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A curation of information about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)
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180 MOOCs to Start the New Year (Is This the Crest of the Wave?)

180 MOOCs to Start the New Year (Is This the Crest of the Wave?) | Taking a look at MOOCs | Scoop.it
If you haven’t tried a free MOOC, I’d do it sooner than later. In recent weeks, the whole MOOC project took a hit when a University of Pennsylvania study found what was becoming empirically obvious — that MOOCs generally have very low participation and completion rates, and what’s more, most of the students taking the courses are “disproportionately educated, male, [and] wealthy,” and from the United States. This study, combined with other disappointing experiments and findings, will likely make universities think twice about sinking money into creating MOOCs (they can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $50,000 to develop). It might take another 6-12 months to see the shift. But I’d hazard a guess that this January might be the peak of the free MOOC trend. Enjoy them while they last. Whatever their shortcomings, they can be quite informative, and you can’t beat the price.

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Steve Vaitl's curator insight, January 7, 2014 10:49 AM

Very little of this do I find this surprising.

MFaculty's curator insight, January 7, 2014 10:44 PM

The insights revealed through the previous studies serves to codify what many educators, and even more marketers knew intuitively; free always begs the question of quality. Don't hear what I'm not saying. I'm not saying ALL MOOCs are low quality, I'm merely saying that without academic rigor and effective management, even the best intentions can slide off the rails.

 

I too had noted a number of previous MOOC supporters distancing themselves from the initiatives. Was there ever an identified demand for MOOCs, or were they simply a result of benevolent thinking? Regardless, it is interesting that the 'target audience' for MOOCs are apparently the ones taking least advantage of them. Perhaps the age old marketing rendition of supply and demand has merit still has merit.

Tammy Morley's curator insight, January 8, 2014 7:43 PM

Food for thought.

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Exploring the MOOC Universe Infographic

Exploring the MOOC Universe Infographic | Taking a look at MOOCs | Scoop.it
The Exploring the MOOC Universe Infographic offers a good snapshot of the MOOC landscape.
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Data Mining Exposes Embarrassing Problems For Massive Open Online Courses | MIT Technology Review

Data Mining Exposes Embarrassing Problems For Massive Open Online Courses | MIT Technology Review | Taking a look at MOOCs | Scoop.it
Not only does student participation decline dramatically throughout the new generation of web-based courses but the involvement of teachers in online discussions makes it worse.
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Peter Fruhmann's curator insight, February 11, 2014 5:16 PM

One should also read 'Digital Dementia' by neuropsychologist prof Manfred Spitzer. Research shows that too much digital 'learning' and digital information storage (what's stored, is mostly gone) leads  to a decrease in retention and memory abilities of our brain.It also leds to shorter attention spans and concentration deficits. It is not about turning down digital media and digital learning but warns against over-use and mystification.

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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 | Taking a look at MOOCs | 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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Completion data for MOOCs - The Ed Techie

Completion data for MOOCs - The Ed Techie | Taking a look at MOOCs | Scoop.it
As I mentioned in the previous post, I am doing some Gates funded research on MOOCs. My part was learning design analysis, while Katy Jordan has been looking at factors influencing completion rates. All this work is Katy's, I take...
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Penn GSE Study Shows MOOCs Have Relatively Few Active Users, With Only a Few Persisting to Course End | Penn GSE Press Room

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#Mooc 's: How did we get here?

Presented to 10th Annual Open Education Conference Park City, Utah

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Everything you always wanted to know about MOOCs but were afraid to...

Slides for a lecture on "Everything you always wanted to know about MOOCs but were afraid to ask" presented as part of Queen Margaret University's MSc in Profes
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Online Courses Attract Degree Holders, Survey Finds

Online Courses Attract Degree Holders, Survey Finds | Taking a look at MOOCs | Scoop.it
About 80 percent of people who enrolled in a massive open online course from the University of Pennsylvania had already earned a bachelor’s degree, according to a survey.
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The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course

The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course | Taking a look at MOOCs | Scoop.it
Some of the largest online course providers say there will be big changes to their products in 2014.
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What MOOCs Can't Teach

What MOOCs Can't Teach | Taking a look at MOOCs | Scoop.it
Even the founders of education start-ups say that online courses can't replace the classroom experience. 
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MOOC Strategic Considerations Infographic

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The MOOC Strategic Considerations Infographic presents the strategic questions MOOCs raise for college and university leaders in 2014 and beyond. 4 MOOC
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Unbundled: Reimagining Higher Education

Unbundled: Reimagining Higher Education | Taking a look at MOOCs | Scoop.it
Even today -- with dozens of global institutions and millions of learners participating -- we as an industry have so much more to learn as we puzzle out online education.
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After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought

After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought | Taking a look at MOOCs | Scoop.it
Large-scale online courses, hailed as a way to democratize higher education, have so far been plagued by very high attrition rates.
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Oeb2013 mooc intro for learning session def

A short presentation used during Online Educa Berlin 2013. The presentation was the intro to get people actively thinking on which type of MOOC they would like
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Pedagogy of MOOCs

Webinar given for University of Cape Town 17-Oct-2013 exploring the pedagogical differences between cMOOCs and xMOOCs. Pedagogical recommendations given along w

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Beth Kanter's curator insight, December 7, 2013 4:20 PM

Where is the MOOC for nonprofit technology?  

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What can we learn from institutions that have taken on learning on a massive scale? - FE News

What can we learn from institutions that have taken on learning on a massive scale? - FE News | Taking a look at MOOCs | Scoop.it
Whether you think MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, are a fad that will be forgotten come January, or whethe
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» MOOCs LKL Innovations

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MOOC discussion at London Knowledge Lab and online: http://futurelearningspaces.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/mooc-discussion/

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8 Tips for Better MOOCing: Student Edition (I) - iversity Blog

8 Tips for Better MOOCing: Student Edition (I) - iversity Blog | Taking a look at MOOCs | Scoop.it
Don't have time to MOOC? Here's some quick tips for the busy student to help you manage your packed learning schedule.
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PL-MOOC | Caledonian Academy

PL-MOOC | Caledonian Academy | Taking a look at MOOCs | Scoop.it
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PL-MOOC Professional Learning through Massive Open Online Courses

This study, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through its MOOC Research Initiative funding stream, explores the role of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in supporting and enabling professional learning, or learning for work. The study is contextualised within ‘Fundamentals of clinical trials’, a MOOC for health professionals designed and run by the Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard Catalyst, the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center, and offered by edX.

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