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Will MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) Revolutionize Higher Education?

Will MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) Revolutionize Higher Education? | MOOCs - magic, mystery or mockery? | Scoop.it

"MOOC may be a silly-sounding acronym, but this new breed of online classes is shaking up the higher education world in ways that could be good for cash-strapped students and terrible for cash-strapped colleges ... MOOCs, short for massive open online courses, are a different animal. They can be taken by hundreds of thousands of students at the same time. And perhaps the most striking thing about MOOCs, many of which are being taught by professors at prestigious universities, is that they’re free" (see article link)
 

The intention is for this to be a balanced curation of current debates around MOOCs but I need to put my cards on the table - I love the whole MOOC adventure!!! I am enrolled in several courses (from Coursera and Venture Lab) and loving every moment of it!  It is not perfect! I personally don't think it is the answer to the world's access to education problem as claimed (most that I am studying with are already highly qualified in their field and lifelong learners), I am also not sure about the validity or transferability of any research findings to any other teaching environment bar MOOCs but what I do know for sure - it is fun!!! I have met many brilliant people from all over the world to share the experience with, an experience that is MUCH more valuable than just the concepts taught - so purists beware!!!  What a shame it would be if people downplay the potential value of MOOCs just because they choose to see the 'parts' rather than the 'whole'!!!

 

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What Will Happen to MOOCs Now that Udacity Is Leaving Higher Ed?

Sebastian Thrun threw a wrench in the MOOC model by declaring that massive open online courses don't work for higher education. What's next for the online learning trend?
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MOOC Strategic Considerations Infographic

MOOC Strategic Considerations Infographic | MOOCs - magic, mystery or mockery? | Scoop.it
The MOOC Strategic Considerations Infographic presents the strategic questions MOOCs raise for college and university leaders in 2014 and beyond. 4 MOOC

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Look back in anger? A review of online learning in 2013

Look back in anger? A review of online learning in 2013 | MOOCs - magic, mystery or mockery? | Scoop.it
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A Comprehensive List of MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) Providers

A Comprehensive List of MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) Providers | MOOCs - magic, mystery or mockery? | Scoop.it
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Beyond the Hype, Schools Chart a MOOC-Tinted Future

Beyond the Hype, Schools Chart a MOOC-Tinted Future | MOOCs - magic, mystery or mockery? | Scoop.it
In a joint report, the Big Ten universities analyze the potential of MOOC platforms to improve instruction across members schools and extend the reach of a powerful brand.
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SMOCs Meet SPOCs in a "Post MOOC" Era

SMOCs Meet SPOCs in a "Post MOOC" Era | MOOCs - magic, mystery or mockery? | Scoop.it
LEARN TO EDUSPEAK: Is it R2T, RTT or RTTT?
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University 2060 – Brave new world of higher education - University World News

University 2060 – Brave new world of higher education - University World News | MOOCs - magic, mystery or mockery? | Scoop.it
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Canvas Network

Canvas Network | MOOCs - magic, mystery or mockery? | Scoop.it

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Why are UK universities are wary of getting on board the MOOC train?

Why are UK universities are wary of getting on board the MOOC train? | MOOCs - magic, mystery or mockery? | Scoop.it

Moocs – massive online open courses – have taken off in America. Why are UK universities holding back? ...Why are UK universities are wary of getting on board the MOOC train??

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Consortium of Colleges Takes Online Education to New Level

Consortium of Colleges Takes Online Education to New Level | MOOCs - magic, mystery or mockery? | Scoop.it
Major universities are joining Stanford, Princeton and others to expand Coursera, a venture that offers free massive open online courses, or MOCCs.
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MOOCs Are Moving Forward

MOOCs Are Moving Forward | MOOCs - magic, mystery or mockery? | Scoop.it

More universities are developing long-distance courses by computer for students throughout the world

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Do online courses spell the end for the traditional university?

Do online courses spell the end for the traditional university? | MOOCs - magic, mystery or mockery? | Scoop.it
US academics are using the web to offer world-class tuition – free – to anyone who can log on, anywhere in the world.
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Completion data for MOOCs

Completion data for MOOCs | MOOCs - magic, mystery or mockery? | Scoop.it
As I mentioned in the previous post, I am doing some Gates funded research on MOOCs. My part was learning design analysis, while Katy Jordan has been looking at factors influencing completion rates. All this work is Katy's, I take...
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After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought

After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought | MOOCs - magic, mystery or mockery? | Scoop.it
Large-scale online courses, hailed as a way to democratize higher education, have so far been plagued by very high attrition rates.

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As technology transforms higher education, new types of credentials will show us what students have learned | Hechinger Report

As technology transforms higher education, new types of credentials will show us what students have learned | Hechinger Report | MOOCs - magic, mystery or mockery? | Scoop.it

College has leapt outside the traditional campus and classroom: Everything about higher education has gone digital, and this trend won’t stop anytime soon.

Hundreds of thousands of students now pursue degrees entirely online. Top-tier institutions such as Harvard University and MIT offer free MOOCs, or massive open online courses, that garner huge followings.


David Payne, vice president and chief operating officer, higher education division, Educational Testing Service.

Even more common, students at traditional colleges and universities use digital platforms and materials to supplement classroom lectures. Professors use class time for discussions, and put their lectures online so students can take that information with them.

These trends — breakthroughs, some would say — bring tremendous possibilities for attracting more people to higher education. We need that.


Anthony P. Carnevale, an economist and the director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, has clearly shown we need many more Americans to earn two- and four-year college degrees and various types of career credentials to stay internationally competitive. Sadly, in some states, fewer than one in four working-age adults hold a bachelor’s degree.

But as technology changes higher education — and as we thrust the doors to college open to many more students — we have to ensure we keep the quality in higher education in this fast-as-a-blur time of change. ...

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Can An Online Education Actually Land You A Job?

Can An Online Education Actually Land You A Job? | MOOCs - magic, mystery or mockery? | Scoop.it
Job options for people who educate themselves via free online courses are expanding—slowly. (Can An Online Education Actually Land You A Job?
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Employers receptive to hiring IT job candidates with MOOC educations

Employers receptive to hiring IT job candidates with MOOC educations | MOOCs - magic, mystery or mockery? | Scoop.it

ARNnet Employers receptive to hiring IT job candidates with MOOC educations...Tyler Kresch isn't turning to graduate school to help him change his job from tech sales to running a startup; instead he's taking massive open online courses...

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It's Time to Redirect the Conversation about MOOCs

It's Time to Redirect the Conversation about MOOCs | MOOCs - magic, mystery or mockery? | Scoop.it
So many exciting things are happening in higher education these days, it could make a guy’s hair fall out (see my photo at the bottom of this post). Most of the headlines have been about “massive” ...
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MOOCs being readied for prime time in California - University World News

MOOCs being readied for prime time in California - University World News | MOOCs - magic, mystery or mockery? | Scoop.it
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MOOCs - Google+

MOOCs - Google+ | MOOCs - magic, mystery or mockery? | Scoop.it

Brilliant idea .... If you are interested MOOCs this is a great way to network with like minded people!

 

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Are You a MOOC fan?

Are You a MOOC fan? | MOOCs - magic, mystery or mockery? | Scoop.it
Colleges wrestle with the question of whether to offer massive open online courses. ... While nearly $100 million has gone into MOOC funding, none of the major players — edX, Coursera, Udacity — has a business plan.
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Online ed startup Coursera moves further along money-making path

Online ed startup Coursera moves further along money-making path | MOOCs - magic, mystery or mockery? | Scoop.it

Startup Coursera moves further along money-making pathGigaOMSince launching earlier this year, Palo Alto-based Coursera has established itself as a force in online education, attracting more than two million students, 33 top-notch...

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Wellesley to Offer MOOCs on edX

Wellesley to Offer MOOCs on edX | MOOCs - magic, mystery or mockery? | Scoop.it
Wellesley, a prestigious women’s college located in Massachusetts (U.S.), has joined edX, a nonprofit venture offering free online higher education in the form of massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
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Free Online Course Materials | Courses | MIT OpenCourseWare

Free MIT courses, including videos, audio, simulations, lecture notes, and exams.
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MOOC's Take a Major Step Toward College Credit - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

MOOC's Take a Major Step Toward College Credit - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs - magic, mystery or mockery? | Scoop.it
In a pilot project, the American Council on Education will evaluate five to 10 Coursera offerings and may recommend that colleges grant credit for them.
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