Opening up education
Follow
Find
12.6K views | +6 today
Opening up education
Trends and developments in all aspects of open education: OER, MOOC, Open University
Curated by Robert Schuwer
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Robert Schuwer
Scoop.it!

Faculty group continues anti-MOOC offensive @insidehighered

Faculty group continues anti-MOOC offensive @insidehighered | Opening up education | Scoop.it
more...
verstelle's curator insight, May 15, 2014 6:06 AM

Group published very critical but not so nuanced video.

“How can a sane person possibly compare a $300k house purchase with a student who clicked a link to join a course?”

 

Scooped by Robert Schuwer
Scoop.it!

e4innovation.com » Blog Archive » Good practice in the design and delivery of MOOCs

Robert Schuwer's insight:

Work in progress by Grainne Conole. Comments are welcome.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Robert Schuwer
Scoop.it!

New open access publishing model praised for audacity, but sustainability concerns remain @insidehighered

New open access publishing model praised for audacity, but sustainability concerns remain @insidehighered | Opening up education | Scoop.it
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Robert Schuwer
Scoop.it!

Open MOOCs and Closed OERs - Tautology and the benefits of saying something twice

Open MOOCs and Closed OERs - Tautology and the benefits of saying something twice | Opening up education | Scoop.it
The idea of openness is one of the most used and often misunderstood terms in Higher Education. It informs many of the debates around access, delivery, equity, innovation and technology. It became ...
more...
Qash Aris's curator insight, November 17, 2014 9:08 AM

MOOC for Beyond University

Scooped by Robert Schuwer
Scoop.it!

EUCIS-LLL welcomes the adoption of the Parliament report on Open Educational Resources | EUCIS-LLL

EUCIS-LLL welcomes the adoption of the Parliament report on Open Educational Resources | EUCIS-LLL | Opening up education | Scoop.it
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Robert Schuwer
Scoop.it!

A path analysis of educator perceptions of open educational resources using the technology acceptance model | Kelly | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

A path analysis of educator perceptions of open educational resources using the technology acceptance model | Kelly | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning | Opening up education | Scoop.it
A path analysis of educator perceptions of open educational resources using the technology acceptance model
Robert Schuwer's insight:

Interesting paper where TAM is used to explain teachers behaviour towards use and creating OER. Collegues of my have done similar research, not only using TAM, but also SDT and RAA. See e.g.

 

Kreijns, K.; Vermeulen, M.; Van Acker, F. & van Buuren, H. (2014). Predicting teachers’ use of digital learning materials: Combining self-determination theory and the integrative model of behavior prediction. European Journal of Teacher Education. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02619768.2014.882308

 

Kreijns, K.; Vermeulen, M.; Kirschner, P. A.; van Buuren, H. & Van Acker, F. (2013). Adopting the integrative model of behavior prediction to explain teachers’ willingness to integrate ICT in their pedagogical practices: A perspective for research on teachers’ ICT usage in pedagogical practices. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 22(1), 55-71. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02619768.2014.882308

 

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Robert Schuwer
Scoop.it!

The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, Vol 15 nr 2 is out

The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, Vol 15 nr 2 is out | Opening up education | Scoop.it
The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (www.irrodl.org) is a refereed e-journal that aims to advance research, theory and best practice in open and distance education research.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Robert Schuwer
Scoop.it!

Lessons open education resources can glean from free software | opensource.com

Lessons open education resources can glean from free software | opensource.com | Opening up education | Scoop.it
How can open educational resources learn from the free and open software movement?
Robert Schuwer's insight:

Five lessons. The most underestimated one for me is lesson 2 "Always provide "source code"". Lesson 4 has been dealt with using the CC licenses and adopting the 5R-framework of David Wiley as the defining framework for OER.

 
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Robert Schuwer
Scoop.it!

EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Opening up Education: Vassiliou welcomes 'Opening up Slovenia' initiative

EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Opening up Education: Vassiliou welcomes 'Opening up Slovenia' initiative | Opening up education | Scoop.it
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Robert Schuwer
Scoop.it!

A Faculty Perspective on Open Textbooks

A Faculty Perspective on Open Textbooks | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Recently I have found myself at many meetings and events (e.g., the Open Textbook summit) centered on Open Education. Despite my non-representativeness due to self-selection, I am often called upon...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Robert Schuwer
Scoop.it!

The MOOC Problem - Hybrid Pedagogy

The MOOC Problem - Hybrid Pedagogy | Opening up education | Scoop.it
The MOOC in popular discussion is a learning model drowned in tropes and hyperbole where words ignore their historical meanings and commentary is only designed for short-term efficacy.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Robert Schuwer
Scoop.it!

MOOCs: Expectations and Reality

Robert Schuwer's insight:

Extensive report with the result of a study of cost-effectiveness of MOOCs. From the Executive Summary:

 

"Over the past few years, observers of higher education have speculated about dramatic changes that must occur to accommodate more learners at lower costs and to facilitate a shift away from the accumulation of knowledge to the acquisition of a variety of cognitive and non-cognitive skills. All scenarios feature a major role for technology and online learning. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are the most recent candidates being pushed forward to fulfill these ambitious goals. To date, there has been little evidence collected that would allow an assessment of whether MOOCs do indeed provide a cost-effective mechanism for producing desirable educational outcomes at scale. It is not even clear that these are the goals of those institutions offering MOOCs. This report investigates the actual goals of institutions creating MOOCs or integrating them into their programs, and reviews the current evidence regarding whether and how these goals are being achieved, and at what cost."


Worthwhile detail information in the appendices. A.o. the average costs of producing 10 hours of video adds up to $44K.

more...
Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, May 16, 2014 8:24 AM

Recommended

In the first part Siemens, Dows, Koller and Ng explain what drove them to start experimenting with MOOCs.

 

Scooped by Robert Schuwer
Scoop.it!

A Q&A with “Godfather of MOOCs” Sebastian Thrun after he disavowed his godchild

A Q&A with “Godfather of MOOCs” Sebastian Thrun after he disavowed his godchild | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Major waves hit the edtech space last November, after Sebastian Thrun, who some call the godfather of the MOOC, disavowed his baby. “We were on the front pages of newspapers and magazines, and at t...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Robert Schuwer
Scoop.it!

Can MOOCs and Universities Co-Exist?

Can MOOCs and Universities Co-Exist? | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Massive open online courses make college degrees more affordable. Does that make them a threat to campus life? Three academics exchange their views on MOOCs and the future of higher education in the U.S.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Robert Schuwer from Educational Technology - then and now
Scoop.it!

Patrick McAndrew and Robert Farrow: The ecology of sharing - synthesizing OER research

Patrick McAndrew and Robert Farrow: The ecology of sharing - synthesizing OER research | Opening up education | Scoop.it

"Arguably, Open Educational Resources (OER) are starting to enter the mainstream, though some fundamental questions about their value and impact remain to be answered or supported with appropriate evidence. Much early OER activity was driven by ideals and interest in finding new ways to release content, with less direct research and reflection on the process. Furthermore, the majority of OER studies are localised, making extrapolation problematic. At the same time there are considerable practical experiences and ideas that it would be valuable to share. This presentation introduces the ‘hub‘ as metaphor for the kind ofnetworked research that is needed by the OER movement."


Via Andreas Link, Alastair Creelman, Martyn Cooper
more...
Alberto Cardoso's curator insight, April 27, 2014 7:45 AM

There is now a great deal of progress made in both the practice of producing and applying OER and the initiating of a strand of OER research in recent years (e.g. UNESCO/COL,2013).

Martyn Cooper's curator insight, April 28, 2014 4:39 AM

More on Open Educational Resources from my colleagues here in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK.

Martyn Cooper's curator insight, May 9, 2014 1:19 PM

More on OERs from my colleagues at the OU

Rescooped by Robert Schuwer from Networked Learning - MOOCs and more
Scoop.it!

Investigating MOOCs through blog mining | Yong Chen | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

Investigating MOOCs through blog mining | Yong Chen | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning | Opening up education | Scoop.it

Abstract: MOOCs (massive open online course) is a disruptive innovation and a current buzzword in higher education. However, the discussion of MOOCs is disparate, fragmented, and distributed among different outlets. Systematic, extensively published research on MOOCs is unavailable. This paper adopts a novel method called blog mining to analyze MOOCs. The findings indicate, while MOOCs have benefitted learners, providers, and faculty who develop and teach MOOCs, challenges still exist, such as questionable course quality, high dropout rate, unavailable course credits, ineffective assessments, complex copyright, and limited hardware. Future research should explore the position of MOOCs and how it can be sustained.


Via Peter B. Sloep
more...
Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, May 2, 2014 8:53 AM

The introduction to the article sometimes paints perhaps too simplistic a picture (such as that the xMOOCs and cMOOCs exhaust the universe of possible MOOCs; cf my recent scoop in early March: http://sco.lt/8FAEJl) or a somewhat trite one (“MOOCs represents an emerging methodology of online teaching and an important development in open education.”). Still the article is an interesting contribution to  MOOC research for the methodology it employs: text mining and analysis of blogs on MOOCs. Language technologies - in this case concept analysis and mapping using leximancer - are a powerful means to crunch large amounts of textual data, often revealing patters that are not immediately apparent to the naked eye. The value of the article therefore does not lie in its introduction, but in the results and ensuing discussion. 

 

Chen summarises the results under the headings of benefits for learners, benefits for providers, and trends, concluding with a discussion of the limitations of his study. His conclusions are not earth shattering, but how could they? After all, this is a mere summary of what he came across in the 360 blog posts he analysed with the help of leximancer; it is not a position paper in any sense, at best it is a kind of meta-analysis. To put it differently, tongue in cheek, there’s no need to go through the 431 scoops I collected on these pages to get an impression of what has been discussed about MOOCs in blogs over the last 4 odd years. Read the article and you have a fair idea. And then you should go to individual blog posts to collect opinions. @pbsloep

Rescooped by Robert Schuwer from MOOC-SCOOP
Scoop.it!

Collaboration, or lack thereof, behind Semester Online collapse @insidehighered

Collaboration, or lack thereof, behind Semester Online collapse @insidehighered | Opening up education | Scoop.it

Via timokos
more...
timokos's curator insight, May 2, 2014 4:16 AM

Interesting report on the failure of 2U's collaboration with a consortium of universities to deliver paid & accredited undergraduate level online courses.

 

Contains some insightfull lessons for other consortia on possible pitfalls when faculty question the reasons of both the administration and the commercial partners. It is not that they don't believe that online could be as good or even better than on-campus courses, but they do not trust the motives of administrators behind this decision, and possibly do not see how this will lead to a sustainable delivery model for their institutions, and what this will mean for their own positions.

verstelle's curator insight, May 5, 2014 3:48 AM

Insightful lessons from this failed online university initiative of several US universities, an initiative stopped by faculty. It is not that faculty was against online learning, but the business model was not convincing to them

Scooped by Robert Schuwer
Scoop.it!

Mooc students ‘passive’, study suggests

Mooc students ‘passive’, study suggests | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Research finds Harvard course cohort had high hopes, but avoided collaboration and failed to use new skills at work
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Robert Schuwer
Scoop.it!

What MIT Learned From a Mongolian Teenager Who Aced a Tricky Online Class

What MIT Learned From a Mongolian Teenager Who Aced a Tricky Online Class | Opening up education | Scoop.it
This article is part of Future Tense, which is a partnership of Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University. On Wednesday, April 30, Future Tense will host an event in Washington, D.C., on technology and the future of higher education. For more information and to RSVP, visit the...
more...
Ulrike Wild's curator insight, April 29, 2014 3:47 AM

MOOC+educational hub+ TA+success

Rescooped by Robert Schuwer from Open and online learning
Scoop.it!

Minerva’s Plan to Disrupt Universities: A Talk with CEO Ben Nelson | Xconomy

Minerva’s Plan to Disrupt Universities: A Talk with CEO Ben Nelson | Xconomy | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Traditional four-year universities have always had to compete for students. They’re vying not only against each other, but against community colleges, the

Via verstelle
Robert Schuwer's insight:

Disruption not by numbers. Targeting exceptional students with an approach that in my opinion is not scalable and has not to be scalable because of the target group. A question inanswered is: when teaching is closely related to research (as is the case at universities this initiative tries to disrupt), where is the research taking place?

more...
verstelle's curator insight, April 27, 2014 9:30 AM

This disruptive model elite university starts in september after three years of preparation. It maintains the concept of a four year inmersive campus education and an accredited diplom at the end. For the rest, all is innovated:

- all online classes

- all clases are seminars

- assessment is purely based on demonstration of progress in the seminars

- Students live in metropoles and move each year.

- And the costs: €10.000 per year.  

Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, April 28, 2014 5:13 AM

Interesting pedagogical concept.
- all classes are seminars (19 students + 1 prof)
- all classes will be conducted virtually (no in the flesh meetings)
- the student participation in the seminar is monitored and recorded constantly (one student, one camera) 

- assessment is based on reviewing the recorded participation in the seminars