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The highs and lows of a Mooc education - FT.com

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In 2012 Sharon Watkins was watching a Ted talk when she came across the concept of Moocs – massive open online courses. She was so impressed by the prospect of elite education being delivered for free to the masses, that she decided to set up a Mooc

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The arrival of MOOCs: Massive Open Online Courses

"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."


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The Ministry of Education in New Zealand posted this 47-page report in PDF. It has a 6-page bibliography. 

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Helen Farley's curator insight, May 27, 11:55 PM

A great read: useful and informative!

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MOOC Design Tips: Maximizing the Value of Video Lectures

MOOC Design Tips: Maximizing the Value of Video Lectures | MOOC Excitement | Scoop.it
"Which kinds of videos lead to the best student learning outcomes in a MOOC?" How Video Production Affects Student Engagement: An Empirical Study of MOOC Videos (Guo, Kim & Rubin, 2014) An exce...

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University of London MOOC Report | Barney Grainger, U. London


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Manuel León Urrutia's curator insight, March 2, 12:28 PM

Another MOOC report, this time from University of London. Section 6 specially interesting for MOOC making. 

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Project Planning a MOOC

 

The course teams involved with our MOOCs included experienced academics with familiarity in developing materials on a learning platform. Nonetheless, for each of them it was their first experience of MOOCs, as it was for the project planning team.

 

 

Delivering a MOOC

 

A range of styles and learning methods were adopted by the four MOOCs, appropriate to the subject matter covered. A MOOC structure of six weeks and 5-10 student effort hours per week of study appeared to be just right for the majority of students (55%). Some considerations for future delivery include:

 

< Well designed announcements at the beginning and end of each week that articulate with the topic coverage, learning activities and assessment methods can be effective at maintaining student interest and motivation.


< Management of forum threads and posts is a critical factor in dealing with massive scale short courses to ensure the majority of students are not affected negatively by the behaviour of a small number of the community, while preserving the openness of the discussion areas.

 

< The Coursera platform tools are significant and comprehensive in terms of plotting overall student activity, allowing evaluation of assessment data, as well as usage statistics on video resources and other learning activities; however, further refinement of these tools to enable both students and teaching staff to understand their progression at an individual level is necessary (and underway).



** Learning Resource Development


 


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University of London MOOC Report .

I Barney Gracinger, U. London

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Why 259,969 people in the same class might be the future of education | TED Blog

Why 259,969 people in the same class might be the future of education | TED Blog | MOOC Excitement | Scoop.it
Coursera is one of the biggest for-profit MOOC ventures. Cofounder Daphne Koller talks about her mission to reinvent higher education

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Valerie Hill's curator insight, February 7, 3:48 PM

The pros and cons of MOOCs are interesting but who can really predict?

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Coursera Specializations: Focused Programs in Popular Fields

Coursera Specializations: Focused Programs in Popular Fields | MOOC Excitement | Scoop.it
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,...
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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.

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MOOCs, SPOCs, and LAPs: The Evolving World of Education

MOOCs, SPOCs, and LAPs: The Evolving World of Education | MOOC Excitement | Scoop.it
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+.

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MOOCs: Integrity, Implications and Global Impact – Unanswered Questions

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MOOC has the potential to single handedly disrupt the academic landscape in a few years the way that all other influencers combined together have not done over the past few centuries.

 


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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."

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Entering Existentialism: A Review of Saylor.org's Online Philosophy Class - moocnewsandreviews.com

Entering Existentialism: A Review of Saylor.org's Online Philosophy Class - moocnewsandreviews.com | MOOC Excitement | Scoop.it
Existentialism, like all of Saylor.org's courses, is curated rather than produced which is the sources of both its strengths and weaknesses.
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Massive Open Online Courses Trends 2013 Infographic

Massive Open Online Courses Trends 2013 Infographic | MOOC Excitement | Scoop.it
MOOCs in Higher Education Today 2013 74% of schools currently offer some type of online course. 16% plan to offer one within 3 years. 13% of schools

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Errol Wilson's curator insight, October 19, 2013 11:24 PM

WE are already using Infographic in the CSUSB MSN Program, nice to know we are in the majority.

Ante Lauc's curator insight, October 21, 2013 3:42 AM

I like that my dream is better and better realized. I am sad that my countrymen are far from it! 

Eliana Lobo's curator insight, October 21, 2013 5:58 PM

I'm taking a course on instructional design right now on Coursera!

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Five Myths about MOOCs

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"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. "


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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.

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systerwoody's curator insight, October 14, 2013 11:18 AM

No shortage of critics, that's for sure!

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MOOC, SPOC, MOOR And The Walking Dead – The Journey Continues

MOOC, SPOC, MOOR And The Walking Dead – The Journey Continues | MOOC Excitement | Scoop.it
SPOC, MOOR, And The Walking Dead; MOOC odyssey continues into uncharted waters.

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What are SPOC and MOOR?  The article mentions their website's list of MOOC providers — now up to 40. See http://www.technoduet.com/a-comprehensive-list-of-mooc-massive-open-online-courses-providers/

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, October 12, 2013 7:36 AM

When Technoduet first published its list of MOOC Providers about six months back, there were just 26 names.  Now it has 40 and growing.

 

Not only number of MOOC providers has multiplied, MOOC themselves have diversified.  We now have SPOC, MOOR  and even a MOOC based on a popular TV series.  The maturity, diversification and popularity of MOOC are all going up.

Tom Hood's curator insight, October 12, 2013 10:37 AM

The speed of learning evolution continues to accelerate as MOOCs (massively open on-line courses) spawn SPOCs (small, private on-line courses) and MOORs (massively open on-line research). Add in social learning, tin can, AICC, and SCORM, we see us quickly moving to just-in-time learning to support the idea of the right talent at the right time with the right skills.

 

I think we are clearly entering the age of learning as a competitive advantage (for us as individuals and our organizations). in an age of rapid ans accelerating change and complexity, the winners will be those who can keep their L>C, their rate of learning must be greater than the rate of change and greater than their competition.

 

For learning strategy and resources see www.blionline.org

 

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The evolution of Moocs

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Online courses may have been over-hyped, but they will still be a valuable part of the future

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The future of MOOCs will probably not be free.

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ICDE » News archive » 2013 » 2013 part 4 » Recent reports and papers on MOOCs and Online education

ICDE » News archive » 2013 » 2013 part 4 » Recent reports and papers on MOOCs and Online education | MOOC Excitement | Scoop.it
This overview of nine key documents published over the past year is provided to support the ongoing debate on MOOCs, Open Educational Resources and online educa

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A balanced research report on the hopes and realities of MOOCs

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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.


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UW's MOOC On Public Speaking Proving To Be Massively Popular - KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest

UW's MOOC On Public Speaking Proving To Be Massively Popular - KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest | MOOC Excitement | Scoop.it
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...

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Interview with Dr. Stalburg: MOOC Creator Reflects on Lessons Learned and OER

Interview with Dr. Stalburg: MOOC Creator Reflects on Lessons Learned and OER | MOOC Excitement | Scoop.it

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timokos's curator insight, February 1, 5:28 AM

Hear hear! Great to see U. Of Michican be the first to publish their MOOC with an open License on Coursera, just as we at the Delft UT have done on edX.

 

Dr. Stalburg about her motive:

"while I understand that my interpretation, distillation, and restructuring of the material is my ‘intellectual property’, I also recognize that my organized understanding is based on the work of other scholars. Scholars who have previously shared and published their work too. Just as I have in some ways ‘remixed’ the ideas of those before me into my own unique perspective, I would hope that others could use this course as a base for their own ‘mash-ups’ and movement forward. Hopefully academia will recognize that just like we calculate a citation index score for one’s published material in traditional spaces, we can also generate scholarly rubrics and ‘value’ for numbers such as CC license attributions of your work, or number of downloads, or even the variety and scope of domains where your work is incorporated."

Heiko Idensen's curator insight, February 2, 1:01 PM

 .... Interesting conections ...

"Why share the class materials with Creative Commons licenses?

Why not? While I understand that my interpretation, distillation, and restructuring of the material is my ‘intellectual property’, I also recognize that my organized understanding is based on the work of other scholars. Scholars who have previously shared and published their work too. Just as I have in some ways ‘remixed’ the ideas of those before me into my own unique perspective, I would hope that others could use this course as a base for their own ‘mash-ups’ and movement forward. Hopefully academia will recognize that just like we calculate a citation index score for one’s published material in traditional spaces, we can also generate scholarly rubrics and ‘value’ for numbers such as CC license attributions of your work, or number of downloads, or even the variety and scope of domains where your work is incorporated."

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Universities under threat from MOOC revolution - Asahi Shimbun

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Universities under threat from MOOC revolution
Asahi Shimbun
The revolution goes by the name of MOOC, or Massive Open Online Courses, and almost 10 million students have already signed up worldwide.
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A Second “Year of the MOOC”: 3 Platforms that Stood Out in 2013

A Second “Year of the MOOC”: 3 Platforms that Stood Out in 2013 | MOOC Excitement | Scoop.it

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A New Architecture for Learning (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

"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."

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cMOOCs and xMOOCs - key differences

cMOOCs and xMOOCs - key differences | MOOC Excitement | Scoop.it
As xMOOCs become more successful and begin to experiment with pedagogies that go beyond the didactic video lecture approach, I have been trying to understand the essential differences between the o...

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Ed tech highlights: 10 things to note from Educause 2013

Ed tech highlights: 10 things to note from Educause 2013 | MOOC Excitement | Scoop.it
From MOOCs and SPOCs to analytics and personalization, these 10 new and recent developments stood out at Educause 2013. (Attend #EDUCAUSE2013 but not see everything you wanted?
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Report by Faculty Group Questions Savings From MOOCs - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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This short article is in reference to a report at Campaign for the Furture in Higher Ecucation: http://futureofhighered.org/promises-online-higher-education-reducing-costs/ The report has long list of "Works Cited".

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Harvard Business School Launching Online Learning Initiative

Harvard Business School Launching Online Learning Initiative | MOOC Excitement | Scoop.it
Harvard's courses, in a program known as HBX, are expected to be available on MOOC platform edX by spring or summer 2014
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