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Information for Roane State Community College admin and faculty to understand MOOCs and other emerging alternate education models
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Flipped Learning Network Unveils Formal Definition of Flipped Learning

Flipped Learning Network Unveils Formal Definition of Flipped Learning | MOOCs and Alt Ed | Scoop.it
Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 13, 2014 -- Crafted by experienced Flipped Educators, the definition dispels myths and explains the Four Pillars of Flipped Learning.
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California Puts MOOC Bill on Ice - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

California Puts MOOC Bill on Ice - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs and Alt Ed | Scoop.it
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Now even the disruptions have disruptions.

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Coursera Jumps the Shark

With no money coming in, and no new round of venture financing announced since last year (attention education journalists: go interview some Coursera investors – they’re key to this story), it announced this week that it would be working with partners like the University of West Virginia and the University of New Mexico – places which Coursera swore in writing to its AAU/U-15/Russell Group partners that it would never allow to offer MOOCS, because it would taint the brand. Together with these institutions, Coursera will be developing something called “campus-based MOOCs”, which, upon closer inspection, is completely indistinguishable from what we’ve called “blended learning” for roughly a decade now.


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State Universities Head into MOOC Market with Coursera

State Universities Head into MOOC Market with Coursera | MOOCs and Alt Ed | Scoop.it
Ten state post secondary institutions have joined with massive open online course (MOOC) provider Coursera to offer an improved learning experience for...
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Librarians: Your Most Valuable MOOC Supporters - OEDB.org

Librarians: Your Most Valuable MOOC Supporters - OEDB.org | MOOCs and Alt Ed | Scoop.it
Librarians are a major part of universities, but they're almost entirely missing from the MOOC conversation. That's a big mistake.
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OpenBUCS Announced

OpenBUCS Announced | MOOCs and Alt Ed | Scoop.it
ETSU announces OpenBUCS course system offering free online courses with optional path to credit
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ETSU is offering free access to a few courses with potential for credit.

 

Separate from the TBR/Coursera pilot, which is not focused on MOOCs.

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Coursera partners with TN schools for online learning

Coursera partners with TN schools for online learning | MOOCs and Alt Ed | Scoop.it
A pilot program beginning this fall at many Tennessee universities and colleges will give students and faculty a chance to use learning technology created by one of the nation's leading providers and may help Tennessee gain more college graduates.
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“None of the Tennessee schools will offer MOOCs, which are traditionally, but not always, free and open to anyone.”

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Grading the MOOC University

Grading the MOOC University | MOOCs and Alt Ed | Scoop.it
Take away the dorm rooms, the classroom banter, the brown-nosing, the keg parties and the tuition, and is it still college?
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Reasoned, well-balanced assessment of the MOOC potential for good and bad.

 

My highlight: "It creates a strange paradox: these professors are simultaneously the most and least accessible teachers in history."

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Is it Time for Free Community College?

A few states are working on plans to eliminate tuition at community colleges. Advocates like the sentiment behind this, but question the possible consequences.
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Good summary of national movements toward free community college. Lots of questions.

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Jeremy K. Knox: Who is open education for? OER, MOOCs, and their subjects

Jeremy K. Knox: Who is open education for? OER, MOOCs, and their subjects | MOOCs and Alt Ed | Scoop.it

In this guest entry, Jeremy K. Knox from University of Edinburgh examines the current open education resources (OER) and MOOC trends and some of the competing assumptions behind these developments. Furthermore, he highlights two important considerations this can have for educational research in the future.


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Coursera-in-TN program to be held at Vanderbilt June 24

Coursera-in-TN program to be held at Vanderbilt June 24 | MOOCs and Alt Ed | Scoop.it
Coursera-in-TN program to be held at Vanderbilt June 24. Best practices for the use of the massive online open courseware platform Coursera among Tennessee colleges and universities will be discussed at a seminar 1-5 p.m.
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MOOC Students Who Got Offline Help Scored Higher, Study Finds - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

MOOC Students Who Got Offline Help Scored Higher, Study Finds - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs and Alt Ed | Scoop.it
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In Deals With 10 Public Universities, Coursera Bids for Role in Credit Courses

In Deals With 10 Public Universities, Coursera Bids for Role in Credit Courses | MOOCs and Alt Ed | Scoop.it
The young company, until now known only for its massive open online courses, is seeking to help public institutions graduate students.
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"Daphne Koller, a co-founder of Coursera, acknowledged that the company was venturing into new terrain. After studying their MOOC users, the company realized that most of them had already earned college degrees, said Ms. Koller. That was well and good, but it suggested to Coursera's founders that MOOCs would not be sufficient to achieve their ambitions.

 

"If you're looking to really move the needle on fundamental educational problems, inside and outside the United States, you're going to need to help people reach the first milestone, which is getting their degrees to begin with," Ms. Koller said."

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UT, Regents schools to test online courses next fall

UT, Regents schools to test online courses next fall | MOOCs and Alt Ed | Scoop.it
College students in Tennessee taking general education courses like algebra and freshman composition next fall could be doing it in a new, interactive online platform.
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Coursera’s platform is designed to allow curriculum to be digested in small chunks with questions mixed in to see if students are comprehending the material.

 

“Faculty members, through animation, may describe concept and then immediately test students by asking multiple choice questions,” TBR Chancellor John Morgan said during a conference call with reporters Wednesday.

 

“It gives real-time visibility to see how students are interacting with course materials, so that the faculty member can understand pretty quickly where sticking points are, and what’s the most frequent wrong answer.”

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UT, TBR Partner with Coursera to Pilot Technology for Courses

The University of Tennessee is a statewide system of higher education that has a presence in each of Tennessee's 95 counties.
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"The Tennessee public university pilot will not include massive open online courses (MOOCs). Instead, it will test use of the Coursera course technology platform to enhance student outcomes in two courses in the UT System and two courses in TBR universities. Feedback from faculty and students will be used to determine whether more courses will be offered through the Coursera platform.

 

“The company’s online course technology provides an innovative format that allows for student interactions to be quickly analyzed, so course content can be adjusted to help improve learning,” said TBR Chancellor John Morgan. “We’d like to see if that can help us help students become more successful."

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The Dark Side of MOOCs - Online Colleges

The Dark Side of MOOCs - Online Colleges | MOOCs and Alt Ed | Scoop.it
MOOCs may be rising in popularity, but find out if they are worth all the hype and your time.

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