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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Antioch to offer free online classes taught by Ivy League professors | eSchool News

Antioch to offer free online classes taught by Ivy League professors | eSchool News | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
Students soon will be able to take online courses taught by Ivy League professors and—through a unique new partnership forged by Antioch University—earn college credit for their work at a fraction of the normal cost.

 

Antioch reportedly is the first institution in the country to sign an agreement to offer select massive open online courses for credit through Coursera, a new company that has allowed more than a million people around the world to participate in classes for free. Antioch Midwest in Yellow Springs, Ohio, is expected to begin participating this spring.

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MOOC Manifest Destiny | xED Book

MOOC Manifest Destiny | xED Book | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

So. This morning, Inside Higher Ed announced that Coursera has contracted with Antioch University to license MOOC courses for credit, as part of Antioch’s bachelor’s degree programs.

 

This is, as Steve Kolowich pointed out in the article, a step towards lowering the cost of a degree for students.

It is also, he noted, “a first step for Coursera and its partners toward developing a revenue stream from licensing its courses.”

 

It’s revenue time in MOOCland. It’s where we start to see how some of the “disruption or bust” rhetoric that’s seized higher ed since last spring plays out in reality.

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Latent Pattern Transmission: Credit for MOOC's - just what is Antioch up to?

Latent Pattern Transmission: Credit for MOOC's - just what is Antioch up to? | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

 

"I feel that I am witnessing the first true example of an innovation ecosystem in higher education. I say this because I am pretty sure that it is innovations like those at Antioch that are catalyzing the remarkable evolution of MOOCs, and innovations like Coursera that are catalyzing the acceptability growth of MOOCs, and innovations like MOOCs that are enabling innovations like those at Antioch. I am not sure how long this phase of it will last, I am not sure if the outcomes will be "good," but I do think that it will be interesting for a while. I hope that hangover is not so bad."

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The end of universities? Don't count on it

The end of universities? Don't count on it | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

Ernst & Young’s report on the future of universities made a big splash this week, fuelled by apocalyptic headlines heralding the end of the university world as we know it.

 

No one who has any feel for or interest in the world of higher education would deny that we are living in challenging times. Nor would they deny where the changes are coming from – funding pressures, demographic shifts, changing student bodies, economic globalisation and technological advances are all having very real effects on universities around the world.

 

We’ve been researching, writing and reading and their effects on the university business model about them for at least a decade. They are the “global warming” phenomena of higher education – we may not necessarily like them, but we can’t avoid them.

 

But does that mean that collectively universities are about to go belly up? I don’t think so.

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MOOCs and Online Learning at Cornell

MOOCs and Online Learning at Cornell | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
Cornell must decide whether or not to join other leading universities in offering free online courses to vast numbers of students.

 

Nice 32 minute video discussion.

 

Thanks to Mark Smithers for originally finding this and sharing it on Twitter. :-)

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German University Offers MOOC with Credit

German University Offers MOOC with Credit | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
A public university in Germany is joining the MOOC movement with a course that will come with "university credit points" that it said could be accepted by degree programs.
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» “This is the real revolution of MOOCs” David Murphy's Occasional Blog

» “This is the real revolution of MOOCs” David Murphy's Occasional Blog | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

I haven’t checked closely, but I suspect that it’s a cMOOC rather than an xMOOC (read the Daniel article if you don’t know the difference). Methinks the revolution will occur if and when XMOOCs become more like cMOOCs.

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Building Democratic Learning: The limits of Moocs

Fred Garnett writing from the WikiQuals project, mentions how he has been participating in several MOOCs and working on various open projects for several years. He calls the content-driven MOOCs #edspam which refers to the new range of MOOCs that have emerged after the original connectivist MOOCs. He refers to a discussion where commenters have said that the for students following Coursera MOOCs there is limited navigation opportunities. He reflects on the concept of distributed knowledge

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Podcast: Future of Higher Education symposium

Podcast: Future of Higher Education symposium | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
Resisting technological change is futile, according to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Chris Evans.

 

Resisting technological change is futile, according to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Chris Evans. So how should Australian universities respond to the technological change of online education?

 

This was the big question posed to The Conversation panel at yesterday’s symposium on the Future of Higher Education, put together in collaboration with the Office for Learning and Teaching.

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MOOCs offer enormous potential: Minister

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Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, represent an opportunity for students and universities, tertiary education minister Chris Evans said today.

 

Speaking at a symposium on the future of higher education hosted in Canberra today by The Conversation, Mr Evans said resisting technological change was futile.

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MOOCs and exercise bikes – more in common than you'd think

MOOCs and exercise bikes – more in common than you'd think | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: The rise of online and blended learning and the development of free online courses is set to transform the higher education sector.
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Google's Open Course Builder: A Giant Leap into 21st Century ... | Edutopia

Google's Open Course Builder: A Giant Leap into 21st Century ... | Edutopia | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

By Todd Finley

 

"Months ago, Google entered the massive open online course (MOOC) space by introducing the free Power Searching with Google course to 150 thousand self-enrolled students (shocker: Google is not particularly concerned with enhancing your use of dozens of alternative search engines). More recently, Google gave away Open Course Builder -- tools that were used to construct its popular course -- and further disrupted traditional notions of who gets to play teacher (anyone) and how many students can take a class for free (1 or 100,000).

 

"If you are an advanced geek, you will be able to author and publish your own e-learning space using Open Course Builder. If you don't know the difference between a .txt file and .jpg, choose a different learning management system (LMS) for now."


Via Grant Montgomery, Jim Lerman, catspyjamasnz
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Flipped: Reinventing Teaching

SJSU and edX, the transformational new online educational initiative founded by MIT and Harvard, showcase a unique collaboration resulting in SJSU's first "flipped class." Preliminary results suggest this class, which is using an electrical engineering MOOC (the MITx 6.002x Circuits and Electronics Massively Online Open Course), may be an effective way to reinvent and transform the academic experience of electrical engineering students.

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The Corporate Educators are Coming... | Contact North

The Corporate Educators are Coming... | Contact North | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

Will They be the Real “Game Changers” in Online Learning and Post-Secondary Education?

 

What a month October 2012 has been in the world of corporate educators!

 

In October, Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, announced that it would acquire EmbanetCompass, a company which partners with post-secondary institutions to provide fully online learning solutions for more than 100 university programs, for a whopping $650 million – in cash. Its stated reason: great opportunities for growth and impact in online education and educational services.

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Coursera strikes MOOC licensing deal with Antioch University | Inside Higher Ed

Coursera strikes MOOC licensing deal with Antioch University | Inside Higher Ed | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

Coursera, the largest provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs), has entered into a contract to license several of the courses it has built with its university partners to Antioch University, which would offer versions of the MOOCs for credit as part of a bachelor’s degree program.

 

The deal represents one of the first instances of a third-party institution buying permission to incorporate a MOOC into its curriculum -- and awarding credit for the MOOC -- in an effort to lower the full cost of a degree for students. It is also a first step for Coursera and its partners toward developing a revenue stream from licensing its courses.

 

Antioch will pay Coursera an undisclosed amount for permission to use several courses, including ones from Duke University and the University of Pennsylvania. The company will share that revenue with the universities, which own intellectual property rights for their courses as part of their contracts with Coursera.

 

 

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The 1-minute guide to MOOCs

The 1-minute guide to MOOCs | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

If you’re wondering what MOOCs are about, here’s a brief overview. All in 1 minute. For fast readers.


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Call: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – Special issue of Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT)

Call: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – Special issue of Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT) | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

Proposal Submission Deadline: November 15, 2012
Full Paper Submission Deadline: January 31, 2013

 

Guest Editors:
George Siemens, Athabasca University, Canada
Valerie Irvine, University of Victoria, Canada
Jillianne Code, University of Victoria, Canada

 

Online learning is one of the fastest-growing segments of the education system. One of the recent innovations is the massive open online course (MOOC). Since 2008, numerous MOOCs have been run by public and elite universities. Most recently, Stanford, MIT, Harvard, and other universities have embraced the MOOC format through significant resource allocation. MOOCs are not solely confined to elite US universities, as the format is now offered by institutions and education systems around the world.

 

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The ethics of MOOC research | Rough Type

The ethics of MOOC research | Rough Type | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

In their excitement to join forces with MOOC providers, university administrators and professors may not be giving enough thought to all the data that’s going to be collected and all the research activities that are going to be pursued. It’s an oversight they may come to regret.

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Future Higher Education: responding to the revolution of online learning

The Conversation's authors present their ideas on the online revolution facing higher education to Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans at a Canberra symp...
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Twitter / Markfchris: Just too good to not share ...

We need a little levity at times...

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MOOCs signal a "new equilibrium"

MOOCs signal a "new equilibrium" | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
ASIA'S snowballing middle classes and rapidly developing education technologies could force international education to find a "new equilibrium", as the balance resettles between access, price and quality.
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The online learning revolution...

The online learning revolution... | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

A long list of academics has commented on the coming revolution in university education. True to form, little has been heard from university “customers”: students and the companies that recruit them.

 

This debate is too important to be had only in academic circles. Australian industry needs a stronger voice about growth in so-called Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), where universities provide high-quality, user-friendly lecture and course notes free – and even exams and accreditation.

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MOOC Brigade: What I Learned From Learning Online

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TIME's cover package this week is on reinventing college in general and specifically on whether a new breed of online megacourses can finally offer higher education to more people for less money.
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Mooc as Connectivist Environment

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Mooc as Connectivist Environment


by carolyeager on Oct 13, 2012

 

Sloan-C Conference Presentation 11 October 2012

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Education Futures | When governments try to understand open learning platforms

Education Futures | When governments try to understand open learning platforms | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

I think that we can expect these institutions to make more mis-steps as they try to understand the new learning landscape and their roles. This includes new ideas, language, and platforms where degrees may not be the end goal for learners. The unfortunate reality is that most policy leaders are playing catchup, not leading.

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