Two years after they hit the headlines as the future of education and a challenge to costly universities, massive open online courses (MOOCs) are attracting increased business attention – in spite of failing to spark a mass exodus to online learning .
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Law of Readiness: This law states that learning can only take place when a student is ready to learn. For instance, “When an individual is ready to act or to learn, he acts or learns more effectively and with greater satisfaction than when not ready.”Law of Exercise: This law is simple. The more a person repeats something, the better he is able to retain that knowledge. Remember back in grade school when the teacher would have you write spelling words three times each and then use them in a sentence? She was practicing this law. Part two of this law states that knowledge not used becomes weakened and disappears from memory. “Use it or lose it.” isn’t just a random saying: when it comes to learning, it is completely accurate.Law of Effect 1) Learning is strengthened when associated with a pleasant or satisfying feeling. Learning is more likely to happen again in the future. 2) Learning is weakened when associated with an unpleasant feeling, becoming less likely for learning to occur again in the future. Learners will try to avoid it. 3) Learning occurs when it results in satisfaction and the learner derives pleasure out of it.Law of Primacy: It is nearly impossible to unlearn the first thing you have been taught so it is essential that an eLearning course teach the correct information. Make sure any information you include is correct, but show special care at the beginning when concepts are most likely to stick.Law of Recency: This law reminds us that we remember the most recent (last) material covered. For this reason, eLearning designers should make a point of including chapter or unit reviews and building on previous knowledge.Law of Intensity: The more excitement a lesson creates, the more likely it will be remembered. Creating a hands-on experience, or one that causes the student to feel strong emotion will make the lesson more easily remembered.
This book is written for educators who want to leverage on the open online courses to better themselves. This book serves as a guide for beginners who wish to explore the various platforms of MOOCs, namely Coursera, iversity, edX, ALISON, Canvas Network, Open Learning, Academic Earth, Future Learn, Peer to Peer University, Saylor.Org, and Udemy. There are two chapters that first introduce to the readers what MOOC is and how MOOC can serve as a medium of learning. Each chapter then starts by simply introducing the name of the MOOC platforms that follows with descriptions of the respective MOOC platforms. Readers will appreciate the inclusion of screenshots to ease their navigation in making the most out of the online resources. It is hoped that this book will provide a resource to advocate for the best possible ways to learn from the open world.
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) are online educational courses aimed at unlimited participation, specially by students and open access through the web. The global MOOC market is expected to grow from around $90 million in 2013 to around $255 million by 2018, due to the heavy demand for affordable online courses worldwide.These courses are provided by private companies, non-profit organizations, government institutions and universities across the world. While most of them are paid, non-paid...
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