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Learn for Free with MOOCs

Learn for Free with MOOCs | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Massive open online courses may help your career, but don’t bank on them for credit - yet.
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I have shared many links on MOOCs, but I am sharing this one because I feel like it does a great job of explaining MOOCs to those new with the concept. It also does a great job of tracking the recent history of MOOCs. It includes quotes from two people who I learn from weekly (Curtis Bonk and Stephen Downs).

 

2011 was the beginning of MOOCs being taken seriously by educational institutions after Peter Norvig ran a course that attracted 160,000 students from 190 countries. This caused enough interest in MOOCs to explode (in a good way) in 2012.  
 

Why did it take so long for MOOCs to ear acceptance.  Some say it was the combination of these three things that made MOOCs both practical and affordable.

Recession,

Low Cost of Technology

Widespread Internet Access

 

I think that MOOCs are great for self-motivated learners. I feel that their biggest weak point is the lack of feedback and accountability. I am aware of and following progressions in both of these weak areas and I have seen improvement. I took a course this past fall through Coursera where I was not allowed to watch the rest of the lecture until I could prove that I understood the lecture thus far.  I had to correctly answer a series of multiple choice questions. If I answered them incorrectly, I was given guidance on what to listen/look for as I rewatched the last few minutes of the lecture. 


Thank you to Curtis Bonk for sharing this article!

 

 

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Blended Learning Expert Curtis Bonk -- Every presentation from past 5 years

Blended Learning Expert Curtis Bonk -- Every presentation from past 5 years | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

I am currently taking a MOOC class from Dr. Bonk from Indiana University.  He shares all of his slides and many papers since 2006.

 

Here are his papers:
http://www.publicationshare.com/

 

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The Future of Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: The Survey Says…

The Future of Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: The Survey Says… | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

This is an interesting study by Curtis Bonk in 2006 about what needs to change in make online learning more efficient.  This study was conducted by email survey of many university educators.  It is interesting to see how their views compare to today's situation.

 

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six years ago, only 1 in 10 professors surveyed felt that faster internet speed would improve international collaboration.  This summer I completed a global MOOC by the author of this research paper (Bonk)

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