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Trends and developments in all aspects of open education: OER, MOOC, Open University
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Kawachi, Paul - Quality Assurance Guidelines for Open Educational Resources : TIPS Framework, version 2.0

Masses of related research data on QA for Open Learning and OER


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elearnspace › What I’ve learned in my first week of a dual-layer MOOC (DALMOOC)

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Demystifying the MOOC

Demystifying the MOOC | Opening up education | Scoop.it
O.K., so massive open online courses didn’t change the world. Professional development is far less inspirational. But that doesn’t mean they’re failures.
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Coursera and Udacity's CEOs Talk about Latest Developments - MOOC Report

Coursera and Udacity's CEOs Talk about Latest Developments - MOOC Report | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Coursera CEO Rick Levin and Udacity CEO Sebastian Thrun give talks, discussing their companies' new developments.
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10 Must-Read Articles about MOOCs

10 Must-Read Articles about MOOCs | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Pretty much everyone in the world of eLearning is familiar with the term of MOOCs -Massive Open Online Courses. Here's 10 articles about it.
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Most "must-reads" in this overview are somewhat outdated (although this is inevitable for many reports in this area), but for someone who wants a quick overview of MOOC issues, this list is a nice starting point. 

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Disrupting and Transforming the University

Disrupting and Transforming the University | Opening up education | Scoop.it

Are universities about to be disrupted the way Kodak, Borders, and Blockbuster, all recently in bankruptcy, were disrupted? Blended courses, online learning, and MOOCs are moving at light speed compared to the typical university. ... Higher education institutions must modify their business models in response to technology-driven influences.


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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, October 24, 9:03 AM

It is no doubt a good thing that universities are forced to rethink their default solution for the question of how best to teach students: through lecturing, that is. If technology in general and technology in the learning environment that MOOCs are can achieve such a reconsideration, so much the better. However, the author of the present ACM article, goes far beyond this sensible stance. He seems to assume that embracing technology in teaching necessarily implies embracing a market view of learning and teaching. Universities have become 'corporation's' that compete on a global 'market' for students who have become 'consumers'. This move is not one we as a society can make choices in, it is imposed on us because the inclusion of technology is a 'disruptive innovation' that can only be avoided at pains of going 'bankrupt', the argument goes. 

 

This portrayal of education is a pernicious one. Students are not just consumers on their way to be come productive members of the labour force. They are adolescents on their way to adulthood, and it is incumbent on us as a (global) society to let them become productive but also sensible, caring, reflective, thinking members of our societies (if only for the sake of having functioning democracies). Technology does create change, in some cases disruptive ones. The record and film industry have experienced this, the book industry is to follow suit.

 

It would go too far to point out in any detail how different universities are to these industries, but suffice it to say that teaching and learning are not the two sides of content transfer. Modern insights into learning and teaching, have taught us that much. The inclusion of technology does not alter how human beings acquire knowledge and skills, but  It does change how the environments in which such knowledge and skills acquisition takes place. So much have a few decades of research into technology-enhanced learning revealed to us. The author, however, seems to be of the opinion that our thinking about technology-enhanced learning starts with  Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng. As mentioned elsewhere on these Scoop.it pages, Tony Bates (http://tiny.cc/hzj8nx( and others included myself (http://tiny.cc/z2j8nx) have forcefully argued agains this common but dangerous mistake.

 

In conclusion, a view on learning as espoused in this scooped paper, is reductionist (in that it paints a one-sided picture of students as consumers) and ill-informed (as it ignores decades of research in learning and technology-enhanced learning). Technology-enanhanced learning and MOOCs deserve a better defence. @pbsloep

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New Video Game MOOC Takes a Different Approach to Education

New Video Game MOOC Takes a Different Approach to Education | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Massive open online courses have grown in popularity as an alternative to traditional college learning since emerging several years ago.
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More Mooc Developers Disrupt Business Education With Paid-For Courses

More Mooc Developers Disrupt Business Education With Paid-For Courses | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Another learning technology company has expanded into the fee-paying market with a series of business courses that rival the traditional business education market.
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Review of ‘Online Distance Education: Towards a Research Agenda.’

Review of ‘Online Distance Education: Towards a Research Agenda.’ | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Drop-out: the elephant in the DE room that no-one wants to talk about
Zawacki-Richter, O. and Anderson, T. (eds.) (2014) Online Distance Education: Towards a Research Agenda Athabasca AB: AU Press, pp.

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MOOCs Impact Universities, but Need Better Engagement says Adam Brimo - MOOC Report

MOOCs Impact Universities, but Need Better Engagement says Adam Brimo - MOOC Report | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Charlie Chung from Class Central spoke with Adam Brimo, co-founder of MOOC platform OpenLearning discuss MOOC impact on universities and MOOC engagement
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The MOOC is a Phenomenon: Expert Thoughts on the Future of Higher Ed…

Presentation for the Online Learning Consortium's 2014 Annual Conference. This presentation looks at the results of a Delphi study about the political, theore…
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Opening the Curriculum: Open Education Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2014

Opening the Curriculum: Open Education Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2014 | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Downloads for the Babson Survey Research Group reports.
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Open Education for Schools – Guidance and Resources

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A remarkable set of useful documents to support schools in taking up an OER approach. Initiated by the Leicester City Council who has formulated an open policy for schools in their city. 

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MOOR brings lab research capability to MOOCs - Microsoft Research Connections Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

MOOR brings lab research capability to MOOCs - Microsoft Research Connections Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Microsoft Research collaborates with computer scientists at academic and scientific institutions to promote advances in computing technologies and research.
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Need-to-Know-News: How Big is the MOOC Market? More Money$ for Minerva & Impact of MOOCs

Need-to-Know-News: How Big is the MOOC Market? More Money$ for Minerva & Impact of MOOCs | Opening up education | Scoop.it
This ‘Need-to-Know’ blog post series features noteworthy stories that speak of need-to-know developments within higher education and K-12 that have the potential to influence, challenge and/or tran...
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Wilfred Rubens's curator insight, October 25, 3:05 AM

Deze bijdrage illustreert dat MOOC-aanbieders op verschillende manieren naar financiering zoeken. Het zal leiden tot meer diversiteit in aanbod, maar ook tot aanbod dat niet meer open zal zijn en waar geen massa's meer aan deel zullen nemen.

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MOOC Biobased Economy Introduction - YouTube

Dit kanaal laat alle media van het Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy zien. Visuele animaties en video's die je een betere kijk geven is de wereld van de "...
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First MOOC announced coming from a (consortium of) Dutch University of Applied Sciences (Avans and Hogeschool Zeeland). The link named at the end (www.coebbe.nl/mooc) is not existing yet, so it is still unclear when this will start.

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Universities Rethinking Their Use of Massive Online Courses

Universities Rethinking Their Use of Massive Online Courses | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Texas politicians have praised massive open online courses, or MOOCs, but academics are reassessing their role in higher education.
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MOOCs - A review of the state-of-the-art | OER KnowledgeCloud

MOOCs - A review of the state-of-the-art | OER KnowledgeCloud | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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Robert Farrow's curator insight, October 18, 5:51 AM

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have drastically changed the way we learn as well as how we teach. The main aim of MOOCs is to provide new opportunities to a massive number of learners to attend free online courses from anywhere all over the world. MOOCs have unique features that make it an effective technology-enhanced learning (TEL) model in higher education and beyond. The number of academic publications around MOOCs has grown rapidly in the last few years. The purpose of this paper is to compile and analyze the state-of-the-art in MOOC research that has been conducted in the past five years. A template analysis was used to map the conducted research on MOOCs into seven dimensions, namely concept, design, learning theories, case studies, business model, targets groups, and assessment. This classification schema aims at providing a comprehensive overview for readers who are interested in MOOCs to foster a common understanding of key concepts in this emerging field. The paper further suggests new challenges and opportunities for future work in the area of MOOCs that will support communication between researchers as they seek to address these challenges.

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Criticism to Creative Commons: Why open access is not enough? | Cristobal Cobo

Criticism to Creative Commons: Why open access is not enough? | Cristobal Cobo | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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