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Coursera's Online Insight: Short Classes Are Education's Future

Coursera's Online Insight: Short Classes Are Education's Future | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Coursera's co-founder, Andrew Ng, argues that most college-level classes don't need to run 12 weeks. In many cases, shorter is better.
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This will definitely work for life long learners, but it is a harder sell to refgular students. 

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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, October 12, 2013 1:53 PM

Courses could be shorter?  I'm not sure about that?  Aren't most of the learners on the MOOCs qualified already? Maybe doubling up the semester for different disciplines makes a difference.  What about courses with professional standards?  

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FutureLearn announces WW1 courses co-created by the BBC

FutureLearn announces WW1 courses co-created by the BBC | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Four FutureLearn partners have collaborated with the BBC to create a series of courses on World War One.
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Two Models for Sharing Digital Open Educational Resources | Rennie | Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice

Two Models for Sharing Digital Open Educational Resources (Two Models for Sharing Digital Open Educational Resources.
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Interesting paper in which two models for delivery are compared and recommendations are formulated for applying these models in relation to the context of application. It summarizes and relates a lot of well-known previous research on this topic (e.g. business models).

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What’s wrong with MOOCs and why they aren’t working?

What’s wrong with MOOCs and why they aren’t working? | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Not too surprisingly, Boston has become one of the epicenters of the next would-be education revolution: Online learning. Spearheaded by EdX, which gained backing from Harvard and MIT, the city that hosts some hundred institutions of higher education is also trying to reform it. Harman Singh, the founder and chief executive of WizIQ, shares where he sees the field stumbling.
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The article ends with a question: "Will the biggest change in online education moving forward be putting live teachers at the center of the MOOC (not just on video)? ". This question is not complete. It should add "And will MOOCs then still be available for free?".

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The failure of MOOCs | Learning with New Media

The failure of MOOCs | Learning with New Media | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Have MOOCs failed us? This depends on their purpose: broadening access to higher education, or real higher education opportunity for all. One does not necessarily imply the other. In higher education, access without support is not opportunity.
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What happens if you lose control of your own courses?

What happens if you lose control of your own courses? | Opening up education | Scoop.it
"What’s happening right now is that xMOOCs are moving backwards into replicable content from the interaction and assessment pole while textbooks are  are moving forward into interaction and assessm...
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Report: Global MOOC Market Continuing to Grow -- Campus Technology

Report: Global MOOC Market Continuing to Grow -- Campus Technology | Opening up education | Scoop.it
According to a report from TechNavio, MOOCs ongoing expansion is owing in part to the rising costs of higher education and universities' turning to MOOCs for their big data tools.
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4g: Student Engagement – gauging learner attitudes to OER

4g: Student Engagement – gauging learner attitudes to OER | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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Results of a study by the Higher Education Academy and National Union of Students in the UK about attitude towards and use of OER. For me, some remarkable results were:

 

"The spirit of open learning is one of sharing freely and openly yet both groups of students (traditional and non-traditional) said they were likely to share resources that they had found but with caveats, such as only with people they knew, or with just others in the same class or after they had finished using a particularly useful resource as they wanted to gain an advantage and the possibility of a higher mark than other students. Such comments highlight students' perceptions of assessment and competition. "

 

"There was less likelihood of sharing resources when the materials were produced by the students themselves. One reason was concerns over being accused of plagiarism."

 

"when asked whether materials from their courses should be made openly available, opinions were divided with views ranging from “not minding” to “no, it would devalue education and why pay for something that is made free for others not paying”."

 

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Unbundling Versus Designing Faculty Roles

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Taylor & Francis Online Special Issue: MOOCs: Emerging Research

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An examination of the lived experience of eleven educators who have implemented open textbooks in their teaching

An examination of the lived experience of eleven educators who have implemented open textbooks in their teaching | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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European Commission endorses CC licenses as best practice for public sector content and data - Creative Commons

European Commission endorses CC licenses as best practice for public sector content and data - Creative Commons | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators. Today the European Commission released licensing recommendations to support the reuse of public sector information in Europe. In addition to providing guidance on baseline license principles for public sector content and data, the guidelines suggest that Member States should adopt standardized open licenses - such as Creative Commons licenses:

Several licences that comply with the principles...
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OER in practice: Organisational change by bootstrapping | Hannon | RUSC. Universities and Knowledge Society Journal

OER in practice: Organisational change by bootstrapping | Hannon | RUSC. Universities and Knowledge Society Journal | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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Understanding OER in 10 videos

We suspect that most people who come to this site know what OERs are, but in case you don't we've created a YouTube playlist that sequences 10 videos together explaining OERs and related issues. Yo...
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Why lectures are dead (or soon will be)

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Fostering the Exploitation of Open Educational Resources | Richter | Open Praxis

Fostering the Exploitation of Open Educational Resources
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The value of MOOCs lies with employers

The value of MOOCs lies with employers | Opening up education | Scoop.it
One often sees news stories about how changes in information technology are killing off different industries. Newspapers are read online rather than in print, and who bought a book in a physical shop lately…
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Public Expenditure on Education in Latin America. Can It Serve the Purposes of the Paris OER Declaration?

Public Expenditure on Education in Latin America. Can It Serve the Purposes of the Paris OER Declaration? | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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Munich university accused of 'abandoning' German language over English course row - Telegraph

Munich university accused of 'abandoning' German language over English course row - Telegraph | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Top German university criticised by politicians and business leaders after announcing plans to teach all master's courses in English
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Interesting. I wasn't aware of the fact that Germany is the most populous country in Europe (according to Wikipedia), so when looking on European scale German should be the language of teaching for universities. Extrapolating this to world scale maybe Chinese should be the language.

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Questions of quality in repositories of open educational resources: a literature review | Atenas | Research in Learning Technology

Questions of quality in repositories of open educational resources: a literature review | Atenas | Research in Learning Technology | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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Who uses MOOCs and how? - ICEF Monitor - Market intelligence for international student recruitment

Who uses MOOCs and how? - ICEF Monitor - Market intelligence for international student recruitment | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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The New American University: Massive, Online, And Corporate-Backed

The New American University: Massive, Online, And Corporate-Backed | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Arizona State University wants to challenge for-profit colleges to become the dominant force in online education. To get there, it has embraced unprecedented corporate partnerships.
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The Ultimate Directory Of Free Image Sources

The Ultimate Directory Of Free Image Sources | Opening up education | Scoop.it
So, you need an image for your blog? We’ve spent some time categorizing our favorite sources for free images and organizing them in such a way as to help you find what you’re looking for. Here are ...
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Our new report on Educational Resources and Copyright Exceptions and Limitations | Open Educational Policy for Europe

Our new report on Educational Resources and Copyright Exceptions and Limitations | Open Educational Policy for Europe | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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He's leaving Coursera. That's how it worked out.

He's leaving Coursera. That's how it worked out. | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Please forgive me. This post is going to be more than a little self-serving, but as one of the very few people who actually completed Princeton Professor and Friend of this Blog Jeremy Adelman's Wo...
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Debunking the MOOC myth - Research Information

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