"...The first MOOCs were based on a connectivist framework, where the building of personal knowledge networks was considered more important than the content learned. Then, with the birth of Coursera, MOOCs started to more closely resemble traditional classroom experiences, with lectures comprising the main learning activity. Now, the pendulum is swinging back toward more collaboration, and preliminary results from new collaborative MOOC provider NovoEd suggest that students are more likely to stick with courses that emphasize social interaction...."
Bij de 96e Dies Natalis (verjaardag) van Wageningen University 10 maart, heeft rector magnificus prof. Martin Kropff aangekondigd innovatieve ontwikkelingen in de informatietechnologie aan te grijpen om het universitaire afstandsonderwijs verder te ontwikkelen. Daarmee kunnen meer studenten toegang krijgen tot de leerstof van de groeiende universiteit.
There are a number of good options for educators looking to build their own MOOCs. Here is a look at five of the most interesting platforms.
By the end of 2013, most top universities had started to offer some sort of MOOC (massive open online course). Now, we are starting to see the MOOC product move into the corporate and private realm. Companies like Google and Tenaris are using MOOCs for training their employees, MongoDB is educating developers through the MOOC medium and thousands of private instructors are teaching classes on sites like Udemy.
If you are considering a MOOC for yourself or your organization, you’ll first need to determine which tool you will use to build the course. The following is an assessment of five popular free MOOC (and MOOC-like) platforms.
The key opportunity for institutions is to take the concepts developed by the MOOC experiment to date and use them to improve the quality of their face-to-face and online provision, and to open up access to higher education.
"The report quantified many things that those involved in education already knew (or at least, suspected). Participation in online learning is increasing. Learning outcomes are largely positive. Interestingly, what this study does show is something that I hadn’t quite expected – that many of the numbers that had been continually rising over the past years were starting to show a slight decline."
Massive open online courses present a cost-effective way for companies to provide their workers with training and development opportunities, but experts say there are also marketing and recruiting opportunities for HR leaders willing to pursue them...
3 years ago, MOOCs were an idea. Now 5 million of students have signed on to MOOCs, around the world. Since the first MOOC in 2008, this phenomenon has been spreading amongst very well accredited colleges. The Rising Power of MOOCs Infographic shows the rapid growth of MOOCs which offer free... http://elearninginfographics.com/the-rising-power-of-moocs-infographic/
Newly released data from HarvardX and MITx offer insight into who is taking MOOCs, and why. (...)
Harvard and MIT, both members of edX, have compiled data that will go a long way toward helping educators understand who takes MOOCs, and why. Rather than offering access to the raw data, each institution has given its data a visual treatment....
... Daphne Koller is reminiscing. The cofounder of Coursera, one of the biggest for-profit MOOC ventures, spoke at TEDGlobal in 2012. A mere year and a half later and her fledgling organization has turned into a higher education behemoth. The company raised some $85 million to fuel its online mission, and as of January 17, 2014, Coursera boasted more than 21.5 million enrolments...
An accreditation system for MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses - is a hot topic. Students who successfully complete a MOOC want their certificate to have value. In response, Coursera has now started to issue Verified Certificates. Leiden University and Geneva University are the first in Europe to offer these certificates.
To survive in a time of rapidly changing technology, colleges and universities need to change their existing business models. Each higher education institution needs to develop a strategy that will take advantage of the opportunities presented by technology-enhanced learning to expand its educational mission and provide flexibility for its students.