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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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

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

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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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. edX is a non-profit organization founded by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology to offer massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
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Education EdAche: Pre-Higher Education MOOC

Education EdAche: Pre-Higher Education MOOC | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

Whilst in the middle of the debate about MOOC's taking over higher education at university. I was thinking about what use they could be to university and people who want to go to university. I came up with something that a short type MOOC that you can do before higher education and is course specific. There could be one for most degrees in university.

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How MOOCs Already Changed Higher Ed in 2012 - Getting Smart

How MOOCs Already Changed Higher Ed in 2012 - Getting Smart | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
As we all know, cost is the major reason that students drop out of college, with the two highest cost factors being tuition and textbooks.
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Online Educa: MOOC-Bubble, MOOC-tastic or MOOC-agnostic? | WiredAcademic

Online Educa: MOOC-Bubble, MOOC-tastic or MOOC-agnostic? | WiredAcademic | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

BERLIN — At ed tech conferences like Online Educa Berlin, one well-worn word and topic has the power to captivate and irritate at the same time: MOOC.

 

MOOCs are the big story of 2012 without a doubt. As several panelists pointed out, the bizarre thing about MOOCs this year was how dramatically they came on the scene and how quickly normally-slow-moving universities are jumping on the MOOC bandwagon out of a mix of fear, peer pressure and reckless abandon.

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Will MOOCs be Game Changers? | Contact North

Will MOOCs be Game Changers? | Contact North | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

Since the beginning of this year the term “MOOCs” has been receiving a great deal of attention. Massive Open Online Courses, a Canadian innovation, are seen as a major development in higher education. New companies and organizations - Coursera, edX, Udactity, the People's University and others – have been formed with venture capital from the private sector, or from the endowment funds of universities, and new MOOCs are being launched almost every week.

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What Can MOOCs Teach Us About Learning?

What Can MOOCs Teach Us About Learning? | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

Here is what I find breathtaking about MOOCs:

Here is what I find depressing about MOOCs:

Here is what I find hopeful about the future of MOOCs:

Here are some assumptions I'm making about why we need MOOCs and what we might learn from them:

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Coursera will profit from “Free” courses, competition heats up.

Coursera will profit from “Free” courses, competition heats up. | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

Are MOOC’s really about FREE education? Coursera reveals how it intends to generate revenue off of “freely” available MOOC’s. In fact, many MOOC companies are launching business models where students and institutions will pay.

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Who Says Online Courseware Will Cause the Death of Universities? - Forbes

Who Says Online Courseware Will Cause the Death of Universities? - Forbes | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
By Tom Katsouleas,  Dean of Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. He serves as Chair of the National Academy of Engineering’s Advisory Committee on Engineering Grand Challenges for the 21st Century.
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40 Useful Tips For Anyone Taking A MOOC

40 Useful Tips For Anyone Taking A MOOC | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
Whether you’re looking to online education for personal reasons or to get ahead in your career, use these tips to help you get more out of open courses and use what you learn to market yourself, improve your performance, and stand out on the job.
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Will YouTube Become The Next MOOC Platform?

Will YouTube Become The Next MOOC Platform? | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
Two new features that have been released recently might suggest that YouTube is planning to enter the market and become the next MOOC platform.
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What Northeastern’s President Has Wrong About Massive Open Online Education

What Northeastern’s President Has Wrong About Massive Open Online Education | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
“We’re witnessing the end of higher education as we know it,” according to Northeastern President Joseph Aoun, who posted an editorial in the Boston Globe...
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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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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: MOOCs

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: MOOCs | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
Will MOOCs spell the end of higher education?” more than one headline has asked this year (sometimes with great glee, other times with great trepidation). As UVA’s Siva Vaidhyanathan recently noted, “This may or may not be the dawn of a new technological age for higher education. But it is certainly the dawn of a new era of unfounded hyperbole.” The year of the MOOC
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Massive Open Online Courses Are Multiplying at a Rapid Pace

Massive Open Online Courses Are Multiplying at a Rapid Pace | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
Massive open online courses are the educational happening of the moment. Everyone wants in. No one is quite sure what they’re getting into.
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8 questions MOOCs face in 2013

8 questions MOOCs face in 2013 | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

By Davide Savenije

 

"If it sounds too good to be true, that's because the hype has yet to match the reality. While MOOCs are already being touted as the solution to age-old problems in education, they have yet to solve seemingly simple problems, such as producing a sustainable business model and evaluating student performance in a meaningful way.

 

"2013 is going to be a pivotal year for MOOCs. But before they can truly take advantage of the international marketplace and change education for good, the massive free offerings need to answer these eight questions:"


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The LMS and the MOOC

Keynote on the topic of the LMS and the MOOC model.

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What price MOOCs?

What price MOOCs? | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are all over the news at the moment, with mainstream media such as the New York Times, Forbes and the TES featuring it widely. The L&D and Higher Ed communit...
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10 Universities Team To Offer Cross-Institution Online Courses for Credit -- Campus Technology

10 Universities Team To Offer Cross-Institution Online Courses for Credit -- Campus Technology | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

Ten universities from Brandeis and Duke to Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and Washington University in St. Louis are pulling together to launch a new program that delivers credit-bearing online courses to students that may or may not be enrolled in their own institutions. Semester Online, as it's called, will feature real-time and asynchronous activities to emulate the kinds of digital courses currently offered by all of the participants. But at the same time, by opening the class offerings to students outside of a given institution's admission walls, the program also bears some resemblance to MOOCs--massive open online courses.

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2U creates online undergraduate school program with leading universities

2U creates online undergraduate school program with leading universities | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

A NEW APPROACH TO ONLINE UNDERGRAD EDUCATION: The race to figure out how to extend brand name universities in the digital world is gaining momentum. Today, 2U (formerly 2Tor), which has been building graduate programs with well-known universities, said it was working with a group of leading undergraduate university programs to create an accredited online program for their students.

 

The program expects to offer students largely the same faculty and courses as they would take if they were on campus--meaning that a Duke student could take an art history class at the University of Rochester or visa versa. 2U will provide the digital infrastructure for supporting class work, discussions and so on. "Students will still have live, in-person classes but they can physically be anywhere," says Jeremy Johnson, president of the 2U undergraduate program.

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College of Future Could Be Come One, Come All | NY Times

College of Future Could Be Come One, Come All | NY Times | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

By Tamar Lewin

 

"The spread of MOOCs is likely to have wide fallout. Lower-tier colleges, already facing resistance over high tuition, may have trouble convincing students that their courses are worth the price. And some experts voice reservations about how online learning can be assessed and warn of the potential for cheating.

 

"No one knows just how these massive courses will evolve, but their appeal to a broad audience is unquestioned: retirees in Indiana see them as a route to lifelong learning, students in India as their only lifeline to college-level work.

 

"The professors involved face new challenges. “It was really intimidating at the beginning to do these lectures with no live audience, no sense of who was listening and how they were reacting,” Professor Duneier said. “I talk about things like racial differences in I.Q., Abu Ghraib and public bathrooms, and I worried that my lectures might come across as examples of American ethnocentrism.”

 

 


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Tom Vander Ark: Bringing Down The Price Of College Credit | WiredAcademic

Tom Vander Ark: Bringing Down The Price Of College Credit | WiredAcademic | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
We’re seeing a proliferation of low cost online degree pathways including Propero, Straighterline, and UniversityNow. It’s getting easier to earn low cost college credit — and harder to run an expensive college.
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Online learning glitch: MOOC flaws will be hard to resolve

Online learning glitch: MOOC flaws will be hard to resolve | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
Last weekend, The Guardian ran an article entitled “Do online courses spell the end for the traditional university?

 

Had I been the one writing that article, it would have been precisely two letters long:“N O”

 

Superficial opinion abounds, and nobody ever got famous for suggesting things were pretty much going to stay the same, but although the online education revolution will bring about fairly major changes in the way universities do things, they are not an existential threat.

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