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Following the developments on MOOCs and online learning and their impact on higher education
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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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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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A balanced research report on the hopes and realities of MOOCs

A balanced research report on the hopes and realities of MOOCs | Open and online learning | Scoop.it

... We are now beginning to see a number of new research publications on MOOCs. The journal Distance Education will be publishing a series of research articles on MOOCs in June, but now Hollands and Tirthali have produced a comprehensive research analysis of MOOCs...

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Good report and good review of it by Tony Bates.

I do miss one important upcoming goal in the list of goals analysed: valorisation of research, crowd sourcing for research.

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btarta's curator insight, May 30, 2014 12:36 PM

Déjà! mais fort à propos, paraissent les premiers rapports sur les MOOCs: 211pages ...! mais pas une seule vidéo ?! et des conclusions que l'on a pu lire ici et ailleurs sur la toile ou dans les les journaux papiers. Hollands and Tirthali font surtout preuve de prudence et nous donnent cinq ans (horizon 2020) d'après cet article qui présente de leur étude :

"We assess the current evidence regarding whether and how these goals are being achieved and at what cost, and we review expectations regarding the role of MOOCs in education over the next five years. "

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Google Developing Free LMS as Part of Apps for Education -- THE Journal

Google Developing Free LMS as Part of Apps for Education -- THE Journal | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
Google is now taking applications for a limited preview of a new app called Google Classroom — a tool that brings learning management functionality to the Google Apps for Education suite.

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Wilfred Rubens's curator insight, May 10, 2014 8:18 AM

Google bemoeit zich steeds intensiever met het onderwijs. Nu komen ze met Google Classroom. Dit artikel in THE Journal spreekt zelfs van een gratis elektronische leeromgeving. Die typering lijkt me niet terecht, als je naar de functionaliteit kijkt. Als ik het goed begrijp faciliteert Google vooral de workflow rond het geven, maken, inleveren, becommentariëren en beoordelen van opdrachten. Daarbij is sprake van een koppeling met Google Docs. Als je uitgaat van een digitale leer- en werkomgeving op basis van een portaalomgeving, dan kan deze toepassing daar een zinvol onderdeel van zijn. We moeten ons daarbij wel realiseren dat we a) nog afhankelijker worden van Google, b) er nog steeds issues zijn rond eigenaarschap van data, privacy en veiligheid, en c) Google een historie heeft als het gaat om het lanceren maar ook weer om zeep helpen van applicaties (denk aan Google Reader of Google Waves). En waarom kiezen bedrijven als Google vaak voor traditionele namen voor hun producten (denk ook aan het schoolbord).

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A Google Classroom/LMS - streamlines current classroom use of Google apps making things like assignment submission even easier.

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Google has it's own Moodle now

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Collaboration, or lack thereof, behind Semester Online collapse @insidehighered

Collaboration, or lack thereof, behind Semester Online collapse @insidehighered | Open and online learning | Scoop.it

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Insightful lessons from this failed online university initiative of several US universities, an initiative stopped by faculty. It is not that faculty was against online learning, but the business model was not convincing to them

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timokos's curator insight, May 2, 2014 4:16 AM

Interesting report on the failure of 2U's collaboration with a consortium of universities to deliver paid & accredited undergraduate level online courses.

 

Contains some insightfull lessons for other consortia on possible pitfalls when faculty question the reasons of both the administration and the commercial partners. It is not that they don't believe that online could be as good or even better than on-campus courses, but they do not trust the motives of administrators behind this decision, and possibly do not see how this will lead to a sustainable delivery model for their institutions, and what this will mean for their own positions.

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Out in Front, and Optimistic, About Online Education; interview with Courseras new CEO, former president of Yale

Out in Front, and Optimistic, About Online Education; interview with Courseras new CEO, former president of Yale | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
Richard C. Levin, the former president of Yale who now heads Coursera, the online education company, says it will be financially viable within five years.
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Two interesting quotes:

"Many schools started in this because they thought they could do something to improve their on-campus experience — by using on-line lectures to give students background, and then have them come in the so-called flipped classroom and have more active engagement with the instructor.That’s a great thing. But to me that’s like saying that the purpose of movies is to film theater productions. It’s missing the fact that we have a new medium now. Films today don’t look like film versions of stage productions."

 

"If this were just about the flipped classroom I wouldn’t have decided to take this plunge. I see a completely new set of opportunities opening up for universities — and for individuals."

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Donald Clark Plan B: MOOCs: Research (Duke) shows employers love ‘em

Donald Clark Plan B: MOOCs: Research (Duke) shows employers love ‘em | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
Duke research into how employers judge MOOC certificates: as much fir the content as for being indicator of: 1. Motivated learner 2. Self-starter 3. Organised 4. Perseverance 5. Interested in own personal development 6. Wants relevant knowledge & skills 7. Completer
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Move Over Product Design, UX Is The Future

Move Over Product Design, UX Is The Future | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
Rick Wise, CEO of Lippincott, says experience innovation is the next design imperative. Here are five things you can do this year to make that happen.
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How MOOC Video Production Affects Student Engagement | edX

How MOOC Video Production Affects Student Engagement | edX | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
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Recommendations on what works and what not, based on four different style EdX MOOCs/862 videos: Shorter videos are much more engaging. Engagement drops sharply after 6 minutes. Recommendation: Invest heavily in pre-production lesson planning to segment videos into chunks shorter than 6 minutes. This is the most significant recommendation!Videos that intersperse an instructor’s talking head with PowerPoint slides are more engaging than showing only slides. Recommendation: Invest in post-production editing to display the instructor’s head at opportune times in the video. But don’t go overboard because sudden transitions can be jarring. Picture-in-picture might also work well.Videos produced with a more personal feel could be more engaging than high-fidelity studio recordings.Recommendation: Try filming in an informal setting such as an office to emulate a one-on-one office hours experience. It might not be necessary to invest in big-budget studio productions.Khan-style tablet drawing tutorials are more engaging than PowerPoint slides or code screencasts.Recommendation: Introduce motion and continuous visual flow into tutorials, along with extemporaneous speaking so that students can follow along with the instructor’s thought process.Even high-quality prerecorded classroom lectures are not as engaging when chopped up into short segments for a MOOC. Recommendation: If instructors insist on recording traditional classroom lectures, they should still plan lectures with the MOOC format in mind and work closely with instructional designers who have experience in online education.Videos where instructors speak fairly fast and with high enthusiasm are more engaging. Recommendation:Coach instructors to bring out their enthusiasm and reassure them that they do not need to purposely slow down. Students can always pause the video if they want a break.Students engage differently with lecture and tutorial videos. Recommendation: For lectures, focus more on the first-time watching experience. For tutorials, add more support for rewatching and skimming, such as inserting subgoal labels in large fonts throughout the video.
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eLearning Principles from MOOC expert—Tina Seeling

eLearning Principles from MOOC expert—Tina Seeling | Open and online learning | Scoop.it

Can you teach creativity? Can you teach creativity online? Can you teach creativity to more than 44 thousand students online? Tina Seeling was crazy enough to try this in some previous MOOCs that s...


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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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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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Faculty group continues anti-MOOC offensive @insidehighered

Faculty group continues anti-MOOC offensive @insidehighered | Open and online learning | Scoop.it

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Group published very critical but not so nuanced video.

“How can a sane person possibly compare a $300k house purchase with a student who clicked a link to join a course?”

 

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Opening up to MOOCs: opportunities for L&D

Opening up to MOOCs: opportunities for L&D | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
Learning and development (L&D) is awash with acronyms and now there’s a new one on the block, the MOOC - or massive open online courses. Martin Couzins

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Interview with Deloite UK on MOOCs for internal training and development "..MOOC vendors have disrupted the corporate training market, which has caused established technology vendors to respond with MOOC-like functionality. The upshot for L&D teams is that they really need to understand the market and the business problem they are trying to solve." 

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Minerva’s Plan to Disrupt Universities: A Talk with CEO Ben Nelson | Xconomy

Minerva’s Plan to Disrupt Universities: A Talk with CEO Ben Nelson | Xconomy | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
Traditional four-year universities have always had to compete for students. They’re vying not only against each other, but against community colleges, the
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This disruptive model elite university starts in september after three years of preparation. It maintains the concept of a four year inmersive campus education and an accredited diplom at the end. For the rest, all is innovated:

- all online classes

- all clases are seminars

- assessment is purely based on demonstration of progress in the seminars

- Students live in metropoles and move each year.

- And the costs: €10.000 per year.  

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Robert Schuwer's curator insight, April 28, 2014 1:48 AM

Disruption not by numbers. Targeting exceptional students with an approach that in my opinion is not scalable and has not to be scalable because of the target group. A question inanswered is: when teaching is closely related to research (as is the case at universities this initiative tries to disrupt), where is the research taking place?

Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, April 28, 2014 5:13 AM

Interesting pedagogical concept.
- all classes are seminars (19 students + 1 prof)
- all classes will be conducted virtually (no in the flesh meetings)
- the student participation in the seminar is monitored and recorded constantly (one student, one camera) 

- assessment is based on reviewing the recorded participation in the seminars  

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Emma Project

Emma Project | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
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New Europeanen experimental MOOC platform released today. I'm especially interested in th multilanguage support!

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Moocs: students in the global south are wary of a 'sage on the stage'

Moocs: students in the global south are wary of a 'sage on the stage' | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
Unless universities adapt the curriculum to suit the needs of students in emerging economies, free online courses will have no relevance

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25 Open Online Educational Resources

25 Open Online Educational Resources | Open and online learning | Scoop.it

A list of the open educational resources/ repositories.


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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, March 17, 2014 7:57 AM

25 Open Online Educational Resources

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Open Educational Resources (OERs) are becoming increasingly  important. This listing provides some very useful links.

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A response to New Yorker article on 'A MOOC Mystery' - e-Literate

A response to New Yorker article on 'A MOOC Mystery' - e-Literate | Open and online learning | Scoop.it
The New Yorker published an article yesterday titled “A MOOC Mystery: Where Do Online Students Go?” which tried to explain low MOOC completion rates by comparing the situation to the General Educational Development (GED) exam. Right off the bat, the … Continue reading →

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