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The President of Northwestern University Predicts Online Learning … in 1934!

The President of Northwestern University Predicts Online Learning … in 1934! | Moocs and online learning | Scoop.it
The web site Paleofuture features a 1934 issue of Everyday Science and Mechanics magazine, where Northwestern University president Walter Dill Scott made some farsighted pronouncements of his own. Scott believed that the physical college campus would no longer need to be a lynchpin for education, and that students could learn by way of radio and pictures.
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Trend spotting: the best and worst of ‘Snowfall’ design

Trend spotting: the best and worst of ‘Snowfall’ design | Moocs and online learning | Scoop.it
In the startup world, we hear a lot of talk about the Web and digital media "disrupting" traditional business models in a positive sense. But one rather importa
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Great overview, but personally I loved the NSA and Jocky stories and interaction

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How 3 Different Generations Use The Internet - Edudemic

How 3 Different Generations Use The Internet - Edudemic | Moocs and online learning | Scoop.it
There's a stark difference between how different generations use and share content on the web. This visual breakdown sheds some light on the future.
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Education online: the virtual lab | KurzweilAI

Education online: the virtual lab | KurzweilAI | Moocs and online learning | Scoop.it
Open Science Laboratory (credit: Open University) Universities around the world are rushing to partner with the major MOOC companies in a move that many
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Today, almost all the lab work is available online through the Open University’s OpenScience Laboratory. Just like many working scientists, students can collect real data from remotely controlled instruments — among them a γ-ray spectrometer for identifying elements and isotopes, and a 0.43-metre telescope in Majorca, Spain. Students can also explore real data with simulated instruments such as the virtual microscope, with which they look at high-resolution images instead of real specimens.

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The attack of the MOOCs

The attack of the MOOCs | Moocs and online learning | Scoop.it
DOTCOM mania was slow in coming to higher education, but now it has the venerable industry firmly in its grip. Since the launch early last year of Udacity and...
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The industry has similar network economics to Amazon, eBay and Google, says Ms Koller, in that “content producers go to where most consumers are, and consumers go to where the most content is.” Simon Nelson, the chief executive of FutureLearn, disagrees. “Anyone who thinks the rules of engagement have already been written by the existing players is massively underestimating the potential of the technology,” he says.

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Not a big data degree: UC Berkeley launches online data science master's program - Silicon Valley Business Journal

Not a big data degree: UC Berkeley launches online data science master's program - Silicon Valley Business Journal | Moocs and online learning | Scoop.it
Not a big data degree: UC Berkeley launches first online Master of Information and Data Science MIDS degree.
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Potential students also shouldn't expect big online classes in the style of Silicon Valley Massive Open Online Course providers like Coursera and Udacity.

Rather, students will participate in live, face-to-face online classes capped at 15-20 students, then watch online lectures and complete additional assignments. The program will also include a week-long "collaborative immersion week," where students will meet faculty and potential employers on the Berkeley campus, Cheshire said.

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School of One – Concept | Reimagining the classroom to meet the needs of every student

School of One – Concept | Reimagining the classroom to meet the needs of every student | Moocs and online learning | Scoop.it
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The iZone's School of One was created to generate bold, effective and transformative changes in the classroom to better meet the needs of today's students. Our first major engagement is a full-time math program in several New York City public middle schools. Read below to learn why — and how — School of One reimagines teaching and learning.

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Georgia Tech, Udacity Shock Higher Ed With $7,000 Degree

Georgia Tech, Udacity Shock Higher Ed With $7,000 Degree | Moocs and online learning | Scoop.it
Georgia Institute of Technology and Udacity have partnered to offer a $7,000 online Masters Degree in Computer Science next year, 80% less than the existing cost of $40,000 for the on-campus curriculum.
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Georgia Tech, Udacity Shock Higher Ed With $7,000 Degree 
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European MOOC Summit | MOOCS FACTORY

European MOOC Summit | MOOCS FACTORY | Moocs and online learning | Scoop.it
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Discussing and presenting @ EU MOOC summit (MESS :)) in Lausanne. Impressive campus and research projects @ EPFL!

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MOOC as Courseware: Coursera's Big Announcement in Context

MOOC as Courseware: Coursera's Big Announcement in Context | Moocs and online learning | Scoop.it

One key aspect of this announcement is Coursera’s full-fledged move into courseware as a new business line to complement their standalone courses. Courseware is the combination of “the curriculum, the course materials, the assessments and, in some cases, the analytics to track student progress and make study suggestions”.


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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, June 5, 2013 7:49 AM

Although posted already a week ago, this is too important a scoop to miss. According to Phil Hill, Coursera's moving into the courseware business is a reflection of a number of different things. First, according to Coursera's Daphne Koller it is prompted by their desire to cater more for HE students' initial education than for professionals who seek to develop themselves. But speculates Phil Hill, another dominant reason could be the desire of the venture capitalists to find a revenue model. Courseware is like books, it allows universities to use them and turn them into genuine course by putting a wrapper around them, i.e. by assigning teachers to them, fitting them into a curriculum, giving credits for them. 

 

Courseware as a notion is at least 20 years old (see my previous Scoop http://sco.lt/4k2TeD). In that sense, Coursera's move is a step back. It brings MOOCs back into the fold of HE as we know it; the claim that MOOCs are a disrupting innovation that makes obsolete almost all universities but a few elite ones (as suggested by among others Sebastian Thrun) immediately falls flat. To me, this is a very welcome move, one that removes the hype and gives us back a sense of proportion, enough to let educational professionals (rather than news papers and Silicon Valley gurus) decide on how MOOCs are going to be useful to improve education across the globe. (@pbsloep)

ifrank's comment, June 5, 2013 8:30 AM
It looks like Coursera has come up with a business model that supports offering courses simultaneously to more than one university at a time across state lines.
Could another company like Blackboard have offered a similar service at attractive rates? Looks like the universities didn't shop around.
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A step for chasing profit

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Euro Mooc opens up for business

The first pan-European massive open online course initiative has been launched by the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities.
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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley | Video on TED.com

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them.
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Humans are inherently creative and different

Teaching is also about outcome (=learning) not only about process: you should ask: if the teacher is teaching, are the students learning? 

Testing as part of learning! 

Need arts, humanities, phisicalexercise

Finland does not have standardised testing

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Move Over Brick And Mortar, Education-As-A-Service Is Taking Over - CloudTweaks

Education - Lately, we've seen several companies break down traditional education barriers to provide a viable solution
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Move Over Brick and Mortar, Education-As-A-Service Is Taking Over

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World First - The Emotion of Design

A world first -- Volvo measures the emotion of design. Scientists have attempted to measure how car design can make you feel. This is the first time anyone h...
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A world first -- Volvo measures the emotion of design. Scientists have attempted to measure how car design can make you feel. This is the first time anyone has looked at how car design can affect emotion, using EEG technology. Subscribe to the Volvo YouTube channel & come back on 28th November to find out more.

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Design in a Nutshell: One-Minute Animated Primers on Six Major Creative Movements

Design in a Nutshell: One-Minute Animated Primers on Six Major Creative Movements | Moocs and online learning | Scoop.it
From Gothic Revival to Postmodernism, or how Bauhaus ushered in the age of minimalism.

From the fine folks at Open University -- who have
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Great learning approach! 

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DEBT episode 1: Debt, a great invention

EPISODE 1: Debt, a great invention is the first episode of a video lecture by Dirk Bezemer from the University of Groningen. It covers how debt and money sys...
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Excelent example of new way of knowledge decemination from university without the university. This has been done by students and an enthusastic teacher and no budget, good example of some disruption I think.

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AI tutor, college degrees planned for Udacity online courses: Sebastian Thrun | KurzweilAI

AI tutor, college degrees planned for Udacity online courses: Sebastian Thrun | KurzweilAI | Moocs and online learning | Scoop.it
Sebastian Thrun Udacity cofounder and CEO Sebastian Thrun says Udacity is planning to develop AI that sits there, watches you learn, and helps you pick the
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Udacity cofounder and CEO Sebastian Thrun says Udacity is planning to develop AI “that sits there, watches you learn, and helps you pick the right learning venue or task, so you’re more effective and have more pleasure,” he told MIT Technology Review. It should be available in at least a year, he said.

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the end of factory based education: Develop an AI “that sits there, watches you learn, and helps you pick the right learning venue or task, so you’re more effective and have more pleasure,” he told MIT Technology Review. It should be available in at least a year, he said.

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15 Mistakes You’re Probably Making With Technology In Learning

15 Mistakes You’re Probably Making With Technology In Learning | Moocs and online learning | Scoop.it
  via TeachThought The role of technology in learning isn’t entirely clear–or rather, is subjective. While it clearly is able to provide access to peers, audiences, resources, and data, it als...
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“Educational technology, like any other kind of technology, has rules of engagement. There are efficient ways to use it, and those that re not so efficient. But with ed tech, the mistakes that we make with it could cost our students meaningful learning experiences. In this TeachThought article, Terry Heick gives us 15 things to watch out for when using technology in teaching and learning.”


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The 'Quiet' Online Student: What it Means and How Educators Can Respond

The 'Quiet' Online Student: What it Means and How Educators Can Respond | Moocs and online learning | Scoop.it
"The opportunities for those who tend toward reflection, synthesis, and personal introspection [introverts] to participate in a course discussion or activity is dramatically increased, in effective...
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As online learning becomes a viable modality for learning, determining how to engage all  students in meaningful learning activities, whether it be discussion, group work or other, will require further research and exploration. The starting point I believe, is viewing quiet online students in a different light, not as a passive, unresponsive individual but as a students with something to say and contribute even in a world that can’t stop talking.

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Flipped Classroom Field Guide

Flipped Classroom Field Guide | Moocs and online learning | Scoop.it

The Flipped Classroom Field Guide is a compilation of best-practices and community resources centered around the flipped classroom and blended learning initiatives of the Coursera-partner community.


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verstelle's curator insight, June 7, 2013 2:49 AM

Guide -still in development- offering practical explanations and reports from Coursera instructors on their experience with flipping the classroom. 

 

Seems like a valuable resource for faculty to get a picture of flipped classroom possibilities and experiences of their peers from topuniversities.

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, June 8, 2013 10:40 PM

Guia completa para implementar la metodología de "aula invertida" (Flipped Classroom). 

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MOOCs: 50+ years of open education for massive audiences

Talk at Eurovision Media Summit, Brussels, May 29, 2013. For more, see: http://www.j3L7h.de/videos.html
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Education Week

mobile first webpage developed by mobiletech
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Coursera Platform as Three Types of LMS

Reading the announcement, Coursera seems to be proposing that their platform can serve as all three of these kinds of LMS.

First, universities might just have students take a Coursera course, treating it as a self-contained learning experience with some kind of proctored exam at the end, but no further involvement from university faculty in the student experience. That's Coursera as self-contained online course.

Second, universities and faculty might populate the Coursera platform with their own courses. In this case, Coursera is just acting a straight LMS, and simply facing a battle of features and marketing against Desire2Learn, Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, Drupal ELMS, and whoever else built a new LMS this week.

Third, universities might treat a Coursera course as what Richards calls a digital teaching platform-- essentially an LMS pre-populated with content. This is somewhat analogous to the "MOOC as talking textbook" argument, with a few bonus features like a discussion forum, automated assessments, etc. In these circumstances, a professor would take a pre-fab Coursera course, maybe swap out some resources, use the videos in flipped fashion to free up some time for in-class activities, and so forth. In this case, the universities are simply buying video resources and assessments, at prices not dissimilar from a textbook or online practice problem tools, so faculty devote in-class time to Socratic dialogue, peer instruction, etc. Or they can just lecture some more.

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timokos's comment, June 4, 2013 4:03 AM
Hi Gideon, what's Leiden position on this strategic move by Coursera?
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My personal take: not sure its strategy or path dependence. I think this is a natural organic direction (do you see clear alternatives?). Key is to keep innovating and pushing the boundries of learning which is the key in this disruption :) Here I see huge potential when APIs are opening up etc. ... but thats maybe too technical ;-)
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Georgia Tech and Udacity roll out massive new low-cost degree program | Inside Higher Ed

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58 Professors Sign Letter Calling for Faculty Oversight of edX | News | The Harvard Crimson

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"We appreciate the meetings, town halls, and other arenas in which faculty have been able to discuss HarvardX. But we believe that many critical questions about the relationship of the FAS to HarvardX, and to edX, have not yet been addressed,” the letter reads.

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timokos's curator insight, May 24, 2013 7:53 AM

After teh debate raised by professors at SJSU about the deal with edX, the debates continues at Harvard itself...

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