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Trends and developments in all aspects of open education: OER, Open courses (a.o. MOOC)
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Mcdonaldisation? Or using scale to improve learning...

Mcdonaldisation? Or using scale to improve learning... | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Some things do not scale well. I know quite a few small restaurants that serve Great Food in a lovely setting (try this one), but it seems like all large-scale chains resemble McDonalds. Or think c...

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Wilfred Rubens's curator insight, January 18, 2014 10:20 AM

Interessante bijdrage van Erik Duval over de relatie tussen kwaliteit en omvang. Leidt het tot massa-onderwijs, zonder interactiemogelijkheden. Maar hoeveel interactioe is er eigenlijk tijdens grootschalige hoorcolleges. En wellicht faciliteert de schaalgrootte van MOOCs peer assessment en peer review op een betere manier.

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Brazilian MOOC seeks to focus on Portuguese market | Inside Higher Ed

Brazilian MOOC seeks to focus on Portuguese market | Inside Higher Ed | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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And it's not only the language I guess, but also the cultural aspects of a Western-world MOOC that has led to this platform. Publishing a MOOC under a CC-license would solve the language problem.

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THE END OF MOOCS AND THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION

THE END OF MOOCS AND THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Hailed in recent years as the future of education, online courses offered for free to thousands of far-flung students are increasingly being criticized.
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After two years of MOOC mania, enthusiasm for online education dips | Inside Higher Ed

After two years of MOOC mania, enthusiasm for online education dips | Inside Higher Ed | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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Study finds that countries that fund freely and regulate loosely have best higher ed | Inside Higher Ed

Study finds that countries that fund freely and regulate loosely have best higher ed | Inside Higher Ed | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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Ruminations on Research on Open Educational Resources | Hewlett Foundation

"This paper explores nine areas of research on OER from policy to development to its relative effectiveness and whether it stimulates innovation. Although existing research is considered, greater attention is given to the possibilities for new research in these areas."

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A research agenda for OER from Marshall Smith, the visionary thinker behind the OER program of the Hewlett Foundation. He distinguishes four areas where research is most needed:

- Policy: "examine the positive and negative factors in the political environment that influence whether or not governments at various levels will create progressive OER policy." and "examine the characteristics and effectiveness of the variety of educational policies that constrain or enable the use of OER that currently exist in different countries and local jurisdictions"


- Access and Use: "Adding Value by Increasing Access and Going to Scale"


- Effectiveness: "How does OER improve efficiency and learning?"


- Innovation—Investigations into New Ideas and Positive Disruption.


Can serve as a starting point to define a national research agenda for the Netherlands, thereby contributing to a global knowledge base on OER.

 

 

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Anant Agarwal predicts the campus of the future [CES 2014]

Anant Agarwal predicts the campus of the future [CES 2014] | Opening up education | Scoop.it
The edX president said MOOCs aren't the end of the physical campus, but they can make it more effective.
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Freire, MOOCs and Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Freire, MOOCs and Pedagogy of the Oppressed | Opening up education | Scoop.it
An email notification of a forthcoming conference at the University of Central Lancashire (uclan) - Paulo Freire and Transformative Education: changing lives and transforming communities (28th Apri...
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Will MOOCs 'de-professionalize' higher education? - eCampus News

Will MOOCs 'de-professionalize' higher education? - eCampus News | Opening up education | Scoop.it
The proliferation of MOOCs isn't just a potential nightmare scenario for professors, but for college students who value educators' expertise.
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The Degree Is Doomed

The Degree Is Doomed | Opening up education | Scoop.it
The traditional degree is increasingly irrelevant in a world with better tools for evaluating potential employees.
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I do agree with the rise of alternative paths to gain credit for competences and knowledge by employers, but "doomed" is too strong. Many learners (especially novices who we call "regular students") do need a structured learning path to gain knowledge and expertise because they lack the overview over a field of knowledge to judge which knowledge and competencies are relevant and which not.

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Sir John Daniel’s book review of ‘Beyond the MOOC Hype’ by Jeffrey Young

Sir John Daniel’s book review of ‘Beyond the MOOC Hype’ by Jeffrey Young | Opening up education | Scoop.it

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Wilfred Rubens's curator insight, January 19, 2014 3:32 AM

Tony Bates geeft sir John Daniel de gelegenheid om een boek over massive open online courses te bespreken. Op basis van deze review concludeer ik dat de auteur een mooi overzicht geeft van deze ontwikkeling, maar geen nieuwe inzichten toevoegt.

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Innovation in 2014: Welcome to the Evolution

Innovation in 2014: Welcome to the Evolution | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Instead of calling MOOCs a failure, combine them with other pioneering ideas to help higher education evolve.
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Opinion: Five myths about Moocs

Opinion: Five myths about Moocs | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Diana Laurillard explains why a model based on unsupervised learning is not the answer
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The Merchants of MOOCs by James Grimmelmann :: SSRN

The Merchants of MOOCs by James Grimmelmann :: SSRN | Opening up education | Scoop.it
A loose network of educators, entrepreneurs, and investors are promoting Massive Open Online Courses as an innovation that will radicaly disrupt higher educatio
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"Do not confuse the success of a MOOC, or a MOOC company, with the success of the educational ecosystem around them. Indeed, in a world of open education, it is entirely possible that everyone will be educated even as no one makes any money at it. Profits are not the only sign of success; not every loss is a failure."

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2020 Vision: Outlook for online learning in 2014 and way beyond

2020 Vision: Outlook for online learning in 2014 and way beyond | Opening up education | Scoop.it
 Taking the long view Doug Saunders in the Globe and Mail on  January 4 wrote an interesting piece on prediction, entitled: “Gadgets alone don’t make the future.” Having shown how amazingly accurate technologists in 1961 were in predicting what...

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