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The Tricky Task of Figuring Out What Makes a MOOC Successful

The Tricky Task of Figuring Out What Makes a MOOC Successful | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
Why traditional metrics like completion rates aren't a good way to evaluate online courses
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Marta Torán's curator insight, March 2, 2:18 AM

Un artículo muy interesante que analiza los resultados de los MOOCs 

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Following the developments on MOOCs and online learning and their impact on higher education
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The Real Legacy of MOOCs: Better Introductory Courses | Mediashift | PBS

The Real Legacy of MOOCs: Better Introductory Courses | Mediashift | PBS | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
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Why this new attention on the student experience in introductory courses? Much of the credit should go to MOOCs. No college or university can today afford to offer an introductory course for its paying students that is not of superior quality to what the same students can get for free from an open online course. If a campus-based introductory course is no better than a MOOC, students (and their parents) will begin to vote with their feet.

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, August 29, 12:02 AM

No university can today afford to offer an introductory course for its paying students that is not of superior quality to what the same students can get for free from an open online course - this is something that needs to be considered. You can do introductory courses in all sorts of things - and it is actually ok if you do not finish them. I wonder if all universities will go MOOCs for their introductory subjects in a few years? I have studied online for the last 2 and a half years and honestly do not see what the benefit of going to the campus would be (plus, I don't have the time). 

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omooc

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omooc ‘waar is de overheid van?’

Vanaf 28 augustus komt acht weken lang elke donderdag om 12 uur ‘s middags een nieuw online college over ‘waar is de overheid van?’.

Online colleges met frisse inzichten van o.a. Martijn Aslander, Kim Putters, Jos van der Lans, Albert Jan Kruiter, Mark Hillen, Chris Sigaloff en Sadik Harchaoui. Zij spreken over het einde van de overheid zoals we hem kennen, over de vijf reuzeproblemen die de decentralisaties moeten oplossen. En over oplossingen: over een nieuw afwegingskader voor maatwerk, over het radicaal anders financieren van maatschappelijke vraagstukken en hoe we kunnen innoveren van innovatie voor maatschappelijke impact.

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The Future of College?

The Future of College? | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
A brash tech entrepreneur thinks he can reinvent higher education by stripping it down to its essence, eliminating lectures and tenure along with football games, ivy-covered buildings, and research libraries. What if he's right? 

Via Mark Smithers
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The truly revolutionary type of university Minerva now starts after two years of preparation. 

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Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, August 20, 1:16 AM

Intro to the Minerva way of teaching
(a surprising mix of technology and pedagogy)

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Culture

Netflix Culture: Freedom & Responsibility 1
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Uit NRC next: In een 126 pagina’s tellende Powerpoint presentatie uit 2009 - die eigenlijk alleen bedoeld was voor intern gebruik - zetten bestuursvoorzitter Reed Hastings en een aantal collega’s de visie achter de onorthodoxe bedrijfscultuur uiteen. Sheryl Sandberg, financieel directeur van Facebook, heeft het al ‘het belangrijkste document uit Silicon Valley ooit‘ genoemd.

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Business School, Disrupted

Business School, Disrupted | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
In moving into online education, Harvard Business School discovered that it isn’t so easy to practice what it teaches.
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What strikes me most was this fact about the University of Wisconsin’s business school: the dean "has changed his school’s incentive structure, which, as in most of academia, was based primarily on the number of research articles published in elite journals. Now professors who can’t crack those journals but “have a gift for inspiring learning,” he said, in person or online, are being paid as top performers, too. “We are now rewarding people who have tenure to give up on research,” Mr. Ortalo-Magné said.

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Singapore Government Builds Training Program Around Johns Hopkins University Data Science Specialization

Singapore Government Builds Training Program Around Johns Hopkins University Data Science Specialization | Open and online learning | Scoop.it

Education is at the root of a healthy, progressive nation. The Singapore government is famous for its top notch public education system that has pioneered new education models and inspired other...

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Are Specializations obtaining a status of its own

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This French tech school has no teachers, no books, no tuition -- and it could change everything

This French tech school has no teachers, no books, no tuition -- and it could change everything | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
PARIS -- École 42 might be one of the most ambitious experiments in engineering education. It has no teachers. No books. No MOOCs. No dorms, gyms, labs, or student centers. No tuition. And yet it p...
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Erkenning van non-formeel leren in een MOOC

Erkenning van non-formeel leren in een MOOC | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
Robert | Open Educational Resources
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Schuwer beschrijft in deze blogpost een discussie over erkenning van MOOCs en de rol van de ECTS guide daarbij:

 

Voor erkenning van een MOOC werden drie zaken uiteindelijk van belang gevonden:

Voldoende vertrouwen in de identificatie en authenticatie van de aanvrager bij het volgen van de MOOCDe vorm van assessmentAanwezigheid van een adequate beschrijving van de MOOC in termen van leerdoelen, omvang, niveau et cetera.Ten aanzien van punt 3 werd gewezen op de ECTS-guide. Deze guide bevat (p. 28) een aanbeveling voor een beschrijving van een te accrediteren/beoordelen cursus. Deze kan voor het grootste deel ook worden gebruikt voor beschrijving van een MOOC. De guide wordt momenteel gereviseerd. Bij die revisie zullen onder meer aanpassingen aan nieuwe ontwikkelingen worden doorgevoerd.
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Luc Vandeput's curator insight, June 14, 11:42 PM

Maturiteitsmodel: ineteen van mooc in opleiding, erkenning van mooc in de opleiding, ontwikkelen van mooc voor gesloten netwerk , en ontwikkelen van open mooc. 

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MOOCs Won’t Replace Business Schools — They’ll Diversify Them

MOOCs Won’t Replace Business Schools — They’ll Diversify Them | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
New data from Wharton suggests MOOCs are helping business schools reach new audiences.
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"Even in their infancy, business MOOCs from Wharton are reaching groups of students most commonly targeted for outreach by business schools:

- working professionals outside the United States

- foreign-born

- and underrepresented minorities in the United States."

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Harvard Debuts HBX Live, a New Kind of Online Classroom

Harvard Debuts HBX Live, a New Kind of Online Classroom | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
Read about Harvard's new online classroom, HBX Live. The online classroom will combine interactivity of a live seminar with flexibility of online learning.
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Seeing 60 faces in an online classroom: is this a step forward for online learning? It might add an extra form to all possibilities which all have their strengths and limitations.

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Problems with MOOC research

Problems with MOOC research | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
Like Frances Bell and Roy Williams, I too have listened to Stephen Downes’ recent presentation to a German audience in Tubingen, Germany. Thanks to Matthias Melcher for sharing the link. Digital Re...

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Pixar Cofounder Ed Catmull on Failure and Why Fostering a Fearless Culture Is the Key to Groundbreaking Creative Work

Pixar Cofounder Ed Catmull on Failure and Why Fostering a Fearless Culture Is the Key to Groundbreaking Creative Work | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
Why the greatest enemy of creative success is the attempt to fortify against failure.

"Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes

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Col Beer's curator insight, May 5, 3:08 PM

Fantastic

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Innovating Pedagogy 2013 | Open University Innovations Report #2

Innovating Pedagogy 2013 | Open University Innovations Report #2 | Open and online learning | Scoop.it

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The Case for Banning Laptops in the Classroom - The New Yorker

The Case for Banning Laptops in the Classroom - The New Yorker | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
A colleague of mine in the department of computer science at Dartmouth recently sent an e-mail to all of us on the faculty. The subject line read: “Ban computers in the classroom?” The note that followed was one sentence long: “I finally saw the light today and propose we ban the use of laptops in class.” While the sentiment in my colleague’s e-mail was familiar, the source was surprising: it came from someone teaching a programming class, where computers are absolutely integral to learning and teaching. Surprise turned to something approaching shock when, in successive e-mails, I saw that his opinion was shared by many others in the department.
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Moocs are free – but for how much longer?

Moocs are free – but for how much longer? | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
Monetising career development courses could be the next step for the university, says Stanford professor
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@Ignatia Webs: #MOOC for development report #ict4D

@Ignatia Webs: #MOOC for development report #ict4D | Open and online learning | Scoop.it

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5 Things Researchers Have Discovered About MOOCs – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

5 Things Researchers Have Discovered About MOOCs – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
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1. If you are isolated, poor, and enamored of the prestigious university offering the MOOC you’re taking, you are less likely to complete it.

2. Coaching students to have a healthier mindset about learning may not help in a MOOC.

3. Paired with the right incentives, MOOCs can help prepare at-risk students for college-level work.

4. Discussion forums in MOOCs are healthy places for the few students who use them.

5. We still do not know if doing well in MOOCs will help underprivileged learners become upwardly mobile.




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Online learning at research-intensive universities needs a strategic approach - LERU : League of European Research Universities

Online learning at research-intensive universities needs a strategic approach - LERU : League of European Research Universities | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
Press release: Online learning at research-intensive universities needs a strategic approach
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ScienceGuide

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Artikel Th&ma: Open en online onderwijs: kwaliteitsverhoging door innovatie

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MOOCs nog niet geaccrediteerd

MOOCs nog niet geaccrediteerd | Open and online learning | Scoop.it

De NVAO lijkt het niet waarschijnlijk dat MOOCs in Nederland en Vlaanderen binnen afzienbare tijd worden geaccrediteerd. De NVAO acht het wel mogelijk dat er een gedeelde perceptie groeit van wat bepalend is voor een “goede” MOOC.


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Help Yourself and Help the World: An Interview With Duolingo CEO Luis von Ahn

Help Yourself and Help the World: An Interview With Duolingo CEO Luis von Ahn | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
This article is by Saj-Nicole Joni, chief executive of Cambridge International Group. The Right Fight, by Saj-Nicole Joni and Damon Beyer, is available in book, ebook and audio formats. With billions of people connected to the Internet, massive, inclusive collaborations are now possible for the first time in history. MacArthur fellow and [...]
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First: an interesting business model: 

 

"Duolingo is a language-learning and crowdsourced text-translation platform. Its online language classes are designed so that as part of learning a new language, students are invited to translate content and vote on the accuracy of other student translations. The content comes from organizations such as CNN and BuzzFeed, which pay Duolingo to translate articles for their companies’ international sites. This model allows Duolingo to make its language courses free for all students with access to the Internet."


And second: challenging view on pedagogy!


"We looked at the different theories of language pedagogy when we started out, and we discovered that they’re like diets: There are thousands of them, they’re not well supported by data, and they all contradict one another. But working at the scale of millions gives us the advantage of being able to engineer better teaching methods quickly. For example, we might look at our data and see that a lot of people are having trouble learning how adjectives work. So we posit that maybe we should teach adverbs before we teach adjectives. We try that approach on the next 25,000 people and compare the results with those for a control group of equivalent size; if the data show that it works better, we adapt the system to incorporate the new pedagogy. Everything we do is based on data generated from large sets of learners. "  

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Trinidad pioneers online learning

Trinidad pioneers online learning | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
Trinidad and Tobago launches the first nationwide online learning project with Coursera
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In Trinidad, Coursera is working with the government and the University of Trinidad and Tobago to provide online courses, learning materials and television programmes.

 

There will be learning centres on the university campuses where students will be able to get help from mentors.

 

There will also be accreditation and college credits from the online courses.

 
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Mooc students ‘passive’, study suggests

Mooc students ‘passive’, study suggests | Open and online learning | Scoop.it

Research finds Harvard course cohort had high hopes, but avoided collaboration and failed to use new skills at work...

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Via Lucas Gruez
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Here lies a great task for engaging instructional design:

 

research shows that even intrinsically motivated MOOC participants end up doing as little as possible to get the grade, as an effect of the design of the MOOC.

 

"The design of the Mooc [Fundamentals of Clinical Trials] had encouraged students to step on to a “treadmill” of absorbing content and then taking a test, he said, rather than applying it in real life." 

 

"Professor Littlejohn said that the research team would be speaking to Mooc platforms such as the UK’s FutureLearn and the US-based Coursera about the results to help design more engaging programmes." 

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10 reasons we should ditch university lectures

10 reasons we should ditch university lectures | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
Students have just one chance to hear a lecture - and mostly it's just someone reading their notes aloud
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And if not lectures, what then? "The fact is, a student taking my Mooc can make a closer connection with me than if they were in a class of more than 25 or so students, and certainly more than in a class of 250."

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