to collaborate with other institutions and organizations.

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Fifty shades of grey in higher and distance education (#oped12 ...

Fifty shades of grey in higher and distance education (#oped12 ... | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
Not a day goes past without someone, somewhere claiming a new form of higher and distance education whether it is a new type of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), a Little Open Online Course (LOOC) or various ...
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elearningk12: Post Graduate Study Skills

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A free MOOC style course that uses Creative Commons licensed content from the Masters of Business and Technology Program at the University of New South Wales

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25 Tips For A Better MOOC Experience

25 Tips For A Better MOOC Experience | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
Massive online open courses (also known as MOOCs) are quite popular these days.

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Introducing MRUniversity (spread the word)

Introducing MRUniversity (spread the word) | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
That’s Marginal Revolution University, MRU, or I suppose to some “Mister” University.

 

Here are a few of the principles behind MR University:

1. The product is free (like this blog), and we offer more material in less time.

2. Most of our videos are short, so you can view and listen between tasks, rather than needing to schedule time for them. The average video is five minutes, twenty-eight seconds long. When needed, more videos are used to explain complex topics.

3. No talking heads and no long, boring lectures. We have tried to reconceptualize every aspect of the educational experience to be friendly to the on-line world.

4. It is low bandwidth and mobile-friendly. No ads.

5. We offer tests and quizzes.

6. We have plans to subtitle the videos in major languages. Our reach will be global, and in doing so we are building upon the global emphasis of our home institution, George Mason University.

7. We invite users to submit content.

8. It is a flexible learning module. It is not a “MOOC” per se, although it can be used to create a MOOC, namely a massive, open on-line course.

9. It is designed to grow rapidly and flexibly, absorbing new content in modular fashion — note the beehive structure to our logo. But we are starting with plenty of material.

10. We are pleased to announce that our first course will begin on October 1.

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Is MOOC more than just a buzzword? - The Guardian (blog)

Is MOOC more than just a buzzword? - The Guardian (blog) | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
The Guardian (blog)Is MOOC more than just a buzzword?

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Essay on what MOOCs are missing to truly transform higher education | Inside Higher Ed

Essay on what MOOCs are missing to truly transform higher education | Inside Higher Ed | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

A colleague recently reminded me of why we work toward this end when he posted to his Facebook page a quote by W.E.B. DuBois: "The purpose of education is not to make men and women into doctors, lawyers and engineers; the purpose of education is to make doctors, lawyers and engineers into men and women."

 

A college education is much more than mere knowledge transfer. It is a rite of passage and an important part of personal development and the maturation process. As universities work to assure that result, online courses will no doubt be part of the mix. How much a part depends on our ability to innovate our way forward.

 

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Is MOOC more than just a buzzword?

Is MOOC more than just a buzzword? | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
With MIT topping the world university rankings, MOOCs are back in the headlines.

 

My final postcard, then, says forget the buzzwords. The hype around MOOCs only clouds the conversation, consolidating power back in the hands of those who have the most to lose if the universities as business entities do not adapt. But those of us who teach and learn have ties to these entities too – just little to gain from robot grading. It's complex, this future of higher education. Maybe MOOCs can be a different kind of Trojan horse for change.

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Is mass education the solution to Future Education?

Is mass education the solution to Future Education? | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
What are some of the issues of mass education, based on video lectures or lectures in Future Education? In this who-would-choose-a-lecture-as-their-primary-mode-of-learning? by Jackie Gerstein, Ed....

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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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Can MOOC's Help Sell Textbooks?

Can MOOC's Help Sell Textbooks? | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
Publishers seem to think so. The courses' recommended-reading lists represent "a promising market," says the director of one press.
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Heard: University in Colorado First To Award US College Credit For MOOC Course | WiredAcademic

Heard: University in Colorado First To Award US College Credit For MOOC Course | WiredAcademic | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
Its the first time a university in the US is offering such credit for a Udacity course...

In order to earn the three transfer credits toward their bachelor’s degrees at Colorado State, students will need a “certificate of accomplishment” from Udacity showing they passed the course. Then they have to pass a proctored examination offered by Udacity through a secure testing center. The exam, administered by the Pearson VUE testing group, will cost $89.
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Professors rethink teaching methods | USA TODAY College

Professors rethink teaching methods | USA TODAY College | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
“I’ve always looked at different media to extend reach of classroom teaching to different audiences...
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An invitation to join the Future of Education MOOC

From October 8th to November 16, 2012, experts from across higher education are getting together to learn about trends and change patterns that will impact the future of the field.

This discussion will be in the form of a massive open online course (a MOOC) and will address the following topics:

1. Net pedagogies - What new ways of approaching the learning process are emerging in response to the connective possibilities of the web?

2. Entrepreneurship and commercial activity - What impact will new profit models have on the fabric of education?

3. Big data and analytics - What new lessons can we learn from data analysis and what impact will that have on the field?

4. Distributed Research - As research can increasingly be done between individual researchers, what impact does that have on their institutions?

5. Power Shifts - What impact will the disruption of leadership and learning hierarchies have on the future of Education?

We invite you to learn with us. Each weekly topic will be headed up by one of our partner organizations, but we want you to bring your perspectives and insight to the discussion. Go to edfuture.net to register.

Written and Narrated by Dave Cormier. Video by Neal Gillis.

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Heard: Star Economists Launch The Upcoming Marginal Revolution University | WiredAcademic

Heard: Star Economists Launch The Upcoming Marginal Revolution University | WiredAcademic | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

An economist friend recently told us to check out posts by Matthew Yglesias at Slate and by Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok of the esteemed economics blog, Marginal Revolution. It turns out Cowen and Tabarrok are big fans of online education and are launching the Marginal Revolution University. It’s goal is to teach economics online, particularly development economics.

 

Cohen and Tabarrok write:

The motto of MRU is “Learn, Teach, and Share.” You can register for the course to come here. Background on MRU is here. Background on the development economics class is here.

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MOOC's Could Hurt Smaller and For-Profit Colleges, Moody's Report Says - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

MOOC's Could Hurt Smaller and For-Profit Colleges, Moody's Report Says - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

The rise of massive open online courses, or MOOC’s, could improve the financial prospects of leading universities while posing financial challenges to lesser-known institutions and for-profit colleges, a new report from Moody’s Investors Service predicts.

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Announcing New Offering in Series: Designing an Exemplary Course

Announcing New Offering in Series: Designing an Exemplary Course | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Open course enrollment will begin September 19th.

Duration: September 26 - October 17

Course Description: Using the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program (ECP) Rubric as a guide, this open course will provide both theoretical concepts and practical tools for instructors to recognize, organize, and build online courses for both blended learners and online learners.

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Moocs: College may never be the same - USA Today

Report cites "pivotal development" in online courses that has the potential to revolutionize higher education.


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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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