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The MOOC in Further Education Colleges – distraction or lever for change? | Learning Futures Lab | Cathy Ellis

"When not one, but two, Government Ministers start dropping the word ‘MOOC’ into their speeches and tweets, should those of us working in the field of Educational Technology be encouraged or worried? And, furthermore, when part of the rationale for such support is that British education is now part of the Coalition Government’s 2012 Industrial Strategy and some of the collective rhetoric comes close to a chauvinistic claim for the superiority of the British education system, then we seem to be entering into a global skirmish to put a competitive British MOOC into cyberspace."


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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, January 27, 2013 3:30 PM

This extensive and well-argued article takes an unusual stance in that it focusses on Further Education Colleges. Indeed, such a focus is badly needed as MOOCs and FE at first sight seem natural allies. And although the post is UK centric, it is well worth reading.

 

Cathy Ellis' argument consists of five points. Her first point, lack of funding on formal grounds, sounds specific to the UK, although others might recognise it. Her second is an interesting one, as it goes a long way towards explaining the success of MOOCs: "In the era of YouTube and TED, the ‘teacher as performer’ has taken root, and academics who would previously have stayed in their dusty lecture halls are now clamouring to be on stage. This has bred the era of the ‘rock star’ or ‘celebrity academic’ ...." This leads her to suggest to "Do your own TED-events and create your own YouTube channel".

 

Third, she advises against 'offshore' MOOC providers. A MOOC platform connected to the local VLE has the advantage of churning out useful data. This does not imply we should dismiss the "'industrial' scale MOOCs", they are "like an amplification of Open Educational Resources' and should be thus used, Cathy argues (4). Finally, MOOCs have done their job if their advent "mobilises leadership and policy makers to engage seriously with Educational Technology and support the sector in providing the conditions for it to flourish."

 

What the article argues for then, is to mainstream MOOCs: We use the technology to inspire our own teaching, we use the 'industrial' platforms and their content as OERs. Makes sense, if the colleges in HE and FE (and elsewhere) manage to survive the MOOC swell. With the "ever growing commodification of education" - Cathy's own words - this is no certainty, as I have argued elsewhere.

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Flipping, clicking, MOOCing into 2013!

Flipping, clicking, MOOCing into 2013! | MOOCs and OERs | Scoop.it
Just like Bono, we believe on this blog that technologies can help the world be a better place. Focusing on education is long-term planning for raising new generations of deciders. But it demands c...
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Free Online Certificate Courses & MOOCs from Great Universities: A Complete List

Free Online Certificate Courses & MOOCs from Great Universities: A Complete List | MOOCs and OERs | Scoop.it
Discover 200+ free online courses by great universities -- Harvard, Stanford. MIT, etc. Most offer
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Warum Open Educational Resources?

Presentation at DaF-Webinar, January 2013
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This address OERs from the German community perspective. Raises some interesting issues in regard to what is really open, problems with CC licenses and the funding of OERs.

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77% of Academic Leaders Rate MOOC Outcomes Same or Superior to Face-to-Face Learning - Compass Higher Education Consulting

77% of Academic Leaders Rate MOOC Outcomes Same or Superior to Face-to-Face Learning - Compass Higher Education Consulting | MOOCs and OERs | Scoop.it
77% of Academic Leaders Rate MOOC Outcomes Same or Superior to Face-to-Face Learning - Compass Higher Education http://t.co/P3YWaUzW
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OER: Evidence, Experience, Expectations | Association for Learning Technology

OER: Evidence, Experience, Expectations | Association for Learning Technology | MOOCs and OERs | Scoop.it
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This should be an interesting webinar and will be relevant to H817 students.

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OECD-IMHE higher education conference 2012, a visual summary | eLearning

OECD-IMHE higher education conference 2012, a visual summary | eLearning | MOOCs and OERs | Scoop.it
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Online course host Coursera to ID students using typing style

Online course host Coursera to ID students using typing style | MOOCs and OERs | Scoop.it
Online course host Coursera will verify the identities of participating students using web cams and technology that can fingerprint an individual's unique typing style under a pilot project announced this week that aims to crack down on cheating.
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I understand the reason for verifying student identity whether we're discussing MOOCs or other learning contexts, but I'm not totally convinced that using webcams and creating a 'biometric profile' of participants individual typing style will be the ultimate solution. However, at least a signal is being sent with this pilot project that efforts are being made to 'crack down on cheating'.

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MOOCs are a fundamental misperception of how teaching works

MOOCs are a fundamental misperception of how teaching works | MOOCs and OERs | Scoop.it
During break (e.g., multi-hour long car rides), I gave a lot of thought to MOOCs and the changes that are coming to higher education. I realized that people can only believe that MOOCs can replace ...
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CIS 471: First shot at characterizing MOOCs -- what are the relevant attributes? (Using a Coursera history course as an example)

CIS 471: First shot at characterizing MOOCs -- what are the relevant attributes? (Using a Coursera history course as an example) | MOOCs and OERs | Scoop.it
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Personalize Learning: Culture Shift: When the Learner Owns the Learning

Personalize Learning: Culture Shift: When the Learner Owns the Learning | MOOCs and OERs | Scoop.it
It is not about learner-centered instruction; it is about the learner owning their learning.
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The Ed Techie: MOOCs are your friends

The Ed Techie: MOOCs are your friends | MOOCs and OERs | Scoop.it
(I know what you're thinking: "if only someone would write an opinion blog post on MOOCs, there just aren't any out there"). Reactions to MOOCs tend to fall into two camps. The first is the MOOC...
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Connectivism in Practice — How to Organize a MOOC | Peeragogy.org

Connectivism in Practice — How to Organize a MOOC | Peeragogy.org | MOOCs and OERs | Scoop.it
RT @azhar_youssef: #diffimooc #etmooc How to organize MOOCs http://t.co/tE72KQyf I love the term "PEERAGOGY"

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Using mLearning and MOOCs to understand chaos, emergence, and complexity in education | de Waard | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

Using mLearning and MOOCs to understand chaos, emergence, and complexity in education | de Waard | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning | MOOCs and OERs | Scoop.it
Using mLearning and MOOCs to understand chaos, emergence, and complexity in education (RT @courosa: "Using mLearning and MOOCs to Understand Chaos, Emergence, and Complexity in Education" http://t.co/JpczO4Yb...
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Coursera to fight online cheating – but do biometrics even work?

Coursera to fight online cheating – but do biometrics even work? | MOOCs and OERs | Scoop.it
There are two elephants in the digital classroom.
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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: MOOCs

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: MOOCs | MOOCs and OERs | Scoop.it
RT @CathyNDavidson: Amazing piece on MOOCs by amazing Audrey Watters. MUST READ! Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: MOOCs http://t.co/XlerEnUo
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What does the future of design for online learning look like? Emerg...

These are the slides of an invited talk I gave at ICEM 2012. The session was described as follows: What will we observe if we take a long pause and examine the
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Experiences from Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and how the MOOC could potentially increase diversity, social inclusion & learner engagement | Mark Morley

"There is currently much interest and excitement at the emergence of an educational approach commonly termed the ‘Massive Open Online Course’ or MOOC. ... I feel there is much we can learn from the delivery of MOOCs that can be used to enhance the on-campus experience supplemented by online course material and delivery. This format offers us the opportunity to investigate learning and improve teaching processes, perhaps more similar to the edX approach. It would seem appropriate to collect and use data to inform this process; treating learning and teaching as a field ripe for research, tying in to a research-led approach."


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Interesting and detailed personal insight into cMOOCs and xMOOCs from a participant. I sincerely hope more learners take the time to reflect and share the experiences they have with this kind of learning context. I find as an educator that the student voice is important and assuming that the developers of MOOCs are prepared to listen to critique, both postive and negative, then this is a valuable factor which can lead to improvements which hopefully will have a positive effect on the learner experience and quality of learning.

 

 

 

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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, January 12, 2013 5:55 AM

This is the single, most compehensive resource on MOOCs that I have come across yet. It discusses the history of MOOCs and describes Mark's personal experience with a number of them (both the c- and x- variety). Although it is a personal account, particularly the latter part, there is much value in learning the opinions of someone who 'has walked the walk' and not just 'talked the talk'. Anybody who wants to form an opinion on MOOCs - whether administrator, teacher of regular courses, teacher aspiring to teach a MOOC, or student in the widest sense of the word - can find something valuable here. Highly recommended! (@pbsloep)

Rose Heaney's curator insight, January 12, 2013 6:30 AM

comprehensive indeed - author has participated in a lot of moocs. Very readable intro for those who have never heard of moocs

Hamline CTL's curator insight, February 6, 2013 4:22 PM

MOOCs are not going away!