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Trends and developments in all aspects of open education: OER, Open courses (a.o. MOOC)
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Look back in anger? A review of online learning in 2013

Look back in anger? A review of online learning in 2013 | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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Worthwhile noticing: "Indeed, in many ways, MOOCs have become a major distraction from developing more innovative and more relevant applications of online learning for credit. MOOCs may be free to learners, but they are not free for institutions. With the average cost of just developing an xMOOC being between $50,000 – $100,000, this means that with over 1,000 MOOCs, more than $50 million to $100 million has been spent on non-credit courses that could have been spent on producing online courses for credit, leading to recognized credentials. In itself, this focus on non-formal learning might be OK, if it was tied to some clear policy objective, but we certainly haven’t seen the return on investment from MOOCs to date."


 

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The Cognitive Infrastructure Built by the MOOC Bubble | Inside Higher Ed

The Cognitive Infrastructure Built by the MOOC Bubble | Inside Higher Ed | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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What Will Happen to MOOCs Now that Udacity Is Leaving Higher Ed? -- Campus Technology

What Will Happen to MOOCs Now that Udacity Is Leaving Higher Ed? -- Campus Technology | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Sebastian Thrun threw a wrench in the MOOC model by declaring that massive open online courses don't work for higher education. What's next for the online learning trend?
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Opening Up | Next Steps for MOOCs and Libraries

Opening Up | Next Steps for MOOCs and Libraries | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Since the term was coined five years ago, massive open online courses, or MOOCs, have been a subject of much debate in educational circles.
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Pay No Attention to Supposedly Low MOOC Completion Rates - Ed Central

Pay No Attention to Supposedly Low MOOC Completion Rates - Ed Central | Opening up education | Scoop.it
The recent New York Times coverage of a University of Pennsylvania study of 16 Coursera courses has helped solidify the new conventional wisdom about MOOCs: They have terrible completion rates.
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Are MOOCs Really A Failure?

Are MOOCs Really A Failure? | Opening up education | Scoop.it
That’s what The New York Times suggested today, drawing on new research from the University of Pennsylvania. But as the Times also acknowledged, in some ways MOOCs (short for massive open online courses) show great promise.
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Is there a business model for MOOCs?

Is there a business model for MOOCs? | Opening up education | Scoop.it
An increasing number of colleges and universities are offering MOOCs, but few have crunched the numbers to determine whether these online courses can succeed as a business proposition.
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MOOCs as neocolonialism – Who controls knowledge? - University World News

MOOCs as neocolonialism – Who controls knowledge? - University World News | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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A MOOC of Our Own

A MOOC of Our Own | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Massive, open, online courses (MOOCs) have dominated the conversation in higher education since their sudden arrival in spring 2012. The MOOC movement is evidence of the profoundly disruptive change that is widely seen as coming to higher education.
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How to Add Depth to the Discussion About MOOCs

How to Add Depth to the Discussion About MOOCs | Opening up education | Scoop.it
The MOOC discourse and debate continues, but I am hopeful that the conversation will deepen and expand beyond the few themes and talking points that tend to emerge in the most current media outlets...
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Are MOOCs the Future of Online Education? - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Are MOOCs the Future of Online Education? - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Here is an infographic that helps you know more about the trends in MOOCs.
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Have MOOCs hurt public perception of online education? (essay) | Inside Higher Ed

Have MOOCs hurt public perception of online education? (essay) | Inside Higher Ed | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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If 2013 could be called "The year of the backlash", will this have negative influence on acceptance of online learning in general? The authors notice some developments that could indicate it has. This kind of research has not been undertaken in Europe and more specific the Netherlands as far as I know.

 

My personal observations for the Netherlands (based on a series of 8 strategic workshops on policy on OER and Open Education) are that MOOC's more and more are considered worthwhile additions to a wide portfolio of learning means, having value of its own and value when combined with other means (open anmd closed, especially some blended form). Institutions for higher education are investigating and start experimenting with open and online learning, both for regular students as for life long learners.

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2013 Case Studies of Openness in the Language Classroom | Research-publishing.net

2013 Case Studies of Openness in the Language Classroom | Research-publishing.net | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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Udacity CEO Sebastian Thrun On The Future Of Education

Udacity CEO Sebastian Thrun On The Future Of Education | Opening up education | Scoop.it
There are few entrepreneurs who can compete with Sebastian Thrun in terms of creativity and breadth of innovation. He led the development of Stanley, a robotic vehicle on the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge.
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Norway is digitizing all its books and making them free to read online

Norway is digitizing all its books and making them free to read online | Opening up education | Scoop.it
The National Library of Norway is digitizing all the books in its collection, processing the text to make it searchable, and making them available to read online.
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Donald Clark Plan B: 10 big reasons for rise of corporate MOOCs

Donald Clark Plan B: 10 big reasons for rise of corporate MOOCs | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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College Credit for Your Life Experience

College Credit for Your Life Experience | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Getting college credit for your life experience can help you advance your career and get a college degree. Prior Learning Assessment expert Susan Huggins describes how to start with the free MOOC, Documenting Your Life Experience for College Credit.
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Top Links from the MOOC Research Conference Twitter Backchannel (#MRI13) | Invent4Edu

Top Links from the MOOC Research Conference Twitter Backchannel (#MRI13) | Invent4Edu | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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To Measure a MOOC’s Value, Just Ask Students – Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) | moocdesign

To Measure a MOOC’s Value, Just Ask Students – Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) | moocdesign | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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The Battle for Open - a perspective | Weller | Journal of Interactive Media in Education

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An excellent analysis on the nature of open, the victory it gained and the battle still going on, shifting from "Do you want to be open?" to "what type of openness do you want?"

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Elsevier is taking down papers from Academia.edu

Elsevier is taking down papers from Academia.edu | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Lots of researchers post PDFs of their own papers on their own web-sites. It's always been so, because even though technically it's in breach of the copyright transfer agreements that we blithely s...
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