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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 21, 2013 11:33 PM

Worth reading...

drsmetty's curator insight, August 25, 2013 4:26 AM

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

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, September 21, 2013 4:16 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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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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Anne-Christin Tannhäuser's curator insight, July 8, 4:58 AM

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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Models paid to act as students in MOOC classroom videos

Models paid to act as students in MOOC classroom videos | Open learning news | Scoop.it

Professor Christensen did something “truly disruptive” in 2011, when he found himself in a room with a panoramic view of Boston Harbor. About to begin his lecture, he noticed something about the students before him. They were beautiful, he later recalled. Really beautiful.

“Oh, we’re not students,” one of them explained. “We’re models.” 


They were there to look as if they were learning: to appear slightly puzzled when Professor Christensen introduced a complex concept, to nod when he clarified it, or to look fascinated if he grew a tad boring. The cameras in the classroom — actually, a rented space downtown — would capture it all for the real audience: roughly 130,000 business students at the University of Phoenix, which hired Professor Christensen to deliver lectures online.

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Apart from the intriguing snippet about the Hollywood-isation of MOOCs, this NY Times article demonstrates that yet again, there is a fundamental lack of understanding of distance education by the leaders of traditionally campus-based institutions. Will someone please tell Harvard Business School that "social" forms of distance education have been around for more than a decade - and that MOOCs are not the best place to look for models (no pun intended) of good distance education?  

 

On the bright side, MOOCs are apparently having the positive effect of making traditional universities value good teaching at least as much as research, thanks to the rise of "star professors" on the Internet. Institutions that rely on student fees are having to up their teaching game in order to compete.

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elearnspace › MOOCs: Scaling Corporate Learning

MOOCs: Scaling Corporate Learning

While MOOCs have gained the interest and attention of higher education, they have failed to make much of an impact on corporate learning. That is starting to change. Over the past year, organizations such as Google, GE, Cisco, McAfee, Bank of America, AXA, and AT&T have started to experiment with MOOCs. Non-profits and NGOs such as Linux Foundation, WEF, OECD, Red Cross, and others have also started experimenting with large scale online learning.

In trying to get a pulse of MOOCs in corporate learning, I’ve found it difficult to get a sense of what is happening broadly with MOOCs outside of higher education. I catch press releases and partnership announcements, but the conversation is too fragmented to provide a sense of lessons being learned and various implementation model. The sharing of practices and experiences in higher education is more prominent.

To address this lack of dialogue in this space, we are organizing an online conference on MOOCs: Scaling Corporate Learning. The event is free/open and will be held June 18 & 19. Registration is now open. The schedule and speaker list will be posted later this week.

 

From George Siemens

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Emerging Trends in Online Education: A Resource Guide to Massive Open Online Courses

Emerging Trends in Online Education:  A Resource Guide to Massive Open Online Courses | Open learning news | Scoop.it
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~Nelson Mandela~
Massive Open Online Courses: Access to quality education has lo…
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This post by Maha Hilal, of the Peace and Collaboration Development Network, focuses on MOOCs available in the area of peace studies and conflict resolution. There are also some good links to MOOC aggregators where MOOCs on all topics can be found.

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OERu partner Unisa approves OER strategy | OERu

OERu partner Unisa approves OER strategy | OERu | Open learning news | Scoop.it

It's official! After considerable deliberation, the University of South Africa (Unisa) has approved an Open Educational Resource (OER) Strategy.

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Excellent news from South Africa's mega-distance university!

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MOOCs are so last-year... Harvard Business School launches online Undergrad program

MOOCs are so last-year... Harvard Business School launches online Undergrad program | Open learning news | Scoop.it
Harvard Business School plans to unveil on Friday its first venture into online education, a three-course primer on business fundamentals aimed at undergraduate students enrolled at other institutions. The new program, HBX, is inspired by popular online learning platforms, like the nonprofit Khan Academy, opened in 2006, and edX, launched two years ago by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Unlike those programs, however, HBX will not be a so-called MOOC — a massive open online course that anyone with an Internet connection can join. Prospective students must apply for admission and must be pursuing at least a four-year degree.
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Is this the beginning of the post-MOOC world? The HBS programme is neither open nor free, but is possibly aimed at the same people who enrol on MOOCs.

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Robert Farrow's curator insight, April 4, 2:35 AM

An interesting development in the MOOC cycle which downgrades the 'open' part of the proposition in favour of a selected community of students who are enrolled on a four-year higher education programme.  It will be good to see whether this set-up improves what learners get out of participation but seems at the same time to undercut claims about improving access...

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Experiences and best practices in and around MOOCs

Experiences and best practices in and around MOOCs | Open learning news | Scoop.it

This special issue of the eLearning Papers is based on the contributions made to the EMOOCS 2014 conference jointly organized by the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and P.A.U. Education. The success of this conference with more than 450 participants demonstrates that MOOCs are at the beginning of a wave and a first step towards opening up education.

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This issue of Open Education Europa looks like a treat for MOOC fans!

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Isabellefr10's curator insight, April 1, 1:02 AM

#mooc #clom #rel

R Hollingsworth's curator insight, April 24, 7:53 AM

Europe continues with intentional moves toward democratizing educational opportunities - what about the US?

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Coursera and edX Hire New Executives: What about online experience? - e-Literate

Coursera and edX Hire New Executives: What about online experience? - e-Literate | Open learning news | Scoop.it
Today’s big news is the concurrent change in leadership at two of the big three MOOC providers. First, Coursera announced they had hired Richard Levin, former president of Yale University, to be the company’s new CEO. Besides being a big-name … Continue reading →
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New policies for online learning and distance education in South Africa

New policies for online learning and distance education in South Africa | Open learning news | Scoop.it
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Tony Bates summarises the new White Paper on policies for online and distance education in South Africa, and provides a commentary on how this will affect Unisa (SA's mega-open university serving over 400,000 distance students). It seems that the key message in the White Paper is that all post-secondary institutions are now being encouraged to offer open and distance learning (as opposed to the past situation where only Unisa was the official provider of distance education). This will obviously create competition for Unisa and could possibly 'bleed' its skills as academics may get headhunted by other institutions.

 

My view: this could be a good thing as smaller institutions might be better able to manage quality control and have closer relationships to their students than a large, sprawling institution like Unisa; however it is also likely to have its teething problems as new institutions struggle to get to grips with the requirements of distance education and the skills needed by teaching and admin staff. It could also lead to duplication of resources, which would not be justifiable in a country with (as Tony Bates points out) such widespread poverty. My hope is that institutions will collaborate to share resources and skills regionally, with their eyes firmly on the end goal of providing excellent tuition to ever larger numbers of learners, rather than trying to profit from the new rules.  

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Scaling higher education - the teacher presence conundrum

Scaling higher education - the teacher presence conundrum | Open learning news | Scoop.it
Terry Anderson refers to a recent study by Tomkin and Charlevoix  into whether teacher presence makes any difference to students on a MOOC.  The findings are, at first glance, encouraging to those ...
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My first blog post in my new blog, artofelearning.wordpress.com. Some thoughts on what we can learn from emerging MOOC findings that say teacher presence is not necessary for effective learning (confirming Terry Anderson's 'interaction equivalence theorem).

 

I question whether these findings are meaningful in the widening participation debate, or whether they just give more information to conventional institutions offering conventional distance education to fee-paying students.

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Gabi Witthaus's curator insight, March 18, 3:12 AM

I have scooped this already on Open Learning News, and am adding it here as it contains a learning design message: conventional distance education providers can learn from MOOCs that well designed courses with opportunities for structured interaction between peers may be more important than teacher presence...

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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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Creative Commons: the future is open

Creative Commons: the future is open | Open learning news | Scoop.it
Creative Commons licenses provide the foundation that enables sharing; the real magic happens when others build tools and services that use those licenses to do amazing things.
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Disruptor, Distracter, or What? | Bellwether Education Partners

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are a new form of digital learning that has enthralled some, infuriated others, and changed the conversation about higher education in the U.S. and abroad. Lost in this polarizing debate is a clear assessment of how this new medium is actually affecting postsecondary education and how it could be used in the future.
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Looks interesting - "a policymaker's guide to MOOCs".

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Opportunities for Peacemakers to become PeaceMOOCers?

Opportunities for Peacemakers to become PeaceMOOCers? | Open learning news | Scoop.it
I have just completed a Post Graduate Certificate course in Mediation through through Robert Gordon University in Scotland (and am awaiting results of final assessments...) The course, which was ru...
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Seeking examples of accreditation of non-formal learning in Europe

Seeking examples of accreditation of non-formal learning in Europe | Open learning news | Scoop.it
I am currently working with colleagues at Leicester's Institute of Learning Innovation on a small study, nicknamed OpenCred, which will feed into the EU-funded OpenEdu project. The focus is on iden...
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The assessment and accreditation of learners using OER | OCWC Global 2014

The assessment and accreditation of learners using OER | OCWC Global 2014 | Open learning news | Scoop.it
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Paper presented by Rory McGreal at the OCWC conference in Slovenia. The paper was co-authored by Dianne Conrad, Rory McGreal, Angela Murphy, Wayne Mackintosh and myself.

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African Innovation & Intellectual Property - new books | OpenAIR

African Innovation & Intellectual Property - new books | OpenAIR | Open learning news | Scoop.it
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This looks like a fascinating book and report from UCT (University of Cape  Town) Press - and is freely downloadable under a CC-BY-SA licence.

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Should MOOC students be grouped?

Should MOOC students be grouped? | Open learning news | Scoop.it
I am currently participating in the Carpe Diem MOOC offered by the Swinburne University of Technology, under Gilly Salmon's leadership. Although I've enrolled in many MOOCs before (going right back...
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My latest blog post, reflecting on my (largely positive) experience of being allocated to a group in the Carpe Diem MOOC.

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Martyn Cooper's curator insight, March 29, 1:39 AM
In my limited experience of MOOCs forming the groups can be a challenge!
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A Multidimensional Migration for Social Inclusion: A Personal Account | Open Education Working Group

A Multidimensional Migration for Social Inclusion: A Personal Account | Open Education Working Group | Open learning news | Scoop.it

My secondary education in a developing country was interrupted by one of the most horrible conflict the world ever experienced. After a relative stability was established, I was able to resume and completed my secondary education as a primary teacher trainee. With the domination of the native language and French as languages used in education, we skipped learning English for some semesters because teachers who could teach this language were hard to find in the country at the time. In addition, this language was not yet introduced in the country’s primary education system except for very few schools which were established for social inclusion of student who had repatriated from countries where English was the language used in education. School leaders had no concerns about the lack of English language teachers for teacher-trainees who were not expected to use this language in their future profession. - See more at: http://education.okfn.org/a-multidimensional-migration-for-social-inclusion-a-personal-account/#sthash.2RjQiEAG.3C1ZUfiL.dpuf

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This is a very moving account by Leicester PhD student, Bernard Nkuyubwatsi, about his personal journey as an independent learner, and how through motivation and fierce dedication, he has overcome incredible obstacles in his quest for learning, and now for sharing education with people in his home country, Rwanda.   

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European MOOC Platform Nearing 500,000 Enrollments -- Campus Technology

Launched last October, European MOOC platform iversity.org has now reached nearly 500,000 enrollments in its 28 massive open online courses.
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The European MOOC platform iversity.org is running a pilot in offering certification to students on the basis of exams, which they sit in various centres in Germany. It's a nice way of widening participation in higher education, but I'm not sure of the validity of exams in testing knowledge, and wonder whether these MOOCs will just end up supporting learners in 'learning for the test'?  

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