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Trends and developments in all aspects of open education: OER, Open courses (a.o. MOOC)
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Commonwealth of Learning - Report on the Assessment and Accreditation of Learners using OER

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It's Time to Redirect the Conversation about MOOCs

It's Time to Redirect the Conversation about MOOCs | Opening up education | Scoop.it
So many exciting things are happening in higher education these days, it could make a guy’s hair fall out (see my photo at the bottom of this post). Most of the headlines have been about “massive” ...
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How will the higher ed business model in US change over the next decade?

How will the higher ed business model in US change over the next decade? | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Members of the Higher Education Management group on LinkedIn weigh in.
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To MOOC or not to MOOC: Strategic lessons from the pioneers - InsideTrack

To MOOC or not to MOOC: Strategic lessons from the pioneers - InsideTrack | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Today, the American Council on Education (ACE) and InsideTrack released the results of a study on administrator and faculty motivations for pursuing massiv
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MOOC-Eds Bring Professional Development Into the 21st Century

MOOC-Eds Bring Professional Development Into the 21st Century | Opening up education | Scoop.it
MOOC-Eds Bring Professional Development Into the 21st Century - The Huffington Post
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elearn Magazine: eLearning and Digital Cultures: A multitudinous open online course

elearn Magazine: eLearning and Digital Cultures: A multitudinous open online course | Opening up education | Scoop.it
As has been rightly pointed out in response to the recent media hyperbole surrounding massive open online courses or MOOCs, the fields of eLearning and distance education are long established. Some a...
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EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - 'Opening up Education' – frequently asked questions

EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - 'Opening up Education' – frequently asked questions | Opening up education | Scoop.it
European Commission - Press Release details page - European Commission MEMO Brussels, 25 September 2013 What do we mean by 'opening up education'? Opening up education means bringing the digital revolution into education.
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It's Time to Get Rid of Teaching and Learning

It's Time to Get Rid of Teaching and Learning | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Ready to hear a dirty little secret that no one wants to talk about? Educators (even learning-centered educators) are in love with their own knowledge.
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Photo Pin : Free Photos for Bloggers via Creative Commons

Photo Pin : Free Photos for Bloggers via Creative Commons | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Photo Pin is a free tool that helps bloggers and designers find beautiful photos for blogs and websites using Creative Commons licensing. Download the photos and get attribution links already formatted for you.
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I just ran into this site. Was unknown to me until now. Excellent site where you can not just find CC-licensed photos, but also the HTML to attribute the photos in the right way. Very worthful next to Google or Flickr.

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Essay on MOOC platforms and the payoff for professors | Inside Higher Ed

Essay on MOOC platforms and the payoff for professors | Inside Higher Ed | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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With some very critical comments

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EU: Wednesday 25 September: The Commission presents Opening up Education, an initiative to promote innovative teaching and learning through new technologies and open educational resources 4

EU: Wednesday 25 September: The Commission presents Opening up Education, an initiative to promote innovative teaching and learning through new technologies and open educational resources 4 | Opening up education | Scoop.it

The European Commission will publish a Communication on Opening up Education which aims to stimulate high-quality, innovative ways of learning and teaching through digital technologies and content. By making learning environments more open and delivering quality education more efficiently, the EU will create a better skilled workforce which will boost jobs, competitiveness and growth.

Opening up Education proposes measures at EU and national levels, including helping learning institutions, teachers and students of all ages to acquire digital skills and new learning methods. The initiative also seeks to support the development and availability of open educational resources.

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SPOCs (SOOCs) Are MOOC Game Changers

SPOCs (SOOCs) Are MOOC Game Changers | Opening up education | Scoop.it
By Jim Shimabukuro Editor They're billed as SPOCs, or small private online courses, and they're being led by Harvard and UC-Berkeley. According to Rob Lue1, Harvard's edX director, "We're already i...
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By selecting students the number of participants is lower, but the selected students will be more involved. Selection can also take place after a few weeks, where only the most involved participants are allowed to continue. Peer-to-peer support is expected to be better because of the involvement. But how will this reduced number of participants influence the business model? Less data for Learning Analytics (although one can wonder if the massive drop out in MOOC's detoriates the significance of the data), less data to sell to head hunters and less podium for excellent students (although really motivated students are expected to be among the participants). 

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Stoltz-Loike: Why flexible online instruction beats MOOCs - Newsday

Stoltz-Loike: Why flexible online instruction beats MOOCs - Newsday | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Stoltz-Loike: Why flexible online instruction beats MOOCs Newsday Two years ago, massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, burst on to the education scene when Stanford University offered a free introductory course in artificial intelligence...
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Harvard plans to boldly go with 'Spocs'

Harvard plans to boldly go with 'Spocs' | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Harvard develops the next big thing for online learning. Is this the real deal?
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The "Open" part has disappeared from the acronym. Although access is still free, because more teacher effort is needed in these types of courses, I wonder for how long these types of courses will be freely accessible. 

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Have MOOC Challenges Already Been Solved? - Degree of Freedom

Have MOOC Challenges Already Been Solved? - Degree of Freedom | Opening up education | Scoop.it
If MOOCs are already mash ups of existing technology, why not look to existing non-technical precedents to solve business or pedagogical challenges?
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Small fry fear big fish will dominate Mooc pond

Small fry fear big fish will dominate Mooc pond | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Government report identifies friction in sector over online courses
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What Clayton Christensen Got Wrong in his Theory of Low-End Disruption

What Clayton Christensen Got Wrong in his Theory of Low-End Disruption | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Clayton Christensen has two theories of disruption: new-market, and low-end. The latter is fundamentally flawed and not applicable in the consumer market.
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FutureLearn & the role of MOOCs - The Ed Techie

FutureLearn & the role of MOOCs - The Ed Techie | Opening up education | Scoop.it
If you're working in higher ed in the UK you will no doubt have seen that FutureLearn had its beta launch last week. Some disclosure - FutureLearn is owned by the OU & I've been partially involved in its development,...
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Tim Ruijters's comment, September 23, 2013 10:15 AM
Hoi Robert,

Met een paar mensen van o.a. Perceptum zijn we aan het nadenken over een Nederlands initiatief. Een open leerplatform waar zowel het onderwijs als het bedrijfsleven zich thuisvoelt en waar e-learning materiaal gedeeld, gewaardeerd, enz. kan worden.

We zitten echt nog pas in de fase waarin we aan het nadenken zijn over een visie. Heb jij vanuit jouw achtergrond misschien wat tips?

Mvg,

Tim Ruijters
Robert Schuwer's comment, September 23, 2013 3:51 PM
Dag Tim, bedoel je zoiets als Wikiwijs ;-)? Mail me even, wellicht kunnen we overleggen hierover.
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Top universities embrace MOOCs, but opinion is divided - University World News

Top universities embrace MOOCs, but opinion is divided - University World News | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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A short summary of the Maturing of MOOC report from earlier this week

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Completion Rates – A False Trail to Measuring Course Quality?

Completion Rates – A False Trail to Measuring Course Quality? | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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Study on completion rates as measure for success of a course. Very actual, considereing the low completion rates of MOOC's. Tha authors argue that other measures should be developed to gauge success of an (open) online course. They suggest HEROEs: Highly Empowered Resourceful Online Educators. 

Their conclusion: 


"The use of completion rates to measure the relative success of a course builds on a number of assumptions based on the traditional campus-based model for higher education. It assumes that students are studying for academic credentials and that this process also has financial motivation. As soon as net-based courses are aimed at a wider audience (lifelong learners, professional development, general interest) for whom the rewards of university credits are less appealing than the learning of new skills, the concept of completing a course becomes less relevant. The low completion rates of many online courses and in particular today’s mainstream MOOCs is not a credible gauge of course quality. We need to move the focus from a simplistic head count to developing strategies for increased interaction, collaboration and collective responsibility in online learning – HEROES could do the trick."

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