MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape
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What are MOOCs and how are they affecting the changing educational landscape in higher education.
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How the Pioneers of the MOOC Got It Wrong

How the Pioneers of the MOOC Got It Wrong | MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape | Scoop.it
MOOC pioneers were presumptuous to imagine they could not only topple the university—an institution that has successfully withstood revolutions far more devastating than the Web—but also ignore common experience. They erroneously assumed they could open the minds of millions who were unprepared to tackle sophisticated curriculum. MOOCs will never sweep away face-to-face classrooms, nor can they take the place of more intensive and intimate online degree programs. The real contribution of MOOCs is likely to be much more modest, as yet another digital education option.
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MOOC: A Real Deal For The Advanced Learners

MOOC: A Real Deal For The Advanced Learners | MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape | Scoop.it
We are living in a generation where the need of education among the students are higher than ever. Today's students are thinking of competing in this 'global society'. And to do so they have a diverse range of educational need. To impart that much of education educators need to think beyond the traditional educational system and introduce an alternative platform that will quench student's desire.
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Moocs prove that universities can and should embrace online learning

Moocs prove that universities can and should embrace online learning | MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape | Scoop.it
For centuries, universities have taken an active approach in tackling major challenges of the day – from addressing the changing role of women in society to researching the future health of our planet.

They have often been at the centre of progress, driving deep, meaningful change and helping build a better, more just future. 

But universities have also, traditionally, been extremely elitist and available only to a small, select part of the population. Nominally at least, access to university has been based on intellect, but often class and wealth have weighed heavily on access. As a result, their potential for impact and influence has been often cut short and their role as change-drivers constrained.
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Trump University’s Online Materials Are a Lot Better Than Your University’s Online Materials

Trump University’s Online Materials Are a Lot Better Than Your University’s Online Materials | MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape | Scoop.it
The Online Courses for Trump University Were Well-Designed

So here’s what I want to tell you about the online portion of Trump University: It probably puts your university’s online courses to shame. It certainly makes a mockery of what Silicon Valley darlings Coursera and Udacity call courses.

The Online Courses for Trump University Were Well-Designed

So here’s what I want to tell you about the online portion of Trump University: It probably puts your university’s online courses to shame. It certainly makes a mockery of what Silicon Valley darlings Coursera and Udacity call courses.

 

Via Peter Mellow
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Confessions of a MOOC professor: three things I learned and two things I worry about

Confessions of a MOOC professor: three things I learned and two things I worry about | MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape | Scoop.it
Amid all the kerfuffle, and based on having taught several courses for Coursera over the past two years (and more than 250,000 students worldwide), I have learned a few things that cause me to both hope and worry about the future of higher education as we have known it for the last several decades.
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MOOCs in 2015: Breaking Down the Numbers (EdSurge News)

MOOCs in 2015: Breaking Down the Numbers (EdSurge News) | MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape | 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.
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Improving MOOC retention by a multiple of five - University World News

Improving MOOC retention by a multiple of five - University World News | MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape | Scoop.it
The availability of credits for a MOOC – massive open online course – at St George’s University in Grenada in the Caribbean was a prime driver of a more than five-fold rise in student retention, from 11% completion in 2013 to 58% the following year, the International Council for Open and Distance Education conference heard this week.
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U Michigan Scales up MOOC Missions -- Campus Technology

U Michigan Scales up MOOC Missions -- Campus Technology | MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape | Scoop.it
Under the edX agreement, U Michigan will launch "MichiganX," and promises to deliver "at least" 20 courses on the platform over the next two years. Three of the early ones will cover finance, learning analytics and data science ethics. The institution is also anteing up on Coursera at the same time, asserting that it will grow from 20 MOOCs on that platform to "more than 50" by December.
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Coursera Survey Pins Down MOOC Benefits -- Campus Technology

Coursera Survey Pins Down MOOC Benefits -- Campus Technology | MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape | Scoop.it
More than seven in 10 learners report career benefits and more than six in 10 report educational benefits from completing massive open online courses (MOOCs). Participants from developing countries and particularly those with lower socioeconomic status and less education appear to be more likely to report benefits from pursuing MOOCs.
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Meet GROOC: McGill's new online course has a group-learning twist

Meet GROOC: McGill's new online course has a group-learning twist | MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape | Scoop.it
First came the MOOCs, referring to massive open online courses that offer free access to higher-education learning through the Internet. Now comes the GROOC: a group-based version of MOOCs developed and delivered by professors at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, including internationally recognized management guru Henry Mintzberg.
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Far from bust: five ways MOOCs are helping people get on in life - World leading higher education information and services

Far from bust: five ways MOOCs are helping people get on in life - World leading higher education information and services | MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape | Scoop.it
It appears that MOOCs have followed the well-worn footsteps of earlier innovations in what analyst firm Gartner has called the “hype cycle”: they have moved from the “peak of inflated expectations” to the “trough of disillusionment”.

But we think that MOOCs will soon emerge blinking into the daylight of Gartner’s “plateau of productivity” – older and less exciting, but perhaps a little wiser and more sustainable. We’ve picked out five key aspects of how people are really using MOOCs now that the early “boom and bust” phases of their life cycle have passed.
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Survey uncovers why many students are skeptical of MOOCs | EAB Daily Briefing

A new survey at one college provides important insights about how all students—not just early adopters—perceive MOOCs, Meris Stansbury reports for eCampus News.
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The corridor of uncertainty: Goodbye MOOC, hello microcredentials

The corridor of uncertainty: Goodbye MOOC, hello microcredentials | MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape | Scoop.it
Slowly the term MOOC is fading and being replaced by terms like microcredentials and nanodegrees with students being able to study a series of short online courses that lead to verified certificates or badges whose real value on the job market is yet to be established. They aren't degrees or credits but they may be the next best thing and many hope they may create a new niche.
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Monetization Over Massiveness: Breaking Down MOOCs by the Numbers in 2016 (EdSurge News)

Monetization Over Massiveness: Breaking Down MOOCs by the Numbers in 2016 (EdSurge News) | MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape | Scoop.it
The modern massive open online course movement, which began when the first “MOOCs” were offered by Stanford professors in late 2011, is now half a decade old. In that time, MOOC providers have raised over $400 million and now employ more than a thousand staff.
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Harvard and MIT teamed up for this open-source online education platform | Cult of Mac

Harvard and MIT teamed up for this open-source online education platform | Cult of Mac | MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape | Scoop.it
It’s often said that the internet makes it possible for anyone to get educated on any subject. But just as in offline modes of education, the many models o
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New Engineering MOOC Uses Adaptive Tech to Improve Outcomes -- Campus Technology

New Engineering MOOC Uses Adaptive Tech to Improve Outcomes -- Campus Technology | MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape | Scoop.it
The University of New South Wales Australia is launching an engineering MOOC that will use adaptive learning technology to personalize course materials for students and boost completion rates for those new to the field. The course, Through Engineers' Eyes: Engineering Mechanics by Experiment, Analysis and Design, features adaptive tutorials built on the Smart Sparrow platform.
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Udemy Thinks It's Cracked the Future of Online Education

Udemy Thinks It's Cracked the Future of Online Education | MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape | Scoop.it
On Feb. 12, Udemy will announce that more than 10 million students have taken one of its courses. In the U.S., there were about 13 million students working toward a four-year degree during fall 2015 semester, according to the Department of Education. It is another example of the rising popularity of online education as college costs have boomed in the United States. Americans hold $1.2 trillion in student loan debt, second only to mortgages in terms of consumer obligations. Entering the workforce deep in the red could be a handicap that follows graduates the rest of their careers, economists say.
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Can MOOCs be a successful alternative for community colleges? - eCampus News

Can MOOCs be a successful alternative for community colleges? - eCampus News | MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape | Scoop.it

The MOOC hype hasn't exactly died down just yet. Read why this author thinks the MOOC model could be especially useful for community colleges.

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Online Classes Appeal More to the Affluent

Online Classes Appeal More to the Affluent | MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape | Scoop.it
Free online educational courses may not be democratizing education as much as proponents believe, a new study reports.
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MIT Intros MOOC 'Micro-Master's' -- Campus Technology

MIT Intros MOOC 'Micro-Master's' -- Campus Technology | MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape | Scoop.it
There's the master's degree. And then there's the "micro-master's." That's what MIT is calling its new "modular credential," which will have no admissions requirements. Earning it can shave a full semester off of a regular master's. The topic is supply chain management (SCM), a full-time degree program that's normally earned over 10 months on campus and costs $65,446 plus assorted fees and living expenses. Now students can take MOOCs for the first half, and then come on campus for the second half.
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Far From Bust: Five Ways MOOCs Are Helping People Get on in Life

Far From Bust: Five Ways MOOCs Are Helping People Get on in Life | MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape | Scoop.it
It appears that MOOCs have followed the well-worn footsteps of earlier innovations in what analyst firm Gartner has called the "hype cycle": they have moved from the "peak of inflated expectations" to the "trough of disillusionment".

But we think that MOOCs will soon emerge blinking into the daylight of Gartner's "plateau of productivity" - older and less exciting, but perhaps a little wiser and more sustainable. We've picked out five key aspects of how people are really using MOOCs now that the early "boom and bust" phases of their life cycle have passed.
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Research: Learning Is No Spectator Sport -- Campus Technology

Research: Learning Is No Spectator Sport -- Campus Technology | MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape | Scoop.it
MOOCs that rely primarily on people watching lectures may be missing an opportunity to help their students learn even more by adding interactive activities. Recent research into massive open online courses suggests that students do six times better in the course by "extra doing." On top of that, they're more likely to persist in the course.
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Researchers: 'Endemic' cheating strategy undermines MOOC certificates | EAB Daily Briefing

A new cheating strategy poses a "serious threat to the trustworthiness of MOOC certification," according to researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

They determined that 1% of all awarded certificates were earned via the "CAMEO strategy," in which a student creates two accounts in a MOOC, uses one to fail assignments in order to learn the correct answers, then uses those answers to complete the assignment in his or her main account

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Of MOOCs and Mutants

Of MOOCs and Mutants | MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape | Scoop.it
Even if MOOCs aren’t generally generating direct revenue for schools, they are perhaps the best possible investment a school can make in showing that they are cognizant of the new higher ed reality.

Via Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.
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The Pedagogy Behind MOOCs: What eLearning Professionals Should Know - eLearning Industry

The Pedagogy Behind MOOCs: What eLearning Professionals Should Know - eLearning Industry | MOOCs and the Changing Educational Landscape | Scoop.it
What are the peculiarities of designing an online course that addresses to such a big audience? What does it mean in terms of instructional design? And is there an ideal pedagogy behind MOOCs? In this article, I’ll explain the peculiarities of an instructional design for “massive” learning, the different pedagogical approaches behind xMOOCs and cMOOCs, and I’ll show you how to motivate your learners in order to maximize the effectiveness of your MOOC courses and minimize dropout rates.
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