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When courses are free online, what's left for universities to sell?

When courses are free online, what's left for universities to sell? | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

by Andrew Norton, Program Director, Higher Education at Grattan Institute.

 

When some of the world’s most prestigious universities – including Harvard and MIT in their edX venture or Stanford and Princeton through Coursera – start putting courses online for free, it tells you one thing for sure – whatever they are selling, it is not their course content.

 

Australian universities are watching the movement in online open education closely, and with another 15 of the world’s top universities joining the Coursera venture this week many are asking how they can compete. But first, we must ask a fundamental question – what is it that universities are really selling?

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MOOCs: neither the death of the university nor a panacea for learning

MOOCs: neither the death of the university nor a panacea for learning | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
My childhood was influenced in some measure by two great icons that no longer exist. The first was Kodak – I adored my Box Brownie and I still have the wonderful grainy black and white pics.

 

MOOCs, and all their iterations, are an opportunity to re-imagine how we can deliver excellent learning outcomes in new, more accessible and engaging ways, fit for 21st century learners and graduates.

 

We know our higher education system, due to regulatory and financial pressures, is straining at its seams. But these new technologies and everything associated with open source prompts us to think differently about how and what we do.

 

Its affects are unknown but if universities are allowed to innovate they may well turn out to be good for staff, good for students and hopefully, good for institutions too.

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MOOC Dropouts | Education News

MOOC Dropouts | Education News | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Audrey is grumpy and unhappy about the massive dropout rate vs. the hype of the open courses. She writes:

 

I’m starting to get more than a little grumpy about MOOCs, what with all the hype about the revolutionary disruptions and game-changing tsunamis. I’m tired of the mainstream media punditry and their predictions that Stanford University’s experiments with online education (and by extension now Coursera and Udacity) will change everything; I’m tired of Silicon Valley’s exuberance that this could mark the end-of-the-(academic)-world-as-we-know-it – a future that its press, its investors, and its entrepreneurs are all invested (sometimes literally) in being both high tech and highly lucrative.

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Essay on whether online education will make professors obsolete | Inside Higher Ed

Essay on whether online education will make professors obsolete | Inside Higher Ed | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

When’s the last time an ice deliveryman visited your home? Have you ever talked to a telephone switchboard operator? Thanks to new technologies, these once-common occupations passed into history many years ago now. Bank tellers and travel agents are not completely obsolete, but substantially fewer people are employed in these lines of work than in the past for similar reasons.

 

Will new developments in Internet-based communications technology do similar things to college professors?

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2012/07/30/essay-whether-online-education-will-make-professors-obsolete#ixzz22BCKKaGF

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MOOC MOOC

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Starting August 12, 2012, Hybrid Pedagogy, an online journal of teaching and technology, will host a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) designed specifically at looking carefully at this new pedagogical approach.
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Musings of Dheeraj Sanghi: MOOC: Massively Open Online Courses

Musings of Dheeraj Sanghi: MOOC: Massively Open Online Courses | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

What will be impact of MOOCs on education in India. Very difficult to guess. But let us make some guesses.

 

A course by an excellent professor in a good university in some part of the world even in an online mode is likely better than the corresponding course offered in an average engineering college in the country, even though latter is a face-to-face communication. Considering this, a college in India may just ask its students to register for the MOOC, and ask students only to give the exams of the university. However, this option does not appear feasible.

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digital digs: What about massive open online scholarship?

digital digs: What about massive open online scholarship? | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
There's so much ongoing conversation about this MOOC business that I couldn't possibly point to even a fraction of it, but it's all over the Chronicle, Inside Higher Ed, and many academic blogs. The bottom line defense of the MOOC seems to be the following:

 

1. Yes a MOOC could be a terrible learning experience, delivered cynically for profit or PR, but it doesn't have to be. There are good MOOC pedagogies and we can continue to develop in that direction.

 

2. Everyone knows that higher education needs to change its industrial paradigm.

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The Faculty Lounge: What's the Business Model for MOOC's?

The Faculty Lounge: What's the Business Model for MOOC's? | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
The comment on economies of scale caught my eye. On the face of it, that seems plausible -- a MOOC appears to up the productivity ante substantially, moving to astronomical student-faculty ratios. But what is actually produced in the process? In other words, what value do the 50,000 students get out of the experience, and how much will they be willing to pay for it? The article mentions two possibilities:

 

Coursera's leaders say they are actively pursuing only two of the moneymaking ideas on the list: charging students who pass the courses a small fee for a certificate, and serving as a matchmaker between students looking for jobs and companies seeking qualified employees.
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Coursera Throws a 'Massive Open Cookout'

Coursera Throws a 'Massive Open Cookout' | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Call it a "massive open cookout." Coursera, a company that is working with more than a dozen elite universities to help them run MOOC's, or massive open online courses, held its first official "meetup" here on Saturday for students and professors to connect in person over burgers, chips, and soda.

 

It was a chance for even the company itself to learn more about what motivates students to take its courses, which bear no official academic credit.

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The March of the MOOCs: Monstrous Open Online Courses | Open Education | HYBRID PEDAGOGY

The March of the MOOCs: Monstrous Open Online Courses | Open Education | 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.

 

MOOCs are a red herring. The MOOC didn’t appear last week, out of a void, vacuum-packed. The MOOC has been around for years, biding its time. Still, the recent furor about MOOCs, which some have called “hysteria,” opens important questions about higher education, digital pedagogy, and online learning. The MOOCs themselves aren’t what’s really at stake. In spite of the confused murmurs in the media, MOOCs won’t actually chomp everything in their path. And they aren’t an easy solution to higher education’s financial crisis. In fact, a MOOC isn’t a thing at all, just a methodological approach, with no inherent value except insofar as it’s used.

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Loveless MOOCs

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Teaching & Learning Is there a paradigm shift to learning in higher education or are universities going to continue focusing on content delivery and expect...

 

Why the mad rush to develop coursera for the new kinds of MOOCs? There is a trend for a new kind of MOOC. The new elite Coursera MOOC is different from the original ones created by Geroge Siemens and Stephen Downes from 2008-2012. The old MOOCs were based on the idea of connectivism while the new are based on content sharing or the traditional teacher knows best model where teaching drives the process.

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History shows Online is no substitute University of the Future by Gavin Moodie

History shows Online is no substitute University of the Future by Gavin Moodie | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

THERE are several problems with the growing chorus championing online education (The Australian, June 6). The argument is that since recent information and communication technologies are clearly disruptive technologies, higher education is failing by not (yet) adopting them.

 

Proselytisers assert that universities are shortchanging their students and underserving society, and that most current institutions risk being superseded by new institutions or processes that will make them anachronistic if not redundant.

 

The more apocalyptic claims are that universities will soon be as obsolete as newspapers are becoming.

 

Many of the online evangelists are politicians, technophiles or businesspeople. Few are educationalists or people with much experience of distance education. Of course, the critics claim that current institutions and their staff are trapped in their traditional ways and either cannot see or resist the imperative to change.

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Debating the MOOC Backlash: Notes from A Primitive Screwhead

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Timothy Burke used the pop-culture reference to vent his frustration with the recent hype surrounding the MOOC. Burke’s not wrong. Pinning all hopes for the future of Higher Education on a single innovation – particularly one that is simply an iteration of distance learning going back several hundred years – is not a winning strategy. And he’s not alone. There seems to be a bit of a MOOC backlash going in the edu blogosphere.

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20 questions (and answers) about MOOCs

20 questions (and answers) about MOOCs | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

"I was asked by the excellent Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach to speak to her PLP class about MOOCs, and, while we had what i thought was an excellent forty minute chat, there were tons of comments that i never had the chance to address. As i look over the questions they asked, I see that in answering their questions i have a chance to lay out many of the thoughts that I have had about MOOCs while they have been all the rage here on the internet in the last few weeks.

 

I opened the discussion with a quick personal intro to my contribution to the MOOC discussion and then we moved to Q & A. Feel free to skim along and pick up the part of the discussion that interests you."

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Online; Distance; Hybrid; MOOC – What do They All Mean? - AACSB Data and Research Blog

Online; Distance; Hybrid; MOOC – What do They All Mean? - AACSB Data and Research Blog | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
By Hanna Drozdowski New, less “traditional” modes of delivery in higher education, particularly online, have been attracting quite a bit of attention lately.
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Ed Startup 101 - An Open Online Course

Ed Startup 101 - An Open Online Course | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Entrepreneurship in Education ("Ed Startup" for short) is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) after the old style - one that focuses more on building community and learning together socially than on watching video clips and answering multiple choice questions. Ed Startup is designed to acquaint educators, educational researchers, and others to the world of entrepreneurship and intrapeneurship, help you decide which one is right for you, and support you in the first steps of your journey. During the course you’ll learn directly with an incredible group of experts (people who have done it before and succeeded) as well as with peers (people who are passionate about making a change for the first time), and work toward transforming your own innovative idea – or another innovative idea established in the research – into a well-designed product or service that can improve the lives of teachers and learners. Ed Startup is completely free and is open to anyone. The course meets weekly from August 27 to December 14th.

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What My 11 Year Old's Stanford Course Taught Me About Online Education - Forbes

What My 11 Year Old's Stanford Course Taught Me About Online Education - Forbes | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
My 11 year old son just took a course at Stanford. That has a nice ring to it but it is actually meaningless because these days anyone can take a course at Stanford. You don’t even have to pay.

 

“I think the concepts are interesting but the presentation is dull. Couldn’t they have done animations and things to make it better?” He had a point. Compared to educational videos he had watched these were extraordinarily dull. As I took a look through his eyes, I could see what the problem was: they were exactly like most university lectures. They slowly and methodically take you through the material. Sometimes in a classroom a professor might react to a question with an interesting story or clarifying anecdote. But for these online versions, they were all business. My son asked whether University was really like this and I was sad to say that, in the main, yes it was.

 

KF:  Perhaps this article highlights in very practrical terms what the current issues are with higher education, and with higher edcuation translated into MOOCS.  The 11 year old nails the issue - eduation has always been about more than information delivery - its a negotiation and relation between educator, student, subject and technology.  Having attempted several open online courses to date my own experience is one of disillusionment.  Poorly designed and poorly implemented.... the potential is there but the execution to date is abyssmal (in many cases).  What are the key design elements that will transform a MOOC into a desireable learning context?

 

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Will Massive Open Online Courses Change How We Teach?

Will Massive Open Online Courses Change How We Teach? | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

In the last decade, the Creative Commons philosophy of freely sharing information and the pervasiveness of the Internet have created many new opportunities for teaching and learning. MIT OpenCourseWare spearheaded the sharing of high-quality, university-level courses. While these materials were not originally designed for individuals engaged in self-study, approximately half of OCW's traffic is from these users.6 Recently the use of learning management systems (LMSs), such as the proprietary Blackboard or open-source Moodle software, has become ubiquitous.

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Using mLearning and MOOCs to understand chaos, emergence, and complexity in education | de Waard | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

Using mLearning and MOOCs to understand chaos, emergence, and complexity in education | de Waard | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

In this paper, we look at how the massive open online course (MOOC) format developed by connectivist researchers and enthusiasts can help analyze the complexity, emergence, and chaos at work in the field of education today. We do this through the prism of a MobiMOOC, a six-week course focusing on mLearning that ran from April to May 2011. MobiMOOC embraced the core MOOC components of self-organization, connectedness, openness, complexity, and the resulting chaos, and, as such, serves as an interesting paradigm for new educational orders that are currently emerging in the field. We discuss the nature of participation in MobiMOOC, the use of mobile technology and social media, and how these factors contributed to a chaotic learning environment with emerging phenomena. These emerging phenomena resulted in a transformative educational paradigm.

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Berkeley Contributes Online-Learning Platform to edX

Berkeley Contributes Online-Learning Platform to edX | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

The nonprofit group edX is working to create courses specifically for online learning; seven of them will start this fall. The new platform, called CourseSharing, allows students to complete multiple-choice assignments online and receive automated grades and feedback as soon as they click “submit.”

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Multimedia: Why Do Students Flock to MOOC's?

Multimedia: Why Do Students Flock to MOOC's? | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

The Chronicle asked a sample of students at the event to explain their motivation for working through the courses, which carry no official credit.

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Why the Online Education Craze Will Leave Many Students Behind

Why the Online Education Craze Will Leave Many Students Behind | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
Free classes from elite colleges like Princeton and Harvard have generated a ton of excitement, but they could actually widen the learning gap...
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Are meetups the new classroom?

Are meetups the new classroom? | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Coursera, one of the education startups that is fueling the MOOC (massive open online courses) trend, hosted their first meetup yesterday at Flood Park in Menlo Park. (For background, here is a gre...

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The MOOC Backlash

The Social Media Story storified by Dominik Lukes...

 

PM - A collection of links around the MOOC. Many of which have been scooped here.

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