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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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Coursera Jumps the Shark | HESA

Coursera Jumps the Shark | HESA | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
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No getting around reality - a service model built on free is hard to sustain

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Major Players in the MOOC Universe

Major Players in the MOOC Universe | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
Explore connections among the industry's major players.
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Very helpful map of interrelationships and important to track to truly understand how the movement is growing and who is behind that growth. It isn't "free" or cheap, so where the funding comes from is important in evaluating what this movement means in education.

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Will 'Moocs' be the scourge or saviour or higher education?

Will 'Moocs' be the scourge or saviour or higher education? | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it

Andrew McGettigan: Free online courses are on the cusp. Can they go from intriguing experiment to workable solution to our higher education crisis?


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Ga. Tech to Offer a MOOC-Like Online Master's Degree, at Low Cost

Ga. Tech to Offer a MOOC-Like Online Master's Degree, at Low Cost | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
The university and Udacity are partners in the project, with support from AT&T. Degree-seeking students will have to apply and will pay about $7,000.
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Coursera Eyes Teacher Training With New MOOC Partners - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Coursera Eyes Teacher Training With New MOOC Partners - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
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MOOCs for practitioners makes much sense and teacher training is an area of study well-suited to the format and in demand for ongoing professional development.

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U.S. News and World Report Examines the Growth of Open Education

U.S. News and World Report Examines the Growth of Open Education | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it

This week, U.S. News and World Report ran an excellent storyabout the rise of openly-licensed educational materials. Simon Owens’ article touches on many of the open education landmarks we’ve been celebrating over the past year, including the Department of Labor’s TAA-CCCT grant program and open textbook legislation in British Columbia and California. Owens interviewed CC director of global learning Cable Green as well asDavid Wiley, the Twenty Million Minds Foundation‘s Dean Florez, and several other experts in the space.


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Question:  Do we see Open Education growing more with or without government intervention?

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Coursera Takes a Nuanced View of MOOC Dropout Rates - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Coursera Takes a Nuanced View of MOOC Dropout Rates - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
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While grading and certification processes are certainly flawed, there should be no debate that they serve as motivation (the carrots). Just as tuition and requirements for graduation provide the stick.

 

That said, MOOC dropout rates are alarming.

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Sweating the Details of a MOOC in Progress - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Sweating the Details of a MOOC in Progress - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
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Stalking the Mooc

Stalking the Mooc | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
Stalking the Mooc, by VanessaVaile: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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Vance Stevens's curator insight, April 1, 2013 10:34 PM

Vanessa Vaile is showing us how to curate via Paper.li in this periodically issued paper on MOOCs

Heiko Idensen's curator insight, April 1, 2013 11:54 PM

... A good idea to use a twitter based curation tool like paperli for curation of moocs :-)

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How most Open Educational Resources fail to meet the UNESCO definition of OER

How most Open Educational Resources fail to meet the UNESCO definition of OER because they are not shared freely and cannot be remixed freely.
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A Massively Bad Idea - On Hiring - The Chronicle of Higher Education

A Massively Bad Idea - On Hiring - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
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This article highlights my biggest fear of MOOCs - that they will further divide those who are served by the education system and those who are now. I think MOOCs have enormous potential, but I fear they will widen the student gap further.

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MOOC Provider edX More Than Doubles Its University Partners - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

MOOC Provider edX More Than Doubles Its University Partners - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
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Librarians: Your Most Valuable MOOC Supporters

Librarians: Your Most Valuable MOOC Supporters | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
Librarians are a major part of universities, but they're almost entirely missing from the MOOC conversation. That's a big mistake.

 

Libraries offer resources, from research to licensing support, that are essential to the future of MOOCs as they grow both in numbers and in seriousness. As MOOCs become an increasingly valid and valuable resource, it’s clear that they can benefit from another great educational resource: librarians.


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, May 22, 2013 4:33 PM

Librarians & MOOCS | Synergy necessary for resource support, accessibility ... leverage the Library 2.0 environment and services

Leslie Lilly's curator insight, May 23, 2013 10:01 AM

Love your library?  Their relevance to an educated public is critical.

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As MOOC Debate Simmers at San Jose State, American U. Calls a Halt

As MOOC Debate Simmers at San Jose State, American U. Calls a Halt | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
While a faculty union rips one university president over MOOC partnerships, a provost at another university defers action until a formal MOOC policy can be written.
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Yale Joins the MOOC Club; Coursera Looks to Translate Existing Courses - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Yale Joins the MOOC Club; Coursera Looks to Translate Existing Courses - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
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Hong Kong MOOC Draws Students from Around the World

Hong Kong MOOC Draws Students from Around the World | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
Billed as Asia's first massive open online course, the class on science, technology, and China is a sign of the region's growing interest in online education.
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Why c and x MOOCs are attracting different number of participants?

Why c and x MOOCs are attracting different number of participants? | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
Here is a post on FB on a discussion on the question: Why are xMOOCs attracting tens or hundred thousands of students? Thanks to Ana and Steve for their comments and conversation. Here are my refle...

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Vance Stevens's curator insight, April 27, 2013 6:08 AM

This is a useful comparison of cMOOC and xMOOC, with observations like: "xMOOCs are much easier compared to cMOOCs.  This is grounded on that in xMOOCs, the instructors would have done most, if not all of the ground work necessary for teaching and learning for the learners.  What the learners are normally expected to do would be to consume the knowledge transmitted or broadcasted to them, and to confirm their understanding of the concepts through repeated quizzes or assignments." This is antithetical to how Siemens characterizes cMOOC here: http://goodbyegutenberg.pbworks.com/w/page/61341664/Getting_Started_2013evo

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Why Professors at San Jose State Won't Use a Harvard Professor's MOOC

Why Professors at San Jose State Won't Use a Harvard Professor's MOOC | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
In an open letter, the San Jose professors worry that public higher education will suffer if scholar-student interaction is replaced with videotaped content.
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MOOC content - supplement or replacement? Big question with enormous implications in educational equity.

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Why Do Students Enroll in (But Don’t Complete) MOOC Courses? | MindShift

Why Do Students Enroll in (But Don’t Complete) MOOC Courses? | MindShift | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
Less than 10 percent of MOOC students, on average, complete a course. That's the conclusion of Katy Jordan of Open University, who published her analysis, pul

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This blog post does discuss some reasons why students enroll in MOOCs, but doesn't really talk much about why they drop out. 

 

One big reason - FRUSTRATION.  When a learner gets stuck and can't get individualized meaningful feedback, it creates a failed learning experience. I think we discount how important those personal encounters are in helping learners.

 

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MuuMuuKau's curator insight, April 7, 2013 9:49 PM

Some main points:

 

"Less than 10 percent of MOOC students, on average, complete a course. That’s the conclusion of Katy Jordan of Open University"

 

"But with no negative academic consequences from dropping out, that information is less about the effectiveness of the courses themselves, and more about the reasons people might be enrolling, she said."

Patricia LeClaire's comment, April 8, 2013 12:50 PM
I've enrolled in two MOOC courses - partly because the topics were relevant to my work, but also to experience a MOOC from the "inside" as both a student and an instructional designer. I was particularly interested in opportunities for interaction (student-instructor, student-student, student-content, student-technology) and collaboration.

In one course, focused on a subject area with which I'm very familiar, students formed virtual groups around mutual interests and professional objectives, developed projects which were evaluated according to clear guidelines, and the projects were made available to all enrollees.. This course also had very active student-generated discussions on focused topics. What characterized this MOOC was the flexibility provided to the students for creating multiple ways to interact and collaborate.

The second MOOC focused on topics that were highly technical and mostly how-to with little discussion of why-to. Interaction among students was considerably less, and I was unsuccessful in either forming or joining a group (virtual or F2F local) to expand my understanding of context and implementation issues. While the content was interesting ( I particularly liked the video lectures and animations), I found it a much more isolating experience and did not complete the course.
ManufacturingStories's comment, April 8, 2013 8:33 PM
Pat, thanks for sharing those first hand experiences. Very valuable insights!
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Alone With Thousands of Other People - On Hiring - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Alone With Thousands of Other People - On Hiring - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
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I couldn't agree more " I’m beginning to see the paradox of the MOOC, which is that I’m alone with thousands of other people"

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Stanford U. and edX Will Jointly Build Open-Source Software to Deliver MOOCs - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Stanford U. and edX Will Jointly Build Open-Source Software to Deliver MOOCs - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
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Dave Barr: Models of Sustainability for OER

Dave Barr: Models of Sustainability for OER | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it

All OER have a life cycle: creation, publishing, repeated revision and reuse, senescence, death. Much effort and many resources have been expended on the creation and publishing of OER. The actual value of such resources, however, depends largely on the extent to which repeated revision and reuse can be sustained before the inevitable onset of senescence and death. The issue of sustainability is largely one of resources, and is a topic of considerable interest in the field of open education.


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For Libraries, MOOCs Bring Uncertainty and Opportunity - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

For Libraries, MOOCs Bring Uncertainty and Opportunity - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs and Online Learning | Scoop.it
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