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Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories?

Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories? | MOOC Design and Development | Scoop.it

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Gary Carnow's curator insight, December 1, 2013 4:47 PM

Excellent overview.

Vinicius Villaca's curator insight, December 2, 2013 9:47 AM

The big map.

Susan B Spero's curator insight, December 21, 2013 11:04 AM

Great map of learning theory. 

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Stanford Daily - Elderly post most often on Coursera forums

"In a study from the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning (VPOL), researchers found that seniors between the ages of 60 and 70 encompass the age demographic that posts most often on Coursera forums..."


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Infographic: Why Aren't Students Completing MOOCs?

Infographic: Why Aren't Students Completing MOOCs? | MOOC Design and Development | Scoop.it

MOOCs (free online courses that are open to anyone) are more popular than Justin Bieber right now, but why aren't students finishing the courses they signed up for?


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Elaine Watkins's curator insight, October 24, 2013 10:29 PM

I was one of the 36% of students who completed the Equine Nutrition course. I can tell you why I was able to... It was because there was excellent support from the lecturers, easy to access video lectures, no hard deadlines until the end of the course, meaning there was much more flexibility for people, like me, who work full time and can't always complete quizzes by 6pm each Monday for example. I could do it in my own time, as long as I stayed within the course duration and I found that some weeks I had much more time and could complete 2 weeks worth of readings & quizzes. 

In contrast, I just attempted to complete an Animal Behaviour course, but unfortunately due to hard deadlines each Monday, I was unable to complete quizzes on time and therefore could not achieve the marks necessary to pass, so I gave up halfway through. I have still completed readings and watched lectures, but with no result as the quizzes did not count after the weekly hard deadlines. Obviously many people had the same issue as me, because out of 24950, only

1428 people completed the course.

I believe course designers need to revisit their courses and ensure they are flexible enough for full time workers to do in their own time. 

Christine Aizpurua's curator insight, October 31, 2013 11:57 AM

Me ! 

Patricia Christian's curator insight, February 8, 2014 5:45 AM

An integral part of any online learning environment is the social synergy created via communication and discussion.  This is where deep reflection and learning take place.  Are students not feeling connected.  Are they collaborating and creating something new with the knowledge they have gained and sharing it with others?  Learning must me meaningful and applicable.

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Google chucks code into MOOCs mix • The Register

Google chucks code into MOOCs mix • The Register | MOOC Design and Development | Scoop.it

Google has decided it will join the Open edX project, an effort to create a platform on which to host massively online open courses (MOOCs).

MOOCs took off a couple of years back when some universities started offering free courses online. While the courses did not lead to a degree, the mere fact that institutions of the calibre of Stanford, MIT and Harvard gave away content that's not a million miles away from their on-premises undergraduate courses got all sorts of people muttering about the internet disrupting another previously cosy industry.

Anecdotally, the courses have proven very popular among folks in the developing world who struggle to access any university never mind the likes of Harvard. Universities offering MOOCs quickly realised a common platform to deliver the courses would mean less repeated work. MIT and Harvard eventually helped to create edX, a not-for-profit organisation that shepherds the development of an eponymous open source MOOC platform.


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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, September 11, 2013 7:30 AM

Google has decided it will join the Open edX project, an effort to create a platform on which to host massively online open courses (MOOCs).

MOOCs took off a couple of years back when some universities started offering free courses online. While the courses did not lead to a degree, the mere fact that institutions of the calibre of Stanford, MIT and Harvard gave away content that's not a million miles away from their on-premises undergraduate courses got all sorts of people muttering about the internet disrupting another previously cosy industry.

Anecdotally, the courses have proven very popular among folks in the developing world who struggle to access any university never mind the likes of Harvard. Universities offering MOOCs quickly realised a common platform to deliver the courses would mean less repeated work. MIT and Harvard eventually helped to create edX, a not-for-profit organisation that shepherds the development of an eponymous open source MOOC platform.
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The ABCs of MOOCs: what it's like to enroll

The ABCs of MOOCs: what it's like to enroll | MOOC Design and Development | Scoop.it
Esther Duflo, one of the two superstar MIT economists teaching my Massive Open Online Course on global poverty, is a fast-talking French woman with

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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, August 25, 2013 1:39 PM

A personal account from a participant on a MOOC.  Grateful for the comment that says that 'these moocs are hard!'  yes, online education is hard.  All of the online programmes I have ever done have have required commitment, self motivation and sheer determination.  MOOCs are no different.  But like the commentator says, not all MOOCs are created equal.  

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How to Convert a Classroom Course Into a MOOC -- Campus Technology

How to Convert a Classroom Course Into a MOOC -- Campus Technology | MOOC Design and Development | Scoop.it
The sheer size and diversity of the student body in a MOOC force faculty to use strategies for planning, teaching, and assessment that differ radically from those used in traditional classes.

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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, August 29, 2013 2:41 AM

Really nice and useful article.  More and more information is appearing now on what actually happens, how it was planned and what can be improved.  Good to share with colleagues who are not sure what they need to do to put their classes into MOOC form. 

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MOOCs: A Disruptive Innovation or Not? -

MOOCs: A Disruptive Innovation or Not? - | MOOC Design and Development | Scoop.it
Nearly five years ago on October 27, 2008 Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn briefed participants at an American Enterprise Institute [AEI] meeting on “Disruptive Innovation in Education and Health Care.” Christensen and his work were well known...

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The emergence of x and c MOOCs and pedagogy

The emergence of x and c MOOCs and pedagogy | MOOC Design and Development | Scoop.it

The three sorts of MOOCs would serve different types of learners differently based on what the institutions would offer and what the learners might need and expect.


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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, August 15, 2013 9:44 AM

A pesar de su corta edad los MOOCs siguen experimentando variaciones importantes. Los x-MOOCs (modelo automatizado, centrado en la tecnología y con rentabilida económica esperada de la oferta formativa en línea, Ej: Udacity), los c-MOOCs (basados en el conectivismo, el aprendizaje distribuido y más centrado en el alumno. Ej: EdX) y una tercera variante que puede ser una especie de híbrido de las dos anteriores.

Roberto Ivan Ramirez's comment, September 17, 2013 2:38 PM
Creo que esas combinaciones de los cursos masivos en línea va a servir de plataforma apra establecer nuevos lineamientos tecno pedagógicos de la educación a distancia, posiblemente la era del e-learning se transforme.
Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 22, 2013 7:23 PM

What would be the future of MOOCs?

As discussed, the three sorts of MOOCs would serve different types of learners differently based on what the institutions would offer and what the learners might need and expect.

There are no clear crystal balls in accurately predicting what would emerge out of these winners, though it is for sure that the ultimate model of Higher Education would likely go with xMOOCs within the coming decade, as the demand for qualifications, formal teacher-based education is still the norm.

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The Attack of the MOOCs

The Attack of the MOOCs | MOOC Design and Development | 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 Coursera, two Silicon Valley start-ups offering free education through MOOCs, massive open online courses, the ivory towers of academia have been shaken to their foundations. University brands built in some cases over centuries have been forced to contemplate the possibility that information technology will rapidly make their existing business model obsolete. Meanwhile, the MOOCs have multiplied in number, resources and student recruitment—without yet having figured out a business model of their own.

Besides providing online courses to their own (generally fee-paying) students, universities have felt obliged to join the MOOC revolution to avoid being guillotined by it. Coursera has formed partnerships with 83 universities and colleges around the world, including many of America’s top-tier institutions.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, July 18, 2013 8:26 PM
An army of new online courses is scaring the wits out of traditional universities. But can they find a viable business model?
Ann V's curator insight, August 4, 2013 2:04 AM

hot topic

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Comparing Two Classical Studies MOOCs

Comparing Two Classical Studies MOOCs | MOOC Design and Development | Scoop.it
I hope my experience comparing two classical studies MOOCs, Greek and Roman Mythology from Coursera and The Ancient Greek Hero from edX, will help you decide which is right for you.

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MOOCs Lead Duke To Reinvent On-Campus Courses

MOOCs Lead Duke To Reinvent On-Campus Courses | MOOC Design and Development | Scoop.it

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) may not yet be driving down tuition, but they're starting to kill the traditional lecture class.

At Duke University, professors who teach MOOCs tend to go back and do a radical revision of their on-campus classes...

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Is the pedagogy of MOOCs flawed?

Is the pedagogy of MOOCs flawed? | MOOC Design and Development | Scoop.it
This is a question that I tackle in my Udemy course The Wide World of MOOCs. Almost immediately after I uploaded this preview to YouTube, someone on Twitter politely challenged me. She took umbrage...

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LLZ Uni Halle's curator insight, August 27, 2013 2:38 AM

Interessante Argumentation, warum (manche) MOOC's pädagogisch sinnvoller seien, als (manche) LMS: weil (manche) Teilnehmer engagierter und (manche) MOOC's von vornherein auf Partizipation angelegt seien. Hmmm.  

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Moocs: if we're not careful so-called 'open' courses will close minds

Moocs: if we're not careful so-called 'open' courses will close minds | MOOC Design and Development | Scoop.it
Massive open online courses, or Moocs, are likely to offer 'higher education for the masses' with fewer teachers, says Peter Scott

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MOOCDEMIC

MOOCDEMIC | MOOC Design and Development | Scoop.it
Moocdemic is an online multi-player epidemic game.

MOOCDEMIC is a simulation game of a real world epidemic. It is best played on a mobile device.

The game is being run in parallel with a Coursera MOOC (massive open online course) entitled: Epidemics - The Dynamics of Infectious Diseases. Although they are being run in parallel, neither requires participation in the other to advance. The MOOCDEMIC game can be played without participating in the online course and vice versa, but in our completely unbiased view, you should totally sign up for the course - it's absolutely free and you won't regret it.

The thing is, knowing how epidemics unfold might be helpful in the game. And the game will be using actual concepts and terms from epidemiology, which will hopefully help cement ideas in place from the course.

The game is developed by Marcel Salathé and members of his research group at the Center for Infectious Diseases Dynamics at Penn State University.


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The silent majority - why are MOOC forums counterproductive? ~ Stephen's Web

The silent majority - why are MOOC forums counterproductive? ~ Stephen's Web | MOOC Design and Development | Scoop.it
Stephen's Web, the home page of Stephen Downes, with news and information on e-learning, new media, instructional technology, educational design, and related subjects (The silent majority - why are MOOC forums counterproductive?
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Astonishing MOOC Success More Complicated Than It Seemed, Raising Questions for UW

Astonishing MOOC Success More Complicated Than It Seemed, Raising Questions for UW | MOOC Design and Development | Scoop.it

"Last fall, an engineering professor at San Jose State University named Khosrow Ghadiri tried something radical in his Introduction to Circuits course. He made a MOOC a central part of the his class curriculum."


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MOOCs and online learning: Research roundup | W...

MOOCs and online learning: Research roundup | W... | MOOC Design and Development | Scoop.it

2013 selection of research on massive open online courses (MOOCs), including studies on their potential and effectiveness and their impact on traditional education methods.


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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, August 21, 2013 6:10 AM
More online learning evidence base than MOOCs (unsurprisingly) useful though
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Feminist professors create an alternative to MOOCs

Feminist professors create an alternative to MOOCs | MOOC Design and Development | Scoop.it

At first glance, "Feminism and Technology" sounds like another massive open online open course. The course will involve video components, and will be available online to anyone, with no charge. There are paths to credit, and it's fine for students to take the course without seeking credit. An international student body is expected.

But don't look for this course in any MOOC catalog...

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Lessons Learned from Vanderbilt’s First MOOCs

Lessons Learned from Vanderbilt’s First MOOCs | MOOC Design and Development | Scoop.it

...  As Vanderbilt prepares to launch its next two MOOCs in September and as the instructors of those first three MOOCs look ahead to leveraging their online experiences in their on-campus courses, it’s a good time to reflect on some lessons learned over the last year...

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MOOCs and The Change of Higher Education

MOOCs and The Change of Higher Education | MOOC Design and Development | Scoop.it
The American writer H. L. Mencken once said that there is always a well-known solution to every human problem: neat, plausible, and wrong. MOOCs look neat, are plausible and... too many get it wron...

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4 Downsides to MOOCs | LearnDash

4 Downsides to MOOCs | LearnDash | MOOC Design and Development | Scoop.it

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Robert Farrow's curator insight, August 22, 2013 7:07 PM

Nothing new here, but some figures may be useful for #oerrhub

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Free Online Higher Education: 5 Best MOOCs - The Epoch Times

Free Online Higher Education: 5 Best MOOCs - The Epoch Times | MOOC Design and Development | Scoop.it
Some Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) attract hundreds of thousands of students from all over the world. Read about the 5 best free ones.

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diane gusa's curator insight, August 24, 2013 9:28 AM

Summary of MOOCs 

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Infographic: How will the MOOCs make money?

Infographic: How will the MOOCs make money? | MOOC Design and Development | Scoop.it
Like many newfangled fields in startup world, massively open online colleges or MOOCs (catch our explainer here) are treated with a mix of starry-eyed hope and sobering skepticism. On one hand, MOO...

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Anita's curator insight, August 26, 2013 9:11 AM

Are you onboard?