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?
Fiona Harvey's insight:
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
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.
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,...
Fiona Harvey's insight:
Interesting - like to see a league table of video production units
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.
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 →
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.
"... 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
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...
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