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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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Reputations at risk as platforms fail to screen Moocs

Reputations at risk as platforms fail to screen Moocs | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Poor-quality courses on platforms such as Coursera, edX and Udacity could cause reputational damage to universities, says Oxford expert
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#whoknew quality processes should be at the heart if curriculum design including MOOCs, just like it is for on campus provision
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New Coursera chief stresses the ‘wow’ factor of huge audience for free online courses

New Coursera chief stresses the ‘wow’ factor of huge audience for free online courses | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Richard C. Levin says massive open online courses, or MOOCs, will expand reach of universities.
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MOOCs not expected to make a profit for sometime http://m.washingtonpost.com/local/education/new-coursera-chief-stresses-the-wow-factor-of-huge-audience-for-free-online-courses/2014/06/23/bf27a1fe-fad4-11e3-8176-f2c941cf35f1_story.html #coursera #lewin
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One semester in, students satisfied with unfinished Georgia Tech online degree program @insidehighered

One semester in, students satisfied with unfinished Georgia Tech online degree program @insidehighered | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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Report on the outcomes of the first semester of the Computer Science Masters from Georgia Tech - happy so far

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How to Create a Video Strategy for MOOCs: Costs...

How to Create a Video Strategy for MOOCs: Costs... | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Harvard has built what amounts to be an in-house production company to create massive open online courses, or MOOCs…[it] has two video studios, more than 30 employees, and many freelancers — an astonishing constellation of producers, editors,...
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Interesting - like to see a league table of video production units
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MOOCs’ disruption is only beginning - The Boston Globe

MOOCs’ disruption is only beginning - The Boston Globe | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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Clayton Christensen article on the state of education after a year or two of MOOCs - things have changed, but not quite how we thought
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Can MOOCs Learn From MMOGs?

Can MOOCs Learn From MMOGs? | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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Nice piece about the types of MMOG players compared to the MOOC learners.  Also ref to the idea that the MOOC's are just an extension of sage on the stage.  Something we should be trying to get away from. 

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Dominican U. to host first Coursera Learning Hub at a U.S. institution @insidehighered

Dominican U. to host first Coursera Learning Hub at a U.S. institution @insidehighered | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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A new hub for Coursera 

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New e-Literate TV Series on MOOCs - e-Literate

New e-Literate TV Series on MOOCs - e-Literate | MOOCs | Scoop.it
If 2013 was the year that MOOC mania peaked in the Gartner hype cycle, then surely 2014 is the year in which they have entered the trough of disillusionment. And just as it was important last year to push back … Continue reading →

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Brilliant post and essential viewing (e-Literate TV) which brings together researchers awarded funds via the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Each were awarded a small grant (up to $25,000) to investigate aspects of MOOC design and application.  watch the mini interviews at the MRI conference fir info on each area.  Alison Littlejohn (Glasgow Caledonian) & Martin Wellar (OU) are involved. 

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Greenwich Connect's curator insight, April 28, 2:39 AM

Are we really in a "trough of disillusionment" with MOOCs? Yes we are starting to learn what works, what doesn't work, which areas need to be improved, developing pedagogical approaches, etc. But despite their current shortcomings we still sense a feeling of optimism around MOOCs, and excitement for what they may become. This is different to the hyped up "peak of inflated expectations" - mass hysteria about unprecedented access to higher education, hundreds of thousands of students and superstar professors. It is more of a cautious but solid enthusiasm, combined with a committed rolling up of sleeves - a determination to explore and experiment with open online learning in a variety of forms. This, rather than disillusionment, is what we see in this series of videos from e-Literate TV. Well worth a watch.

Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, April 28, 3:59 AM

Some vids on how MOOCs are picked up by the powers that be in institutions of higher learning 

Manuel León Urrutia's curator insight, April 28, 6:15 AM

Three interesting videos so far in this TV series. Of special interest is the second one, consisting of a debate between an enthusiast and a skeptic.

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U Michigan Prof Open Sources MOOC Teaching Materials -- Campus Technology

U Michigan Prof Open Sources MOOC Teaching Materials -- Campus Technology | MOOCs | Scoop.it
The course, Programming for Everybody, taught by Charles Severance (on the Coursera platform and at Dr.
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Open materials stated to be as high quality as regular course materials.
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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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Learner Experiences with MOOCs and Open Online Learning

Learner Experiences with MOOCs and Open Online Learning is an e-book in which student authors describe and reflect upon their open online learning experiences. Current conversations around educational innovations in general, and MOOCs in particular, lack student voices. This book enables learners to share their stories, thus contributing to our understanding of open online learning...

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


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Series of learning experiences

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How MOOC Video Production Affects Student Engagement | edX

How MOOC Video Production Affects Student Engagement | edX | MOOCs | Scoop.it

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Some really useful advice about optimum styles for a variety of purposes.  

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dawsonloane's curator insight, March 24, 4:45 AM

moving beyond just the talking head

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QAA-position-statement-MOOCs.pdf

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Quality Assurance Agency (UK) comments on MOOCs.advice for UK HEIs  in preparing MOOCs 'follow the code'

 

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elearnspace › Something weird is happening at Coursera

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No explanation but I suspect more will be revealed later
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Casualties of the digital revolution - news - TES

Casualties of the digital revolution - news - TES | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Online courses could exacerbate attainment gap, report warns
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Need to careful in the rush to put everything online - someone needs to think of the differences in learning.
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MOOCs Won’t Replace Business Schools — They’ll Diversify Them

MOOCs Won’t Replace Business Schools — They’ll Diversify Them | MOOCs | Scoop.it
New data from Wharton suggests MOOCs are helping business schools reach new audiences.
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data from Penn State with models of engagement. 

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Ten reasons we should ditch university lectures

Ten reasons we should ditch university lectures | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Students have just one chance to hear a lecture - and mostly it's just someone reading their notes aloud
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Refers to Keith Devlins MOOC and how recording lectures are more useful
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Guide-OnlineHigherEd.PDF

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Guide to Quality in online courses - includes MOOCS which is rather interesting.

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Dominican U. to host first Coursera Learning Hub at a U.S. institution @insidehighered

Dominican U. to host first Coursera Learning Hub at a U.S. institution @insidehighered | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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Hubs as previously mentioned from Coursera but they have 8 including one in the New York public library.  There's an idea for Universities everywhere. 

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What do MOOCs mean for Internationalization? | NAFSA

NAFSA is a member organization promoting international education and providing professional development opportunities to the field.
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Report (Aug 2013) on Internationalisation of MOOCs.  

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Controversial Mooc nearly costs professor his job

Controversial Mooc nearly costs professor his job | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Ebrahim Afsah has ‘chat’ with Iranian secret service about Constitutional Struggles in the Muslim World course (RT @ThomasWson: Coursera blocks moocs for Cubans, Iranians & Co. Academic freedom?
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Natural progression - except his course was blocked for Syrian and Sudanese students under Coursera T&Cs. Also note he says that if you run a MOOC well it doesn't really impact your career - but if you do it badly it's very bad
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Udacity Will No Longer Offer Free Certificates – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Udacity Will No Longer Offer Free Certificates – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs | Scoop.it
“@drsolis: Udacity Will No Longer Offer Free Certificates http://t.co/d8pdAytqRo via @chronicle #MOOCs #elearning” #edcmooc
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Just a matter of time - business dictates some kind of income and this is hardly a surprise.
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Research Blog: Making Sense of MOOC Data

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Google have produced this providing their own insights to the data - essential reading I would suggest for any researchers!

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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.


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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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Alt-Ed: Invasion of the MOOCs: The Promise and Perils of Massive Open Online Courses

Alt-Ed: Invasion of the MOOCs: The Promise and Perils of Massive Open Online Courses | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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Written by those involved in the delivery of MOOCs (ie educators and students) rather than observers. Collection of 20 essays. 

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