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High School to Offer College Courses Online

High School to Offer College Courses Online | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
For some juniors and seniors at Union High School, their choice of electives will soon be seemingly endless.
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Some juniors and seniors at Union High School, can take MOOCs as their electives. Students must go through an interview process with their guidance counselor and other officials to justify why they want to take MOOCs. Once approved for the program, students will be responsible for finding enough of them to fill an 18-week semester.. 

At the end of each course, students must give some sort of presentation to prove their understanding of the course.

“It could be a video or a book report or some other kind of presentation,”

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Duke MOOCs Year in Review - Center for Instructional Technology

Duke MOOCs Year in Review - Center for Instructional Technology | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
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In 2013, Duke offered 16 MOOCs to students from all over the world which amassed over 850,000 enrollments.  Here are the numbers:

876,354 total enrollments594,994 students visited the course website at least once443,256 enrolled students watched at least one video108,474 students attempted the first assessment activity in their course29,551 students completed their courseWith 9 Duke MOOCs beginning in January, 2014 and many more to follow, we anticipate reaching even more learners in 2014.  From a research standpoint, our next project is to aggregate some of the data we have on how students are using MOOCs to gain a better understanding of what is working and where we can make the experience more valuable for both students and professors.https://www.coursera.org/duke
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MOOCs & Libraries

MOOCs & Libraries | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
Massive Online Open Courses or MOOCs are very popular right now and could have a dramatic impact on the education landscape.  A MOOC attempts to deliver learning content online to anyone who is abl...
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Libraries are at the basis of what a potential MOOC student’s need which is internet access. 

The library can become the new millennium lecture hall for millions. 

In an academic setting Librarians can continue their role as liaisons to faculty in finding the best free open access materials for instruction.

As MOOCs evolve, Libraries also have the opportunity to design their own MOOC style content which could be tailor made for certain populations.  Resources such as video and screenshot tutorials on using the library’s catalog is one example of how libraries are experimenting with this relatively new method of teaching and learning.

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Code Watch: MOOCs' final grade: Inconclusive - SD Times: Software Development News

Code Watch: MOOCs' final grade: Inconclusive - SD Times: Software Development News | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
Larry O’Brien’s back-to-school (sorta) appraisal of MOOCs, their benefits and their drawbacks
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Good review on "Principles of Reactive Programming" , taught by Martin Odersky, Erik Meijer and Roland Kuhn on coursera
"This programming course provides a learning experience substantially deeper than what can be had at conferences and, for the third time, the lecturer quality is untouchable."

But assignments took longer than predicted:

"The consensus in the discussion forums is that the assignments of the course are not as well worked out as the lectures. Rather than the "five to seven hours per week" predicted in the course description, my friends and I (all of whom have professional Scala experience) have been taking eight to 10 hours ). "

https://www.coursera.org/course/reactive


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OpenLearning eyes corporate training

OpenLearning eyes corporate training | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
OpenLearning, the e-learning provider which produced Australia’s first massive open online course (MOOC) a year ago, has enhanced its platform to aim at the corporate training and education provider market.
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Good article on how corporations are becoming competitive players in the higher education market: "OpenLearning has enhanced its platform to aim at the corporate training market. Its cloud-based e-learning platform integrates social media techniques (chat, comments, and blogs) to help students share material and learn from each other, and also makes it easy for non-specialists to create a course. Furthermore it can handle billing, which allows a company to internally charge its business areas for training or allows an educational institution to charge students for a course. The viral aspect of this business model is that any course that is made with the platform must be made available to the general public for free. If, however, a company wishes to use the platform to make a course for which they want to charge money or if they wish to restrict participation, e.g. for internal company trainings, they can still use the platform but for an appropriate fee. In this way, OpenLearning allows corporations to build business models on top of their platform in order to serve two growing education markets. 'You could use this to set up an entire school,' Mr Brimo said."

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The Spectrum of Opinion About MOOCs

The Spectrum of Opinion About MOOCs | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
It's been interesting to see the incredibly wide variety of opinions about the hot topic of MOOCs the past two years.  As part of a presentation last week at a faculty development conference, I com...
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Collection of articles on MOOCs' pros and cons grouped into following :

Extremely Pro, Positive

Pro but Dire

MOOCs Have Indirect Positives

MOOCs are exposing problems in higher education

Houston, We Have a Problem

MOOCs are a Step Backward

Sardonic, Humorous

Negative, Critical, MOOCs are Bad 

 

 

 

 

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MOOC will teach English

MOOC will teach English | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
The UK-based FutureLearn will partner with the British Council, which already provides English language education, to pioneer MOOCs that teach English language.
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The UK-based FutureLearn will ­partner with the British Council, which already provides English language education, to pioneer MOOCs that teach the English language. The two organisations said the MOOCs would also “provide a route for learners to take International English Language ­Testing System (IELTS) assessments at British Council testing centres”. The courses are planned to launch in 2014

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allAfrica.com: Africa: Survey Suggests Moocs Are Failing to Educate the Poor

allAfrica.com: Africa: Survey Suggests Moocs Are Failing to Educate the Poor | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
allAfrica: African news and information for a global audience
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Not a surprise, economics and education are pretty much correlated. But why did "MOOCs fail to educate"? Did "poor" have acces to MOOCs and refuse to obtain free knowledge? Why  is it MOOCs' failure , and not the failure of the government of the developing countries to support and propagate the new FREE source of education that could eventually help its citizens and country to fight poverty?

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Get More Learning Options As 13 New Institutions Join Coursera

Get More Learning Options As 13 New Institutions Join Coursera | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
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13 new institutions have signed up to bring the number of international institutions using its platform to deliver online courses to 107. Coursera also reached the milestone of 5 million students enrolled and now offers them more than 500 courses to choose from. 

The new institutes are: Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Eindhoven University of Technology, Koç University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), IESE Business School, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), National Geographic Society, National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Saint Petersburg State University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Università Bocconi, University of Lausanne, and University of Manchester.

More significantly for students, they cover China, Denmark, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United States. 

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Once I take a course from Coursera, it was about Digital Signal Processing and it was very interesting and I learn a lot.
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University of Melbourne VC pleased as MOOC enrolments reach 300,000

University of Melbourne VC pleased as MOOC enrolments reach 300,000 | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
University of Melbourne vice-chancellor Glyn Davis has declared his university’s “experiment” with free online learning to be a success after enrolling 300,000 students into the seven courses it has offered so far.
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EXPERIMENT FOR SUCCESS:

Offering free courses makes the university to look at how it provided learning for on-campus students. 

Professor Davis believes that on-campus students want to see online material used to enrich their learning, for example, with a course website offering links to other sources, including courses in the subject from other universities.

He said the growth in online learning was forcing universities to consider whether “you still build lecture theatres, what does the academic workforce look like, how do you support courses [and] what is the minimum material you must supply online?”

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Half an Hour: MOOCs will ultimately play a transformational role

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Well said: "Over time the importance of credentials and certificates will decline. What MOOCs offer is a place and a mechanism whereby individual students can participate in activities and events related to a discipline, work through challenges posed by the course with other members of the community in an online environment accessible worldwide (much like the way open source software works today). These activities leave digital traces, and future employers will not look so much at credentials as they will depend on intelligent software which harvests these traces and constructs a digital profile of prospective employees. The democratization of learning will lead to large and small online courses provided by a range or providers - from major universities to governments to oil companies - but it will be STUDENTS themselves who decide whether to participate, and whether these courses are worth their time."

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openPR.com - Press release - bmp media investors AG - bmp media investors AG: portfolio company 'iversity' doubles student numbers to 200,000 following launch

German MOOC platform iversity is gaining weight in the MOOC world:

Berlin, 6 November 2013 - The European MOOC platform iversity.org was launched on 15 October 2013 with more than 100,000 students. Just three weeks after the launch, the number of students at iversity.org has doubled to more than 200,000.

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German MOOC platform iversity is gaining weight in the MOOC world:

Berlin, 6 November 2013 - The European MOOC platform iversity.org was launched on 15 October 2013 with more than 100,000 students. Just three weeks after the launch, the number of students at iversity.org has doubled to more than 200,000.

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Before Promoting MOOCs to 2-Year Colleges, Ease Transfer Process - Letters to the Editor - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Before Promoting MOOCs to 2-Year Colleges, Ease Transfer Process - Letters to the Editor - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
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Two-year to four-year credit transferring is difficult for institutions and students without new confusion of MOOCs. MOOCs are on the path to widescale acceptance and legitimacy, but before promoting them to two-year institutions whose students hope to continue their education, the ability to transfer MOOC credit to four-year institutions should be obtained.

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Museums, MOOCs and MoMA: the future of digital education realised?

Museums, MOOCs and MoMA: the future of digital education realised? | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
Deborah Howes from the Digital Learning team at New York’s Museum of Modern Art recently visited the University to share her insights on digital education, eLearning and MOOCs.
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17,000 students were enrolled in  MoMA MOOC
As more and more people access educational resources online,  they are demanding greater access to offerings that go beyond what has been traditionally offered by ‘bricks-and-mortar’ institutions. 

It’s difficult and confusing for students to find the rich content resources they seek in traditional, atomised collection databases

By creating online course opportunities via MOOCs or otherwise, we are at least able to communicate packages of information to an important audience which is actively seeking original and diverse content experiences
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College and the American dream

College and the American dream | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it

Looking over the year that was, the increased coverage of higher education is rather amazing.

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Why do we all care so much? (With 33 percent of Americans possessing a college degree, higher ed is still a relatively narrow world.)  Because  college degree  represents economic and social mobility.  But event with the college degree  college cannot fix the skills gap, which is really a gap between what employers are willing to pay for skills and the amount of student loan debt we take on to acquire those skills.

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Exploring the MOOC Universe Infographic

Exploring the MOOC Universe Infographic | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
The Exploring the MOOC Universe Infographic offers a good snapshot of the MOOC landscape.
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Who is funding MOOCs:

--Non-profit world: Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation, National Science Society, and ohers

--Universities: MIT, Harvard, Stanford, and others

--Venture Capital: Andreessen Horowitz,  New Enterprise Associates, and many others

--Companies: google, Pearson

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OpEdNews Article: Article: What Should My Child Learn While Growing Up in A World of Disruptive Technology?

OpEdNews Article: Article: What Should My Child Learn While Growing Up in A World of Disruptive Technology? | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
The article offers three free online education resources for parents and children.
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In the age of constant technological change, knowing the general principles of robotics systems, innovative technologies and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) will become a fundamental part of every student's educational experience.  Here are three free online resources that can help students acquire these basic principles and skills on their own time:

--Learn to Code: starting with http://www.codecademy.com/

--Take a MOOC : https://www.khanacademy.org/

--Read the Newspaper

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Reporting Back from MOOC-Landia

Reporting Back from MOOC-Landia | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
While all these help supplementally with direct interactions, most of the format still is non-synchronous. I record lectures (short ones, 4-6 per week constituting a unit), they watch and listen. More interactivity would be beneficial all around.
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Dr. Bruce W Jentleson writes about  "21st Century American Foreign Policy" course he is teaching on coursera. One remarkable thing about MOOCs is that some discussion threads have information and "churned ideas from the students that I'd put up against many of the expert blogs and sites."  https://www.coursera.org/course/afp21stcentury
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Udacity's U Turn (EdSurge News)

Udacity's U Turn (EdSurge News) | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
About two years ago, Sebastian Thrun was a professor at Stanford University teaching computer science to more than 100,000 people around the globe.
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Udacity is teaming up with companies to deliver courses around the skills that employers say they need launching Data Science and Big Data Track developed in cooperation with Cloudera.

In the same time, Udacity is starting charging monthly fees ($105?)

for additional benefits such as coaching and a Udacity certificate. There still will be free paths though for all courses including the Big Data program for self-learners.

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Thousands of People Sign Up for Online Classes They Never End Up Taking

Thousands of People Sign Up for Online Classes They Never End Up Taking | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
How, then, should professors calculate a course's pass rate?
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Prof. Owen R. Youngman is disappointed by the low completing rate of his Understanding Media by Understanding Google coursera course: 55,000 signed up but only 1,196 earned the certificate...

Sadly enough, the article is all about statistics, not clear if the Professor liked teaching MOOC or if he is going to do it again adjusting or learning from the experience.

 

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Coursera lands $20 million in new funding, despite online education and MOOC business stumbles - Silicon Valley Business Journal

Coursera lands $20 million in new funding, despite online education and MOOC business stumbles - Silicon Valley Business Journal | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
Coursera lands $20 million in new funding, despite online education and MOOC business stumbles
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Coursera announced an additional $20 million in funding, bringing its total Series B haul to $63 million. The funding came from universities that use Coursera technology as well as GSV Ventures and Learn Capital. Although the question on generating solid revenue remains open, coursera's premium services like the Signature Track has generated more than $1 million in revenue from 25,000 customers. Some companies such as Yahoo started using coursera's services as part of corporate training. Coursera among others  partnered with LinkedIn to allow users to display online courses they have completed on their LinkedIn profile.

 Coursera also remains focused on growing its business with universities. “Coursera is in a state where it is easy for us to work with universities to run pilots and get academic credit to some students,” Ng said. “We’re in discussions with a few large organizations to do these things at scale — to try to offer academic credit to tens or hundreds of thousands of students.”

On and on, thank you,  Coursera, for "helping people earn their livelihood" .

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Open Educational Resource university is launched - University World News

Open Educational Resource university is launched - University World News | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
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Coordinated by the New Zealand-based not-for-profit network Open Education Resource Foundation and launched by open learning guru Sir John Daniel, OERu will provide more affordable ways for students to gain academic credits towards qualifications from recognised institutions. Academic credit will be available at the OERu partner who contributed the original course plus any credit transfer options listed on the course pages.

In addition, a number of OERu partners offer ‘certificates of achievement’ (or equivalent) for assessed learning. This option will suit you if you would like your learning to be formally assessed, but are not necessarily interested in gaining formal academic credit.

http://www.oeruniversity.org/courses/

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From MOOC to Kickstarter: The Belle-V Ice Cream Scoop Started Out as a Classroom Example and Ended Up a Real Product

From MOOC to Kickstarter: The Belle-V Ice Cream Scoop Started Out as a Classroom Example and Ended Up a Real Product | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it

Karl Ulrich, Vice Dean of Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School who has been teaching product design courses for 25 years, has a massively open online course (MOOC) to thank for his newest design:Belle-V, the newest addition to the long line of ice cream scoop evolutions. Designed in collaboration with Lunar, Ulrich has developed a scoop that's righty/lefty friendly—and easy on the eyes. So far it raised $138,134  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/belle-v/belle-v-ice-cream-scoop

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Karl Ulrich, Vice Dean of Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School who has been teaching product design courses for 25 years, has a massively open online course (MOOC) to thank for his newest design:Belle-V, the newest addition to the long line of ice cream scoop evolutions. Designed in collaboration with Lunar, Ulrich has developed a scoop that's righty/lefty friendly—and easy on the eyes. So far it raised $138,134   http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/belle-v/belle-v-ice-cream-scoop

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Terry Elliott's curator insight, November 10, 2013 8:35 PM

MOOC as startup incubator.

Joseph McCaleb's curator insight, November 11, 2013 10:47 AM

Also note the quality and simplicity of the video! And the effectiveness--they were wanting $5K and have 70X that!

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Some profs concerned with Coursera's move into China

Some profs concerned with Coursera's move into China | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
After Coursera partnered with a Chinese internet company in October, Penn professors are concerned with potential censorship of their courses.
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China's limitation of academic freedom  is a concern for some  US universities to enter Coursera Zone in China.

“I’m a bit troubled by the notion that we’d be dealing with our core mission, academic freedom, in an ad-hoc manner,” Conn, a former deputy and interim provost of Penn, said. “We need to codify in as much detail as possible what our core principles are and demand that those principles be respected. If they’re not, we need to be prepared to walk away.”

Where Prof. Werbach said that  “If I were Coursera, I’d much rather make the vast majority of course material more accessible in China, rather than refuse on principle to make it available unless the Chinese government agrees not to do what it’s almost certain to do.”

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Movie stars as teachers? Plus other celebrity and tech news | SiliconBeat

Movie stars as teachers? Plus other celebrity and tech news | SiliconBeat | MOOCs News: Coursera, Udacity, edX, MIT, Stanford and more | Scoop.it
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 Wow, what an idea, use celebrities to attract broader audience to MOOCs?  Although Matt Damon once played a genius in "Good Will Hunting",  how much does he, not Will,  the character, actually know about the subject he is going to "teach?"  Don't think turning MOOCs into show business is a good or noble idea...

 

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Julie F's curator insight, November 29, 2013 3:16 AM

Will Hunting will teach you...