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

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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

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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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The Future Is Now, and Has Been for Years - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Future Is Now, and Has Been for Years - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

I think I taught the first MOOC in history. It was the spring of 1994.

 

By James J. O'Donnell

 

PM - Perspective and context!

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Stanford steps up online learning focus as MOOCs take hold

Stanford steps up online learning focus as MOOCs take hold | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
Stanford University has stepped up its focus on online education with the creation of a dedicated office for online learning, to be headed up by new vice provost John Mitchell.

 

Professor Sussex said it’s an approach that could be problematic for Australian universities as students start comparing what they’re studying with what’s available online.

 

And, he said, it’s a stepping stone towards Stanford playing a part in Australian education, without having to set up a campus here.

 

“It will be necessary for boards of study in Australian institutions to work out which of these courses they will afford credit for as part of an Australian degree.”

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Connectivism in Practice — How to Organize a MOOC | Peeragogy.org

Connectivism in Practice — How to Organize a MOOC | Peeragogy.org | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are online learning events that can take place synchronously and asynchronously for months.


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Thoughtful community management, the code to cracking MOOC’s?

Thoughtful community management, the code to cracking MOOC’s? | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
On the same day that I set out to write about the importance of active community building and management in MOOC’s, Coursera rolls the addition of student profile pages. It’s a small st...

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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?

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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)

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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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Found In Translation: MOOC Player Coursera Partners With Amara For Wiki-Translations | WiredAcademic

Found In Translation: MOOC Player Coursera Partners With Amara For Wiki-Translations | WiredAcademic | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
For a while, some moves by the open education community was lost in translation and limited to English.

 

For a while, some moves by the open education community was lost in translation and limited to English. But this past week, one of the biggest massive open online course (MOOC) providers Coursera teamed up with a nonprofit crowd-sourced subtitling platform called Amara. That means Coursera courses could become even more widely available to students and learners in other countries. Khan Academy is already using the service. Here’s a roundup of the reports on the development.

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Columnist Ryan Craig: The Interplay Of Elitism, Inequality & MOOCs | WiredAcademic

Columnist Ryan Craig: The Interplay Of Elitism, Inequality & MOOCs | WiredAcademic | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
It is absolutely in the interest of elite colleges and universities to pave the highway so that, if this promise is realized, digital community colleges and state university systems will have the opportunity to drive unprecedented student outcomes...

 

This is why the recent tsunami of elite university interest in massive open online courses (MOOCs) is so interesting, and yet so maddening. On the one hand, many of the technologies that are and will be deployed by companies like Coursera and edX will be instrumental in helping to test and prove the concept of machine-guided learning. On the other hand, their application in non-degree, not-for-credit courses indicates these institutions either fail to recognize or have no interest in solving the problem.

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School’s Out, Forever: EdX Online Classes Change How People Learn

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EdX Online Classes: A new online education program changes how people learn. College students can take online classes from home with edX.

 

MIT began contemplating a massive online class in 2007. Then-provost L. Rafael Reif, who was named the Institute’s president in May, saw that students were using the Internet in nearly every part of life, yet classroom learning remained relatively untouched by the Web. So he set up several committees dedicated to thinking about how online technology should remake the way students learn, and how that technology could be shared with the world. Professors played with different techniques for four years, and in 2011 Reif finally unveiled MITx to faculty, alumni, students, and trustees. Agarwal quickly volunteered to put his full circuits course online.

 

In the old days—like, a year or two ago—online learning consisted of students sitting in front of computers watching hour-long videos of professors droning on from behind a lectern. If you were lucky, somebody might post a PowerPoint presentation. That model is dead.

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My summer paranoia: computers will replace teachers in higher education

My summer paranoia: computers will replace teachers in higher education | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

I had a strange dream last night. I was in discussion with an editor from a publishing company about the draft of a new book I was writing. As in all dreams it wasn’t clear what was going on in the discussion but then I realised he wanted me to change what I was writing to make the case that computers can replace teachers in higher education. He told me that his CEO and a number of CEOs from other companies all thought this was the right way to go, and were trying to influence the market to accept this. I was so upset that I woke with a start.


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