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MOOCs, Money, and the Untold Story of a Professor Who 'Bought the Hype'

MOOCs, Money, and the Untold Story of a Professor Who 'Bought the Hype' | MOOCs and Libraries: An Australian Perspective | Scoop.it
Richard McKenzie thought that free, online courses could change higher education, and maybe his life. That was before his own class fell apart.
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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"
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Huge Opportunity For Online Learning In India

Huge Opportunity For Online Learning In India | MOOCs and Libraries: An Australian Perspective | Scoop.it
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
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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.
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MOOCs in 2015: Breaking Down the Numbers (EdSurge News)

MOOCs in 2015: Breaking Down the Numbers (EdSurge News) | MOOCs and Libraries: An Australian Perspective | Scoop.it
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
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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.

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UniMelb MOOCs now on Apple TV with Coursera app

UniMelb MOOCs now on Apple TV with Coursera app | MOOCs and Libraries: An Australian Perspective | Scoop.it

You can now view UniMelb MOOC learning resources and activities on your home TV using the Coursera app on the new Apple TV.


Via Peter Mellow
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Interesting move by University of Melbourne to move into the Apple TV space. It can only increase interest.

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MoocNote - Take notes on videos

MoocNote - Take notes on videos | MOOCs and Libraries: An Australian Perspective | Scoop.it
Take notes that are link back to the appropriate place in the videos and are collected into one central place.
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Great, easy to use tool for MOOCers to take notes for the sometimes voluminous video content in MOOCs. 

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Expensive, highly-produced videos are not necessary to achieve a quality learning experience for your MOOC.

Expensive, highly-produced videos are not necessary to achieve a quality learning experience for your MOOC. | MOOCs and Libraries: An Australian Perspective | Scoop.it
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...
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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.

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Flipping the Classroom Explained - YouTube

Ready to flip your school or university class? Drop by http://www.MediaCore.com to learn more about how we can help you and your class. With the teacher at t...

Via Felix Jacomino
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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.

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Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, November 24, 2014 1:43 PM

#avancee esse video de 1:40 para conceituar a modernidade de aprendizagem flipped: Conceitos a distancia, projetos e aplicacao ao vivo. 10!


GwynethJones's curator insight, February 1, 2015 2:01 PM

This is one of the BEST videos to explain Flipping the Classroom!


But I have a sort of controversial or CONTRARY view on it.


Create the video, assign the video to be watched out of class, but then show the video before the lesson. WHY, you may ask? Doesn't that negate the whole thing? No! The Digital Divide in my school is real.

Some of my kiddos don't have smart devices, reliable Internet access at home or a parent who is avail at night to drive them to the public library (some of my parents work evenings) If you ask them if they can watch the video they will fib to maintain their pride that they can, but some can not. It's not fair  for even ONE KID to be made to feel left out or marginalized - Also, some kids might just not watch the video before the lesson (I know, shocker!) SO play the gosh darn video before the lesson - add another day to the lesson if you have to!


I also have my PAC computers in the library that is avail for this when it comes up. What do you think?

Julie Midyett's curator insight, March 1, 2015 10:46 AM

Great explanation on why flipping classroom works!

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DSpace@MIT: Learning in an Introductory Physics MOOC: All Cohorts Learn Equally, Including an On-Campus Class

DSpace@MIT: Learning in an Introductory Physics MOOC: All Cohorts Learn Equally, Including an On-Campus Class | MOOCs and Libraries: An Australian Perspective | Scoop.it
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Interesting findings from this research from MIT (article via their DSpace:MIT open access cc licenced research space). Online and face to face introductory class of students all learn equally.

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White Papers and Reports | Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

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Environmental Scan and Assessment of OERs, MOOCs and Libraries available from ALA/ACRL

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MOOCs & Librarians - MOOCing for knowledge

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A nice infographic on MOOCS...the visual can speak for itself.

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180 MOOCs to Start the New Year (Is This the Crest of the Wave?)

180 MOOCs to Start the New Year (Is This the Crest of the Wave?) | MOOCs and Libraries: An Australian Perspective | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

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Mooc creators criticise courses’ lack of creativity

Mooc creators criticise courses’ lack of creativity | MOOCs and Libraries: An Australian Perspective | Scoop.it
Original vision lost in scramble for profit and repackaging of old ideas, say pair
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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.

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MOOC Research Initiative

Draft results from MOOC Research Initiative

Via SusanBat
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Siemans  is one of the  initiators of MOOCsa within a connectivist pedagogy ....cMOOCs.

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Sarah Oliver's curator insight, October 24, 2013 9:58 PM

I like the way the information is presented using a mix of visual (pictures, graphs, and charts) stats, and opinion.  The feeling I get from this presentation is that MOOCs are not just the present/future state of education, his research showed that more females are interested and older interest is on the rise.

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From MOOC to MOOR: Is ‘massive open online research’ (MOOR) the next frontier for education? 

From MOOC to MOOR: Is ‘massive open online research’ (MOOR) the next frontier for education?  | MOOCs and Libraries: An Australian Perspective | Scoop.it
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....

http://www.scoop.it/t/easy-mooc#


Via Lucas Gruez
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An interesting article except it's from 2013...the course is still running though it may still be unique. Will need to investigate if any research out there re its effectiveness.
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Nice ... Why Not ;-)
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The limits of openness

The limits of openness | MOOCs and Libraries: An Australian Perspective | Scoop.it
As Coursera tweaks its business model to find a financially viable way to offer massive open online courses, critics say its MOOCs are becoming less open and less like courses.
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Not a new insight into MOOCs...some providers business model are commercial in nature so making a profit was probably always part of business plan. 

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Forbes Welcome

Forbes Welcome page -- Forbes is a global media company, focusing on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership, and lifestyle.
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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. 

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How to make free Moocs sustainable - Video Dailymotion

FutureLearn charges students for optional services
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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+

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Is a Coursera specialization worthwhile? Do companies value it? - Quora

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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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How companies can use MOOCs to teach employees

How companies can use MOOCs to teach employees | MOOCs and Libraries: An Australian Perspective | Scoop.it
A Sydney learning specialist is transforming free online learning into courses that companies can use for professional learning and development.
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UNSW LTTO MOOC is being remixed to add a Professional Learning layer for corporate L& T professionals and practioners http://www.learningcafe.com.au/blog/professional-development-for-ld-learning-to-teach-online-mooc-augmented-by-learningcafe/ ;

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Welcome - LATN Open Education Conference - LibGuides at Curtin University

Welcome - LATN Open Education Conference - LibGuides at Curtin University | MOOCs and Libraries: An Australian Perspective | Scoop.it
LibGuides. LATN Open Education Conference. Welcome.
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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. 

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MOOCs: in American Libraries Magazine, May 2014

MOOCs: in American Libraries Magazine, May 2014 | MOOCs and Libraries: An Australian Perspective | Scoop.it

American Libraries Magazine, May 2014 - Debate on MOOCs and how they may affect librarians.


Via Peter Mellow
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One to read to understand what is happening with MOOCs in the USA.

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MOOCs and copyright law

MOOCs and copyright law | MOOCs and Libraries: An Australian Perspective | Scoop.it

"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."


Via EDTECH@UTRGV
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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.

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800 Free MOOCs from Great Universities (Many Offering Certificates)

800 Free MOOCs from Great Universities (Many Offering Certificates) | MOOCs and Libraries: An Australian Perspective | Scoop.it
Discover 800+ Fee MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) by great universities -- Harvard, Stanford. MIT, etc. Most offer
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Great list of MOOCs that you may like to try out. Seems to cover Coursera, NovoEd, Open2study, edX MOOC platforms so the list is not exhaustive (and that is something to contemplate).

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The MOOC Market Takes Off

The MOOC Market Takes Off | MOOCs and Libraries: An Australian Perspective | Scoop.it
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
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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.

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Libraries in the Time of MOOCs (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Libraries in the Time of MOOCs (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | MOOCs and Libraries: An Australian Perspective | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE Review Online
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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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