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Open University: Coursera Partners With 10 Major State Schools

Open University: Coursera Partners With 10 Major State Schools | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
The new partnerships will bring technologyenhanced learning to 1.25 million enrolled students and possibly millions more worldwide.
Ken Morrison's insight:

A MOOC from Coursera may enter your university soon. This article highlights three motivations for the integration from a university's point of view:

1)  Fresh content that can be integrated to exhisting courses or to compliment existing departmental offerings

2) Give current professors more exposure

3) International exposure and international student recruitment.

 

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Why a Liberal Arts School Has Joined Coursera

Why a Liberal Arts School Has Joined Coursera | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
The idea that Wesleyan will be offering free, massive online classes will strike some as paradoxical. We are a small university at which almost three quarters of the courses are taught in an interactive, seminar style.
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Massive MOOC Dropouts: Are We Really Okay With That?

Massive MOOC Dropouts: Are We Really Okay With That? | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

A well-written plea for us to hold off on the praise for MOOCs

 

Ken's Key Takeaway:

The best MOOCs have assessment elements in place.  Yet I agree with Watter's thoughts: "While aspiring to learn is, indeed, worth celebrating, I can’t imagine anyone seriously argue that aspiring to learn is sufficient. Yet The Atlantic suggests the low success rates are “a sign of the system’s efficiency.” --Audrey Watters

 

And a funny quote:

Oh sure, there’s the promise that these free online courses will somehow liberate students from the shackles of tuition and student loan debt. But to quote President George W. Bush, “rarely is the question asked: is our children learning?”

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MOOC pedagogy: the challenges of developing for Coursera | ALT Online Newsletter

MOOC pedagogy: the challenges of developing for Coursera | ALT Online Newsletter | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

I am really hoping that Coursera is a success.  I remember how people thought Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller were crazy. I think that many people want them to be unsuccessful.  I applaud them!

 

Ken's Key Take-Away:

From the article: "..the precise function of the MOOC within higher education still remains unclear. If this course format does indeed herald a new era for the university, it may be one of augmentation, rather than substitution, of current institutional activities."


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Connectivism and Coursera

This is a Theory into Practice group project from the University of Minnesota's CI5321, Distance Learning course. In it we apply the theory of connectivism t...

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‘Ivy League Spring’ debated: is free, online education financially viable? | SmartPlanet

‘Ivy League Spring’ debated: is free, online education financially viable? | SmartPlanet | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

KEN's KEY TAKEAWAY

A good primer of MOOC's Marketing dilemna.  It talks a bit about diluting a university's "brand"

 

 

The Udacity of hope: new online programs offer free courses to hundreds of thousands of students, while the business model still gets worked out.

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Teaching to the World From Central New Jersey - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Can MOOCs work for sociology courses across cultures?

 

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The Trouble With Online Education

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One man's opinion:

Internet courses are monologues. True learning is a dialogue.

 

My Opinion:

I'm glad that we didn't throw out the first few models of cars or tear up the first roads because they were not perfect yet.  We need to adjust strategies and provide solid teacher training.  Yet, for those of us who have been students in well-designed online courses, it is painful to see people who want to throw out all of this potential.  My major opion is that online courses connect motivated learners who may not have the time, money, ability to commute to a common meeting place.

 

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12 new universities join Coursera!

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Wow!  August is not over yet, but Coursera has already added 12 top universities to their program of free online MOOC classes.  I'm excited for mine to start next week.  I get to learn from a Michigan University professor who spent the last year at Facebook headquarters!

Ken

 

We are THRILLED to announce that 12 universities—including three international institutions—will be joining Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Michigan, and University of...

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Daphne Koller: What we're learning from online education | Video on TED.com

 

 

Ken's Key Take-aways:

Bigger computerized classrooms actually allow for greater individual attention.  She gives an example of 2000 students who got an idea wrong.  The computer picked up on it, and alerted the teacher who asked select students follow questions, saw a trend, and then delivered corrective instruction to all.  Some of this was automated or can be automated very soon.

 

 

"The Mind is not a vessel that needs filling but wood that needs igniting."

 

 

TED Talks Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free -- not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn.

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