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What Professors Can Learn From 'Hard Core' MOOC Students

What Professors Can Learn From 'Hard Core' MOOC Students | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
People who have taken dozens of massive open online courses share their advice for those teaching them.
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'Hard Core' MOOC student numbers reinforce that the love of learning is a great motivating factor, although rare.

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Learning in a small, task–oriented, connectivist MOOC: Pedagogical issues and implications for higher education | Mackness | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

Learning in a small, task–oriented, connectivist MOOC: Pedagogical issues and implications for higher education | Mackness | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
Learning in a small, task–oriented, connectivist MOOC: Pedagogical issues and implications for higher education

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Vance Stevens's curator insight, January 18, 5:02 AM

This article reports research on FSLT12 MOOC from Athabasca University which I could have used in the book chapter I appended to a report on SMALL here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GWVtAH2yfp5tL3bdMg58_M5Deq36Ot_jQ_w8rflsGuA/edit#heading=h.wwfgxw6e65fd

 

As it says in the abstract, "The research shows that small task-oriented MOOCs can effectively support professional development of open academic practice." I also like this quote "Learners new to MOOCs may find working across distributed platforms difficult and disorienting; experienced ‘MOOCers’ expect this (Waite et al., 2013)." The latter citation is 'in press'.

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From a Million MOOC Users, a Few Early Research Results – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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These findings do not surprise me. What we need is continuous learning where enrollment provides immediate engagement. I know that I have personally enrolled in MOOCs only to find when the class starts my schedule has no room for participation. Enroll - engage need to be connected at any point in time.

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MOOCs and Economic Reality - The Conversation - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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November 1, 2013: Open Educational Resource university to be launched worldwide

November 1, 2013: Open Educational Resource university to be launched worldwide | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it

The OERu will provide more affordable ways for learners to gain academic credit towards qualifications from recognised institutions.


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Scores Improve in New Round of San Jose State's Experiment With Udacity - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Scores Improve in New Round of San Jose State's Experiment With Udacity - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
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Until we have studies that follow established research guidelines to measure effectiveness of online courses in controlled settings, these "reports" of improvement in scores are meaningless. The spring semester vs. summer offerings of these courses are in no way comparable and cannot be used to validate course effectiveness.

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We continue to use technology to reinforce 19th century teaching practice'

We continue to use technology to reinforce 19th century teaching practice' | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it

why [has] technology, to date, had very little impact on improved learning outcomes? This could be because we continue to use technology to reinforce 19th century teaching practice to meet out-dated assessment models. Most of the world’s curriculum and assessment systems are based around fact recall rather than actually demonstrating that you have learned something and can deploy it within a problem-solving situation.


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54321ignition's curator insight, September 20, 2013 6:59 AM

There's more to developing digital content than just repurposing existing textbooks

The Planetary Archives™ 's curator insight, September 30, 2013 5:15 PM

"Another Brick In The Wall" - Pink Flloyd

The Planetary Archives™ 's curator insight, November 17, 2013 3:12 PM

Our  education system is nothing more than child-care with some 

indoctrination thown in.


See/hear "The Wall" by Pink Floyd  (40+ years ago.)


Let the children play until they are old enough to decide what they are interested in learning. That's completely different than training them from Day 1 to "sit still, be quiet, and obey authority." Training a 5-year old to become a "worker" or 'Businessman"  is not education, but it may be child abuse.

 

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Survey Finds Only Limited Public Awareness of MOOCs - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Blackboard Announces New MOOC Platform - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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MOOCs and Economic Reality - The Conversation - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Blackboard May Double or Triple Spending on Software Development - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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San Jose State U. Puts MOOC Project With Udacity on Hold

San Jose State U. Puts MOOC Project With Udacity on Hold | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
The university said it was taking a "breather" from experiments with credit-bearing online courses following mixed results from trial courses this spring.
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New Research Effort Aims to Examine Effectiveness of MOOCs - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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How Can We Build A School In The Cloud? | TED Talk

How Can We Build A School In The Cloud? | TED Talk | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
What if we could all send our children to a school in the cloud as Sugata Mitra suggests in a new TED Talk? Would you go? What would it look like?

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Lourense Das's curator insight, June 2, 2013 7:23 AM

Interesting and provoking TED-talk by Sugata Mitra: can we build a school in the cloud? My question: can we build a school library in the cloud? 

Peg Becksvoort's curator insight, June 2, 2013 4:12 PM

Is it important to curate content? How is the content on Sugata Mitra's SOLE cloud-based schools managed? True, we do not need to know everything, but we need to have honesty, safety, and truthfulness in our information. Is there a place for school librarians in this curation?

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, June 6, 2013 3:52 AM

Interesting TED-talk by Sugata Mitra, can we build a school in the cloud?

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George Siemens "Designing, development, and running (massive) open Online Courses

The First Unisa International ODL Conference 2012

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Vance Stevens's comment, December 22, 2013 6:57 AM
I'm sure Nellie is aware of this distinction but for others following this thread it is important to recognize two kinds of MOOCs (1) xMOOC which George talks about to some extent, and (2) cMOOC which is what he and Stephen Downes and Dave Cormier have pioneered. The learner is dead center of the latter. xMOOC is the startup variety, and the pedagogy varies with these. Oddly this is what many people think about when they think of MOOCs. This article for example furthers two misconceptions, (1) that MOOC started in 2012 with Coursera, and (2) that Dave Cormier coined the term in 1985. He was 11 years old at the time.
Vance Stevens's comment, December 22, 2013 6:58 AM
Forgot to give the link for the article ;-) http://www.quicklessons.com/blog/2013/12/are-moocs-the-future-of-online-education/
Vance Stevens's comment, December 22, 2013 12:39 PM
And interestingly, Stephen Downes has just posted a tweet characterizing the difference between a university course, xMOOC, and cMOOC in a food metaphor <br>https://twitter.com/Downes/status/414782424506068993/photo/1
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Academics to Udacity Founder: Told Ya – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Dawne Tortorella's curator insight, December 2, 2013 9:26 PM

In this battle of who is right and who is wrong in MOOC wars, I hope we keep the student front and center. The unprepared and unmotivated self-learner will face frustration and more failure without intervention and individualized support - difficult in MOOC environments.

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Coursera “Signature Track” Program Pulls in $1 Million in Revenue | Via Meadia

Coursera “Signature Track” Program Pulls in $1 Million in Revenue | Via Meadia | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it

...In a blog post last week, Coursera announced that its Signature Track program, which charges students a small fee to have a chance at earning a limited form of credential, has already pulled in $1 million in revenue after less than a year of operation. This is not a lot next to the $65 million the company has raised from investors over the past two years, but it’s a promising first step. As TechCrunch points out, this $1 million came from a mere 25,000 users of a service that has not been particularly well publicized...


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Gabi Witthaus's curator insight, October 31, 2013 10:11 AM

Here's an example of the inevitable monetization of MOOCs.

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MOOCs Meet the Zombie Apocalypse - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

MOOCs Meet the Zombie Apocalypse - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
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Good marketing never hurts in promoting learning, either. MOOCs have relied on these "hooks" to draw in the masses, but the lessons can be applied to promoting any subject.

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IFLA Trend Report

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In the global information environment, time moves quickly and there's an abundance of commentators trying to keep up. With each new technological development, a new report emerges assessing its impact on different sectors of society. The IFLA Trend Report takes a broader approach and identifies five high level trends shaping the information society, spanning access to education, privacy, civic engagement and transformation. Its findings reflect a year’s consultation with a range of experts and stakeholders from different disciplines to map broader societal changes occurring, or likely to occur in the information environment. The IFLA Trend Report is more than a single document – it is a selection of resources to help you understand where libraries fit into a changing society.


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New technologies, online education, privacy & data protection, hyper-connected societies, global information - same trends, more accelerated?

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Fe Angela M. Verzosa's curator insight, August 21, 2013 8:12 AM
The IFLA Trend Report identifies five top level trends which will play a key role in shaping our future information ecosystem. Download the Insights Document which serves as the conversation starter for the library community.
Deborah Welsh's curator insight, August 28, 2013 8:10 PM

Essential reading for those who believe in the value of libraries.

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MOOCs May Not Be So Disruptive After All

MOOCs May Not Be So Disruptive After All | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
The popular courses are here to stay, but barriers to the kind of unfettered online education that some once envisioned have proved quite high.
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Coursera Snags $43-Million in Venture Capital - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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American MOOC Providers Face International Competition - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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A University's Offer of Credit for a MOOC Gets No Takers

A University's Offer of Credit for a MOOC Gets No Takers | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
Colorado State University-Global Campus made the $89 offer but may have to adjust its thinking, officials say.
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Bill Gates Discusses MOOCs at Microsoft Research's Faculty Summit - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Weekend Reading: the MOOC Catchup Edition - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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