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Questioning the network: The year in social media research

Questioning the network: The year in social media research | Networked learning | Scoop.it
Journalist's Resource sifts through the academic journals so you don't have to. Here are 10 of the studies about social and digital media they found most interesting in 2012.
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Found this link thanks to Joyce. Always interesting to add the academic and popular angles together. Just a pity that only U.S. research is mentioned. The academic outlook of American researchers still does not get through U.S. border control, apparently.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, December 21, 2012 1:57 AM

If you are looking for recent research on social media, this is a good place for an easy start.

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News, posts and research on networked learning (for professionals). A topic co-curated with OUNL Professor Peter B. Sloep.
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Visitors and Residents - YouTube

David White (@daveowhite, http://twitter.com/daveowhite) of the University of Oxford explains how the Visitors and Residents model provides a framework to un... (RT @mhawksey: Looking for a framework to understand individuals' engagement with TEL?

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David moves away from the digital native/immigrant discussion and suggests another lens for looking at differences in online network participation: are you more of a resident or more of a visitor? Very worthwhile.

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Teresa MacKinnon's curator insight, May 2, 8:29 AM

who are we online?

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Time to retire from online learning?

Time to retire from online learning? | Networked learning | Scoop.it

Tony Bates (75), an eminent pioneer in online learning decides to retire and looks backwards and forwards.

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Important quote: "And then there’s MOOCs. I can’t express adequately just how pissed off I am about MOOCs – not the concept, but all the hubris and nonsense that’s been talked and written about them. At a personal level, it was as if 45 years of work was for nothing. All the research and study I and many others had done on what makes for successful learning online were totally ignored, with truly disastrous consequences in terms of effective learning for the vast majority of participants who took MOOCs from the Ivy League universities. Having ignored online learning for nearly 20 years, Stanford, MIT and Harvard had to re-invent online learning in their own image to maintain their perceived superiority in all things higher educational. And the media fell for it, hook, line and sinker. This is a battle I no longer want to fight – but it needs fighting. [...] Lastly, I am concerned that the computer scientists seem to be taking over online education. Ivy League MOOCs are being driven mainly by computer scientists, not educators. Politicians are looking to computer science to automate learning in order to save money."

Lastly, I am concerned that the computer scientists seem to be taking over online education. Ivy League MOOCs are being driven mainly by computer scientists, not educators. Politicians are looking to computer science to automate learning in order to save money. - See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2014/04/15/time-to-retire-from-online-learning/#sthash.nbZTm0rt.9n4fINW3.dpufAnd then there’s MOOCs. I can’t express adequately just how pissed off I am about MOOCs – not the concept, but all the hubris and nonsense that’s been talked and written about them. At a personal level, it was as if 45 years of work was for nothing. All the research and study I and many others had done on what makes for successful learning online were totally ignored, with truly disastrous consequences in terms of effective learning for the vast majority of participants who took MOOCs from the Ivy League universities. Having ignored online learning for nearly 20 years, Stanford, MIT and Harvard had to re-invent online learning in their own image to maintain their perceived superiority in all things higher educational. And the media fell for it, hook, line and sinker. This is a battle I no longer want to fight – but it needs fighting. - See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2014/04/15/time-to-retire-from-online-learning/#sthash.nbZTm0rt.9n4fINW3.dpufAnd then there’s MOOCs. I can’t express adequately just how pissed off I am about MOOCs – not the concept, but all the hubris and nonsense that’s been talked and written about them. At a personal level, it was as if 45 years of work was for nothing. All the research and study I and many others had done on what makes for successful learning online were totally ignored, with truly disastrous consequences in terms of effective learning for the vast majority of participants who took MOOCs from the Ivy League universities. Having ignored online learning for nearly 20 years, Stanford, MIT and Harvard had to re-invent online learning in their own image to maintain their perceived superiority in all things higher educational. And the media fell for it, hook, line and sinker. This is a battle I no longer want to fight – but it needs fighting. - See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2014/04/15/time-to-retire-from-online-learning/#sthash.nbZTm0rt.9n4fINW3.dpufAnd then there’s MOOCs. I can’t express adequately just how pissed off I am about MOOCs – not the concept, but all the hubris and nonsense that’s been talked and written about them. At a personal level, it was as if 45 years of work was for nothing. All the research and study I and many others had done on what makes for successful learning online were totally ignored, with truly disastrous consequences in terms of effective learning for the vast majority of participants who took MOOCs from the Ivy League universities. Having ignored online learning for nearly 20 years, Stanford, MIT and Harvard had to re-invent online learning in their own image to maintain their perceived superiority in all things higher educational. And the media fell for it, hook, line and sinker. This is a battle I no longer want to fight – but it needs fighting. - See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2014/04/15/time-to-retire-from-online-learning/#sthash.nbZTm0rt.9n4fINW3.dpuf
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The Architecture of Productive Learning Networks (Paperback) - Routledge

The Architecture of Productive Learning Networks (Paperback) - Routledge | Networked learning | Scoop.it

The Architecture of Productive Learning Networks explores the characteristics of productive networked learning situations and, through a series of case studies, identifies some of the key qualities of successful designs. The case studies include networks... 

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New book on learning networks, edited by Carvalho and Goodyear now available. Interesting collection of chapters.

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@edmorrison & @hjarche: "7 guidelines for managing open networks"

@edmorrison & @hjarche: "7 guidelines for managing open networks" | Networked learning | Scoop.it
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Personal learning in networks is not easy, as it relies on self-organising your activities so as to maintain and grow your learning network. Organising, maintaining and growing non-personal open learning and knowledge networks takes a lot of more than just self-organisation, especially if you want the network to create value for its participants.

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The Design, Experience and Practice of Networked Learning - Springer

The Design, Experience and Practice of Networked Learning - Springer | Networked learning | Scoop.it

In the introductory chapter, we explore how networked learning has developed in recent years by summarising and discussing the research presented in the chapters of the book. The chapters are structured in three sections, each highlighting a particular aspect of practice. The first section focuses on the relationship between design and its influence on how networked learning practices are implemented. The second section extends this discussion by raising the notion of experiencing networked learning practices. Here the expected and unexpected effects of design and its implementation are scrutinised. The third and final section draws attention to a growing topic of interest within networked learning: that of networked learning in informal practices. In addition, we provide a reflection on the theories, methods and settings featured in the networked learning research of the chapters. We conclude the introduction by discussing four main themes that have emerged from our reading of the chapters and which we believe are important in taking forward the theory of networked learning. They are as follows: practice as epistemology; the coupling of learning contexts (the relationship and connection of learning contexts and spaces); the agency and active role of technology within networked learning; and the messy, often chaotic and always political nature of the design, experience and practice of networked learning.

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Following on to the Networked Learning Conference 2012, selected papers have been upgraded and bundled into this interesting book, published by Springer. From practice to theory.

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The paperback edition of the Social Learning Handbook 2014 is now available

The paperback edition of the Social Learning Handbook 2014 is now available | Networked learning | Scoop.it
The paperback edition is now available from Lulu (where it will be printed on demand locally and shipped to your address). Price £15 + P&P Social Learning Handbook 2014: The Next Generation of ...
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As usual, a nice piece of work by Jane Hart, bringing together her insights into Social Learning in the workplace, using online networks. Focus is on professional learning & development.

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An Introductory Guide to Content Curation

An Introductory Guide to Content Curation | Networked learning | Scoop.it

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An interesting collection of 25 articles about content curation, selected and bundled by Robin Good, using the Gibbon platform. First exploration of the Gibbon platform.

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Dean Mantz's curator insight, January 17, 12:38 PM

Thanks Robin for sharing this Curation guide on your scoop.it site. 

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, January 23, 3:25 PM

A very useful guide from one of the Pioneers in Content Curation

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Can we engage learners through Web 2.0 and mobile devices?

Can we engage learners through Web 2.0 and mobile devices? | Networked learning | Scoop.it

This issue brings together five rather diverse papers focusing on the use of mobile and Web 2.0 technologies in an effort to engage learners. Two of the papers deal with messaging or response systems used by students in higher education, two papers deal with the use of (mobile) social media for professional development of teachers, and the final paper builds a theoretical model for Web 2.0-based workplace learning.

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An interesting issue of Research in Learning Technology, containing results from two case studies of networked learning, and a theoretical model for the study of work-based professional development using Web2.0 tools.

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PLOS ONE: Personality, Gender, and Age in the Language of Social Media: The Open-Vocabulary Approach

PLOS ONE: Personality, Gender, and Age in the Language of Social Media: The Open-Vocabulary Approach | Networked learning | Scoop.it
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We analyzed 700 million words, phrases, and topic instances collected from the Facebook messages of 75,000 volunteers, who also took standard personality tests, and found striking variations in language with personality, gender, and age. In our open-vocabulary technique, the data itself drives a comprehensive exploration of language that distinguishes people, finding connections that are not captured with traditional closed-vocabulary word-category analyses. Our analyses shed new light on psychosocial processes yielding results that are face valid (e.g., subjects living in high elevations talk about the mountains), tie in with other research (e.g., neurotic people disproportionately use the phrase ‘sick of’ and the word ‘depressed’), suggest new hypotheses (e.g., an active life implies emotional stability), and give detailed insights (males use the possessive ‘my’ when mentioning their ‘wife’ or ‘girlfriend’ more often than females use ‘my’ with ‘husband’ or 'boyfriend’). To date, this represents the largest study, by an order of magnitude, of language and personality.

 

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This is large scale! 75000 volunteers, 15.4 million Facebook messages. Interesting to see whether i can use their techniques for my own Facebook study (with 11000 messages).

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FutureLearn & the role of MOOCs - The Ed Techie

FutureLearn & the role of MOOCs - The Ed Techie | Networked learning | Scoop.it
If you're working in higher ed in the UK you will no doubt have seen that FutureLearn had its beta launch last week. Some disclosure - FutureLearn is owned by the OU & I've been partially involved in its development,...
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If you ask me, this is the most sensible opinion / argument about the future of MOOCs that I have heard / read these past few weeks!

"But they haven't really fundamentally changed what we do in education, they've allowed new models and enhanced others." If we can reach a stage where the quality of e-learning and distance learning benefit from the MOOC hype, and - as Martin says - even a very small percentage of learners start a higher education degree after a positive MOOC experience, then MOOCs have been a worthwhile hype!

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Google and friends put the 'open' back into MOOCs

The entrance of Google onto the Massive Open Online Courses market this week has the potential to reignite the spirit of openness that saw these alternative routes into higher education emerge in the first…...

Via Mark Smithers
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Interesting thought piece by Martin about where MOOCs are headed. The last few weeks I have attended a number of workshops and conference sessions discussing the future of MOOCs, and one thing has become clear: MOOCs at least stir up the world of online and distance learning, and bring a lot of attention to pedagogy.

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Pieter de Vries's curator insight, September 12, 2013 7:55 AM

This could be a game changer!

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New forms of open peer review will allow academics to separate scholarly evaluation from academic journals.

New forms of open peer review will allow academics to separate scholarly evaluation from academic journals. | Networked learning | Scoop.it
Today's academic publishing system may be problematic, but many argue it is the only one available to provide adequate research evaluation. Pandelis Perakakis introduces an open community platform,...

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As an 'unpaid' journal editor, this model piques my interest. A lot of stuff is happening in academia. Academic peer review has always been about 'social networks of academics', but it could use some transparancy, and open peer review is an interesting development in that regard.

via @laurapasquini

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Geraldine Lefoe's curator insight, August 21, 2013 5:51 PM

If we could move it out of the pockets of publishers it can only help. Where else would you get people to write and review at no charge then their institutions pay for the privilege of reading the same paper. 

Jeroen Clemens's curator insight, August 22, 2013 7:23 AM

This is a very good idea ! 

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Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool

Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool | Networked learning | Scoop.it
Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool

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Ra's curator insight, July 21, 2013 9:47 PM

Curating as a group, students identify their own input with their initials. Allows for a synthesis of ideas.

cutesqualid's curator insight, August 12, 2013 4:44 AM

great work

gwynethjones's curator insight, August 13, 2013 2:05 PM

SO true! This is my FAV new Curation tool....well, add Scoopit to MentorMob & you have a dynamic duo!

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ocTEL 2014

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Open Course in Technology Enhanced Learning
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This is the main site for the open course on Technology Enhanced Learning (ocTEL).

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The Challenges of a Contemporary Educator - Terry Anderson - @timbuckteeth interviews @terguy prior to #EDEN14

The Challenges of a Contemporary Educator - Terry Anderson - @timbuckteeth interviews @terguy prior to #EDEN14 | Networked learning | Scoop.it

His work around the study of social and cognitive presence in distance learning contexts has been cited many times, and his research has led to a number of high profile keynote speech invitations around the globe. We are delighted that Terry will be delivering a keynote speech at this year's European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) Conference in Zagreb in June.

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One of the pioneers of distance and online learning, interviewed by one of the current figure heads of innovative teaching and learning. Always a delight to read!

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Rose Heaney's curator insight, June 11, 8:31 AM

I am always interested in What Terry has to say.

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A Pedagogical Look at MOOCs

A Pedagogical Look at MOOCs | Networked learning | Scoop.it
As a part of Open Education Week 2014, Professor Gráinne Conole and I plan to hold a webinar (details to be announced shortly; watch this space) on the topic of A Pedagogical Look at MOOCs. This we...

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Interesting MOOC classification attempt by @Grainne Conoleand @Terese Bird. Worth looking into. Wonder if it can be extended to online learning in general.

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Distance learning: who's doing it now?

Distance learning: who's doing it now? | Networked learning | Scoop.it
Datablog: Moocs appear to be revolutionising the world of education. We study the numbers to find out whether it's all just a lot of hype
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Good to read some figures on Distance learning in the UK. Important quote at the end: "The opportunities to democratise education are enormous. But given that providers do not have a business model through which they can make money from free courses, it may not be the death of distance learning just yet."

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becool's curator insight, February 7, 8:52 AM

Good to read some figures on Distance learning in the UK. Important quote at the end: "The opportunities to democratise education are enormous. But given that providers do not have a business model through which they can make money from free courses, it may not be the death of distance learning just yet." Thx for this short summary @Steven Verjans

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Online learning environments in higher education: Connectivism vs. dissociation - by @983reese

Online learning environments in higher education: Connectivism vs. dissociation - by @983reese | Networked learning | Scoop.it

Over the last decade online education has emerged as a way for students and faculty to collaborate more freely, attain greater flexibility, and utilize new media to learn. The burning debate lies in whether online educational options are harmful to traditional education or offer endless benefits necessary to accommodate a 21st century learner. Supporters of virtual learning environments suggest that 21st century learners require the construction and creation capabilities offered through Web 2.0 to succeed while critics suggest that asynchronous interactions are not engaging and rigorous enough for higher education. A balanced online environment should provide a blend of both asynchronous and synchronous opportunities, which promote communication and collaboration among classmates and instructors.


Via Susan Bainbridge
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An interesting article by Sarah Reese, in which she discusses benefits and drawbacks of the current online education hype, and suggests requirements for the virtual learning environment in modern higher education. Not really evidence-based, but a good argumentation nevertheless.

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Eduardo Hamuy's curator insight, February 1, 5:26 AM

El aprendizaje en los EVA de la educación superior, parece proponer este libro, debe combinar interacciones sincrónicas y asíncronas. En conjunto logran el compromiso y la profundidad requeridas. 

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"Du professeur connecté à l'étudiant connecté" - French lecture by @corinnew on strategic ways to use social media in HigherEd

"Du professeur connecté à l'étudiant connecté" - French lecture by @corinnew on strategic ways to use social media in HigherEd | Networked learning | Scoop.it
Corinne Weisgerber, professeure associée à l'université St Edwards au Texas.A l'heure où l'utilisation des médias sociaux fait partie des pratiques quotidiennes des étudiants, on peut se poser la question de la place qu'ils pourraient occuper...
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For the French-speaking part of the world, this recorded lecture by Corinne Weisgerber in Paris on how to set the example (as a teacher) of using social media in higher education and beyond. Interesting as always!

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NMC Horizon Report 2014 Higher Education Preview

NMC Horizon Report 2014 Higher Education Preview | Networked learning | Scoop.it

The annual NMC Horizon report preview for 2014 is out, listing 6 key trends accelerating EdTech, 6 significant challenges impeding EdTech adoption, and 6 important developments in EdTech, for the short, middle and long term horizon.


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Usually I look in detail at the technologies predicted to become important, but this year I find the trends and challenges that the report identifies more interesting. I find that predicting technological development is much less useful, than looking at trends and challenges in the environment. Technology prediction is iffy at best.

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Robert Schuwer's curator insight, December 28, 2013 2:35 AM

Trends accelerating Educational Technology in HE for short, medium and long terms described. Also challenges for Educational technology adoption in HE, urgent, difficult and wicked. Finally, developments in Educational Technology, adoption in one year, 2-3 years and 4-5 years are summed up.

 

For 2014 this means: 

Accelerating trends: Online, hybrid, and collaborative learning and Social media use in learning; 

Challenges: Low digital fluency of faculty and Relative lack of rewards for teaching

Developments: Flipped Classroom and Learning Analytics

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Finding the right sensemaking routines is crucial for Personal Knowledge Management! "Social filtering

Finding the right sensemaking routines is crucial for Personal Knowledge Management! "Social filtering | Networked learning | Scoop.it
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"The challenge [in Personal Knowledge management] is to find something that works for you and will last over time. This is probably the biggest hurdle in PKM." 

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iPamba's curator insight, February 18, 5:56 PM

Great insights, great process, and great links!

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How Do Learners Experience Open Online Learning? | Open Education | HYBRID PEDAGOGY

How Do Learners Experience Open Online Learning? | Open Education | HYBRID PEDAGOGY | Networked learning | Scoop.it
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of learning, teaching, and technology that combines the strands of critical pedagogy and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.

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The voice of the learner in the MOOC and online learning discussion. Would have been an interesting contribution at the recent ALT-C conference...

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Massive open online courses and online distance learning: review - Publications - GOV.UK

Massive open online courses and online distance learning: review - Publications - GOV.UK | Networked learning | Scoop.it
Provides an overview of recent reports, writings and opinion on massive open online courses (MOOCs). BIS research paper number 130
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Literature review commissioned by the British Gouvernment about the maturing of MOOCs (via Jonathan Shaw at Coventry Uni).

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Building global learning communities

Building global learning communities | Networked learning | Scoop.it
Within the background where education is increasingly driven by the economies of scale and research funding, we propose an alternative online open and connected framework (OOC) for building global learning communities using mobile social media.
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A paper by an international group of researchers/teachers who set up a global learning community for themselves as teachers, but also involving their students. A nice example of blurring boundaries.

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Massive Open online courses – an avalanche that might just get stopped | Education | The Guardian

Open online courses – an avalanche that might just get stopped via @guardian http://t.co/fJfhl1OSpj
#OER #openSource #onlineEd #MOOC #edu

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Guardian article about the end of MOOCs

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Bruno Winck, Kneaver's comment, August 4, 2013 5:43 AM
Strange how a history teacher didn't learn from history and keep predicting failures of disruptions.