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Perception and use of massive open online courses among medical students in a developing country: multicentre cross-sectional study | Aboshady et al. - BMJ Open

About one-fifth of undergraduate medical students in Egypt have heard about MOOCs. Students who actively participated showed a positive attitude towards the experience, but better time management skills and faster Internet connection speeds are required. Further studies are needed involving enrolled students in large representative samples, to assess their experiences using MOOCs. In addition, more effort is needed to raise awareness among students of such courses, as most students who had not heard about MOOCs did show interest in participating once they became aware of the courses.


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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, February 11, 7:27 AM

When MOOCs rose to prominence, Daphne Koller was one of the first to point out their promises for democratizing education. MOOCs, for example, are made available to everybody with Internet acces, including countries in the developing world, who now had access to educational content from top universities, as Koller said. In this lies the danger of cultural imperialism and I have reported on this in these pages as well as written about it (in the now defunct MOOC Forum journal). Still, these are mere opinions,  I had never seen any data about the actual appreciation of MOOCs by students in developing countries, until this paper was brought to my attention, that is. Hidden in the text is the one precious sentence which states that cultural issues did not appear to be a problem for the (Egyptian) students canvassed (through a questionnaire). In stead, other problems were mentioned, general ones such as a lack of time and more specific ones such as insufficient bandwidth. Altogether a very useful study, certainly for MOOC providers who have confessed to want to cater for the needs of students in developing countries. @pbsloep

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Learning online: massive open online courses (MOOCs), connectivism, and cultural psychology

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(2013). Learning online: massive open online courses (MOOCs), connectivism, and cultural psychology. Distance Education: Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 129-136. doi: 10.1080/01587919.2013.770428

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Princeton University - 'MOOC World': Experts clash over differing visions of education technology

Princeton University - 'MOOC World': Experts clash over differing visions of education technology | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

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Kristen Gates, Ed.D.'s curator insight, April 12, 2014 12:07 PM

MOOC conversation continues...

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George Siemens on why MOOCs should be welcomed by higher education

An insightful opinion piece from George Siemens, in many ways speaking to the five myths about MOOCs laid out by London Knowledge Lab's Diana Lauri...

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The Direction of MOOC Research

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After 2 years of MOOC mania, the time has come for increasing the output of MOOC research. But what direction is that research taking – what direction should it take?


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Abi James's curator insight, December 19, 2013 3:43 AM

Mooc research needs to consider inckusion - how to include those excluded from traditional university study particularly those with disabilities and accessibility needs. so far we are struggling to capture their needs and requirements. 

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MOOC, SPOC, MOOR And The Walking Dead – The Journey Continues

MOOC, SPOC, MOOR And The Walking Dead – The Journey Continues | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
SPOC, MOOR, And The Walking Dead; MOOC odyssey continues into uncharted waters.

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, October 12, 2013 7:36 AM

When Technoduet first published its list of MOOC Providers about six months back, there were just 26 names.  Now it has 40 and growing.

 

Not only number of MOOC providers has multiplied, MOOC themselves have diversified.  We now have SPOC, MOOR  and even a MOOC based on a popular TV series.  The maturity, diversification and popularity of MOOC are all going up.

Tom Hood's curator insight, October 12, 2013 10:37 AM

The speed of learning evolution continues to accelerate as MOOCs (massively open on-line courses) spawn SPOCs (small, private on-line courses) and MOORs (massively open on-line research). Add in social learning, tin can, AICC, and SCORM, we see us quickly moving to just-in-time learning to support the idea of the right talent at the right time with the right skills.

 

I think we are clearly entering the age of learning as a competitive advantage (for us as individuals and our organizations). in an age of rapid ans accelerating change and complexity, the winners will be those who can keep their L>C, their rate of learning must be greater than the rate of change and greater than their competition.

 

For learning strategy and resources see www.blionline.org

 

Alexina's curator insight, October 12, 2013 1:07 PM

What are SPOC and MOOR?  The article mentions their website's list of MOOC providers — now up to 40. See http://www.technoduet.com/a-comprehensive-list-of-mooc-massive-open-online-courses-providers/

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4 Downsides to MOOCs

4 Downsides to MOOCs | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

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UNESCO Office in Bangkok: MOOCs: The Asian perspective

UNESCO Office in Bangkok: MOOCs: The Asian perspective | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Interested in finding out what the Asian perspectives are on MOOCs? http://t.co/BMVbD5Xxb3 #oer #ocw #mooc via @openeducationwk

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Pieter de Vries's curator insight, August 22, 2013 12:00 PM

The other perspective ,,,

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How MOOCs Can Help India: Scientific American

How MOOCs Can Help India via @sciam http://t.co/rZ3ocUnLzF
#MOOC #india #edchat #onlineEd #elearning #OER #openSource

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Amol Shinde's curator insight, February 18, 2014 6:08 AM

Is MOOC the next wave in India?

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How Moocs Can help India
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Are MOOCs the answer? An Indian Perspective

Are MOOCs the answer? An Indian Perspective | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
They are the buzzwords in the education sector. The popularity of these open courses is gaining steadily, with thousands of students across the globe enrolling online.

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Jiten Achary's comment, August 7, 2013 3:12 AM
Learning Management System is the latest and most effective learning platform today and it has paved the way for new methods of education. MYVLE offers a virtual learning environment for both instructors and students. To learn more about LMS, please visit http://www.myvle.com/.
M.A.P.'s curator insight, August 13, 2013 9:43 PM

"Eventually, MOOCs will evolve beyond the delivery of online courses to becoming a pervasive resource where open access to cutting-edge university research (as well as teaching) will play a pivotal role in guiding the decisions of individuals in matters that affect their lives the most."  This is the ideal objective.  As the commenter said at the end of the article, the low penetration of Internet, language constraint, local knowledge, etc. are all barriers at present.  

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BBC: Massive open online courses (MOOCs) - threat or opportunity?

BBC: Massive open online courses (MOOCs) - threat or opportunity? | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Newsnight's David Grossman looks at the impact of Moocs, online courses aimed at large-scale interactive participation and open access via the web.

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The pedagogical foundations of massive open online courses

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The pedagogical foundations of massive open online courses

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Carlos Lizarraga Celaya's curator insight, May 8, 2013 11:39 AM

In 2011, the respective roles of higher education institutions and students worldwide were brought into question by the rise of the massive open online course (MOOC). MOOCs are defined by signature characteristics that include: lectures formatted as short videos combined with formative quizzes; automated assessment and/or peer and self–assessment and an online forum for peer support and discussion. Although not specifically designed to optimise learning, claims have been made that MOOCs are based on sound pedagogical foundations that are at the very least comparable with courses offered by universities in face–to–face mode. To validate this, we examined the literature for empirical evidence substantiating such claims. Although empirical evidence directly related to MOOCs was difficult to find, the evidence suggests that there is no reason to believe that MOOCs are any less effective a learning experience than their face–to–face counterparts. Indeed, in some aspects, they may actually improve learning outcomes.

 
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Learning analytics at Stanford takes huge leap forward with MOOCs

Learning analytics at Stanford takes huge leap forward with MOOCs | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Stanford's Lytics Lab gathers data from massive open online courses to learn more about how we learn. The group studies student behavior to measure interaction and performance.

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Marci Segal, MS's comment, April 13, 2013 10:56 AM
Good to have a peek inside - thanks!
Marci Segal, MS's curator insight, April 13, 2013 10:57 AM

Good to have a peek inside what's going on, eh?  Ready to take the plunge?

Daniel Tan's curator insight, July 4, 2014 9:42 PM

The greatest contribution of  MOOCs to education will not be the  demographic  and geograhic reach it claims to provide, but the disruption it creates on the limitations and previous beliefs of the instructivist pedagogy model. Data and learning analytics will document how the student, and more specifically,  how the brain learns.  The truism that "(s)he who speaks the most learn the most" will be based on data Collected and analyzed.  For now, we content that in teaching a class, that teacher has  learned the most. :)

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MOOC vs. OER: has evolution killed the revolution?

MOOC vs. OER: has evolution killed the revolution? | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Yesterday I attended a mini conference dedicated to Open Educational Resources (OER). I found it to be quite interesting as there aren’t many events completely dedicated to OER these days. In fact,

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Open as in oer and open as in MOOC

A discussion over the different definitions of "Open" (Open as in oer and open as in MOOC #connectivism #mooc http://t.co/YxhxvZSc5g via @patlockley)...

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pru's curator insight, March 14, 2014 7:02 PM

Useful discussion prompt for openness - in professional learning, and when considering development of MOOC learning materials. Massive benefit if these can become part of the OER ecosystem.

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MOOCs: The Intrigue Of Coursera

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Coursera, the popular massive open online course (MOOC) platform, intrigues.

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China Enters the World of MOOC

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AsstudentsinPekingUniversityandTsinghuaUniversity,twotopuniversitiesinChina,starttheir

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Udacity And San Jose State See Improvement In Their Online Education Experiment [Updated] | TechCrunch

Udacity And San Jose State See Improvement In Their Online Education Experiment [Updated] | TechCrunch | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Experimentation is a roller coaster. San Jose State University suspended its controversial experiment in online courses last spring after disappointing results.

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MOOCs Directory

"Regardless of your personal opinion on the value of these Massive Open Online Courses, the current reality for many low income, and underserved student populations in the US, and globally is that these free open courses from some of the world's leading experts is a  partial win of the "Educational Access Lottery". Partial because winning the full lottery would require adding free broadband access, and credit options for their MOOCs courses. "


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Dr. Susan Bainbridge's curator insight, August 22, 2013 4:55 AM

Extensive listing of available MOOCs.

Gabi Witthaus's curator insight, August 22, 2013 9:36 AM

Via Susan Bainbridge - extensive listing of available MOOCs.

Pieter de Vries's curator insight, August 22, 2013 12:02 PM

Know where to go ...

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Massive Open Online Courses and Beyond: the Revolution to Come

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"The New York Times dubbed 2012 the year of the MOOCs – massive open online courses. Suddenly the discourse of MOOCs and the future of the university hit the headlines with influential reports using the language of “the revolution to come.”.


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This articles sets out some of the thinking behind the MOOC 'revolution', and is a compact review of the subject.  Some highlights relevant to #oerrrhub:

 "One of the claims that has been made is that the major MOOC providers do not tend to hire people who have experience or training in instructional design, course design, digital pedagogy, the learning sciences or educational technology. Instead they are hiring programmers, often with little or no experience."


"MOOCs are to get a great push from legislation being considered in the California and Florida senates. Senate Bill 520 – “Student instruction: California Online Student Incentive Grant programs” – was introduced by Sen. Darrell Steinberg in early June 2013 and passed unanimously, although the amendments have been significant. The position paper The Right to Educational Access: Using Online Education to Address Bottleneck Courses in California, written for The 20 Million Minds Foundation, outlines the extent of the bottleneck problem and the online solution. Nearly 90 percent of California’s 112 community colleges reported waiting lists for courses in autumn 2012, with an average of 7,000 students on waiting lists per college. Meanwhile, only 60 percent of students at the University of California and a paltry 16 percent at California State University were able to earn a degree within the standard four years, largely because of their inability to register for the courses they need to graduate."


The conclusion is worth reproducing in full:

"I would like to suggest that “peer philosophies” are at the heart of a radical notion of “openness” and would advocate the significance of peer governance, peer review, peer learning and peer collaboration as a collection of values that form the basis for open institutions and open management philosophies. This form of openness has been theorized in different ways by John Dewey, Charles Sanders Pierce and Karl Popper as a “community of inquiry” – a set of values and philosophy committed to the ethic of criticism that offers means for transforming our institutions in what Antonio Negri and others call the age of cognitive capitalism. Expressive and aesthetic labor (“creative labor”) demands institutional structures for developing “knowledge cultures” as “flat hierarchies” that permit reciprocal academic exchanges as a new basis for public institutions.

 

The reinvention of the university as a public institution allows an embrace of a diverse philosophical heritage based on the notions of “public”: “the public sphere,” “publics” (in the plural), “civil society” and “global public sphere” – all concepts that hold open the prospect of addressing the local and the global – both the community, the regional as well as the national and the global. This is a philosophy out of which values can be forged and orientations adopted that reflect this heritage, which squares with an institutional identity as a part of a historical public system of higher education and which contributes to a global civic agenda of common world problems. MOOCs have a significant role to play in this situation.

 

The notion of the university as a public knowledge institution needs to reinvent a language and to initiate a new discourse that reexamines the notions of “public” and “institution” in a digital global economy characterized by increasing intercultural and international interconnectedness. This discourse needs to begin by understanding the historical and material conditions of its own future possibilities, including threats of the monopolization of knowledge and privatization of higher education together with the prospects and promise of forms of openness (open source, open access, open education, open science, open management) that promote the organization of digital creative labor and the democratization of access to knowledge."

 

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Tom Hood's curator insight, August 21, 2013 7:20 AM

Big questions for our Profesison...

 

How will this impact the CPA Profession's continuing education programs? How could MOOCs change the nature of "college eductaion" and the pre-requisites for CPA Exam qualification?

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OER MOOC: Reviewing COER13 Using Conole's 12 Dimensions Rubric

OER MOOC: Reviewing COER13 Using Conole's 12 Dimensions Rubric | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
A review of the OER MOOC COER13, Course on Open Education Resources, using Gráinne Conole’s rubric of 12 dimensions to evaluate a MOOC.

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MOOOCS – Massive Opportunities to Overcome Organisational Catastrophes, by Gilly Salmon

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Professor Gilly Salmon is Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning Transformations at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne , Australia. Previously, she was the Executive Director and Professor (Lea...

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Heather Thompson's comment, July 26, 2013 5:44 PM
lots of great common sense in this
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A University's Offer of Credit for a MOOC Gets No Takers

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A University's Offer of Credit for a MOOC Gets No Takers


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MOOC Teaches How to Cheat in Online Courses, With Eye to Prevention

MOOC Teaches How to Cheat in Online Courses, With Eye to Prevention | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

In a few weeks, Bernard Bull, assistant vice president for academics at Concordia University Wisconsin, will ask participants in his new course to cheat.


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Jean Jacoby's curator insight, May 6, 2013 4:41 PM

Cunning!

timokos's curator insight, May 7, 2013 4:00 AM

Great topic!

 

The course is delivered through Canvas and has a cap of 1000 participants, so a very smal MOOC compared to most xMOOCs. Wonder if that is part of the design to prevent cheating?