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A Quick Guide To The History Of MOOCs - Edudemic

A Quick Guide To The History Of MOOCs - Edudemic | MOOCs | Scoop.it

So what is a MOOC? What's the history of MOOCs? How are they growing? What are some significant events in the world of MOOCs?

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Intro to MOOCs

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Lupu Iulia's curator insight, April 14, 2014 3:48 PM

So what is a MOOC? What's the history of MOOCs? How are they growing? What are some significant events in the world of MOOCs?

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The Hype is Dead, but MOOCs Are Marching On

The Hype is Dead, but MOOCs Are Marching On | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller talks with Knowledge@Wharton about how MOOCs can maintain momentum even though the hype surrounding them has died down.
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Optimistic Daphne Koller gives a follow up interview re Coursera. 

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Arizona State, edX team to offer freshman year online through MOOCs | InsideHigherEd

Arizona State, edX team to offer freshman year online through MOOCs | InsideHigherEd | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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Global Freshman Academy (aka MOOCs for the first year) not sure what this does for supporting students to transition to uni life (sure very confident and supported students will be fine) but its worth keeping an eye on. 

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Institutions experimenting with targeted MOOCs

Institutions experimenting with targeted MOOCs | MOOCs | Scoop.it
The University of Michigan and Harvard are seeing success with efforts to tap into specific populations using the free online courses.
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Then is it a MOOC?  Aren't targeted Moocs online courses anyway? 

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2013 - Grade Change: Tracking Online Education in the United States - OLC

2013 - Grade Change: Tracking Online Education in the United States - OLC | MOOCs | Scoop.it
The eleventh annual report on the state of online learning in U.S. higher education is designed, administered and analyzed by the Babson Survey Research Group, with data collection conducted in partnership with the College Board. Using responses from more than 2,800 colleges and universities, this study is aimed at answering fundamental questions about the nature and extent of online education.
The 2013 survey reveals the number of higher education students taking at least one online course has now surpassed 7.1 million. The 6.1 percent growth rate, although the lowest for a decade, still represents over 400,000 additional students taking at least one online course.
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Lots of data here from an established and respected survey which provides an insight into how HE leaders in the US consider online learning. Section here on MOOCs particularly interesting featuring how their role is considered and what function they play.  Would be useful to compare these results to EU data. 

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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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What Is Being Learned From MOOCs? New Report Takes Stock – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

What Is Being Learned From MOOCs? New Report Takes Stock – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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Interested in this because of the link to the 234 page report on online, distance and blended learning (Siemens et al) Alabasca Uni and Edinburgh so worth reading.
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Costs of developing a MOOC | Online Learning Insights

Costs of developing a MOOC | Online Learning Insights | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Posts about Costs of developing a MOOC written by Debbie Morrison
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Interesting topic and useful report
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Engaged Learning in MOOCs: a study using the UK Engagement Survey

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I have great respect for Julie Wintrup and Kelly Wakefield with their work on student engagement (see RAISE network) - this report in collaboration with the HEA provides some valuable research for engagement but it would be interesting to see how this develops.  It mentions assessment as a form of engagement - but our moocs are not assessed. Perhaps this means that we may be assessing in the future. 

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Farrer - Moving to MOOCs – the OIA and other things you may not have thought about

Moving to MOOCs – the OIA and other things you may not have thought about
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As UK HE continues to explore the potential of MOOCs they will inevitably come under the purview of QAA and OIA. This article relates to the latest news that the OIA will consider complaints made to them via students on a MOOC 

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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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