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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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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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Assessing MOOCs at HigherEdTech conference | Inside Higher Ed

Assessing MOOCs at HigherEdTech conference | Inside Higher Ed | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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Report on a Las Vegas Conference on MOOCs and how the data will be used to enhance learning (xMOOCs)

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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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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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Welcome to the Brave New World of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

More top colleges are offering free massive open online courses, but companies and universities still need to figure out a way to monetize them. Related arti...
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Great video and nicely done.  Useful for sharing with colleagues who aren't sure what this all means...

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Great video and nicely done.  Useful for sharing with colleagues who aren't sure what this all means...

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Coursera Announces Details for Selling Certificates and Verifying Identities - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Coursera Announces Details for Selling Certificates and Verifying Identities - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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New business model. certficated route

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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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Success in a MOOC

A description of the five steps that will help you succeed in a MOOC. Written and Narrated by Dave Cormier Video by Neal Gillis Researchers: Dave Cormier Ale...

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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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Massive Open Online Courses Prove Popular, if Not Lucrative Yet

Massive Open Online Courses Prove Popular, if Not Lucrative Yet | MOOCs | Scoop.it
New companies are partnering with universities to offer online courses, in an effort that could define the future of higher education — if anyone can figure out how to make money.
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Commentary on business models for MOOCs

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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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MOOCS, Online Learning, and the Wrong Conversation | Inside Higher Ed

MOOCS, Online Learning, and the Wrong Conversation | Inside Higher Ed | MOOCs | Scoop.it

MOOCS, Online Learning, and the Wrong Conversation | Inside Higher Ed http://t.co/Q9eSsILI

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Course design - what should an institution ensure that should happen alongside the MOOC. 

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Who Says Online Courseware Will Cause the Death of Universities? - Forbes

Who Says Online Courseware Will Cause the Death of Universities? - Forbes | MOOCs | Scoop.it
By Tom Katsouleas,  Dean of Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. He serves as Chair of the National Academy of Engineering’s Advisory Committee on Engineering Grand Challenges for the 21st Century.
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European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning

European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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Research paper Kop, refers to the differences between distance learning and cloud based learning.  More about PLENK 2011.  

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About MOOC Completion Rates: The Importance of Student Investment

About MOOC Completion Rates: The Importance of Student Investment | MOOCs | Scoop.it
I just finished teaching a Massive Online Open Class (MOOC) titled “Computational Investing, Part I” via coursera.org. 53,000 people “enrolled,” which is to say they clicked...
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Commentary from MOOC facilitator on the stats re enrollments onto the MOOC and what that actually means

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Building Democratic Learning

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The Limits of MOOCs I’ve been following a discussion thread about MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) on the ALT list and wrote this about the Limits of MOOCs, something that I think we are t...
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Frequently updated opinion piece with useful links and resources, reflecting on what MOOCs are and will become. 

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Universities seek copyright law reform to enable MOOCs

Universities seek copyright law reform to enable MOOCs | MOOCs | Scoop.it

Law reform is required to support innovation and enable Australian universities to compete with the rest of the world in online education, say leading Australian educators.In their submissions to the…...

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Laws are outdated on copyright in relation to MOOCs.  US and Aus have questions on how laws should be modified

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Adapting PowerPoint Lectures for Online Delivery: Best Practices | Faculty Focus

Adapting PowerPoint Lectures for Online Delivery: Best Practices | Faculty Focus | MOOCs | Scoop.it
If you use PowerPoint lectures in your face-to-face classes, you can use those same lectures as jumping-off points for creating narrated animations for your online students to watch. That’s the good news.
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Course design tips 

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Presentation from Hugh Davis CITE Director at University of Southampton

Presentation from Hugh Davis CITE Director at University of Southampton | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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Info event with the VC re Futurelearn

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MoocGuide - 0. Home Intro to MOOC

MoocGuide - 0. Home Intro to MOOC | MOOCs | Scoop.it

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need to create an account and login to view wiki

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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 Campus Leaders Need to Know About MOOCs | EDUCAUSE.edu

What Campus Leaders Need to Know About MOOCs | EDUCAUSE.edu | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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outlines discussion points for administrators including how do MOOCs fit in with the elearning strategy

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5 Big MOOC ideas and one REALLY big idea - Google Drive

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Contribute to a google doc on ideas for engaging with MOOCs 

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