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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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The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course

The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Some of the largest online course providers say there will be big changes to their products in 2014.
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They mention the SJSU experiment with Udacity here but I think its important to note that the results led to a redesign and rethink of the content and delivery mechanisms - it was too hard and needed more support. But I think there is also a point to be had that a new model of learning could be adapted to the MOOC format to provide a more supportive learning experience and not just for the 'free' learners but for the on campus students as well 

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MOOCs and the Future of Nursing

MOOCs and the Future of Nursing | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Article Citation: Diane J. Skiba (2013) MOOCs and the Future of Nursing. Nursing Education Perspectives: June 2013, Vol. 34, No. 3, pp. 202-204. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5480/1536-5026-34.3.202
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Flipping the nursing programme?  MOOCs for nursing, what next (I take it that this could be used alongside practice (I hope) 

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Personalized Learning, Backpacks Full of Cash, Rockstar Teachers, and MOOC Madness | Berkman Center

Personalized Learning, Backpacks Full of Cash, Rockstar Teachers, and MOOC Madness | Berkman Center | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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Recorded lecture on MOOCs and impact.  

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Hard Lessons From The Udacity/San Jose State MOOC Fumble

Hard Lessons From The Udacity/San Jose State MOOC Fumble | MOOCs | Scoop.it

... As most people in ed-tech circles have heard by now, a much-touted MOOC experiment has ended in embarrassment..

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


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Commentary on the 'break-in-relationship' between SJSU and Udacity.  I particularly liked the Udacity video and wondered more about the role of the 'actor'...does Coursera have those? 

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Lifting All Boats: How MOOCs Can Bring Higher Ed Together -- Campus Technology

Lifting All Boats: How MOOCs Can Bring Higher Ed Together -- Campus Technology | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Steven Mintz, executive director of the Institute for Transformational Learning at the University of Texas System, writes that instead of arguing about whether MOOCs will stratify education or threaten tenure and job security for instructors,...
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Why the MOOC cannot trump the campus - University World News

Why the MOOC cannot trump the campus - University World News | MOOCs | Scoop.it

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Survey Finds Only Limited Public Awareness of MOOCs - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Survey Finds Only Limited Public Awareness of MOOCs - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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I am in absolutely no doubt that the general public don't know what MOOCs are.  The only people who have a clue are those in HEIs who are involved in MOOCs which is most of the people that I surround myself with!  My friends and family only know if I tell them what I've been doing. So its no surprise to see this report.   

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What We've Learned from Teaching MOOCs

What We've Learned from Teaching MOOCs | MOOCs | Scoop.it
By Armando Fox and David Patterson
MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses for the uninitiated, have taken the education world by storm. As with any disruptive technology, there are bound to be some...

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Some Preliminary Theses on MOOCs

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https://twitter.com/gerrycanavan/status/303165023755325440 https://twitter.com/gerrycanavan/status/303165104390815744 https://twitter.com/gerrycanavan/status/303165343956860928 These tweets got a l...
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Survey finds online enrollments slow but continue to grow | Inside Higher Ed

Survey finds online enrollments slow but continue to grow | Inside Higher Ed | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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Online learning data and MOOC data

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Blaming the MOOC || Der MOOC ist Schuld | Netzgeist V3.1

Blaming the MOOC || Der MOOC ist Schuld | Netzgeist V3.1 | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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German post but English version is at the bottom.  Interesting post with useful links. 

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What 4,500 Professors and Administrators Think About Online Learning

What 4,500 Professors and Administrators Think About Online Learning | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Three important takeaways about the current state of this growing trend.
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Survey of US adminstrators re online learning

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MOOCs and calculus « mathbabe

MOOCs and calculus « mathbabe | MOOCs | Scoop.it
I've really enjoyed the discussion on my post from yesterday about MOOCs and how I predict they are going to affect the education world. I could be wrong, of course, but I think this stuff is super interesting to think about.
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Highlights how regular standard math teaching could give way to subscribing to MOOC calculus.  Needs to mention more about the discussion and social elements of teaching that allow the learning to take place.  

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Pay No Attention to Supposedly Low MOOC Completion Rates - Ed Central

Pay No Attention to Supposedly Low MOOC Completion Rates - Ed Central | MOOCs | Scoop.it
The recent New York Times coverage of a University of Pennsylvania study of 16 Coursera courses has helped solidify the new conventional wisdom about MOOCs: They have terrible completion rates.
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looking at the numbers a different way, retention rates are about the same - good article and would be interesting to see mooc platforms take up this kind of analysis in their 'enrollments'. 

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What Can’t Moocs Teach?

How optimistic faculty members are about the educational value of MOOCs seems to turn largely on what they think of as the status quo classroom experience. Colleagues at elite institutions, especially small liberal arts colleges, are generally skeptical, because they think of what they do in their classrooms as being very intellectually alive, and cannot see how that could be replicated online. But...

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


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This is more about social effects of using MOOCs and not having University education.  You can't replace the wider student experience with MOOCs.  

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Lucas Gruez's curator insight, July 31, 2013 4:07 AM

Very interesting comments too.

Ann V's curator insight, August 4, 2013 2:06 AM

good question

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EBSCOhost Login

EBSCOhost Login | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Sign in with your credentials to access the EBSCOhost premium information resources provided by your subscribing institution.
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Behind a firewall - MOOCs of Hazard - partly available online.  Discussion piece about MOOCs and how they have impacted on the University.  More commentary then evidence based research.  

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First European MOOCs and Libraries Conference | Library Services | Open University

First European MOOCs and Libraries Conference | Library Services | Open University | MOOCs | Scoop.it
moocs and libraries: the good, the bad and the uglyfriday july 12th, 2013 - pullman hotel, central londonthe one day event hosted by the open university library in partnership with oclc research and jisc focused on the challenges moocs pose to the...
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Presentations here include our very own Hugh Davis, Sian Bayne (Edinburgh) who has a cool Prezi with links to the Edinburgh MOOC report

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Quality and the eye of the MOOC beholder: Perspectives from the OERu on mOOCs and micro-credentials by Wayne Mackintosh

Quality and the eye of the MOOC beholder: Perspectives from the OERu on mOOCs and micro-credentials by Wayne Mackintosh | MOOCs | Scoop.it
  Wayne Mackintosh is Director at the OER Foundation, a non-profit organisation which provides international networking, leadership and support to education institutions in achieving their str...

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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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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 4:34 AM

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

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An avalanche is coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead > Publication :: IPPR

An avalanche is coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead > Publication :: IPPR | MOOCs | Scoop.it
'Our belief is that deep, radical and urgent transformation is required in higher education as much as it is in school systems.
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Think this is important and asks lots of questions about the future of higher education.  worth reading.  There have been negative responses to this, not least those who feel threatened, I don't think its worth sharing those thinks but its important that there is a balanced view.  One thing to take away from this report though, is that the graduates that we produce need to be able to effectively contribute to modern society and those graduates who have enhanced their university degrees with entrepreneurial actvitities are those who will succeed and will enrich society. 

 

This was another response to the article: http://conorfryan.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/access-and-avalanche.html 

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Will MOOCs Destroy Academia? | November 2012 | Communications of the ACM

Will MOOCs Destroy Academia? | November 2012 | Communications of the ACM | MOOCs | Scoop.it

"Thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee," wrote the prophet Isaiah. This phrase has been popping into my mind as I have been following the recent raging discussions over the topic of MOOCs.


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Rather cynical commentary about MOOCs and how they are interesting to HEIs because of the rising costs of education in the USA. 

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Are MOOCs becoming mechanisms for international competition in global higher ed?

Are MOOCs becoming mechanisms for international competition in global higher ed? | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Link here for the Inside Higher Ed version of this article if you need a better format for printing or sharing (e.g., via Twitter). ~~~~~~~~~~ Are Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) becoming mecha...
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Futurelearn comments on UK v US MOOC providers and how will they compete

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Grazing: Steve Ehrmann: Disruptive Innovations and MOOCs

Grazing: Steve Ehrmann: Disruptive Innovations and MOOCs | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Are MOOCs going to be disruptive? No! Useful? Yes. http://t.co/pETjGlEk #OER #MOOC #edtech #highered #onlineed #elearning
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Solid piece very informative.

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Informatics Professor: If MOOCs Are the Answer, What is the Question?

Informatics Professor: If MOOCs Are the Answer, What is the Question? | MOOCs | Scoop.it
I have written about massive open online courses (MOOCs) before, once wondering whether disruptive innovation was finally coming to higher education and then further noting that a colleague was creating a MOOC from the ...
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Interesting to note that this academic sees the value and considers the ECTS as a means of standardising the credits so that they can be measured or equated with other HEIs using the same system. I didn't take on board how different the US model is compared to ours. 

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