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"The Open Road": Stephen Downes' physical (!) metaphor about open education

Right now, the government awards road-building contracts to large construction companies. But imagine the government decided to end these contracts, and to simply grant anyone who wanted to build a road a license to build a road.


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As always, an insightful comment on the nature of 'free' and 'open' education.

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Will SOOCs eat MOOCs for breakfast?

Will SOOCs eat MOOCs for breakfast? | Much ado about MOOCs | Scoop.it
Cartoon: Dave Blazek At this year’s EdTech Europe summit, one theme was writ large in every panel discussion: are MOOCs really the magic bullet in opening a

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LLZ Uni Halle's curator insight, July 23, 6:00 AM

Let's try next ;) 

niftyjock's curator insight, July 23, 6:21 PM

SOOCs make far more sense.

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Multiple pathways: Blending xMOOCs & cMOOCs - by George Siemens

Multiple pathways: Blending xMOOCs & cMOOCs - by George Siemens | Much ado about MOOCs | Scoop.it

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Susanna Sancassani's curator insight, May 19, 3:36 AM

Is it possible to blend cMOOCs and xMOOCs approach? George Siemens says no, but it is possible to create synergies between different  parallel layers...I think that real paths of real students could be something more complexe than we can imagine: if they are allowed to do it, perhaps they  will mix  the two layers in very personal and different ways in continuous evolution during the learning experience...what do you think about it? 

Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, May 19, 3:35 PM

From the early leader/founder of MOOCs

KCenter SKEMA's curator insight, May 20, 12:30 PM

"the difference between xMOOCs & cMOOCs and possible ways to blend them.

The interest in making xMOOCs more like cMOOCs (a few silly folks have called it MOOC 2.0 – haha) seems to be growing. In particular, MOOC providers are adding “social” in the same way that vitamins are added to food, “Now, with beta-carotene”! After much discussion at our designjam, I’ve concluded that cMOOCs and xMOOCs are incompatible. They cannot be blended. Pedagogically and philosophically, they are too different. It’s like trying to make a cat a dog. Entertaining, perhaps, but a fruitless venture."

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University of London MOOC Report | Barney Grainger, U. London


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Manuel León Urrutia's curator insight, March 2, 12:28 PM

Another MOOC report, this time from University of London. Section 6 specially interesting for MOOC making. 

luiy's curator insight, April 15, 6:21 PM

Project Planning a MOOC

 

The course teams involved with our MOOCs included experienced academics with familiarity in developing materials on a learning platform. Nonetheless, for each of them it was their first experience of MOOCs, as it was for the project planning team.

 

 

Delivering a MOOC

 

A range of styles and learning methods were adopted by the four MOOCs, appropriate to the subject matter covered. A MOOC structure of six weeks and 5-10 student effort hours per week of study appeared to be just right for the majority of students (55%). Some considerations for future delivery include:

 

< Well designed announcements at the beginning and end of each week that articulate with the topic coverage, learning activities and assessment methods can be effective at maintaining student interest and motivation.


< Management of forum threads and posts is a critical factor in dealing with massive scale short courses to ensure the majority of students are not affected negatively by the behaviour of a small number of the community, while preserving the openness of the discussion areas.

 

< The Coursera platform tools are significant and comprehensive in terms of plotting overall student activity, allowing evaluation of assessment data, as well as usage statistics on video resources and other learning activities; however, further refinement of these tools to enable both students and teaching staff to understand their progression at an individual level is necessary (and underway).



** Learning Resource Development


 


María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, May 20, 5:22 AM

University of London MOOC Report .

I Barney Gracinger, U. London

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Connectivism and MOOCs: The Web We Weave

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Ennio Martignago's curator insight, November 23, 2013 6:26 AM

Connettivismo e e-Learning 

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, November 23, 2013 9:00 AM

Great visual and information

A/Prof Jon Willis's curator insight, November 25, 2013 6:46 PM

This appears to have precious little to do with MOOCS, but it talks about Twitter as a personal learning network, which is partly how we tried to use it in ABTS1000 last year. Getting students to network - whether through the LMS, through Facebook, or through Twitter or some other online tool - seems to be a key challenge to developing this connectivist approach as part of routine teaching and learning. Interested in any ideas people have about ways to inspire student networking ...

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In Tanzania, MOOCs Seen as "Too Western"

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For many low income countries around the world, including Tanzania, MOOCs are being hailed as digital salvation, bringing “elite” education to the masses.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, November 23, 2013 9:32 AM

"For many low income countries around the world, including Tanzania, MOOCs are being hailed as digital salvation, bringing “elite” education to the masses. Right now in Tanzania, a World Bank supported initiative is piloting in partnership with Coursera, a major online education company, to make MOOCs an ingrained part of their higher education efforts in the country by offering free courses at the university level. In conjunction with the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), they are supporting the development of SMART Knowledge Hubs starting in the capital, Dar es Salaam. These hubs are intended to assist in forming a support system for the development of education in IT, and a broader set of 'new economy skills' in the country. This young initiative in many ways encapsulates the growing discord about the viability and legitimacy of making MOOCs a key part of education development.

 

 

 

The 18-year-old activist and author of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School,Nikhil Goyal, says a major issue with MOOCs are that they don’t address foundational issues in education. Echoing Lee and Tarimo’s comments he says MOOCs utilize “the same pedagogical approach to learning.” He later adds, “It’s not very much different in college where we have the 5,000 [people] lecture hall. It’s pretty much the same, and that is an issue for me. If you’re just making what’s already bad enough in colleges and school today, I’m not sure you’re really contributing.” "

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Elsevier to Provide Textbooks for Five New edX MOOCs | Elsevier

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Assessment Tools for MOOCs

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As MOOCs are made available for credit, credible--scalable--assessment options are essential. CT looks at the options.

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David J MacFadyen's curator insight, September 6, 2013 12:30 PM

If assessment is necessary, even in the transition phase.

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Open educational resources: A bridge to formal education?

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The relationship between open educational resources and formal education is complex and multifaceted. In the early days of OER, detractors of the OER movement cautioned that universities could suff...

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Mooc technology will force MBA degrees to change - FT.com

"Naysayers argue the brave new “massive open online course” world of giving away free online classes by great academics from many of the world’s best institutions will destroy the business model of the university. They go too far. But that does not mean big technology-driven change is not afoot in business schools."


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EDUCAUSE: Copyright Challenges in a MOOC Environment

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The intersection of copyright and the scale and delivery of MOOCs highlights the enduring tensions between academic freedom, institutional autonomy, and copyright law in higher education. To gain insight into the copyright concerns of MOOC stakeholders, EDUCAUSE talked with CIOs, university general counsel, provosts, copyright experts, and other higher education associations. The consensus opinion was that intellectual property questions for MOOC content merit wide discussion because they affect multiple stakeholders and potentially carry significant consequences.


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Are MOOCs taking us back to the Industrial Revolution? Old system, new package

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What is online education like? There was an old Chinese motto: Poor rice fields won't attract farmers to plow, but once there are farmers plowing such fields, many other farmers would join in and c...

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The disruptive potential of the Massive Open Online Course: A literature review Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning

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MOOC Design Tips: Maximizing the Value of Video Lectures

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"Which kinds of videos lead to the best student learning outcomes in a MOOC?" How Video Production Affects Student Engagement: An Empirical Study of MOOC Videos (Guo, Kim & Rubin, 2014) An exce...

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Clayton Christensen on MOOC Disruption - Degree of Freedom

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Clayton Christensen, father of "Disruption Theory" wrote an interesting piece in yesterday's Boston Globe about what MOOCs have wrought (so far).
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Stephen Downes: The MOOC of One: Personal Learning Technologies - YouTube

What will it happen after the MOOC? How will they influence the next generation technology? Stephen Downes, who built the world's first MOOC software, descri...

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, April 16, 7:33 AM

Stephen Downes: The MOOC of One: Personal Learning Technologies

Lee Schlenker's curator insight, April 18, 3:04 AM

In moving away from distance teaching to focusing on the idea of proximity learning

Valary Oleinik's curator insight, June 4, 11:43 AM

Who better to discuss MOOCs than one of the founding fathers.

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Online education: MOOCs taken by educated few : Nature : Nature Publishing Group


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Udacity's Sebastian Thrun, Godfather Of Free Online Education, Changes Course

Udacity's Sebastian Thrun, Godfather Of Free Online Education, Changes Course | Much ado about MOOCs | Scoop.it

He captivated the world with visions of self-driving cars and Google Glass and has signed up 1.6 million students for online classes. So why is he pivoting away from MOOCs?


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Fascinating bio of Thrun revealing his dissatisfaction with the MOOC.

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Mooc creators criticise courses’ lack of creativity

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Original vision lost in scramble for profit and repackaging of old ideas, say pair

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Lance Weihmuller's curator insight, October 18, 2013 5:01 PM

"...what he calls the 'biggest failing of the big Mooc providers': they are simply repackaging what is already known rather than encouraging creativity and innovation."

Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, October 19, 2013 1:09 AM

Stephen Downes' Full Article

Doudou FENG, Fidel FABIAN, Julie FELL, Tchaï SENE's curator insight, November 3, 2013 5:25 AM

Pay attention to the piece of the anti-moocs information.

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Imagining an Age of MOOCs

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The MOOC era has dawned with a rush of utopian and dystopian bombast, much of which is bound to be wrong.
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#MOOCs Show Gap in Prior Learning Assessment - Interview with George Simens

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, August 13, 2013 2:48 PM

"The following interview is with George Siemens, associate director of the Technology-Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University. As Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) continue to grow in popularity, a debate has surfaced over whether these courses should be worth academic credits. In this interview, Siemens sheds some light on the debate, shares his thoughts on how MOOCs stack up against traditional lectures offered by universities and explains how the debate is more far-reaching than the acceptance of this new educational medium."

Elahe Amani's curator insight, August 13, 2013 8:13 PM
A good interview!
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"The following interview is with George Siemens, associate director of the Technology-Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University. As Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) continue to grow in popularity, a debate has surfaced over whether these courses should be worth academic credits. In this interview, Siemens sheds some light on the debate, shares his thoughts on how MOOCs stack up against traditional lectures offered by universities and explains how the debate is more far-reaching than the acceptance of this new educational medium."

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The Hosting Infrastructure Behind Massive Open Online Courses

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The Hosting Infrastructure Behind Massive Open Online Courses. Massive Open Online Courses (or MOOCs) hold the promise of revolutionizing education by essentially expanding the size of classrooms to anywhere there is...

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Week 5: A new classification for MOOCs by Gráinne Conole

Week 5: A new classification for MOOCs by Gráinne Conole | Much ado about MOOCs | Scoop.it
Gráinne Conole is Professor of learning innovation at the University of Leicester. Her research interests include the use, integration and evaluation of Information and Communication Technologies a...
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