Richard McKenzie thought that free, online courses could change higher education, and maybe his life. That was before his own class fell apart.
An insightful article relevant to any technological innovation..fast failure. My thoughts are It's ok to make mistakes but don't do things in haste to exacerbate the chance of failure. Also, some sage advice around the value of numbers (you could say the same about metrics) "they don't always measure true value"
Anant Agarwal, chief executive officer of edX, an online learning venture of Harvard and MIT, has tied up with Indian educational institutions, , anant agarwal, online education, education
Interesting article about how edX are talking to government institutes in India. India, the I in BRICS (emerging national economies) is a focus for edX and their move from individual online courses to online learning programs. It's a of interest not only to MOOC providers but also the HE sector as they make deeper forays into the online learning environment.
Have massive open online courses emerged from the Trough of Disillusionment to the Slopes of Enlightenment? Wherever MOOCs belong on the Gartner Hype Cycle, one thing is clear: there are more courses and students now than ever before. Student enrollments in MOOCs doubled this year. In fact, mor
I love stats and graphs and the EdSurge graph of MOOCs uptake show substantial increase in interest...still wondering where we are on the Gartner Hype cycle though.
Drawing on her extensive experience developing and participating in open educational resources and online learning platforms, Lorena Barba shares why the fixation on snazzy and expensive video prod...
Interesting insight from a MOOC Course coordinator about the value of videos in MOOCs. Barba postulates that videos are no guarantee that learner's will learn (and remember down the track). I think videos are but one tool in the online learning toolkit. If you are planning on using videos just remember to carefully consider what you show or use in your video as permissions for using copyrighted materials, trademarked materials may need to be sought...and this can take time and money.
The short video is a powerful flipped learning tool. This video visually and audibly explains how to flip a classroom. Don't limit this though to just the classroom....it's flipped learning, wherever you and the students are.
Once the MOOC 'revolution' got underway, universities, usually slow-moving and tight-fisted institutions, couldn't run fast enough to put their own MOOCs online. And, right now, we're seeing the results.
Crest of the Wave or have MOOCs tipped over the edge of the hype cycle? As with other distance education options, a MOOC is only as good as the lecturere running the course and the other students involved in the course. And of course, this is heavily influenced by the content being studied - some subjects benefit from discussion, others involve more in depth thinking...still I agree, try a MOOC while you can.
Original vision lost in scramble for profit and repackaging of old ideas, say pair
As with most technologies, opinions swing between "profound threat or thrilling opportunity" (#edcmooc 2013). MOOCs can be seen as both but if the orgininal creators realise that without creativty, many MOOC courses will be as boring and static as the real life, stock standard lectures not sure that they threat will be that massive. Rather than encouraging student centred learning through peers and guidance from Course Leaders, many MOOCs are being set up based on a instructionist "teacher as sage" pedagogical construction....no thanks.
UC San Diego is launching the first major online course that prominently features massive open online research (MOOR). In “Bioinformatics Algorithms
[...] “All students who sign up for the course will be given an opportunity to work on specific research projects under the leadership of prominent bioinformatics scientists from different countries, who have agreed to interact and mentor their respective teams....
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Surprised that most of us taking MOOCs are already professionals. I remember that the explosion in online free qualtity education (think Khan) was supposed to be a supporting model for those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
FutureLearn charges students for optional services
FutureLearn CEO believes MOOCs are fundamentally about broadening access to education globally (25% of those who enrol do not have degrees) as well as commercial imperative to become sustainable. Added value to free MOOCs may ensure this...lite+
A bit of a Q&A regarding Coursera Specializations. As usual, the comments are just as intriguing as the original post. I agree that MOOCs are a great add on and a great way to maintain your own professional learning.
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2013 conference on open education. This libguide has a plethora of links to powerpoint and word documents from the conference. Of particular relevance to this Scoop.it! are the links under the OER and Open courses tabs.
"Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are still pretty new but more and more universities, platform providers and publishers are beginning to create MOOCs to raise their profile and showcase high-quality materials. But there is a risk that reputations can take a serious hit if materials and data are being used incorrectly, or without permission."
Excellent analysis of the copyright issues that educators need to consider as they utilise the open online course revolution. There are such opportunities for learning and teaching but TIME needs to be given to ensuring that resources used are attributed appropriately, are legitimate and permissions sought where necessary. Many MOOC platforms are commercial in nature and profit focused (in the long term) so Statutory licences and Educational exceptions are not applicable.
The MOOC market (Massive Open Online Courses) has exploded. Last week Coursera landed another $20M in funding, bringing their total investment to $63M (even more than edX's original $60M funding by
Funding and involvement keeps increasing as more and more universities get on board....but after having an attempt myself at a MOOC (and not finishing it...though will try others that I am interested in), thinking we may be overloaded with choice until things settle down.
Great article outlining what libraries need to think about, understand and be involved with when it comes to MOOCs. Interesting thought in the article about a premium opt in version versus a free version of a course with the premium service providing access to Library resources...interesting idea but one that depend on what can be found via open access.
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