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The Professors Behind the MOOC Hype - Technology | Steve Kolowich- The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Professors Behind the MOOC Hype - Technology | Steve Kolowich- The Chronicle of Higher Education | SENSES project: Assembling your digital toolkit | Scoop.it

What is it like to teach 10,000 or more students at once, and does it really work? The largest-ever survey of professors who have taught MOOCs, or massive open online courses, shows that the process is time-consuming, but, according to the instructors, often successful. Nearly half of the professors felt their online courses were as rigorous academically as the versions they taught in the classroom.

 

The survey, conducted by The Chronicle, attempted to reach every professor who has taught a MOOC. The online questionnaire was sent to 184 professors in late February, and 103 of them responded.

 


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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, March 18, 2013 2:27 PM

These are data from the people in the trenches. And although they are biased - typically those with good experiences react, those with bad ones reportedly didn't - they still show that there is a good deal of enthusiasm about teaching a MOOC and that many sceptics to online learning became converted. Motives reported ranged from altruism to not wanting to be left behind, but that was to be expected. For a quick impression of the results, check the charts. 

 

Since many of the respondents still were in the midst of teaching their MOOC, we should see the present picture as a snap-shot only. But the good thing is that now we at least have such a snap-shot. The Chronicle is to be applauded for this initiative. (@pbsloep)

 

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Directory of free MOOC providers

Listing of Massive Open Online Courses (moocs) and their Providers.

 


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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, December 20, 2012 9:22 AM

... and why not make a directory of MOOCs, good idea. For as long as its doable, of course, which is probably not for long, looking at the many budding MOOC initiatives ... (@pbsloep)

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Thoughts from a MOOC Pioneer — Academic Technology | Gene Roche

Thoughts from a MOOC Pioneer — Academic Technology | Gene Roche | SENSES project: Assembling your digital toolkit | Scoop.it

"Recently Scott E. Page did a presentation at the University of Wisconsin Center for Educational Innovation where he reviewed his experience teaching his Model Thinking course twice through online course provider Coursera. .. The presentation runs a little more than an hour, ... [it] gives is a very interesting insight into the process of creating a very successful MOOC ... It’s not very often that I sit through an hour-long video, but this one really did grab my attention. It was a well-told story by a thoughtful academic who believes that universities have the capacity to share important ideas with learners who never would have had access to them before." 


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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, January 22, 2013 2:09 PM

I did not sit through the entire video, so you have to take Gene Roche's word for it. However, Gene's blog post gives a very good summary of what it takes to produce a MOOC and what Page's mission was when producing it. There's one sentence I want to share with you here: "As he [Page] emphasizes several times throughout the program, the real mission of the university is having an impact on the way students (and others) think — not in turning a profit." That of course stands in an interesting contrast with the intentions of the MOOC providers. (@pbsloep)