Net’s software is called ‘Spin‘ which essentially turns passive video watching into interactive group learning. It’s like project-based learning but with the entire planet instead of just your classroom.
Right now, Spin lets you remix and interact with content from Harvard, Stanford, TED, and the National Geographic Channel.
“Teachers felt web-based learning wasn’t giving them the full experience,” Tara Lemmey, Net Power & Light’s co-founder and chief executive officer, said in an interview. “Education shouldn’t live by itself. It’s a world of together.”
Will be registering for an edX course soon to compare against Coursera. What a great opportunity to be able to learn from experts in the field, while also being an early part of the development process of the end-user experience. I encourage more people to help evaluate MOOCs - what works, what doesn't - let's make them rock.
MOOCs are a flavor of Online Learning, as are blended classrooms, structured online courses, and a myriad of approaches.
One of my biggest questions and concerns is how can we ignore the MOOC hype and concentrate on the quality of learning and the prepartion of learners to maximize all the learning opportunities available. Required competencies, sequenced subject introductions/mastery are currently lacking in MOOCs leaving enrollees unprepared, frustrated, and falling short in learning. If all courses are managed through self-selection registration, how can this be avoided?
Coursera has some serious flaws that need to be addressed. I worry that they are expanding much too rapidly to provide rigorous review, evaluation, and enhance existing courses. How can they possibly be adding 17 new partners without studying the current course delivery methods? Don't become so Massive (Mooc-like) without this crtical evaluation and assessment phase. Do they publish their evaluation criteria anywhere?
Important for alternative platforms to be developed, compared, and evaluted. By Standford supporting more than one platform they are in a good place to determine what is effective from both learner and content specialist/administrative support perspectives.
The start-up company is capitalizing on a lemming-like rush among elite colleges, but all it offers is the massification of education.
Dawne Tortorella's insight:
Totally agree with this statement:
The MOOC model is fine for the informal student or academic dabbler, but it is not the same as attaining an education. Whether face to face or online, learning occurs when there is a thoughtful interaction between the student and the instructor.
This post is part of the MOOC MOOC course of work. It outlines my journey (now lasting over a year) towards adopting elements of a MOOC in the Inclusive Technologies for Reading (#ITR12) course pilot starting this September.
Note on the title: I was pretty miffed when I started writing this post. And the title was the first thing that came to my mind. But as I was writing, much of the initial anger dissipated but I still like the title.
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