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Graded Discussion Forums on Coursera

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Coursera students often reject graded discussion forums. This blog post explores their reasons.

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The forum is the space where a great deal of learning takes place. Experiments like this one are of great value in the quest of the best pedagogical approach to student interaction.
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Can MOOCs lure international students to U.S. colleges and universities? @insidehighered

Can MOOCs lure international students to U.S. colleges and universities? @insidehighered | The MOOC Observatory | Scoop.it
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MOOCs and their strategy to attract international students to their universities throuhg MOOCs

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Campus Technology : June 2014, Page 1

Campus Technology : June 2014, Page 1 | The MOOC Observatory | Scoop.it
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You do the course, the machine works out your level, and makes questions accordingly. Adaptive technology in a Calculus MOOC,

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Graded Discussion Forums on Coursera

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Coursera students often reject graded discussion forums. This blog post explores their reasons.

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The forum is the space where a great deal of learning takes place. Experiments like this one are of great value in the quest of the best pedagogical approach to student interaction.
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Melbourne University's 2013 MOOC Infographic

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Melbourne University's 2013 MOOC Infographic


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Some observations:
Australians MOOCs are not mainly followed by australians (unlike UK MOOCs with British learners).
Americans are keen on Australian MOOCs
They have many learners (compared to other MOOCs/universities)

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QuickWire: Harvard and MIT Release Scrubbed MOOC Data – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

QuickWire: Harvard and MIT Release Scrubbed MOOC Data – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | The MOOC Observatory | Scoop.it

“De-identified” records of more than a million people who took part in the first year of massive open online courses offered by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been released to researchers, the two institutions said on Friday.


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Cannot be more relevant to our MOOC observatory!

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How to Gain Learners Attention in an Online Learning Course?

How to Gain Learners Attention in an Online Learning Course? | The MOOC Observatory | Scoop.it
This blog post shares some interesting instructional design elements that can be used to gain learners attention throughout the course.Read more ›
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Useful reading. Although there is nothing new, it is a good reminder on what to consider when designing an online course. Written in a private company blog (Commlab India), it has a highly corporative touch, but still applies to all learners.

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Why MOOCs’ Low Retention Rates Aren’t a Problem

Why MOOCs’ Low Retention Rates Aren’t a Problem | The MOOC Observatory | Scoop.it
Students get no rewards for completing a MOOC, so it's no surprise that many of them drop out, says Robert Wright. Low completion rates are no reason to dismiss MOOCs altogether.

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just a short reflection on completion rates, but the argument is compelling

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A balanced research report on the hopes and realities of MOOCs

A balanced research report on the hopes and realities of MOOCs | The MOOC Observatory | Scoop.it
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Tony Bates' summary and comments on a recent report by Columbia University in which more than 80 people were interviewed. Main conclusion: whatever shape they take, MOOCS stay.

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Rethinking education: how technology is drastically changing how we learn

Rethinking education: how technology is drastically changing how we learn | The MOOC Observatory | Scoop.it
Following the success of BAFTA award-winning D-Day: As It Happens, Digit reflects on the opportunities to leverage technology to truly bring educational content to life
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On education technology, an article in the Guardian mentioning MOOCs as opportunities for collaborative learning.

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The Landing: Connectivism: a learning theory or a theory of how to learn?

The Landing: Connectivism: a learning theory or a theory of how to learn? | The MOOC Observatory | Scoop.it
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Jon Dron on connectivism. Worth reading as a starting point for those interested. 

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What Would Socrates Think About MOOCs?

What Would Socrates Think About MOOCs? | The MOOC Observatory | Scoop.it
We all have, consciously or otherwise, a vision of perfect education: two people, a master and student, sitting together, talking. The classic Aristotelian tutorial model. When the king of Macedon wanted to educate his son Alexander, he simply hired the smartest person in the world. The first information technology to...
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An argument for MOOCs by David Carey: quality in education is often deemed to lay on master-student interaction, following on socratic tradition. MOOCs are the first technological construct that can challenge that, especially by the application of A.I. and big data analysis.

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Donald Clark Plan B: 20 reasons why Stanford Prof thinks video lectures self-evidently better

Donald Clark Plan B: 20 reasons why Stanford Prof thinks video lectures self-evidently better | The MOOC Observatory | Scoop.it
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Compelling arguments of Donald Clark on video lectures

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Why You Should Be Excited for “Just-in-Time” Education

Why You Should Be Excited for “Just-in-Time” Education | The MOOC Observatory | Scoop.it
This article is part of Future Tense, which is a partnership of Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University. On Wednesday, April 30, Future Tense will host an event in Washington, D.C., on technology and the future of higher education. For more information and to RSVP, visit the...
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Interesting argument here: MOOCs can provide education when it is needed in the lifespan of a career, taking lifelong learning to its full meaning.

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8 Things You Should Know About MOOCs - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

8 Things You Should Know About MOOCs - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | The MOOC Observatory | Scoop.it

About the data: The edX MOOC data released by Harvard and MIT covered 16 sections of 13 courses from the first year of edX, from fall 2012 to summer 2013. About 475,000 students and about 640,000 registrations are included. Although there were 841,000 registrations in these courses, 200,000 rows of data were deleted by HarvardX and MITx in the de-identification process. De-identification was most likely to remove outliers and extremely active users, which may affect some of the analysis. You can learn more about the de-identification process from the HarvardX and MITx documentation.


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Remarkable facts extracted from the release of edX MOOC data one month ago. The most surprising: apparently most MOOC learners are male!

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 17, 11:15 PM

This is an easy to read overview article enhanced with graphics.  The Harvard and MIT moocs have been very high profile. Interesting that so few students view all of the materials. 

Library@NYP's curator insight, June 20, 10:16 AM

Learn about the latest trends and adoption of MOOCs.

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After grappling with data, MOOC Research Initiative participants release results @insidehighered

After grappling with data, MOOC Research Initiative participants release results @insidehighered | The MOOC Observatory | Scoop.it
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The MOOC Research Initiative results have just been released. In all projects, there is a a common conclusion: working with MOOC data is not easy!
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Massive Online Classes Expand into K-12 | Heartlander Magazine

Massive Online Classes Expand into K-12 | Heartlander Magazine | The MOOC Observatory | Scoop.it
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One more step towards MOOCs in K12: Florida looking at it with determination. Assessment and quality control seen as possible.
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MIT and Harvard release de-identified learning data from open online courses

MIT and Harvard release de-identified learning data from open online courses | The MOOC Observatory | Scoop.it
Dataset contains the original learning data from the 16 HarvardX and MITx courses offered in 2012-13.
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A sentence by professor Isaac Chuang to be highlighted: "These data are a public good"

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Level Up With a MOOC: How Online Courses Can Improve Your Career - CareerMeh

Level Up With a MOOC: How Online Courses Can Improve Your Career - CareerMeh | The MOOC Observatory | Scoop.it
Massive Open Online Courses (or MOOCs) are the next wave in professional development. Here’s why you should get on board....
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Article aimed at degree holders who want to enhance their profile with MOOCs. Actually, this is so far the most realistic outcome of MOOCs. For these to become useful in other contexts (developing countries, disadvantaged communities), they have to prove to work in this one.

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MOOCs - Herding education to the slaughter?

MOOCs - Herding education to the slaughter? | The MOOC Observatory | Scoop.it
Massively open online courses (MOOCs) have been sold as the future of higher education but there is more than a whiff of ‘primitive accumulation’ at the new frontier. Dominic Pettman examines the state-and-vulture-capitalist looting of ‘the last great unplundered resource’ and considers some other definitions of educational value  
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A set of arguments on the false promises and dangers of MOOCs. Most of the issues raised in the article are already being addressed, although some of the realities described are difficult to rebate. Useful reading for both sides of the debate.

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MOOC Video Production Tips From 1944

MOOC Video Production Tips From 1944 | The MOOC Observatory | Scoop.it

Dr. Guo and others have done research on MOOC video teaching elements in an effort to better understand student engagement with the end goal of creating best practices to drive improvements in future MOOC courses. The videos that Dr. Guo and others have been looking at are the ones used in the first handful of courses taught on edX to nearly 750,000 students.


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Are MOOCs Just Moneymaking Scams? Providers Challenged To Substantiate Grandiose Claims -- Campus Technology

Are MOOCs Just Moneymaking Scams? Providers Challenged To Substantiate Grandiose Claims -- Campus Technology | The MOOC Observatory | Scoop.it
Are online education providers serving the masses or just amassing wealth for themselves? That's the question the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education wants answered. The group today challenged the leaders of edX, Udacity and Coursera to a public debate "about the claims and promises being made by the online education industry about the quality of its higher education programs."
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MOOC counterarguments. The article itself is a bit unsustained, but it leads to interesting papers. 

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Guide-OnlineHigherEd.PDF


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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, May 14, 1:40 PM

Guide to Quality in online courses - includes MOOCS which is rather interesting.

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Coursera picks up steam in China as more students take MOOCs on mobile

Coursera picks up steam in China as more students take MOOCs on mobile | The MOOC Observatory | Scoop.it
China downloads the Coursera Android app more than any other country, and it's the number two country in terms of iOS download apps.
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MOOCs in China. Catching up as expected.

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N.Y. Public Library Plans Face-to-Face ‘Classes’ for MOOC Students

N.Y. Public Library Plans Face-to-Face ‘Classes’ for MOOC Students | The MOOC Observatory | Scoop.it

In a pilot program with Coursera, the New York Public Library plans to organize meet-ups at which people taking massive open online courses can gather and discuss the courses with help from “trained facilitators.”

 

The partnership is part the MOOC company’s effort to build an infrastructure for in-person learning around its free online courses. Research has suggested that MOOC students who receive offline help earn higher scores on their assessments.


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more on meet-ups. Physical spaces for MOOCs. I predict a high proliferation of those in the near future.

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New e-Literate TV Series on MOOCs - e-Literate

New e-Literate TV Series on MOOCs - e-Literate | The MOOC Observatory | 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 →

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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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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, April 27, 7:08 AM

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. 

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