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Massive Online Open Courses  - resources relating the the design, pedagogy, and blended learning aspects of MOOCs in particular.  
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Can Facebook's Massive Courses Improve Education For Developing Nations? - TechCrunch

Can Facebook's Massive Courses Improve Education For Developing Nations? - TechCrunch | MOOCs | Scoop.it

Can Facebook's Massive Courses Improve Education For Developing Nations? TechCrunch Facebook is on a mission to prove that social media-empowered education can help some of the poorest nations on Earth.


Via Alessia Plutino
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This looks interesting.  Use Facebook as the platform for delivering mobile learning to Rwanda.  Facebook as a MOOC platform?  Why not?

 

Completion rates mentioned here - 95% as opposed to 7% for French speaking MOOCs - why?  

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Alessia Plutino's curator insight, March 8, 12:26 AM
So far MOOCs have shown the most promise for highly motivated, naturally talented students; they’re what MIT researcher Andrew McAfee described as “diamond catchers,” at a talk on inequality put on by technology political lobby, FWD.us.
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Moocs Riding On High Numbers Of Subjects

Moocs Riding On High Numbers Of Subjects | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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MOOCs evolving further - edutainment for the masses.
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What Will Happen to MOOCs Now that Udacity Is Leaving Higher Ed? -- Campus Technology

What Will Happen to MOOCs Now that Udacity Is Leaving Higher Ed? -- Campus Technology | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Sebastian Thrun threw a wrench in the MOOC model by declaring that massive open online courses don't work for higher education. What's next for the online learning trend?
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Fascinating. Really good article bringing us up to date. MOOCs are evolving and blended learning, along with analytics will go towards effecting change
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U.S. Teams Up With Operator of Online Courses to Plan a Global Network

U.S. Teams Up With Operator of Online Courses to Plan a Global Network | MOOCs | Scoop.it
The classes, offered in partnership with the California company Coursera, will include weekly sessions in which students will meet in person.
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US Government have joined forces with Coursera to have internet hubs in places where access is limited?  What about others MOOC providers?  

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ALT MOOC SIG's curator insight, November 1, 2013 11:30 AM

Partnering with Government in USA

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The MOOC Guide

The MOOC Guide | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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Definitive guide to Connectivist MOOCs although nothing there about the xMOOCs.  Collaborative document in the same spirit as the MOOCs. 

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Massively Online And Offline, Too: How MOOCs Will Evolve in the Physical World

Massively Online And Offline, Too: How MOOCs Will Evolve in the Physical World | MOOCs | Scoop.it
@giorodriguez: the disruption in education is just beginning. And “educators” aren’t the only ones thinking about it.
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Links to Forbes article - I've scooped this because of the reference to thinking about a new model for delivering online mass education - co-creation, collaboration and crowdsourcing.  Not the lecture style.   I agree and can't see the point of just providing content and not using the tools at your disposal.  http://bigstory.ap.org/article/abcs-moocs-what-its-enroll 

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MOOC Map

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Great MOOC Map.  If you select a platform and then click the arrows it provides a timeline to show how institutions have progressed. 

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, August 14, 2013 9:44 PM

This site was created as a way to visualize the growth of global MOOC adoption for those institutions using one of the major MOOC platform providers.

This data comes from blog posts, press releases, and course offering catalogs from each of the providers shown.

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30+ Coursera classes and a Google Internship

30+ Coursera classes and a Google Internship | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Feynman Liang is one of Coursera’s ‘top 50’ students by number of courses he has completed. To date, Feynman has taken 34 courses! We have asked him to share tips for the Coursera community on how to...
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Fascinating.  Lovely article and nice story.  I wonder if there are many more  learners with similar stories? (probably not with Google but none the less, other employers may have recognised the value of participating on the MOOC)

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Students are cool with MOOCs, so why aren’t profs? ~ Stephen's Web

Students are cool with MOOCs, so why aren’t profs? ~ Stephen's Web | MOOCs | 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 (Students are cool with MOOCs, so why aren’t profs?
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Chris Macrae's curator insight, August 8, 2013 5:38 AM

Over 40 years, Entrepreneurial Revolution research has identified 4 educational monopolies that have made students the main losers of education. MOOCs can breakthrough all 4 of these monopolies. It would surprise me if more than 10 % of professors want to use moocs to free every job creating possibility the net generation could be enjoying with today's extraordinary collaboration technology http://normanmacrae.ning.com/profiles/blogs/collaborate-in-entrepreneurial-revolution-of-pro-youth-economics

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5 MOOC Professors To See Before You Die

5 MOOC Professors To See Before You Die | MOOCs | Scoop.it
“ “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
- William Arthur Ward

Times have changed. The new rock stars are top...
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Mind the money, not the Moocs

Mind the money, not the Moocs | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Steve Smith warns of looming budgetary issues that could send institutions off the road
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MOOCs in perspective » Pharyngula

MOOCs in perspective » Pharyngula | MOOCs | Scoop.it

Blog post with interesting comments re experiences of MOOCs - very useful

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This article links to http://scientopia.org/blogs/scicurious/2013/01/02/on-the-matter-of-moocs/ which has the comments from MOOC participants in addition to the comments from a participant on a MOOC.  Very useful. 

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Clay Shirky is our MP3 » FOLLOWERS OF THE APOCALYPSE

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Rant arguing against MP3 Napster moment

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How Useful Is Twitter for Learning in Massive Communities? An Analysis of Two MOOCs

How Useful Is Twitter for Learning in Massive Communities? An Analysis of Two MOOCs | MOOCs | Scoop.it

"... an analysis of Twitter usage surrounding a German-language MOOC that could indicate future trends in technology-enhanced learning. Our research focuses on the Twitter stream accompanying the course and ask how Twitter is used and for what purposes by the heavy twitter users, by the educators / organisers / guestspeakers in the course and if tweets from “outside” get into to the stream.."

 

Reference: van Treeck, T., Ebner, M. (2013) How Useful Is Twitter for Learning in Massive Communities? An Analysis of Two MOOCs. In: Twitter & Society, Weller, K., Bruns, A., Burgess, J., Mahrt, M., Puschmann, C. (eds.), Peter Lang, p. 411-424


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Use of TWitter within MOOCS - expect more of this to come.  Rather detailed and reviews two German Language MOOCs.  Some ideas on how Twitter can be applied to on campus classes

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Terry Elliott's curator insight, November 12, 2013 7:30 AM

Figuring out how the pieces that you cobble together to create a MOOC actually work.  Read this and make your own decisions about whether Twitter should be part of your MOOC sandwich.

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How Useful Is Twitter for Learning in Massive Communities? An Analysis of Two MOOCs

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Retention and Intention in Massive Open Online Courses (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Retention and Intention in Massive Open Online Courses (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | MOOCs | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE Review Online
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educause article from Koller re retention in MOOCs and motivations of students.  Interesting that she equates MOOCs with textbooks (a common analogy within the moocsphere) when we don't refer to the  OU courses as textbooks.  MOOCs are not textbooks, they involve interaction and discussion and communities of learners. 

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Coursera 'Learning Hubs' bring a social layer to online education

Coursera 'Learning Hubs' bring a social layer to online education | MOOCs | Scoop.it
People who sign up for courses in a number of cities will be offered physical spaces to access the Internet, while learning alongside their peers.
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Learning hubs are meetings or study groups.  Looks like Coursera may even employ people to get these groups up and running. (not sure if that would be authentic though?) 

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CT Magazine - August 2013 -- Campus Technology

CT Magazine - August 2013 -- Campus Technology | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Featuring: The Rise of MOOCs; The MOOC Business Plan; Blended MOOCS: The Best of Both Worlds?
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Really good. Lots of areas covered here and informative. 

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ALT MOOC SIG's curator insight, September 6, 2013 3:09 PM

Interesting articles on MOOCs 

Jorge Leal's curator insight, September 7, 2013 8:16 PM

MOOCS

 

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Libraries as Cyber-Classrooms: HarvardX Expands Access to Library Collections

Libraries as Cyber-Classrooms: HarvardX Expands Access to Library Collections | MOOCs | Scoop.it

The Harvard Library/HarvardX collaboration shares the University’s resources with online learners.

http://www.scoop.it/t/easy-mooc


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More and more from Libraries.  Assets like this exist in UK library services as well, I'm sure that the UK will be able to open their doors which might lead to more opportunities.  British Library take heart. 

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Female Founders Continue to Rock Edtech

Female Founders Continue to Rock Edtech | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Following a massive injection of cash into Coursera, female co-founded InstaEDU receives $4 million in funding.
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Student support start up working with MOOCs - support when you need it most.

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Why Vygotsky?

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I think this is important - looking at the theories of education and found a different paper expounding Vygotskys Social Learning Theory.  There are more correlations here to how effective Group learning is.  Background to the theory. 

'Pedagogy of Collaboration' = cMOOC pedagogy? 

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Association of Learning and Teaching SIG MOOCs

Association of Learning and Teaching SIG MOOCs | MOOCs | Scoop.it
I am rather excited, as I am one of the officers for the new ALT SIG on MOOCs. Mira Vogel and Steven Ryan are the other Officers.  We have set up the Twitter account, @altsigmooc and the wordpress ...
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ICYMI Week: Celebrating our First One Hundred MOOC Articles - moocnewsandreviews.com

ICYMI Week: Celebrating our First One Hundred MOOC Articles - moocnewsandreviews.com | MOOCs | Scoop.it
In celebration of our 100th essay, we're republishing some of our favorite MOOC articles from the site's early days.
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MOOC news has listed some of their interesting articles (or ones that they think you should read) basing it on one for each day of the week. 

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Are MOOCs Good for Students? | Boston Review

Are MOOCs Good for Students? | Boston Review | MOOCs | Scoop.it

I am one of the signers of the open letter by the professors of philosophy at San José State University to Professor Michael Sandel of Harvard University concerning his involvement in edX, a start-up company that offers massive open online courses (MOOCs). The letter, collaboratively written by members of the department and approved by all, explained our reasons for resisting the implementation of JusticeX, a course based on videotaped lectures from Sandel’s massively popular Harvard course on justice, in our curriculum. We wrote:

There is no pedagogical problem in our department that JusticeX solves, nor do we have a shortage of faculty capable of teaching our equivalent course. We believe that long-term financial considerations motivate the call for massively open online courses (MOOCs) at public universities such as ours. Unfortunately, the move to MOOCs comes at great peril to our university. We regard such courses as a serious compromise of quality of education and, ironically for a social justice course, a case of social justice.

Although our letter sparked much needed discussion about the value of MOOCs, confusion remains about the options presented by new education technologies and the potential value they may have for higher learning.

 


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Whilst I agree that watching videos and taking quizzes is a backward step for education, Coursera MOOCs (and EdX) have been developed so that the courses are improved through the analytics that are gained as the students participate.  I don't think MOOCs save money, they are reputation raising, and highlight how classes are delivered within the institutions.  Any MOOC that offers watching videos without interaction, or any formative assessment is probably doing a disservice to their institution.  

 

We should learn to learn about online education as a viable alternative (done properly).  Then MOOCs will be good for on campus students 

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Will Stewart's curator insight, June 17, 2013 1:34 AM

An interesting take on the threat to the traditional model from MOOCs.

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5 Big MOOC ideas and one REALLY big idea - Google Drive

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Contribute to a google doc on ideas for engaging with MOOCs 

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Pushing MOOCs the Last Mile (SSIR)

Pushing MOOCs the Last Mile (SSIR) | MOOCs | Scoop.it

Online education is already changing the way people learn all over the world, but is it reaching the populations that can benefit most?

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outreach of MOOCs

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