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The Power Elite: Enter the MOOC | Paul Fussell

The Power Elite: Enter the MOOC | Paul Fussell | MOOCs | Scoop.it

"That will be the real key: how many universities will license away the remedial/introductory courses, and how many students will complete the courses (as well as pay for those for credit).

My opinion on this is mixed. While I don't see MOOC's "democratizing higher education" (which I think is a euphemism for "watering down content," see below), I do believe their value as a continuing education conduit cannot be overstated. They offer individuals a chance to brush up on certain skills, learn a new skill set, or simply explore a subject they were always interested in but never got to when they were younger. They offer companies a relatively cheap way to re-train workers and improve the skill set of their employees."


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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, January 9, 2013 10:01 AM

Another attempt to shed some light on what we should make of MOOCs. Take-home message: The value of MOOCs for continuing education cannot be overstated.

Fussell also connects the rise of MOOCs to "the 'customer is right' mentality which has pervaded higher education for a decade now". This mentality should make "Universities do everything they can  to 'serve the customer (the student, the parents) to make sure they graduate and complete their studies." Although I can see that such a mentality is on the rise, to me it rather makes it puzzling to understand why people (students, parents) would embrace MOOCs. If anything, MOOCs are the virtual continuation of the interaction-poor lectures of the past, the epitaphs of the broadcasting, no-interaction model. Rather, I am inclined to believe that it is the freedom (openness) plus the promise of elite-university quality that attracts the attention of students and parents, which, in turn, also makes them inclined to tone down their demand for made-to-measure education. (@pbsloep)

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NOU 2014: 5 - regjeringen.no

NOU 2014: 5 - regjeringen.no | MOOCs | Scoop.it
NOU 2014: 5MOOC til NorgeNye digitale læringsformer i høyere utdanningInnstilling fra utvalg oppnevnt ved kongelig resolusjon 21. juni 2013.Avgitt til Kunnskapsdepartementet 16. juni 2014.Dokumentet i pdf-format (4...
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Massive report from Norway covering many aspects of MOOCs. Includes quality assurance
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Enhancing Prostate Cancer Care

Enhancing Prostate Cancer Care | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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Interesting departure from using a regular platform to using an eportfolio system
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MOOC study creates new "taxonomy of engagement"

MOOC study creates new "taxonomy of engagement" | MOOCs | Scoop.it

Via Sukaina Walji
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No longer 'Lurkers' but ' bystanders' 300,000 participants but how does this research impact on on campus students? 

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Kevin Williams's curator insight, July 8, 3:29 AM

two bingo words in one title: 'taxonomy' (empirical level descriptors which end up being used as causal theories) and 'engagement' which has become a proxy for whatever's needed.  Cynicism alert.

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, July 12, 2:10 AM

No longer 'lurkers' but 'bystanders' 

Gina Paschalidou's curator insight, July 12, 6:53 AM

A new taxonomy of engagement for MOOC students:

Bystanders

Collectors

Viewers

Solvers

All-rounders

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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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How MOOCs Are Being Used In Europe - Edudemic

How MOOCs Are Being Used In Europe - Edudemic | MOOCs | Scoop.it
One of the wonderful things about MOOCs is that they don’t force students to be in a particular location in order to ‘attend’ class. Especially if you’re looking for a course that will help you gain a specific skill, MOOCs allow students access to teachers and other experts they might not have otherwise. The handy …
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Looks at IT jobs and MOOCs which have a natural home - not sure about the last stats that they present on their infographic though. 

 

Students wanting certificates (I think their is some research from Shirley Williams in Reading that this is exactly want MOOC learners don't want, they just want the skills development).  Also Institutions put off by the high cost, but they don't have to be high cost c- just thats what the institutions have gone with to meet the platform reqs...cMoocs are not as expensive and have potentially better learning outcomes if managed properly. 

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College Presidents: Hybrid Will Have Bigger Impact than MOOCs -- Campus Technology

College Presidents: Hybrid Will Have Bigger Impact than MOOCs -- Campus Technology | MOOCs | Scoop.it
While college presidents are skeptical about massive open online courses (MOOCs), they see plenty of potential "positive impact" with hybrid courses that blend face-to-face and online learning as well as adaptive learning that uses technology to modify lessons based on the progress shown by students.
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Report on responses from survey - MOOCs out of favour but hybrid (blended) learning in 

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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 →

Via Sue Beckingham
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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, 5:39 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, 6:59 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, 9:15 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 10:30 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.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 7, 8:21 AM

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