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U.K. Universities Forge Open Online Courses Alliance: FutureLearn Consortium Will Offer Uni-Branded MOOCs Starting Next Year | TechCrunch

U.K. Universities Forge Open Online Courses Alliance: FutureLearn Consortium Will Offer Uni-Branded MOOCs Starting Next Year | TechCrunch | MOOCs | Scoop.it

A group of U.K. universities are pooling their resources to get into the brave new world of MOOCs. What are MOOCs? The short answer is 'massive open online courses' -- typically free, online and open to anyone who wants to participate.

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​MOOCs Inaccessible to Deaf Students, MIT and Harvard Sued (EdSurge News)

​MOOCs Inaccessible to Deaf Students, MIT and Harvard Sued (EdSurge News) | MOOCs | Scoop.it
SAY WHAT? MOOCs should be available to all, including learners who are hard of hearing.
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Saw this in several places and I was surprised as we don't know who's taking the MOOC that they wouldn't have done this. If we use the MOOC as a standard for all courses in terms of quality, then this is a reminder to all curriculum designers for all students (especially those from a distance)
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elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, February 17, 3:11 AM

Just shows that things still need to be done but why suing ?

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Why Every College Teacher Should Take a MOOC This Fall

Why Every College Teacher Should Take a MOOC This Fall | MOOCs | Scoop.it
It’s move-in week this week at the state university campus across the street from where I live and where I taught for several years. This occasion always reminds of the ominous first paragraph of Don
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Nice article about taking a step back and realigning teacher and students relationship through participating in a MOOC
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elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, February 17, 3:13 AM

I would encourage all the teacher in higher education to follow this advice as well. Seeing how your science is tought somewhere else, by someone else and in a different way can be quite interesting

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The Web Poet's Society

The Web Poet's Society | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Can an online course revive interest in the classics?
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A MOOC running alongside a face to face course.  More of this seems to be happening. Not sure how much of this happens in the UK though.  I wonder how quality is assured?

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EdCast CEO: The multiversity can help fend off MOOC disruption

EdCast CEO: The multiversity can help fend off MOOC disruption | MOOCs | Scoop.it
While his company utilizes MOOCs as an open resource, Karl Mehta says its platform doesn't require institutions to give up intellectual property and students to third parties.
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Another direction in open education that can take the MOOCs to a different direction. Keep an eye on this one.
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MOOC U: The Revolution Isn't Over

MOOC U: The Revolution Isn't Over | MOOCs | Scoop.it
But it’s time for the primary players to assess their role in the academic ecosystem.
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Continuing the debate over the value of MOOCs 

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Portland Community College and D2L Tackle Web Accessibility Challenges with Free MOOC for Online Educators

Portland Community College and D2L Tackle Web Accessibility Challenges with Free MOOC for Online Educators | MOOCs | Scoop.it
ORLANDO, FLORIDA(Marketwired - Sept. 29, 2014) - EDUCAUSE 2014 - D2L-the EdTech company that created Brightspace, the world's first truly integrated learning platform (ILP)-and Portland Community College (PCC) today announced a new MOOC called 'Web Accessibility MOOC for Online Educators' to address growing web accessibility issues associated with online learning. The free MOOC, sponsored by Portland Community College and D2L, provides an activity-based professional development opportunity to help eLearning professionals meet the challenges of addressing accessibility in online learning. Registration opens today, with course facilitation beginning on October 20.
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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, September 30, 2014 1:46 PM

Desire2Learn have developed an accessibility mooc - something that everyone could benefit from (all students) 

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MOOCs: Learning about online learning, a click at a time - University World News

MOOCs: Learning about online learning, a click at a time - University World News | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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MOOCs: Learning about online learning, a click at a time
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Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, took the world by storm in 2012.
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What's the future for MOOCs?  What are we learning from them. Since 2012 institutions have had access to data - this data has the potential to transform how we teach.  By using this data effectively we will be able to better support our on campus students.  That is what this article is proposing. 

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Teacher Experiences and Academic Identity - The Missing Components of the MOOC Pedagogy

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Research on the role of the teacher in a MOOC - something that has been absent.  Evolving moocs mean that the practice of teaching needs to evolve with them.  From the folks at Edinburgh University who have a vast background and experience in MOOCs and online education.  

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Opinion: the professor-less university

Opinion: the professor-less university | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Two radically contrasting emerging models of higher education in the US offer academics a very different deal, says Steven Ward
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Next wave of results of MOOCs - what can of worms have we opened? Not convinced by this over here in UK. Not in my institution anyway. Adapt or die.
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Moocs are free – but for how much longer?

Moocs are free – but for how much longer? | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Monetising career development courses could be the next step for the university, says Stanford professor
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Business models at the heart of this.  I'm not sure if this is the way to go.  Maybe there is time yet to come up with a sustainable business model.  See 'The Curve', Nicholas Lovell.  

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UK MOOCs Timeline

UK MOOCs Timeline | MOOCs | Scoop.it
An open timeline showing UK MOOC emergence and growth
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Brilliant UK MOOCs timeline - from Uni of Edinburgh (Prof Sian Bayne) 

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MOOCs by the numbers: Where are we now?

MOOCs by the numbers: Where are we now? | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Whatever your opinion of them, you can't deny that MOOCs have grown. To help put these massive online courses into perspective, Alex Cusack, a contributing writer at Moocs.com, shared this handy in...
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Where are we with MOOCs - nice infographic but still useful not quite up to date 

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Why MOOCs are still worth it - The Oracle

Why MOOCs are still worth it - The Oracle | MOOCs | Scoop.it
In spite of the poor reputation massive open online courses (MOOCs) have gained due to their low completion rates, these courses remain a valuable option for students and non-students alike.
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The low completion rates argument was very old (in MOOC time) I think most of us in education know that it's not a measure of success. The article mentions how courses are accessed in a valuable way
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What if the first year of college was free — and online?

What if the first year of college was free — and online? | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Philanthropist Steve Klinsky gives $1 million to an MIT-Harvard venture to promote a no-cost freshman year.
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This model may be perfect for those outside the UK but for a UK system there would be QAA implications.  That may not be a barrier though and may improve overall student experience. 

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Shankaran Sitarama's curator insight, January 17, 2:41 AM

Is this the right solution? Are we assuming that online courses replace on-campus courses straight-away? why not have contact-based blended courses as an alternative. I guess it is work of start-ups to innovate and disrupt. Innovative solutions have to come from there.

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Supporting eLearners - Canvas Network | Free online courses | MOOCs

Supporting eLearners - Canvas Network | Free online courses | MOOCs | MOOCs | Scoop.it
The Canvas Network offers free online courses and classes from the world's leading universities. Find a MOOC and enroll now to get started on your new journey!
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South Bank University are running a mooc alongside their existing programme.  I hope that they are using it with their students on campus - so in a more direct and productive way, rather than as a text book.  If they are they are following in the footsteps of some of the Coursera Moocs.  I'd be interested in what their on campus students got out of it more than if it was an online course.  

 

Also, if it is running with their on campus students as well as learners on the mooc, how have they managed the QA processes (which is an important consideration and distinguishes us from other countries in terms of reputation) 

 

 

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The Real Revolution in Online Education Isn't MOOCs

The Real Revolution in Online Education Isn't MOOCs | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Why competency-based education matters.
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Interesting piece - worth a read

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Rationale for UCLeXtend; opening up UCL Moodle | UCL E-Learning Environments team blog

Rationale for UCLeXtend; opening up UCL Moodle | UCL E-Learning Environments team blog | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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Not Futurelearn but UCL eXtend.  This was mentioned at the ALTMOOCSIG conference in Jun.   Interesting to see what happens without the massive (they are not that bothered about the scale)  but if thats the case, then will they not just be free online courses.  I don't think people make use of the massive.  

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Arthur Correia's curator insight, October 1, 2014 5:31 PM

Another type of approach, not necessarily for free but a new welcome path in the e-learning revolution. The more alternatives provided by the e-learning agents the better. Everyone gains from this. I don't think this has to be a way against MOOCs. There's plenty of space in the online Academia world !

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Addressing the challenges of a new digital technologies curriculum: MOOCs as a scalable solution for teacher professional development | Vivian | Research in Learning Technology

Addressing the challenges of a new digital technologies curriculum: MOOCs as a scalable solution for teacher professional development | Vivian | Research in Learning Technology | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Addressing the challenges of a new digital technologies curriculum: MOOCs as a scalable solution for teacher professional development
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MOOCs have increasingly been moving towards professional development.  How long before they become part of the offering of our staff development centres in institutions? 

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MOOCs and On-Campus Learning | Open UBC Week

MOOCs and On-Campus Learning | Open UBC Week | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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UBC running their MOOCs alongside their on campus classes.  Excellent talk covering intro to moocs in Unis, the learners on campus, benefits of moocs and questions at the end.  Worth watching the whole 54 mins. 

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Sentiment analysis in MOOC Discussion Forums

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Using sentiment analysis as a measure of success of a MOOC, not drop-out rates. 

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EduGeek Journal » Symphony or Cacophony? Cracking the Code of Tool Selection in MOOCs

EduGeek Journal » Symphony or Cacophony? Cracking the Code of Tool Selection in MOOCs | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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Yes! This is the best thing I've read all year on MOOCs - only because it relates to the fundamental application of how we learn. Platforms one end to chaos at the other end (inexperienced learners trying to do a cMOOC) but this points us into the direction of Vygotsky ZPD that's the bit in the middle. This could be the future of MOOCs.
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A glossary of common MOOC terms

A glossary of common MOOC terms | MOOCs | Scoop.it

Glossary of Terms Relevant to the MOOC Revolution:

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Great article covering range of popular terms etc.  

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Moocs, and the man leading the UK's charge

Moocs, and the man leading the UK's charge | MOOCs | Scoop.it
“Simon Nelson is head of FutureLearn, the OU's venture into Moocs – massive open online courses that some have claimed will revolutionise higher education”http://www.scoop.it/t/easy-mooc
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iinterview with Simon Nelson - nothing new here really, just references to past few years of MOOCs (ignores Canadian cMOOCs) article claims that Sebastian Thron started it all - little dismissive of this.
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