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::: LECTURA LAB ::: Las bibliotecas y los MOOC, un gran reto y grandes oportunidades

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Will MOOCs help to democratise higher education? | Karen MacGregor - University World News

Will MOOCs help to democratise higher education? | Karen MacGregor - University World News | MOOC | Scoop.it

The democratisation of higher education requires widening access to studies that lead to useful qualifications, and giving people more opportunities to select study programmes themselves and easily design their own courses from the rich pool of material freely available, Sir John Daniel told the “Worldviews 2013” conference last week. The question is whether massive open online course, or MOOCs, will help or hinder that process.


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The article is an account of a keynote Sir John Daniel gave at the Worldviews 2013 conference. He unpacks democratisation as either widening access or as students themselves determining what they study. Widening access may simply mean increasing enrolment, but it often specifically refers to removing the stumbling blocks for access, as open universities have done over the four last decades (freedom of place, pace and time of study). Technology plays a role in this but it changes as new technologies become available. The second interpretation of democratising education has a more recent origin and is nowadays referred to as open educational resources. What I find interesting about this account of democratising education is that it connects the characteristics of open universities with the availability of open educational resources (OERs) and reveals them to be two sides of the same coin. 

 

Do these sides come together in MOOCs? From my perspective they might do in cMOOCs, which heavily rely on OERs and through their online character put no constraints on time (but they do on time and pace). They certainly don't in xMOOCs. Although access to the course materials does not require a fee, the materials are not open in the sense that they may be edited or even used by third parties (such as non-participating universities). Here too, there is no constraint on the place of study but there is on the time and pace. Which prompts the question of whether a marriage of these two kinds of democratisation would indeed be an interesting development and, consequently, whether this is something open universities should pick up. Two initiatives suggest this is already taking place. The one is FutureLearn (http://futurelearn.com), initiated by the Open University of the UK, the other is OpenupEd (http://www.openuped.eu), an initiative of the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (http://www.eadtu.eu), backed by the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme. (@pbsloep)

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Life After High School - Using MOOCs for Career Exploration - moocnewsandreviews.com

Life After High School - Using MOOCs for Career Exploration - moocnewsandreviews.com | MOOC | Scoop.it
High school students have a terrific free option for career exploration with massive open online courses. Numerous MOOCs provide introductions or overviews into areas of study, jobs and paths to a career.

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What is a MOOC? | Jisc

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Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are huge news currently, with MIT, Stanford and several private providers providing free, open online courses. This webinar will examine the phenomenon and demonstrate ...
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Inside Higher Ed: Mooc-sceptical provosts - Times Higher Education

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Times Higher Education Inside Higher Ed: Mooc-sceptical provosts Times Higher Education About a sixth of Mooc provider Coursera's courses are created by faculty at CIC member institutions, including the University of Michigan, which is a member of...
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Why the campus is still king in the age of the MOOC - The Conversation

Why the campus is still king in the age of the MOOC
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With higher education increasingly going online and the recent arrival of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), many have predicted the death of the university campus.
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Where's the Real Learning? - Inside Higher Ed

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I admit it – from kindergarten on, I was teacher's pet. I got an assignment. I labored over it, made it perfect, turned it in early, got the A.
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Probing Question: Are MOOCs Here to Stay?

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Although the future of MOOCs is uncertain, says Selber, what we can expect to see is the development of multiple types


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Week 6: Quality of MOOCs: Keeping our promises! | MOOC Quality ...

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2011 she was co-facilitator of the first German MOOC on “The Future of Learning”, 2012 she ran her second one. At present she publishes about MOOCs and carries out research on MOOCs, learner activities and e-learning, ...
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The MOOC Minefield: Study suggests careful navigation in move toward massive ... - PR Newswire (press release)

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New Librarianship MOOC FAQ | Virtual Dave…Real Blog

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With the announcement of the New Librarianship Master Class we've received a number of questions. The FAQ below is a set of answers to these questions (this document should be linked off the course site very soon).
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Coursera Announces 10 Public Universities Plan MOOC Adoption - Huffington Post

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NPR Coursera Announces 10 Public Universities Plan MOOC Adoption Huffington Post But overall, the announcement is the latest ramping up of higher education's MOOC experiment, which launched in earnest barely a year ago as a way to sample elite...
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