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Trends and developments in all aspects of open education: OER, MOOC, Open University
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Special edition on research on MOOCs in the journal ‘Distance Education’

Special edition on research on MOOCs in the journal ‘Distance Education’ | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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OpenStax developing textbooks that deliver personalized lessons

OpenStax developing textbooks that deliver personalized lessons | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Rice University-based nonprofit OpenStax, which has already provided free textbooks to hundreds of thousands of college students, today unveiled a $9 million effort to develop free, digital textbooks capable of delivering personalized lessons to high school students.
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Interesting to find out how personalized the lessons are, how much human efforts is needed, what grain size of learning objects is used and what the underlying technology is (e.g. the Bill-Of-Materials used to store the learning objects and the rules to combine these)

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Choosing teaching methods for a digital age

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E-learning methodologies. A guide for designing and developing e-learning courses.

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The Open Educational Resources Impact Map: researching impact through openness and collaboration.

The Open Educational Resources Impact Map: researching impact through openness and collaboration. | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Much sharing and use of open educational resources (OER) is relatively informal, difficult to observe, and part of a wider pattern of open activity. What the open education movement needs is a way ...
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What Does the Future of Education Look Like at MIT?

What Does the Future of Education Look Like at MIT? | Opening up education | Scoop.it
MIT is about to undergo a new period of "educational experimentation."
President L. Rafael Reif addressed the MIT community Monday, sharing the final report of the Institute-wide Task Force on...
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IOC Athlete MOOC

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Parting Ways: MOOC Differentiation in the Marketplace

Parting Ways: MOOC Differentiation in the Marketplace | Opening up education | Scoop.it
As more platforms are designing MOOCs for different purposes and audiences, Jonathan Haber delves into the resulting MOOC differentiation.
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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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When MOOCs Are Better Than College Classes | Higher Ed Beta @insidehighered

When MOOCs Are Better Than College Classes | Higher Ed Beta @insidehighered | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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Finally someone asking the right question: not are MOOCs bad or good, but what can the do and what can't they do.

 

Nice suggestions of what they can do well

 

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Essay calls for an end to apologies about MOOC dropouts @insidehighered

Essay calls for an end to apologies about MOOC dropouts @insidehighered | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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At least Clayton Christensen is honest about his intentions.

At least Clayton Christensen is honest about his intentions. | Opening up education | Scoop.it
So I finally listened to the podcast with Daphne Koller that Audrey Watters described as 17 minutes of "Gah!"  It was indeed painful.  However, masochist that I am, I listened to it more than once ...
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For its second round of MOOCs, U. of Wisconsin at Madison embraces modularity @insidehighered

For its second round of MOOCs, U. of Wisconsin at Madison embraces modularity @insidehighered | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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Stop Blaming Colleges for Society's Problems

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UOC: Call for grant applications for the Doctoral Programmes | EFQUEL

UOC: Call for grant applications for the Doctoral Programmes | EFQUEL | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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@Ignatia Webs: #MOOC for development report #ict4D

@Ignatia Webs: #MOOC for development report #ict4D | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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The highs and lows of a Mooc education - FT.com

The highs and lows of a Mooc education - FT.com | Opening up education | Scoop.it
In 2012 Sharon Watkins was watching a Ted talk when she came across the concept of Moocs – massive open online courses. She was so impressed by the prospect of elite education being delivered for free to the masses, that she decided to set up a Mooc
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Why lectures are dead (or soon will be)

Why lectures are dead (or soon will be) | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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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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