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Trends and developments in all aspects of open education: OER, Open courses (a.o. MOOC)
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Open Textbooks

Open Textbooks | Opening up education | Scoop.it
View open textbooks in many subject areas.  Use links below to search by discipline. Anthropology & Archaeology Art Biology & Genetics Business Chemistry Computer Science Economics Educatio...
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Avoid penalties for illegal copying of closed textbooks. Use open textbooks instead.

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Using MOOCs For Employee Development and Organizational Learning - moocnewsandreviews.com

Using MOOCs For Employee Development and Organizational Learning - moocnewsandreviews.com | Opening up education | Scoop.it
JLT Group explains how they use MOOCs as part of their employee development and organizational learning, including a Public Speaking MOOC.
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Using MOOC's as a means for life long learning. It is about an organization in India that suggest MOOC's as follow-up for residential meetings on topics, so it is not left to individual intiatives solely. MOOC's offer the right flexibility for them. They have experiences already that MOOC's do not work for some employees because of the used pedagogy of the lecture hall.

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Margaret Driscoll, Learning Organization Librarian's curator insight, July 2, 2013 11:11 AM

Forming a study group, with individuals from every level and work area -- great idea!

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Clayton Christensen: Still disruptive

Clayton Christensen: Still disruptive | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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Some remarks on the potential disruptive influence of MOOC's on HE from "Mr. Disruptive" Clay Christensen: 

 

"MOOCs will be important when we are using that to replace learning from a teacher to learning on the job. But these will be a one to one replacement of a real teacher." In other words: MOOC's will have the biggest influence in post HE especially in life long learning."


"But the real excitement comes in the upper level courses of undergraduate programmes and the second year of MBAs and the like. I think they will be served by networks rather than by MOOCs. On the network is, say, Clay Christensen’s little tutorial on a particular subject. And you have another tutorial on something else. So the content is developed by users and teachers. So if I need to develop strategy for a week in the chicken industry, I just take this and that and slice them together and that is going to be the dominant model. The MOOCs will just be entry level courses.": Mass customization of HE using all kinds of available open content.



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OERs and MOOCs: Old Wine in New Skins? | OEB Newsportal

OERs and MOOCs: Old Wine in New Skins? | OEB Newsportal | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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OER (and in particular open textbooks) and MOOC's are seen as supporting ways of learning where the teacher is sending and the learner is consuming. So "...we should be harnessing OER and MOOCs to liberate the time of educators so that they can focus on providing more meaningful support to students."

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MOOCs and Reforming Higher Education (Kentaro Toyama)

MOOCs and Reforming Higher Education (Kentaro Toyama) | Opening up education | Scoop.it
This post appeared in “Educational Technology Debate: Exploring ICT and Learning in Developing Countries,” in April 2013. The debate is managed by three editors.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, timokos
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timokos's curator insight, June 29, 2013 5:07 AM

Critical analysis of the possible impact of MOOCs on HE from a former Microsoft executive

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MOOC Leader EdX Turns One: What's Next? -- InformationWeek

MOOC Leader EdX Turns One: What's Next? -- InformationWeek | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Like anything in its infancy, massive open online courses like EdX are full of possibilities and promise. But their path is unpredictable.
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A wishlist for MOOC's on the occasion of EdX' first birthday. Main conclusion: most of the developments in MOOC's are unpredictable. Main conclusion for me: probably a wishlist from an European point of view could be worthwhile and for sure have some other items. Maybe I will try to construct one in my blog.

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Sophie Touzé's curator insight, June 29, 2013 3:04 AM

Unpredictable ? génial apres tout qui a envie de savoir ce qui va se passer. Osons et profitons du chemin selon la philosophie Zen

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Straining the Quality of MOOCs: Student Retention and Intention | Open Education | HYBRID PEDAGOGY

Straining the Quality of MOOCs: Student Retention and Intention | Open Education | HYBRID PEDAGOGY | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of learning, teaching, and technology that combines the strands of critical pedagogy and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.
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timokos's curator insight, June 28, 2013 4:35 AM

Thoughtful article with a response to the earlier publication by Koller, Nge a.o. about retention and intention of Coursera students

verstelle's curator insight, June 29, 2013 2:49 AM

Well argumented article about limitations of learning analytics in discussions about retention.

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Waypoints in the MOOC Debates, Part III: The Udacity-Georgia Tech Contract | Christopher Newfield - Remaking the University

Waypoints in the MOOC Debates, Part III: The Udacity-Georgia Tech Contract | Christopher Newfield - Remaking the University | Opening up education | Scoop.it

I have spent some time trying to understand the MOOC business model, and yesterday Inside Higher Ed published one result, my 2000 word study of the Udacity-Georgia Tech contract, "Where are the Cost Savings?"   … Yesterday afternoon, Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun blogged on the Georgia Tech deal and commented on some of the points of my article. … I haven't found Dr. Thrun's post so helpful about the numbers.  But it does offer an important retrenchment in MOOC rhetoric.


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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, June 26, 2013 10:39 AM

What then follows is a list of five claims that Sebastian Thrun has made earlier and now significantly weakens or even gainsays. The most poignant one is Thrun's now six-months old claim reported in the Economist that in 50 years the world has room for 10 universities only. Others are about the zero-dollar marginal costs of MOOCs, their lack of need for human contact, Udacity's cheap infrastructure and the democratising effect MOOCs supposedly have because of their openness. Most importantly, the promised cost savings do not seem to be realised, although Thrun is silent about this. The authors don't blame him, after all he is a company CEO, but do blame public officials for entering into deals without fully knowing the financial implications. 

 

If the authors are right, public universities thus seem to be on the brink of selling out themselves to venture capital in the hope of making massive cost savings. They are backed or even forced by politicians to do so, who, no doubt  expect to gain political mileage from promising parents an elite university education for their children at low prices. However, as the authors show, there is little hope that  the promised savings will in fact materialise. What remains is that, in the process, public education has died at the hands of Silicon-Valley-inspired venture capitalists.  Guess who is going to pay for the damages. (@pbsloep)

verstelle's curator insight, June 27, 2013 2:24 AM

Important debat, about the $7000 online master in Computer Sciences, a cooperation between Georgia Tech and MOOC-producer Udacity. 

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Moocs? They’re a cracking good idea

Moocs? They’re a cracking good idea | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Anant Agarwal, president of edX, tells Chris Parr about online learning, money - and his egg-selling entrepreneurial past
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Probing Question: Are MOOCs here to stay? - Penn State News

Probing Question: Are MOOCs here to stay? - Penn State News | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Probing Question: Are MOOCs here to stay? Penn State News ... as the year of the MOOC. For those playing catch-up, MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, are college-level classes taught entirely over the Internet.
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Flipping the MOOC: networked badges and massive online peer evaluation (MOPE) | HASTAC

Flipping the MOOC: networked badges and massive online peer evaluation (MOPE) | HASTAC | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Flipping the MOOC: networked badges and massive online peer evaluation (MOPE) | HASTAC http://t.co/942B2hqzRX
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“How satisfied are you with your MOOC?” - A Research Study on Interaction in Huge Online Courses

Publication at World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2013, Victoria, Canada
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For-Credit MOOCs a Growing Trend

For-Credit MOOCs a Growing Trend | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Is the day coming when MOOCs will be widely accepted for credit? Some have hailed MOOCs -- massive open online courses - as the next great wave in education
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Opportunities and issues around for-credit MOOC's. One issue is the case by case recognition for MOOC's that can become cumbersome when a great number of students will take MOOC's. This can be overcome by acting as a curator and as an institution only give credits to a particular number of MOOC's you have selected. For that, each MOOC should be carefully checked by a teacher.

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New report says students need more access to open educational materials | opensource.com

New report says students need more access to open educational materials | opensource.com | Opening up education | Scoop.it
New report says Higher Education Opportunity Act requirements help; students need more access to open educational materials.
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MOOCs and Online Education; a real difference - e-Literate

MOOCs and Online Education; a real difference - e-Literate | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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On the difference between MOOC's and online education. Message: be aware of the differences and don't use the acronym MOOC when you mean online education.

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Coursera under fire in MOOCs licensing row

A prominent member of the open education movement, former Open University Vice-Chancellor Sir John Daniel, has criticised online education provider Coursera for not making its materials available under…...
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PDF is Where OER’s Go to Die (#OER)

PDF is Where OER’s Go to Die (#OER) | Opening up education | Scoop.it
by Clint Lalonde, ClintLalonde.net : PDF is where OER’s go to die I really dislike PDF. No, really. Dislike is too measured a term. I hate it. I want to declare war on the tyranny of PDF for conten...
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Platform helps drive conversation among thousands of MOOC students

Platform helps drive conversation among thousands of MOOC students | Opening up education | Scoop.it
MindMixer, a platform for online community engagement, was used during a recently-concluded Coursera MOOC.
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In tempestuous times, colleges must decide what they're for (essay) | Inside Higher Ed

In tempestuous times, colleges must decide what they're for (essay) | Inside Higher Ed | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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An article worth reading. Sometimes provocative, but providing food for thought about the value of face 2 face lectures, the phenomenon of unbundling and why that is probably the biggest challenge higher education is facing, having to reconsider their added value.

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MOOCSs: 20 ways to monetise | Learning Technology

MOOCSs: 20 ways to monetise | Learning Technology | Opening up education | Scoop.it
No one should deliver a MOOC without considering income but pure ‘monetisation’ is the wrong term, as a MOOC is an activity that needs to be seen in terms of both costs and income over time.
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MOOCs no panacea to easy educational access

MOOCs no panacea to easy educational access | Opening up education | Scoop.it
By Monica Guy 
In a nutshell: MOOCs and other open online courseware are useful additions to the global educational landscape, but they will neither undermine face-to-face teaching nor substan...
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MOOCs, MIT and Magic

MOOCs, MIT and Magic | Opening up education | Scoop.it
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ODL master Tony Bates about his question: "Why is MIT ignoring 25 years of research into online learning and 100 years research into how students learn in its design of online courses?" A must-read!

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Data MOOC: Results, Findings and Recommendations | School of Data - Evidence is Power

Data MOOC: Results, Findings and Recommendations | School of Data - Evidence is Power | Opening up education | Scoop.it
Evidence is Power (A writeup of the data explorer mission by @mozzadrella - analyse the data to see how the groups interacted: http://t.co/tHlxcuLGHV)...
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OECD: Education at a Glance 2013

OECD: Education at a Glance 2013 | Opening up education | Scoop.it

OECD Indicators is the authoritative source for accurate and relevant information on the state of education  around the world. It provides data on the structure, finances, and performance of education systems in more than 40 countries, including OECD members and G20 partners.

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