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Sheila’s work blog » To MOOC or not to MOOC?

Sheila’s work blog » To MOOC or not to MOOC? | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Thanks for your response, you raise some great points. I think to an extent MOOCs do deliberately put more responsibility on the learner, particularly the ones that hark to the original MOOCs from Downes, Siemens et al. They are for more sophisticated learners and despite my self deprecating remarks I know that I can network effectively and deal with troublesome knowledge. But for most undergrads or people returning to education I share your concerns. The massive be be appealing and provide enough people who want to take the final test (and so give a commercial return) but what about the masses who drop out? I can afford to be philosophical about my MOOC engagement and successes/failures as I'm not relying on them for anything in particular.

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4 Reasons Librarians Should Join A MOOC

4 Reasons Librarians Should Join A MOOC | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

I am now in my fourth week of a Coursera course called Introduction to Finance. It’s a massively open online course (MOOC) that I am taking with thousands of other people from places like Ukraine, Malaysia, Indore, and Bogota. The class involves video lectures, working through problems, discussion forums with other classmates, quizzes, and even math. And even though I’m not quantitatively inclined, I am loving taking this course despite the work and number crunching. It was something outside of my training and education, and it gave me the opportunity to open myself up to a different perspective. There are a lot of good reasons though for librarians to sign up for a MOOC themselves. Here are a few...

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Peter Norvig: The 100,000-student classroom - Video on TED.com

TED Talks In the fall of 2011 Peter Norvig taught a class with Sebastian Thrun on artificial intelligence at Stanford attended by 175 students in situ -- and over 100,000 via an interactive webcast.

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attrition and the year of the MOOC

attrition and the year of the MOOC | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
Like tens of thousands of others, I signed up to take a few of the online course offerings made available through udacity and coursera. And, like tens of thousands of others, I completed nary a one...

 

KF:  This article discusses some of the completion rates for MOOCs offered recently.  Read futher than the article and the comments section presents several quite different perceptions of what the phenomenon actually is.  MOOCs are presently a curiosity and many people are signing in to them simply to have a look - I would guess anyone running software Beta testing would report a similar lack of engagement/feedbakc from Beta testers. 

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Giving a mini-MOOC a chance

Giving a mini-MOOC a chance | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

MOOCs (massive open on-line courses) are all over the higher education news these days. Having never either taken or taught any sort of on-line course, much the less a MOOC, I’ve only guessed at what good and evil these brave new courses might hold. Then came the announcement a couple of weeks ago that Hybrid Pedagogy was hosting a week-long MOOC about MOOCs, and I decided to try participating in this mini-MOOC. My motivation was primarily curiosity.

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Let's Talk about MOOC (online) Education--And Also About Massively Outdated Traditional Education (MOTEs) | HASTAC

Let's Talk about MOOC (online) Education--And Also About Massively Outdated Traditional Education (MOTEs) | HASTAC | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

"I get really annoyed when people tout Massive Online Open Courseware (MOOC's) as the future of higher education and the solution to all the problems of education today, from content to cost . . . and then show as emplars of MOOC's videos of talking heads, famous profs giving the same old lectures they give in their outdated face-to-face classrooms. Really? We think THIS is preparing students for the 21st century? Talking heads do not equal an educational paradigm shift. That's about as ridiculous and outmoded in its conceptions of education as turning all the interactive, collaborative, voluntary, free, open potential of the World Wide Web into the tablet form of screens, with all the apps loaded and available for purchase. Paradigm shift? No. That's squandering a technology, not taking advantage of its particular affordances that cannot be duplicated elsewhere in the analog, pre-digital world."

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MOOC Pedagogy: Promise or Peril?

MOOC Pedagogy: Promise or Peril? | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

While many appear devoted to the idea that digital technology holds the key to attaining an educational Shangri-La, for others its systemisation represents a terrifying challenge to our sense of identification with the learning process.

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10. MobiMOOC - Supporting the Mobile Web - The MOOC Guide

10. MobiMOOC - Supporting the Mobile Web - The MOOC Guide | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

From 2 April to 14 May 2011, MobiMOOC[1] was organized by Inge de Waard and she remained present throughout the duration of the course both as one of the facilitators and the overall coordinator. The six-week course focused on mobile learning (mLearning) and used the MOOC format to deliver course resources and interact with all the participants. The course was free to anyone interested in the topic of mLearning.

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MOOCtalk

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A real-time chronicle of a seasoned professor embarking on his first massively open online course.

 

One obvious, but huge distinction between planning a physical course and planning a MOOC is that for the former, it is generally fairly easy to make changes — even major ones — once the course is underway. But MOOCs are different. It requires an enormous amount of time to put a MOOC together (video recording/editing and implementing all the online course materials are just two elements not present in a physical course, or if they are, those materials can usually simply be omitted if a mid-course adjustment is required). As a result, once the course launches, you are pretty well committed to running it through largely as planned.

 

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Broadcast Education: a Response to Coursera | Open Education | HYBRID PEDAGOGY

Broadcast Education: a Response to Coursera | 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.

 

Granted, I’ve only gotten a glance at what Coursera is doing; nonetheless, they appear to be offering the same brand of content that CCCO offered a decade ago -- but without the innovations and interactivity available when I left the school. The one extra thing they’ve added are video-taped lectures by well-known professors -- professors who, it turns out, don’t actually teach the course (I received an e-mail from a course “staff member”).

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Free courses from world's top unis a swipe away in online revolution - The Age

Free courses from world's top unis a swipe away in online revolution - The Age | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
The AgeFree courses from world's top unis a swipe away in online revolutionThe AgeIMAGINE a university degree that is like a passport: a subject from Swinburne stamped alongside another from Sydney University, with courses from overseas colleges...
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Coursera Hits 1 Million Students, With Udacity Close Behind - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Coursera Hits 1 Million Students, With Udacity Close Behind - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Coursera, an upstart company working with selective universities to offer free online courses, announced this week that it had reached one million registered students. A rival company, Udacity, which also offers what have become known as Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOC’s, says it has more than 739,000 students.

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FANTASY AND EDUCATION OF THE TIME – MOOC

FANTASY AND EDUCATION OF THE TIME – MOOC | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

The tectonic shift due to MOOCs has disrupted Higher Education and Universities. How would new models of higher education (HE) be based on?

 

Ever thought about fantasy in education, where higher education is offered free to anyone around the world? MOOC: how-coursera-free-online-education-service-will-school-us-all tells the story.

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Why Online Education Won't Replace College...Yet. - Commentary

Why Online Education Won't Replace College...Yet. - Commentary | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

I was scared. So in early 2012 I joined 90,000 other students who enrolled in one or both of Udacity's first two courses. I selected CS101: Building a Search Engine. What with video lectures, online discussion boards, and learning from the field's top minds, it was easy to believe that online education was the beginning of the end for the ivory tower. But I came to realize that MOOC's have five fundamental problems.

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Education The Export of the Future? Enter the MOOC

The NYT had the first article on Coursera: As part of a seismic shift in online learning that is reshaping higher education, Coursera, a year-old company founded by two Stanford University computer...
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Open, participatory, online education - MOOC Reading list

Open, participatory, online education - MOOC Reading list | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

MOOC Reading list, can bre downloaded and read offline.

 

Traditional educational institutions are being disrupted.

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Why I’m taking the MOOC MOOC and what I hope to achieve

Why I’m taking the MOOC MOOC and what I hope to achieve | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Today is the start of a particularly exciting massive open online course. Distinct from other ‘mooc’s, this course focuses on consideration of the medium itself. So the course is a meta-mooc: a week-long exploration of open online learning. I think it’s going to be a great week.

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Connectivism and Coursera

This is a Theory into Practice group project from the University of Minnesota's CI5321, Distance Learning course. In it we apply the theory of connectivism to the online learning environment Coursera.org. A YouTube video. 14 minutes long.

 

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Audrey Watters Wrestles with MOOCs | Open Education | HYBRID PEDAGOGY

Audrey Watters Wrestles with MOOCs | 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.
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MOOC MOOC | Dashboard

MOOC MOOC | Dashboard | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

We'll curate content here and on Hybrid Pedagogy during the week. To feed Dashboard your stuff, post to twitter w/ hashtag #moocmooc, submit the rss feed for your blog, and use Scoop.it to suggest content for us to highlight via the #moocmooc topic. Photo Credit: Nomadic Lass.

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Where did the O in MOOC go? | Tim Owens

Where did the O in MOOC go? | Tim Owens | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Why do all the discussions for the #moocmooc require a login? Doesn’t the second O still stand for open?

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C or X MOOCs ? – Make Way for the Super-MOOC !

C or X MOOCs ? – Make Way for the Super-MOOC ! | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
While basic topics such as the validity of various learning theories can be joyfully debated until the cows come home in a connectivist cMOOC, this seems less appropriate for the ‘hard’...
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Yes, MOOC is the global higher education game changer - University World News

Yes, MOOC is the global higher education game changer - University World News | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

Free Massive Open Online Courseware – MOOC – is less than a year old but it is already clear this will be the game changer in higher education worldwide. Right now it is reverberating through the world’s universities like a tectonic shock.

 

The new paradigm, first developed in the northern autumn of 2011 by Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig (pictured) at Stanford University alongside Silicon Valley in California, will be as disruptive to conventional delivery in higher education as the internet is proving in terms of disrupting book publishers, newspapers, and stores such as Myer and David Jones.

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if Foucault ran a MOOC | theory.cribchronicles.com

if Foucault ran a MOOC | theory.cribchronicles.com | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it

In the mad hype these days about MOOCs – which are Massive Open Online Courses, for those of you either not in higher ed or currently aboard the Mars rover – I find myself that dreary voice in the back of the class repeatedly piping up Hey dudes. MOOCs are not just whatever you decided they were when you encountered the word yesterday. MOOCs have a history.

 

Foucault’s star in academia has been eclipsed of late by the resurgence of focus on all things quantifiable and measurable and ostensibly efficient, but I want to wander, at least briefly, down the road of assuming there’s value in stepping beyond the New & Improved! TM sales mentality that seems to accompany our collective contemporary approach to all things educational.

 

Because here’s the thing. Most of what we’re on the precipice of exploring in higher ed with MOOCs is not actually new.

 

Foucault, for instance, had a MOOC in 1970. Or at least a MOC.

 

For the last fifteen or so years of his career, Foucault taught a massive, open course. Every year. That was one of the terms of his chair at the College de France. He was everything MOOC except online.

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Anant Agarwal Discusses Free Online Courses Offered by a Harvard/M.I.T. Partnership.

Anant Agarwal Discusses Free Online Courses Offered by a Harvard/M.I.T. Partnership. | Massively MOOC | Scoop.it
Anant Agarwal, the president of the new Harvard-M.I.T. partnership called edX, talks about massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
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