The university plans to make some MOOC materials available exclusively to alumni, in an effort to help Harvard graduates reconnect with the university and one another. The program, called HarvardX for Alumni and first reported in The Harvard Crimson, might also include opportunities to interact directly with professors, a rare privilege in an open online course.
Beginning in March, HarvardX for Alumni will offer versions of seven Harvard MOOCs exclusively to graduates of the university. The courses will not be full-length MOOCs but “segments” that include some new material developed specially for graduates, according to Michael Rutter, a spokesman. Some professors might even travel to talk about the material at Harvard Clubs in different cities, Mr. Rutter said.
... Daphne Koller is reminiscing. The cofounder of Coursera, one of the biggest for-profit MOOC ventures, spoke at TEDGlobal in 2012. A mere year and a half later and her fledgling organization has turned into a higher education behemoth. The company raised some $85 million to fuel its online mission, and as of January 17, 2014, Coursera boasted more than 21.5 million enrolments...
De Universiteit Leiden start een proef met Small Private Online Courses: digitaal onderwijs voor een selecte groep. Deze SPOCs vormen een tegenhanger van de reeds bestaande Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
There appear to be two initiatives for 'Specialisations' certificates:
From Coursera, whos motives for the Specializations are: "We hear a lot from students about a desire for a cohesive program of study,” Ng said in an interview. “One of the challenges of the certificate is that courses vary in length and vary in workload, and so it has been challenging for employers to know how to interpret the completion of a particular course. By launching the Specializations program, we hope that this will create a high-level certificate that might become easier for employers to interpret.”
And from Academic Partnership: "What we want to do is provide a new, global credential" of 9 months in monthly and weekly modules.
"Much of the early research that we are seeing on MOOCs (my own forthcoming included) is simply the reporting of observations from these clickstream data. Institutions create a bunch of courses, educators run those courses, researchers go in afterwards to see if anything is interesting. Since the educators and researchers are not often working closely in tandem, many courses are not built with carefully designed research questions and methods for answering those questions prepared in advance. So researchers are going fishing. "
"The research that I'm most excited about, and the research that is hardest to pull together, will be design research, where faculty, course development teams, and researchers work closely together to design courses that have important and interesting questions baked into the architecture of the course, and where the courses are carefully instrumented to be able to capture data that will answer these important questions. The courses will be designed with multiple opportunities for assessment, so that we don't have to wait an entire course run to start iterating designs and refine hypotheses. "
Interesting to read research findings about a closed online course with 9 students. But it seems strange to translate that findings to MOOCs.straightaway. However I look forward to her ethnographic research into MOOCs
The key opportunity for institutions is to take the concepts developed by the MOOC experiment to date and use them to improve the quality of their face-to-face and online provision, and to open up access to higher education.
An accreditation system for MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses - is a hot topic. Students who successfully complete a MOOC want their certificate to have value. In response, Coursera has now started to issue Verified Certificates. Leiden University and Geneva University are the first in Europe to offer these certificates.
Waardering voor MOOC's is een hot item. Deelnemers die een MOOC succesvol afronden willen dat hun certificaat waarde heeft. Coursera verstrekt nu geverifieerde certificaten. Leiden is de eerste universiteit in Nederland die deze mogelijkheid biedt.
"This paper explores nine areas of research on OER from policy to development to its relative effectiveness and whether it stimulates innovation. Although existing research is considered, greater attention is given to the possibilities for new research in these areas."
The way we study is being transformed by upheavals in higher education and advances in digital technology. Students around the globe now have the opportunity to access education from the world's most
A promising well informed 3-months series in The Guardian about online learning started this monday.With "debates on how online courses are meeting (or falling short of) public expectations, to expert opinion on the challenges associated with massive open courses, animations showing how the brain learns in the lecture theatre and online and insights into how technological innovations are helping people to study."
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