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The attack of the MOOCs | The Economist, Higher Education

The attack of the MOOCs | The Economist, Higher Education | Open learning news | Scoop.it

An army of new online courses is scaring the wits out of traditional universities. But can they find a viable business model?


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Good commentary by Peter Sloep: "This concise article contains little news for those who keep up to date on MOOC developments. However, it still is useful in that it only takes on the question of whether (higher) education with MOOCs can be turned into a viable business. This is revealing, both in that the Economist concludes that the verdict is still out on that question and in that no single sentence is devoted to the question of whether this is a good idea in the first place." (@pbsloep)

 

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Elahe Amani's curator insight, August 22, 2013 2:33 AM

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drsmetty's curator insight, August 25, 2013 7:26 AM

Offering MOOC's... a “lemming-like rush”? Interesting metaphor.

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, September 21, 2013 7:16 AM

Business models are appearing - Coursera announced this week that they have made $1million on their Signature track (although this pales into insignificance against their investors $66 million) Better than nothing though!  Interesting article though. 

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Running a-MOC with false MOOC pollution - a debate about openness

Just when I thought I could take a break for Christmas, Stephen Downes threw me a curved ball, saying that he doesn’t think the Storyboarding OOC that Brenda Padilla and I are planning to run in th...
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I'm having an interesting debate with Stephen Downes about whether the Storyboarding OOC (open online course) that I will be running in the New Year with Brenda Padilla is actually open or not. Brenda has also joined the conversation with a blog post at https://brendapadilla.wordpress.com/2014/12/23/what-is-an-open-online-course-ooc/. ;

 

The debate is playing out more fully in the OERu Google Group at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/oeru/OZtLiHSc_t0, with input there from Wayne Mackintosh about how the OERu is going about developing its open courses.

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The conundrum of creating an open course in a closed site - Storyboard OOC update

The conundrum of creating an open course in a closed site - Storyboard OOC update | Open learning news | Scoop.it
This is an update on the preparations for the Storyboarding for Learning Design OOC (open online course) that I will be running with Brenda Padilla from 12 Jan to 20 Feb 2015. Following on from my ...
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Latest blog post about the Storyboarding OOC that we will be running in the New Year. 

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Storyboarding for Learning Design OOC

Storyboarding for Learning Design OOC | Open learning news | Scoop.it
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I will be running an Open Online Course (an OOC, with no ambitions to be Massive) with my colleague Brenda Padilla on Storyboarding for Learning Design, from 12 Jan to 20 Feb 2015. Registration is now open! For more details see https://artofelearning.wordpress.com/sldooc/

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Half an Hour: Free and Not Free

Half an Hour: Free and Not Free | Open learning news | Scoop.it
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This is an old piece by Stephen Downes but relevant again, in the light of Yahoo's move to sell off Flickr users' cc-licensed photos (http://newstex.com/2014/12/02/yahoo-starts-selling-flickr-users-photos/)

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Demystifying the MOOC

Demystifying the MOOC | Open learning news | Scoop.it
Massive open online courses haven’t changed the world of education. The average user is a white American man with a degree already. But that doesn’t mean they’re failures.
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The most interesting point for me here was to learn that 2/3 of MOOC teachers say they have never taught online before. What a baptism of fire that must be - teaching your first online course to several thousand students...

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Accredible's self-proctoring tool to offer new opportunities for open learners

Accredible's self-proctoring tool to offer new opportunities for open learners | Open learning news | Scoop.it
I just had a very interesting conversation with Danny King, CEO of the open learning recognition platform, Accredible. This young startup company aims to provide a new way for people to get credent...
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Blind Monks and the Elephant - ICTs and Higher Education Futures

A presentation at the Council for Higher Education's Colloquium on Moving the Teaching and Learning System in South African Higher Education into the Digitally…
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Great set of slides by Laura Czerniewicz of University of Cape Town. See also the journal article written by Czerinewicz et al, 'Developing world MOOCs: A curriculum view of the MOOC landscape': http://joglep.com/files/7614/0622/4917/2._Developing_world_MOOCs.pdf

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Blurring the boundaries between 'taught courses', 'distance learning' and open education

Blurring the boundaries between 'taught courses', 'distance learning' and open education | Open learning news | Scoop.it
Several UK universities that offer both campus-based and distance learning present their offerings on their websites as a choice between 'taught courses', 'research programmes' and 'distance learni...
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An investigation into social learning activities by practitioners in open educational practices | Schreurs | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

An investigation into social learning activities by practitioners in open educational practices | Schreurs | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning | Open learning news | Scoop.it
An investigation into social learning activities by practitioners in open educational practices
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An article co-authored with Dutch colleagues, which includes a social network analysis of the OER universitas (OERu). I had never looked at the OERu quite like that before!

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An article co-authored with Dutch colleagues, which includes a social network analysis of the OER universitas (OERu). I had never looked at the OERu quite like that before!

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Summary, audio recording, and presentation slides from the 'MOOC Accreditation and Recognition' webinar

Summary, audio recording, and presentation slides from the 'MOOC Accreditation and Recognition' webinar | Open learning news | Scoop.it

"The MOOCs for Web Talent Network hosted a webinar on 1 July 2014 on the topic of MOOC Accreditation and Recognition, with representatives from public, private and academic entities. The following is a summary of the discussion, along with the presentation slides of the speakers."


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Agree much to one of the main conclusion of the webinar "MOOCs can actually be a driver of quality in education, since everything is online and visible to all."

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Accredible – Makes All Your Knowledge Visible with credibility

Accredible – Makes All Your Knowledge Visible with credibility | Open learning news | Scoop.it
Interview with Danny King CEO of Accredible. Accredible is creating the diploma of the future. For the first time students can establish expertise without the need for an institution to vouch for them.
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Exciting discovery!

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Video recordings from the Business and Experience tracks of EMOOCs 2014 are now online

Video recordings from the Business and Experience tracks of EMOOCs 2014 are now online | Open learning news | Scoop.it

The recorded sessions of the Business track and the Experience track of the European MOOCs Stakeholder Summit 2014 are now available on YouTube. 


The 2nd European MOOCs Stakeholders Summit took place in Lausanne, Switzerland, in February 2014 to bring together key stakeholders to collaboratively shape the future of online higher education in Europe. The conference had four tracks: Business, Policy, Experience, and Research.

 

Many of the conference sessions were recorded and edited by the companyHomuork, and those recordings are now available on the Open Education Europa YouTube channel. You can watch them either individually or as aplaylist.

 

The full conference proceedings and the available presentation slides are also available online, on the EMOOCs 2014 website. 


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MOOC completion rates DO matter - The Ed Techie

MOOC completion rates DO matter - The Ed Techie | Open learning news | Scoop.it
It has become accepted practice amongst those who know about MOOCs to sniff at completion rates. Focusing on them (hell, even mentioning them) demonstrates just how constrained you are by the old ways of thinking daddio. I find this particularly...
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Increasing reusability of open courses through transparent design

Increasing reusability of open courses through transparent design | Open learning news | Scoop.it
In my last blog post, I replied to Wayne Mackintosh's question about how to design open courses for reuse. I focused on the technical aspects of designing open courses using closed (in the sense of...
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A continuation of my conversation with Wayne Mackintosh about designing open courses for reuse. 

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Why Unizin? | Unizin

Why Unizin? | Unizin | Open learning news | Scoop.it
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In June of this year, a very exciting development took place in open education in the USA. A consortium of universities launched Unizin, which is an 'infrastructure' using open source technologies, to allow for the distribution of digital content, both for their own enrolled students and for members of the public. Unizin provides an alternative to Coursera, the most popular of MOOC platforms, that makes more sense for the institutions, in that they retain ownership of their own content and processes. 

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An Open Education Reader

An Open Education Reader | Open learning news | Scoop.it
A collection of readings on open education with commentary. Created for IPT 515R Introduction to Open Education, a graduate course at Brigham Young University. An Open Education Reader is published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
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A new 'text book' on open education, edited by David Wiley.

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A Weird but True Fact about Textbook Publishers and OER -

A Weird but True Fact about Textbook Publishers and OER - | Open learning news | Scoop.it
As I was perusing David Kernohan’s notes on Larry Lessig’s keynote at the OpenEd conference, one statement leapt out at me: Could the department of labour require that new education content commissioned ($100m) be CC-BY? There was a clause (124) … Continue reading →
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Michael Feldstein points out that textbook publishers have moved beyond feeling threatened by free, open content in the form of OERs, and are now seeing OERs as the essential infrastructure to support expensive software and platforms. 

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Accredible's self-proctoring tool to offer new opportunities for open learners

Accredible's self-proctoring tool to offer new opportunities for open learners | Open learning news | Scoop.it
I just had a very interesting conversation with Danny King, CEO of the open learning recognition platform, Accredible. This young startup company aims to provide a new way for people to get credent...
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Apologies for posting this with the incorrect link a moment ago. This one should work!

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Google and EdX Are Building a "YouTube for MOOCs"

Google and EdX Are Building a "YouTube for MOOCs" | Open learning news | Scoop.it
mooc.org
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Although mooc.org has not yet launched, it is one of the few platforms that will allow individuals (as opposed to institutions) to offer MOOCs. It is based on the open source edX platform.

 

This article was written in Sept 2013 but there is still no indication as to when mooc.org is planning to launch...

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NVAO MOOCs and online HE survey now available in English - EADTU - European Association of Distance Teaching Universities

NVAO MOOCs and online HE survey now available in English - EADTU - European Association of Distance Teaching Universities | Open learning news | Scoop.it
the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO)
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Really useful report from the NVAO in the Netherlands on how to ensure quality in MOOCs. Also discusses credits for MOOC learners. 

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Volume 2, No 3, 2014 and Special Issue on Quality in Massive Open Online Courses

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Lots of fabulous papers in this latest INNOQUAL journal. 

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Yeehaaaaa: the Open University joins the OERu!

Yeehaaaaa: the Open University joins the OERu! | Open learning news | Scoop.it
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The Open University (UK) has at last joined the OERu. This is a great endorsement of the value of the work the OERu has done since its inception in 2011, and the OU will be a strong partner for the OERu in its ongoing pioneering work, providing open, low-cost education and credible certification to millions of learners around the world.

 

To see where the OU is coming from in making this decision, see this interview I had with Andrew Law, Director of Open Media, OU, in June 2012: http://toucansproject.wordpress.com/2012/06/26/i-dont-think-its-about-being-first-i-think-its-about-being-absolutely-sustainable-in-the-long-term/. ;

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elearnspace › I was wrong (about corporate MOOCs)

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Interesting commentary from George Siemens on the lack of engagement in last week's open online conference on corporate MOOCs. The bullet points of key things he learnt is worth reading. 

 

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MOOCs: Scaling Corporate Learning - recordings

MOOCs: Scaling Corporate Learning - recordings | Open learning news | Scoop.it
Recordings of Presentations

Thank you for your participation in the 2014 Online Symposium on MOOCs: Scaling Corporate Learning.  We are so pleased you could join us and hope you found the presentations enlightening and conversations engaging.


In case you missed it, or perhaps want to listen to it again, below is the original schedule with links to recordings of certain presentations. 

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MOOC study creates new "taxonomy of engagement"

MOOC study creates new "taxonomy of engagement" | Open learning news | Scoop.it
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MOOC study creates new "taxonomy of engagement"

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