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'More' Not 'Or': Fear And Loathing The World Of MOOCs

'More' Not 'Or': Fear And Loathing The World Of MOOCs | MOOCs | Scoop.it
I recently completed teaching the second session of my Foundations of Business Strategy massively open online course (MOOC) through the Coursera platform and I continue to be amazed by the reach and impact of MOOCs.
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Totally agree with the author ... we must stop fearing newer interventions and start looking at the value add they bring in

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) promise to revolutionize education. What are the opportunities—and risks?

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) promise to revolutionize education. What are the opportunities—and risks? | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Advoctes of MOOCs claim they have the potential to transform higher education by expanding academic access.But it remains to be seen whether this promise can be realized. We asked the WSJ Experts to weigh in.
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Coursmos Is A Bite-Sized E-learning Platform For The Twitter Generation | TechCrunch

Coursmos Is A Bite-Sized E-learning Platform For The Twitter Generation | TechCrunch | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Russian startup Coursmos reckons it's spotted a soundbite-sized gap in the e-learning delivery space.
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Bite-sized is good for the corporate, but will it work in education?

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Online courses are second choice for community college students in some subject areas | Inside Higher Ed

Online courses are second choice for community college students in some subject areas | Inside Higher Ed | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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Google teams up with Harvard and MIT to help boost free online courses

Google teams up with Harvard and MIT to help boost free online courses | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Google said today that it will develop software for edX, a nonprofit created by Harvard and MIT that solicits and distributes online courses for free. Open edX, as the effort is called, is a...
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As far as technology/platform is concerned, these companies (edX, Coursera, Udacity) are becoming stronger by the day!

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How MOOCs Will Revolutionize Corporate Learning And Development

How MOOCs Will Revolutionize Corporate Learning And Development | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Before Intel giant McAfee revamped its new-hire orientation, it was over 80 hours long and consisted of roughly 40 hours of pre-work, 5 days of on-site training, and a “robust” syllabus of post-work, meant to be completed at home.
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Excellent article on how MOOCs can be used in the corporate world.

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How can we get more serious about MOOCs?

MOOCs currently are able to retain only a small percentage of their students through to completion. Is this mostly because the courses are free, and therefore students are not serious enough? And w...
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The emergence of x and c MOOCs and pedagogy

The emergence of x and c MOOCs and pedagogy | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Ray in this post on MOOCs are maturing says: What will this adolescent, MOOC, become when it grows up?  Some key traits are apparent even at this early point in the development of this movement.  M...

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Ralph Springett's curator insight, August 12, 2013 5:19 PM

And in the empty quadrant sit the eBook courses. Companies are trying to make a profit by selling the textbook/course but the education delivery is driven by the learner.

Why does everyone ignore the preference for learners to have the course material and structure on their device?

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While xMOOCs and cMOOCs today sit at the two extremes, a blend of the x and c appears to be a more sustainable framework.
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Opening learning

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MOOCS, massive open online courses, may change the university and college system for ever. High drop-out rates aren't a cause for concern says Anant Agarwal, who...
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If the higher ed, in the near future, does away with credits and degree programs, then will we be earning and wearing badges instead?

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The Quick and the Ed » The Battle to Come Over the Future of Online Higher Education

The Quick and the Ed » The Battle to Come Over the Future of Online Higher Education | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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What then would be the future model? Would the ones that provide online education for a fee start offering it for free or would it be the other way round?

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An online college revolution is coming

A new approach could change higher education for the better.
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The MOOC Quality Project - The 12 Weeks Schedule

The MOOC Quality Project - The 12 Weeks Schedule | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Schedule of Expert Contributions On May 8th we  launched a series of blog posts on this site from world renowned experts on MOOCs, all expressing their personal opinion about the topic of Quality o...

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Barry Dahl's curator insight, June 21, 2013 6:33 AM

On May 8th we  launched a series of blog posts on this site from world renowned experts on MOOCs, all expressing their personal opinion about the topic of Quality of MOOCs.


The project follows simple rules: 12 weeks with each week featuring one new contribution, each contribution has to keep below 1500 words, each Wednesday noon there will be a new post and YOU all will have an opportunity to comment and discuss… - See more at: http://mooc.efquel.org/schedule-and-themes/#sthash.eElqCDNS.dpuf

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A New Use for MOOCs: Real-World Problem Solving

A New Use for MOOCs: Real-World Problem Solving | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Connecting companies with classrooms yields benefits for both.
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Good example of how MOOCs should be delivered

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ILT - October 2013 issue

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ILT - October 2013 issue
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My article on MOOCs in the Learning Technologies Magazine.

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Coursera's Online Insight: Short Classes Are Education's Future

Coursera's Online Insight: Short Classes Are Education's Future | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Coursera's co-founder, Andrew Ng, argues that most college-level classes don't need to run 12 weeks. In many cases, shorter is better.
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Short classes and bite-sized learning is good, especially for particpants who cannot commit for longer durations...but do they ensure retension? and are participants able to connect learning from these short classes to other related topics (that they may have learned in a full course)?

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MOOCs as an Experiment

From among the providers of MOOCs, edX is more actively focused on treating MOOCs as an experiment—to better the quality of education. And, as a step forward in their endeavor, they recently announ...
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Online Classes Move Closer to Degree Programs

Online Classes Move Closer to Degree Programs | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Coursera and edX, the two largest providers of massive open online courses, are inching closer to offering degree programs, although the courses so far carry no academic credit.
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Is this an inevitable move? In the right direction?

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The Current MOOC Trends Worth Knowing About - Edudemic

The Current MOOC Trends Worth Knowing About - Edudemic | MOOCs | Scoop.it
In an effort to stay on top of one of the buzzwords, we're showcasing a recent study that asked schools about the current MOOC trends and more.

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Ralph Springett's curator insight, September 3, 2013 5:42 PM

The important stat here is that most schools believe MOOCs will not replace traditional education. What this does not unpack is whether paid, accredited online courses are included in Traditional education.

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A MOOC Star Defects, at Least For Now

A MOOC Star Defects, at Least For Now | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Mitchell Duneier's sociology course for 40,000 made "The New York Times." But, fearing that legislators will use MOOCs like it to gut public colleges, he put it on hold.
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What's the Difference Between OCWs and MOOCs? Managing Expectations.

What's the Difference Between OCWs and MOOCs? Managing Expectations. | MOOCs | Scoop.it
What's the difference between OCWs and MOOCs? At the end of the day, it may be nothing more than managing expectations. Let's take Physics for example. Here's the MIT OCW Physics course from 1999. ...

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Ralph Springett's curator insight, August 22, 2013 4:38 AM

Is the next step to produce downloadable learning narratives which support the learner to understanding? If the tutor cannot be avaliable then perhaps the course can be written with personality, the tutor imbedded, so to speak. Then the course could be provided in its entirity to the learner, a learning story, which can be engaged with when the learner desires. There need be no timeframes other than the learners'. When they feel they are ready they can test themselves, and even apply to be assessed (at a cost).

Can someone point out what is wrong with this model for distance delivery?

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Digital badges and VTC – the key to a more qualified workforce?

Digital badges and VTC – the key to a more qualified workforce? | MOOCs | Scoop.it
A look at the rise of digital badges in the education market, and how digital badges and VTC solutions can create a more qualified and skilled workforce.

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Digital badges hold promise for recognition of all learning achievements outside of the class, and not just MOOCs.  However, I agree with Ralph in that not much thought has been given to assements in the case of MOOCs. And therefore, some colleges and universitites are creating their own assessments to give credit to participation in MOOCs.

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Ralph Springett's curator insight, August 12, 2013 4:25 AM

We are told that someone completing a MOOC can get their digital badge and use it as evidence of new skills. But how good are MOOCs at assessing skills and knowledge? Has anyone completed a MOOC with rigourous assessment? How did it work out?

John Clayton's curator insight, August 12, 2013 3:10 PM

this is an area of specific interest

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MOOCs - Challenges on the Road Ahead - LurnQ Blog

MOOCs - Challenges on the Road Ahead - LurnQ Blog | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Enrolment in higher education, at less than 18% of the 120 million potential students, is well below the world average of 26%. Education will need to adapt to meet the needs of a changing society.
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A country like India would surely benefit with MOOCs, but do we need a domestic version? Perhaps, yes!

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UMUC establishes way for students to earn credit through “Massive Open Online Courses”

ANNAPOLIS, Md.— The University of Maryland University College announced Wednesday it will be the first in the state’s university system to create a path for students to earn academic credit for learning through “massive open online courses.”...
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This is an interesting way to integrate MOOCs into the curriculum.

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Ralph Springett's curator insight, August 7, 2013 3:10 AM

And so it begins. The nest step it to provide course on the learner's terms.

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A MOOC Delusion: Why Visions to Educate the World Are Absurd - WorldWise - The Chronicle of Higher Education

A MOOC Delusion: Why Visions to Educate the World Are Absurd - WorldWise - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs | Scoop.it

As The Chronicle recently reported, perhaps the most prominent motivation among professors at prestigious universities for teaching massively open online courses, or MOOCs, is “altruism—a desire to increase access to higher education worldwide.”


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Ralph Springett's curator insight, July 17, 2013 1:15 AM

Education is a personal mission. But there are touchstones: having a trusted source, being guided through material, being able to go at your own pace (or backtrack), having people you can ask questions of.

If we are going to teach the masses then fully online is disfunctional. A net-connected downloaded study guide is the way to go. Except that means giving away something (the download). Is Education Inc. ready for learning on the learner's terms?

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Real Life: MOOCs Filling Private-sector Skills Gaps by Jennifer Neibert : Learning Solutions Magazine

Real Life: MOOCs Filling Private-sector Skills Gaps by Jennifer  Neibert : Learning Solutions Magazine | MOOCs | Scoop.it
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Good example of application of MOOCs

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