Hollands, F. and Tirthali, D. (2014) MOOCs: Expectations and Reality New York: Columbia University Teachers’ College, Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education, 211 pp
We are now beginning to see a number of new research publications on MOOCs. The journal Distance Education will be publishing a series of research articles on MOOCs in June, but now Hollands and Tirthali have produced a comprehensive research analysis of MOOCs.
UW's MOOC On Public Speaking Proving To Be Massively Popular KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest University of Washington professor Matt McGarrity teaches a wildly-popular MOOC, or a free massive open online course open to virtual students...
"In higher education, we are entering a period in which it is the connections between everything and everyone that are of importance. This development is most conspicuous in teaching and learning and is enabled by information technology, social media, and mobile devices. We are witnessing—and contributing to—the advent of connected learning,which is having an impact on all colleges and universities, faculty, and students."
This article titled "mini MOOC Minors" by Carl Straumsheim is an overview of MIT's upcoming course sequences that start as early as September 30, 2013. Straumsheim writes, "MIT officials deny that the XSeries sequences are a first step toward students one day being able to combine a set of sequences into something that may resemble a degree. A spokesman described Tuesday’s announcement as an early experiment on new ways to offer programs."
Google is teaming up with EdX, an open-source online education nonprofit started by Harvard and MIT, to create a new site that EdX’s president compared to a “YouTube for MOOCs.” (...) it will be open to everyone, including businesses, governments, and private individuals as well as professors at non-EdX colleges...
"The opportunities Massive Open Online Courses present include the ability for institutions to extend their brand and reach to large international audiences, experiment with innovative pedagogical approaches, an ability to offer niche provision at scale, and a potential reduction of costs, according to this paper."
Today we’re excited to announce Specializations, a new type of program that allows students to develop mastery in a specific subject. Specializations take the learning experience beyond one course,...
MOOC provider Coursera offers 10 new specializations culminating in a Certificate. Some classes are Modern Musician, Data Science, Cybersecurity, Android Development, and Foundations of Teaching. The classes are taught by faculty at Johns Hopkins, Vanderbuilt, Duke, Berkeley College of Music, and other academic institutions.
Not long after educational providers and students alike clocked on to the fast-rising and game-changing trend of free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) programmes, it quickly expanded to factor in the option of paid MOOCs, otherwise known as MOOC+.
Twenty tough questions that will need to be answered as we go forward in implementing MOOCs. Tarique Haider writes, "Some questions, however, can be raised at this stage; from delivery and governance of MOOC to its social, economical industrial and cultural impacts."
"The Great Backlash against massive open online courses, better known as MOOCs, is in full swing. After an initial flurry of positive press, a firestorm of opposition has mobilized against them. MOOCs, we are told, are either a juggernaut threatening to bulldoze education's core values or an overly hyped bubble about to burst. "
Are MOOCs a "techno fad"? Are they Inherently Inferior? These and other questions are presented in this article from the Educause Review Online. Check the Notes section that lists 29 references used for this article.