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12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free - Expanded Consciousness

12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free - Expanded Consciousness | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
-*+Advertisement By: Marc Chernoff All education is self-education.  Period.  It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in a college classroom or a coffee shop.  We don’t learn anything we don’t want to learn. Those people who take the time and initiative to pursue knowledge on their own are the only ones who earn a real education …
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Learn for Free with MOOCs

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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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The Real Digital Change Agent - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Real Digital Change Agent - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
MOOCs get the marquee billing. But open access has far greater potential to transform society, and to save colleges money in the process.
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First, I am very happy that The Chronicle of Higher Education actually let me into their site this week.  It is always frustrating when they send me weekly junkmail with links to great articles that I can not read because I don't subscribe.  Closely related, this is a nice article on the discussion surrounding the opening up of academic papers.

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Bertrand Russell on Human Nature, Construction vs. Destruction, and Science as a Key to Democracy | Brain Pickings

Bertrand Russell on Human Nature, Construction vs. Destruction, and Science as a Key to Democracy | Brain Pickings | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

By Maria Popova

 

"On the art of acquiring "a high degree of intellectual culture without emotional atrophy."

"Under the category Bad Education, Clay Shirky pens a provocative and compelling argument for why higher education is in trouble and innovations such as MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) are worthy of our attention. Shirky claims our traditional notion of school is broken and writes, “This is why MOOCs matter. Not because distance learning is some big new thing or because online lectures are a solution to all our problems, but because they’ve come along at a time when students and parents are willing to ask themselves, ‘Isn’t there some other way to do this?’ “.  Shirky does a brilliant job of leading through the complexities of the decline of US universities, and points to the traditional arrogance of universities who have refused to read the writing on the wall. Will US universities seek to exist as we know it? The future is unclear, but what is evident is that people are seeking alternatives to learning for a variety of reasons"


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Rich, rich link. Bertrand Russell and Clay Shirky's thoughts collide

 

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Warning: Thomas Friedman is an Education Expert Now

Warning:  Thomas Friedman is an Education Expert Now | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
I am reluctant to review newspaper articles or op-ed pieces in the same way I have handled journal articles, series chapters or literature from the developers of MOOC platforms.  However, if utiliz...
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This doctoral students talks about flaws that he sees in some of the stats and perceptions surrounding MOOCS

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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

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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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Assumptions and challenges of open scholarship | Veletsianos | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

Assumptions and challenges of open scholarship | Veletsianos | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

This was shared this week on Steven Downes' weekly 'best of' email: 

Abstract 
Researchers, educators, policymakers, and other education stakeholders hope and anticipate that openness and open scholarship will generate positive outcomes for education and scholarship. Given the emerging nature of open practices, educators and scholars are finding themselves in a position in which they can shape and/or be shaped by openness. The intention of this paper is (a) to identify the assumptions of the open scholarship movement and (b) to highlight challenges associated with the movement’s aspirations of broadening access to education and knowledge. Through a critique of technology use in education, an understanding of educational technology narratives and their unfulfilled potential, and an appreciation of the negotiated implementation of technology use, we hope that this paper helps spark a conversation for a more critical, equitable, and effective future for education and open scholarship. 

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A Master List of 500 Free Courses From Great Universities

A Master List of 500 Free Courses From Great Universities | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

I am a BIG fan of the OPEN CULTURE Project!

 

Read more:

http://www.openculture.com/2012/06/a_master_list_of_500_free_courses_from_great_universities.html

 


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25 Tips For A Better MOOC Experience

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Massive online open courses (also known as MOOCs) are quite popular these days.


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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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Communities o Practice - The 20 Organizational Frontier.pdf

In this article by Wenger and Snyder suggest that: To get communities going – and to sustain them over time – managers should:

*Identify Potential Communities of Practice.

*Provide the Infrastructure that will support such communities of practice.

*Use non traditional methods to assess the value of these communities of practice.

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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.

 

Ken's Key Takeaway:

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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MOOCs: Top 10 Sites for Free Education With Elite Universities

MOOCs: Top 10 Sites for Free Education With Elite Universities | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
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Here is a list of (only) University-sponsored MOOCs.  Enjoy.

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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.
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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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Half an Hour: Assessment in MOOCs

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First of all, the MOOCs I have worked on have not focused on assessment - they have been courses, yes, with a small number (20 or so) taking them for credit, but the vast majority of participants auditing. So the question of marking term papers never came up. And like you, I would not contemplate multiple-choice exams in humanities and literature courses.

If you really need assessment, a few solutions have been proposed and, to a limited extend, tried out:


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This is a great post by Stephen Downs about MOOCs, assessment, and how ideas flow through networks.

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Jan Zanetis's curator insight, May 5, 2013 1:32 AM

You don't hear much about this side of MOOC's

Jean Jacoby's curator insight, May 5, 2013 4:46 PM

Excellent overview with useful links to exemplars.

Amparo Toral's curator insight, May 6, 2013 3:37 AM

A must read on assessment in MOOC, with very useful links and reflections.

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More and more Universties in US are Flipping Classes into Mooc #Mooc


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I have been in enough MOOCS to know that they are not THE answer. BUT they deserve a chance to grow, adjust, adapt and find a place in society and higher Ed before we throw them out for not being perfect yet
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Connectivism in Practice – How to organize a MOOC | Peeragogy.org

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Learn #passion: #MOOC = "different activities for each person, various platforms + everyone has her own outcome" http://t.co/uwQ0BSao #KM

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I am taking a course from Howard Rheingold at the moment.  He is very skilled at building a community of colearners.

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Here a MOOC, there a MOOC, everywhere a MOOC, MOOC . . .

Here a MOOC, there a MOOC, everywhere a MOOC, MOOC . . . | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

"During the second half of 2012, conversations within the ed-tech world were all a-Twitter linking and blogging about MOOCs at a fever pitch, identifying them as the impending disruptor in higher education. It wasn't until November that it seemed the more mainstream press finally covered it with the big headline, such as The Year of the MOOC .

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Will MOOCs be transformative to higher education as other technologies were to other industries and sectors?  What's your riff?"


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Here is a fairly balanced look at the possibility of Moocs.

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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, January 28, 2013 2:56 PM

This articl4 is an attempt to go beyond the hype and assess what MOOCs really could mean for (US) education. It starts with a bit of history, including 'predictions' by Harvard's Clayton Christensen and by Nathan Harding on the bankruptcy of the current university system. It then continues with an inventory of what may have contributed to the MOOCs' rapidly increased popularity: college is in trouble anyway, the credit card debt is topped by the student loan debt, the flipped classroom is as good (or bad) as the teacher who does the flipping (with MOOCs being flipped classrooms taken to its logical conclusion). Amidst worries about equal access to higher education and the quality of MOOCs if they become widespread, Westerberg list 16 thoughts about what MOOCs might achieve. These really are intuitions about what the future might bring, useful intuitions in that they allow us to be prepared for the future (and thus ready to adjust its course).

 

Not all of her thoughts are original - such as MOOCs stimulate thinking about pedagogy, about online affordances, about knowledge sharing - but how could they in such a much discussed area? Original are the intuitions that MOOCs sharpen our intuitions as to what we do badly in schools, what the importance is of teachers and one-to-one interactions, and what is wrong with college.

 

I found this a stimulating article. Even though a substantial part of it is specific to the US (not even North-American) situation) and does not directly apply elsewhere in the world, it might soon. In the UK student fees have gone up tremendously this year, for example, so a student loan debt is in the making there too, it would seem. Elsewhere, governments fighting increasing deficits might consider the same solutions, with the same dire consequences. (@pbsloep)

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MOOCs in Minnesota - Casting Out Nines - The Chronicle of Higher Education

MOOCs in Minnesota - Casting Out Nines - The Chronicle of Higher Education | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

A bit more detail on the background of Minnesota vs. Moocs

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MOOC's and the McDonaldization of Global Higher Education - WorldWise - The Chronicle of Higher Education

MOOC's and the McDonaldization of Global Higher Education - WorldWise - The Chronicle of Higher Education | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Ken's Key takeaway.

I don't agree with this article.  I agree with the weeknesses that the author points out about MOOCS.  I disagree with people jumping up and down criticizing ideas that are not perfect yet.  MOOCS are not perfect. They are a step in the right direction of building a partial bridge between a certain type of teacher and a certain type of mass audience.  I am not impressed when people claim that MOOCS are not a "Silver Bullet".  I don't think many of us who love MOOCS have ever claimed that.  We claim that MOOCS are a great way to help some of us continue learning and they are a great way to help some people learn some things that their location, schedule, or economic situations would never allow them to do.


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Ken Morrison's comment, October 11, 2012 8:22 PM
Thanks for sharing this. I don't love MOOCS of 2012. I like where the arrow is pointing. I am certain that it is not a silver bullet. But I haven't heard many proponents claim that it is. It is a great way to connect a certain type of teacher with certain types of students who would never connect due to locations, schedules, economic situations, etc. I hope that it does not replace traditional classrooms completely. I do hope it causes all universities to rethink some of their approaches.
LaiaJoana's comment, October 12, 2012 7:30 AM
Hi Ken, thanks for your comments. I hope that it will be a way that (some) teachers and universities think about teaching and learning and exploring new ways of doing. We still have to learn a lot!!
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Marvelous MOOCs

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A nice talk on the future of MOOCS

 

“The principal challenge—and one we embrace with this initiative—is to experiment and learn from our experience, to develop the knowledge sufficient for separating true value from hype, and to deploy these technologies effectively in service of Penn’s educational mission" -- Price

 

“Some people see it as a revolution; I see it as a continuum,” said Al Filreis

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George Siemens' interview on MOOCs and Open Education

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George Siemens discusses the young history of MOOCs and his hope for the future.

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The c MOOC as knowledge ecologies

The c MOOC as knowledge ecologies | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

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I like the new term Personal Knowledge Network (PKN) 

 

Here are some quotes directly from the attached article:

 

Knowledge ecologies are thus self-controlled and self-contained entities.

 

Knowledge ecologies lacked a shared repertoire and are thus open and distributed knowledge domains.

 

The result of participation in a knowledge ecology is a restructuring of one’s PKN, a reframing of one’s theories-in-use and an extension of one’s external network with new tacit and explicit knowledge nodes; i.e. people and information (external level)

Knowledge ecology is a more general concept than intensional networks.

In essence, a knowledge ecology is a complex adaptive system that emerges from the bottom-up connection of PKNs.


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Measuring the Importance of Online Learning

Measuring the Importance of Online Learning | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

An interesting view of how online learning's reputation has improved over the course of the author's career.

 

Ken's Key Takeaway.

Education will adapt to the market.  Hopefully we will not wait for the market to stabalize before we continue to innovate (while staying grounded in what does not need to change).

 


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Ken Morrison's comment, August 28, 2012 8:47 PM
Hello Pamela. Thank you for following my topic. I hope it is helpful for you. It looks like we have many similar online interests. Keep up the great work on your site!
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