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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

 

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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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Four Education Leaders Partner Up to Disrupt the Already Disruptive Free, Online Course Market

Four Education Leaders Partner Up to Disrupt the Already Disruptive Free, Online Course Market | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
Although dozens of companies have been playing around in the massive open online course (MOOC) space, MIT OpenCourseWare sparked the movement.
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e4innovation.com » Blog Archive » Designing a Learning Design MOOC

e4innovation.com » Blog Archive » Designing a Learning Design MOOC | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

I am very excited to be part of a team developing a Learning Design Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), which will be delivered in October 2012. As part of our preparation for this I attended a workshop at the OU last week. This blog post describes the outputs produced in the team I was part of which consists of myself, Ale Armellini and Anna Page.

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UT Considering Massive Open Online Courses

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The University of Texas at Austin is negotiating with Coursera and edX, massive open online course companies that make content from elite universities available for free on the internet.

 

“We don’t see these as replacing what we do with our learning management systems or what we’re doing on campus,” Keller said, “but there are things you can do to leverage the capabilities of the platform and the scale of the audience.”

UT is evaluating which on-campus courses would be best suited to mass online distribution, Keller said. He indicated that participating in such programs, which do not offer degrees, could be a tool for recruiting students and give people around the world a better sense of UT’s standards and course offerings.

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Learning as Performance: MOOC Pedagogy and On-ground Classes | Digital Pedagogy | HYBRID PEDAGOGY

Learning as Performance: MOOC Pedagogy and On-ground Classes | Digital Pedagogy | HYBRID PEDAGOGY | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of teaching and technology that combines the strands of critical and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.

 

If we apply the idea of performance-as-creation in a classroom environment, we go against the current trends of standardization and measurement that often distract attention from actual learning and place it instead on drills and test scores. When a student’s explicit goal is to earn a certain score on a certain test, the test becomes the student’s adversary. Learning becomes an act of competition in which the student -- young and inexperienced -- is pitted against the examination, often created by a team of “experts” in the name of instructional design. Endless assessment creates a school environment in which students are challenged to prove that they can outwit an exam. Learning, in this system, happens by accident or according to the strict expectations of the test.

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UT Considering Massive Open Online Courses - The Alcalde

UT Considering Massive Open Online Courses - The Alcalde | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
U.S. News & World ReportUT Considering Massive Open Online CoursesThe AlcaldeThe University of Texas at Austin is considering getting into the MOOC—massive open online course—game.

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The MOOC-Led Meritocracy | Coordination Régionale PACA

The MOOC-Led Meritocracy | Coordination Régionale PACA | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

This week Udacity announced that had cancelled a scheduled math class over concerns about quality. In doing so, it added another item to the growing list of marked contrasts between MOOC’s and traditional universities. Does this kind of thing ever happen at “regular” colleges? Could it

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The dilemma of open courses in an Australian university ~ Stephen's Web

The dilemma of open courses in an Australian university ~ Stephen's Web | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Stephen Downes comments about David Jones's post below.

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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

School’s Out, Forever: EdX Online Classes Change How People Learn | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
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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Dear Coursera and Udacity! Don’t congratulate yourself too much

Dear Coursera and Udacity! Don’t congratulate yourself too much | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
So a couple of smart professors from Stanford have started two separate startups and have put their courses on the web and the world is going nuts. Everyone is talking about them and they are busy ...
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U. of South Florida Professors Try 'University of Reddit' to Put Courses Online - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

U. of South Florida Professors Try 'University of Reddit' to Put Courses Online - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

The social-news site Reddit has slowly grown a spin-off ”university” where anyone can offer free courses, and two professors at University of South Florida’s Honors College are trying the system to turn courses they’re teaching this fall into Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOC’s.

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MOOCs will mean the death of universities? Not likely

MOOCs will mean the death of universities? Not likely | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, are gaining a lot of attention.

 

The biggest barrier to change may be the academics themselves. They will need to be at the forefront of educational reform. However, it is much easier to drag out the yellowed lecture notes for another year rather than to learn new technology and redesign a course.

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elearnspace › MOOCs, Learning Points

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"First, she focuses on MOOCs that fit into the Coursera/Udacity model – largely knowledge duplication MOOCs."

"Second, the metrics by which we evaluate MOOCs are different from those that we use to evaluate traditional learning."

"Finally, MOOCs are essentially the web happening to education. To evaluate them by the value points of a hierarchical controlled system will yield limited insight."

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‘Mechanical MOOC’ to Rely on Free Learning Sites

‘Mechanical MOOC’ to Rely on Free Learning Sites | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
An online-learning group is creating a new kind of free class, known as a mechanical MOOC (for “massive open online course”), that will patch together existing resources from open-learning sites.
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Heard: The Advent Of MOOC-Bot, OpenStudy Courses From Peer 2 Peer | WiredAcademic

Heard: The Advent Of MOOC-Bot, OpenStudy Courses From Peer 2 Peer | WiredAcademic | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
The project from Peer 2 Peer University called OpenStudy aims to teach a computer programming language by bringing together content and resources from several open-learning sites. And, most of all, the new Mechanical MOOC banishes the instructor...
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How an Upstart Company Might Profit From Free Courses - College 2.0

How an Upstart Company Might Profit From Free Courses - College 2.0 | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Some clues can be found in the contract the institutions signed. The Chronicle obtained the agreement between Coursera and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, the first public university to make such a deal, under a Freedom of Information Act request, and Coursera officials say that the arrangement is similar to those with the other partners.

 

The contract reveals that even Coursera isn't yet sure how it will bring in revenue. A section at the end of the agreement, titled "Possible Company Monetization Strategies," lists eight potential business models, including having companies sponsor courses. That means students taking a free course from Stanford University may eventually be barraged by banner ads or promotional messages. But the universities have the opportunity to veto any revenue-generating idea on a course-by-course basis, so very little is set in stone.

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