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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MOOC's and the McDonaldization of Global Higher Education - WorldWise - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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(Re)Searching for Online Learning 2.0 Growth … Are MOOCs The Only Hope? | WiredAcademic

(Re)Searching for Online Learning 2.0 Growth … Are MOOCs The Only Hope? | WiredAcademic | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
So where will online growth come from? A report last week from Moody’s indicated that massive open online courses (MOOCs) represent a “pivotal development” in higher education and could revolutionize the industry.
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In Colleges' Rush to Try MOOC's, Faculty Are Not Always in the Conversation

In Colleges' Rush to Try MOOC's, Faculty Are Not Always in the Conversation | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
On some campuses, professors are skeptical of the free online courses and of the speed with which they are being embraced.
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Be nimble, or become extinct in online future

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Universities are a good example. The Australian Financial Review this week reported on growth in massive, open online courses (MOOCs), with prestigious universities providing free high-quality, user-friendly online course notes and lectures – and even exams and some accreditation.

 

Although it’s early days, these courses have the potential to disrupt established university business models and dramatically reshape the sector, especially around the cash cow of teaching international students.

 

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MOOCs – The revolution has begun, says Moody’s - University World News

MOOCs – The revolution has begun, says Moody’s - University World News | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

Another take on the profitabilty of MOOCs - this time looking at who is likely to 'lose in the face of the growing availability of MOOCs'.

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Coursera Founders Tout Promise Of Access That Comes With Online Education | WiredAcademic

Coursera Founders Tout Promise Of Access That Comes With Online Education | WiredAcademic | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
Not everything that happens in an in-person classroom is currently replicated with an online course, and perhaps the experience will never be the quite the same.

 

Coursera founders Daphne Koller & Andrew Ng wrote a recent column on Forbes.com about the promise of online education. It reveals some of their motivation and hopes behind the free, open courses available at their for-profit startup, Coursera, which is one of the key players among massive open online course (MOOC) providers.

 

They attempt to address a primary about MOOCS: What’s the point of free open courses if a student doesn’t receive credit? Why are prominent universities and professors spending time on this?

 

Their short answer is: Access. MOOCs provide greater access to knowledge that many people didn’t have before.

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UQ joins MOOCs movement

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The University of Queensland has become the latest institution to embrace open online learning, committing to offer up to 12 courses in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) format over the next two years.

 

UQ has also entered into discussions with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to explore the benefits of online education for campus-based students.

 

Many universities haven’t responded proactively to a student need for online education said Phil Long, director of UQ’s Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology, meaning class recordings have taken on a role not originally intended.

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'UnderAcademy College' Satirizes Massive Open Online Courses - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

'UnderAcademy College' Satirizes Massive Open Online Courses - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

Think of it as an anti-MOOC.

 

At first glance, UnderAcademy seems like performance art aimed simply at lampooning free courses being offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other well-known institutions. And it does that, calling itself an “anti-degree institution.” But it is also offering serious content taught by professors at some well-known institutions. Unlike most MOOC’s, which seek to teach as large a group of students as possible, UnderAcademy caps enrollment in each course at 15, with the idea that students should shape the courses and have a more personal learning experience. So far it has offered 32 courses, and around 70 students participated in the most-recent round, last spring.

 

“It’s satirical education that takes itself very seriously and does want to provoke critical discussion and engender a creative learning environment,” said Mark C. Marino, an associate professor of writing at the University of Southern California who just finished teaching a course for UnderAcademy.

 

The experimental college is the brainchild of Talan Memmott, a lecturer of digital culture and communication at Blekinge Institute of Technology, in Sweden, who serves as its “provisional provost and full digressor of undefined arts and sciences.”

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New Platform for Online Courses Stresses Team-based, Experiential Learning

New Platform for Online Courses Stresses Team-based, Experiential Learning | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
Venture Lab, developed by Stanford faculty and students, hosts five courses this fall on entrepreneurship, education, creativity and finance.

 

A new online course on a new online platform at Stanford succeeds not only in joining people from dozens of countries but enabling them to directly collaborate on group projects.

 

The platform, called Venture Lab, is distinctive precisely because it is designed for collaboration in the classroom. Other MOOC platforms are predicated on individuals doing work on their own. Students communicate with peers on forum pages, but the unit of analysis is singular. Venture Lab aims to make online learning usable and advantageous for classes that rely on groups working together.

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The Great MOOC Slander? Realities and Narratives of Education and Learning [UPDATED]

The Great MOOC Slander? Realities and Narratives of Education and Learning [UPDATED] | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
Note on the title: I was pretty miffed when I started writing this post. And the title was the first thing that came to my mind. But as I was writing, much of the initial anger dissipated but I still like the title.

 

KF:  Part of the Researchity blog - Subjects of discussion in this article:

 

- Why do so many progressive educators trash talk MOOCs?

- Show me the learning and the “education = learning” illusion

- Access over instructional purity: The case for MOOCs

- Why do good researchers ignore good research practice when talking about policy affecting their own practice?

- This wouldn’t work in a MOOC or what do we do when we teach?

- Improving MOOCs

- References: Research on the student experiences of higher education

 

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Melbourne Uni signs on to Coursera with others expected to follow

Melbourne Uni signs on to Coursera with others expected to follow | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
Melbourne University has become the first Australian university to join the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provider Coursera.Coursera offers free study subjects to anyone with internet access, with…...
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Feel Empowered to Innovate – MOOC-style | | Blackboard blogs

Feel Empowered to Innovate – MOOC-style | | Blackboard blogs | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

Today we announce the launch of a new MOOC powered by the CourseSites Open Course Series, Designing an Exemplary Course,

 

If you’re not familiar with the term MOOC (Massive Online Open Course), read on to learn how the latest (free) trend in Professional Development can impact your classroom instantly.

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The (Eventual) Downfall of MOOCs | WPLMS

The (Eventual) Downfall of MOOCs | WPLMS | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

"In fact, this whole MOOC phenomenon seems too good to be true – and I think it is.

 

For the time being I believe all is well. MOOCs are only entering their “teenage” years, trying to figure out what they will become, how to optimally operate, and how to deliver the best content to participants around the globe. These are all good things, and for now participants in MOOCs should embrace this period. Soon MOOCs will mature, and I think you can reasonably expect significant changes.

 

If massive sites like Facebook or YouTube have taught us anything over the years, it is that at some point investors will demand a return on their investment. I don’t think the good folks who offered $20 million in financial support to Coursera are doing it out of the goodness of their hearts… at least not entirely."

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A Pioneer in Online Education Tries a MOOC - Online Learning - The Chronicle of Higher Education

A Pioneer in Online Education Tries a MOOC - Online Learning - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
A founder of Fathom, Columbia University's early virtual effort, samples a giant class out of Penn. The videos were excellent, and the failings were mostly hers.
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Universities must adapt education models: Conroy

Universities must adapt education models: Conroy | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
Australian universities need to adapt their education models or face becoming irrelevant says Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.Speaking at a forum being held at the University of Melbourne on high…...
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Elsevier partners with edX to provide free versions of textbooks to MOOC students | Inside Higher Ed

Elsevier partners with edX to provide free versions of textbooks to MOOC students | Inside Higher Ed | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

Elsevier, the academic publishing giant, announced on Tuesday that it will offer a free version of one of its textbooks this fall to students who register for Circuits & Electronics, a massive open online course (MOOC) being offered by edX.

 

 

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MOOC Brigade: Who Is Taking Massive Open Online Courses, And Why?

MOOC Brigade: Who Is Taking Massive Open Online Courses, And Why? | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
Sure, knowledge is power and all that, but how many Coursera students are willing to make a sizable time commitment just to get a certificate of completion?
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Unishared: Revolution in Online Education Beyond Coursera, Edx, and Udacity - Forbes

Unishared: Revolution in Online Education Beyond Coursera, Edx, and Udacity - Forbes | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
There is an eminent revolution about to happen in the online education sector. Unishared focus on collaboration and peer learning. It pushes students to share everything they learn in classrooms all the time.
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Queensland unis to teach online for free

Queensland unis to teach online for free | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

Brisbane's original sandstone university is set to give academic content away for free as part of a revolutionary program transforming the business of higher education around the globe.

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UnderAcademy College

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UnderAcademy College is an unaccredited undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate anti-degree institution. UnderAcademy College situates itself as a shadow-academic environment offering alternative courses and anti-degree programs in a variety of subjects. The primary mission of UnderAcademy College is to remain open, marginal, and unaccredited.

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International educators debate mass vs. elite higher education | Inside Higher Ed

International educators debate mass vs. elite higher education | Inside Higher Ed | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

 

PARIS -- Massification. It's a not-so-pleasant word, with seemingly embedded implications of a lowering of standards, especially when contrasted, as it sometimes is, with the sort of "elite" and "world-class" higher education that countries or states or other entities are often portrayed as having to choose between.

 

Much of the first day of the biennial higher education conference of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development here explored the tension unfolding in many nations and regions over their relative emphasis on providing high-quality research and training aimed at their would-be future leaders and idea creators vs. continuing to expand a meaningful post-high school education to the much larger numbers of citizens who may populate the work force, fill the voting booths, and parent the children.

 

 

 



 

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Melbourne Uni offers free online courses

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The University of Melbourne has joined the free online education revolution and will offer courses via the internet, at no cost, early next year.
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A First for Udacity: Transfer Credit at a U.S. University for One of Its Courses - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

A First for Udacity: Transfer Credit at a U.S. University for One of Its Courses - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
Colorado State University's online Global Campus decided to accept transfer credits for the computer-science course after a faculty panel reviewed it.
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Slip Sliding Away: The Open in MOOC | iterating toward openness

Slip Sliding Away: The Open in MOOC | iterating toward openness | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it

"I feel extraordinarily strongly that you should not have to register or
give away any information about yourself to have full access to all the
content of anything that wants to describe itself as an open online
course (whether 'massive' or not)."


Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Melbourne jumps on the MOOC bandwagon

Melbourne jumps on the MOOC bandwagon | MOOCs, SPOCs and next generation Open Access Learning | Scoop.it
MELBOURNE University yesterday added another claim to its title as Australia's best when it was named one of 17 new global partners of a year-old start up called Coursera.
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