This one day conference is about current MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) research, experience and development. A key focus of the event is on exploring the impact of MOOCs, how data is created, used and analysed and to consider the potential of MOOCs in education. Organised by ALT’s Special Interest Group for MOOCs, the conference will bring together practitioners and researchers to discuss, discover and define the evolving MOOC landscape.... http://www.scoop.it/t/easy-mooc
Via Lucas Gruez
I'm not sure of the idea of a mooc as a text book - neither the idea that institutions pay a fee, they could then insist on influencing content. Maybe if students paid a small amount, if you can keep the massive it'd make money. Otherwise elitist institutions get back access to content they had already
I report on the demographics and experiences of two cohorts of students who completed an 8 week course. The cohorts include: 29,000 students who took the course via MOOC, and 100 students who took the course on campus at Georgia Tech. Of those students, the data is based on 879 respondents who completed the course online and 57 who completed the course on campus. Both groups were provided the same curricula and were assessed according to the same criteria...
The University of Pennsylvania is at the forefront of a movement to experiment with free open online courses, but the undertaking, as its own researchers are finding out, has yielded mixed results....
Fiona Harvey's insight:
4% completion rates (not 6-7% as previous studies indicated). Penn State still feel that they are worthwhile. Benefits to society is claim here. Suggest its benefit for the institution for on campus students.
Sebastian Thrun, godfather of the massive open online course, has quietly spread a plastic tarp on the floor, nudged his most famous educational invention into the center, and is about to pull the trigger.
Fiona Harvey's insight:
He is a lovely Computer Scientist. People are probably not his tihng. Think we need to look at the bigger picture. They don't work as a stand alone passive model where we shove information at them. But they have worked when we have been able to facilitate the learning., Robots learn by transmission. People learn from getting together, sharing and learning with other people.
Digital Literacies and MOOCs - Stewart calls them new Literacies but I think we've already recognised that DL are more than just information literacy.. She's right though, DL are an important factor in the successful participation on a mooc