Europe is characterised by diversity and as such MOOC provision should account for diverse languages, cultures, settings, pedagogies and technologies. In this peer reviewed report the 31 papers demonstrate that Europe is re-engineering the generic MOOC model to allow for a broad spectrum of approaches and contexts...
A good story can make or break a presentation, article, or conversation. But why is that? When Buffer co-founder Leo Widrich started to market his product through stories instead of benefits and bullet points, sign-ups went through the roof. Here he shares the science of why storytelling is so uniquely powerful.
A framework for institutional portfolio management borrows best practices from both higher education and private-sector industry to help technology leaders step up as institutional leaders in improving institutional performance.
"There's nothing dishonourable about making job training more accessible, but the rapid retreat of MOOCs into vocational banality..." is a risk.
Goal should be "...to interest people in everything, so that they could grapple with complexly interconnected global problems. [...] And the technology underlying MOOCs - as well as their reach - provides a solid platform for broadening people's interests. MOOCs need to be linked across disciplines, with recommendation engines like those employed by Netflix and YouTube to entice students to compulsively take up new interests. Completion rates need to be de-emphasised in favour of curiosity quotients."
...The goal of this paper is to address a number of gaps in the scholarly understanding of MOOCs and present a comprehensive picture of the literature by examining the geographic distribution, publication outlets, citations, data collection and analysis methods, and research strands of empirical research focusing on MOOCs. We tackle this goal by reviewing relevant literature and situating this study in the context of prior literature; presenting our research questions and describing the methods used to collect data; describing the data analysis methods used to answer each research question; and presenting our results. We conclude by discussing findings and making recommendations for researchers studying MOOC-related topics.
A reimagined student record can present a much broader view of students’ activities, accomplishments, and learning, as well as how the different learning experiences intersect and build off of each other.
Udacity’s Sebastian Thrun announced on April 22 that he would bestepping down from his post as company CEO; Vishal Makhijani, the company’s chief operating officer, will assume the throne. In an exclusive interview, Thrun shares with EdSurge’s Betsy Corcoran what he learned from being the “godfather” of MOOCs...
... Denial is another factor in faculty opposition. In a recent debate at my business school on disruption theory and its application to higher education, a faculty colleague stated flatly, “MOOCS have failed.” He was perhaps thinking of some reports of low completion rates for Massive Open Online Classes (MOOCs). But in fact they are doing quite well...
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