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Trends and developments in all aspects of open education: OER, MOOC, Open University
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MOOCs: A view from the digital trenches

MOOCs: A view from the digital trenches | Opening up education | Scoop.it
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where I’m a professor, is among the world’s oldest, largest, and best business schools, with 11 academic departments, 20 research centers, 230 ...
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Implementing the Paris OER Declaration : launch of project | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Implementing the Paris OER Declaration : launch of project | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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What do you mean... open?

What do you mean... open? | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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A brief history of openness by Dave Cormier (the guy who coined the term "MOOC" in 2007).

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Let’s broaden the MOOC experiment

Let’s broaden the MOOC experiment | Opening up education | Scoop.it
If you’re like me, you cop a wait-and-see attitude toward news of big tech breakthroughs. Sometimes it’s hard to know whether the Next Big Thing will end up like Apple’s Ping, Facebook’s Timeline o...
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For me, the most interesting idea in this post is the sentence "The important thing is that we take time to analyze what’s happening inside these courses, which is why I think open data needs to be a part of MOOCs.". This discussion I have not seen happening yet, but for me this is a next logical step to take to learn about what works and what not and ultimately improve the learning experience.

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MOOCs, Courseware, and the Course as an Artifact -

MOOCs, Courseware, and the Course as an Artifact - | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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Frederik Truyen's curator insight, April 13, 2013 4:29 AM

Excellent article with strong infographics. It starts from a reflexion on what a course is, and puts the focus on adaptability of a MOOC to local classroom use.

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Can the internet open up classical music to a wider audience? - Telegraph

Can the internet open up classical music to a wider audience? - Telegraph | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Online courses in how to appreciate classical music could make it a less daunting proposition for beginners
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California State U. System Will Expand MOOC Experiment - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

California State U. System Will Expand MOOC Experiment - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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Survey of Internationalization at European Institutions: On MOOCs, No Clear Opinion | Inside Higher Ed

Survey of Internationalization at European Institutions: On MOOCs, No Clear Opinion | Inside Higher Ed | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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PhET Blog » Blog Archive » Open Education Resources Are “Here to Stay”

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Main findings (extracted from the report):

 

• Even in an age of common learning standards, the need to personalize learning will continue to require a robust choice of curricular resources – proprietary and OER – and related technology tools and services. Investments by government authorities or other organizations based on the assumption they can simply ‘build it once’ could inappropriately limit options. No single resource or set of resources will be sufficient to meet the wide range of educational needs.
• The principles of academic freedom and personalization of learning require that government agencies and educational institutions continue to support educational choice. They should not incontinue ensuring grant and other funding for acquisition/implementation of any and all resources that meet the particular educational need, whether OER or proprietary.
• To meet diverse and evolving educational needs, the nation’s education sector demands an environment that encourages R&D investment – public and private, for-profit and non-profit – to ensure ever more innovative and effective resources. Education leaders should strive for a sector that encourages investment and competition, provides resource choice, and rewards innovation.
• Educational resources, including OER, require not only the initial investment, but as importantly must budget for the total, long-term cost of development and use. These ongoing and recurring costs include user training/support, as well as content hosting and maintenance, content updates, and technology updates that, according to some SIIA members, can often require as much as an additional 20% annual cost.
• When making cost-benefit calculations and comparisons, it is important to consider these total initial and ongoing costs of development and adoption. Comparisons require both short-term and long-term factors, as well as recognition of both individual use and systemic impact.
• Institutional, local, or state adoptions of content should use the same review standards, criteria, and process when the content is of the same or similar type – e.g., core, supplemental, etc. – no matter whether OER, commercial or other license.
• To the degree that public funds are invested in the development of (open) educational resources, they are best targeted to address gaps where quality resources are not currently available to meet educational needs. In addition, such public investments should consider the benefits of public-private partnerships or related models that ensure an ongoing user commitment and a recurring revenue stream needed to update, support, and sustain the resource over time.

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Coursera Takes a Nuanced View of MOOC Dropout Rates - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Coursera Takes a Nuanced View of MOOC Dropout Rates - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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Interaction Possibilities in MOOCs – How Do They Actually Happen?

Publication at 3rd International Conference on Higher Education Development "Future Visions for Higher Education Development"
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Analysis of the types of interaction (student-student and student-instructor) most common in MOOC's and where improvements can be gained in a better design.

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MOOCs and the funnel of participation - Open Research Online

MOOCs and the funnel of participation - Open Research Online | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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The funnel of participation is the phenomenon that many people register for a MOOC, less people start and only few get to the end. In this research article, this phenomenon is further analyzed, making clear the role Learning analytics can play.  

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NovoEd, another Stanford MOOC startup, opens small-group learning services to public

NovoEd, another Stanford MOOC startup, opens small-group learning services to public | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Launched at Stanford University, NovoEd wants to build on the massive open online course (MOOC) phenomenon with a startup that puts collaboration at the center of the online learning experience.
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Can you MOOC your way through college in one year? - The Boston Globe

Can you MOOC your way through college in one year? - The Boston Globe | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Nothing is hotter in the education world right now than the massive open online course, or MOOC. MOOCs make an elite education available to anyone, typically for free but without course credit.
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What To Know About The Accreditation Of MOOCs And Online Learning

What To Know About The Accreditation Of MOOCs And Online Learning | Opening up education | Scoop.it
We take a close look at the process and questions surrounding the accreditation of MOOCs and online learning in the digital age of education.
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Learning analytics at Stanford takes huge leap forward with MOOCs

Learning analytics at Stanford takes huge leap forward with MOOCs | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Stanford's Lytics Lab gathers data from massive open online courses to learn more about how we learn. The group studies student behavior to measure interaction and performance.
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Investment analysis: Coursera or UK Higher Education? » FOLLOWERS OF THE APOCALYPSE

Investment analysis: Coursera or UK Higher Education? » FOLLOWERS OF THE APOCALYPSE | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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A Vocabulary Site Shows How to Tailor Online Education

A Vocabulary Site Shows How to Tailor Online Education | Opening up education | Scoop.it
One of the educational potentials of computing is the ability to tailor learning experiences to the skills of individual students. A vocabulary-building site, Vocabulary.com, is an example of that potential, some educators say.
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In Support of the Monterey Institute of Technology and Education

Last week I had the incredible opportunity to spend about three hours talking with Gary Lopez, founder of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (or MITE, pronounced "mighty"), who is ...
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MOOCs and Intellectual Property: Ownership and Use Rights | EDUCAUSE.edu

MOOCs and Intellectual Property: Ownership and Use Rights | EDUCAUSE.edu | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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Update on Udacity: their plans to publish the content under a creative commons license (although rather restrictive: CC BY-NC-ND)

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History of Rock: New MOOC Presents the Music of Elvis, Dylan, Beatles, Stones, Hendrix & More

History of Rock: New MOOC Presents the Music of Elvis, Dylan, Beatles, Stones, Hendrix & More | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Here's something I can get pretty jazzed about. Er, maybe that's not quite the right verb. But close enough....
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