"The MOOC Research Initiative (MRI) will begin to address this research gap by evaluating MOOCs and how they impact teaching, learning, and education in general."
Terry Elliott's insight:
While I am always worried about the hidden agendae of any Gates Foundation project, I do agree that we need to do some serious evaluation of MOOCs in higher education. This site has a lot going for it. There is a conference in early December that perhaps someone on our committee should go to? Maybe me?
In this first post, I’ll share some preliminary results about video usage, obtained from initial analyses of a few edX math and science courses. Unsurprisingly, students engaged more with shorter videos. Traditional in-person lectures usually last an hour, but students have much shorter attention spans when watching educational videos online...
I am envisioning a pedagogical model for MOOCs that looks similar to the Oxford Tutorial. In this instance, a learner watches free MOOC lectures but then connects with a tutor to discuss the material in a more deeply, richly and personally.
Course details for the MOOC 'Improving your image: Dental Photography in Practice'. Massive Open Online Courses are free, open, online courses designed to offer a taste of higher education to learners from across the UK and the world.
The aim of this scoreboard is to highlight the huge potential that European institutions have in the world of MOOCs and to help visualize this potential by compiling the existing European-provided MOOCs and open courses available on different open websites.
Karl Ulrich, Vice Dean of Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School who has been teaching product design courses for 25 years, has a massively open online course (MOOC) to thank for his newest design:Belle-V, the newest addition to the long line of ice cream scoop evolutions. Designed in collaboration with Lunar, Ulrich has developed a scoop that's righty/lefty friendly—and easy on the eyes. So far it raised $138,134 http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/belle-v/belle-v-ice-cream-scoop
A series of open-ended, evocative reflective questions that anyone who is facilitating with, teaching in, or learning from a MOOC should consider:
Are Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Enabling A New Pedagogy?Question 1: Are MOOCs Changing the Way in which Students Earn Credit?Question 5: Are MOOCs Transforming Teaching and Learning in Post-secondary Education?Question 4: Are MOOCs Contributing to the Improvement of the Quality of Online Learning?Question 3: Are MOOCs Having an Impact on Courses Not Taught Online?Question 2: Are MOOCs Influencing the Ways Faculty Think about Online Learning?
The most frequently occurring themes were transformation of identity, reciprocal relationships, and reflective practice. Novice participants expressed initial uncertainties and experienced participants observed the difficulties they were experiencing. Reflective practice was important for active participants as an aspect of learning and a tool for self-expression."
Terry Elliott's insight:
Classic 'good guy' MOOC.=cMooc scenario. Excellent references. Course in a box.
"... an analysis of Twitter usage surrounding a German-language MOOC that could indicate future trends in technology-enhanced learning. Our research focuses on the Twitter stream accompanying the course and ask how Twitter is used and for what purposes by the heavy twitter users, by the educators / organisers / guestspeakers in the course and if tweets from “outside” get into to the stream.."
Reference: van Treeck, T., Ebner, M. (2013) How Useful Is Twitter for Learning in Massive Communities? An Analysis of Two MOOCs. In: Twitter & Society, Weller, K., Bruns, A., Burgess, J., Mahrt, M., Puschmann, C. (eds.), Peter Lang, p. 411-424
"This is a bold stroke, an anti-authoritarian project on many levels." William Kuskin, eyes flashing, stands at the very edge of the stage in the University of Colorado at Boulder's iconic Old Main b...
This presentation recall the design and implementation of a Flash MOOC at CPUT by the SAICTED (Managing ICT in South African Education) research project
Terry Elliott's insight:
Combining 'flash mobs' and MOOCs--another way that MOOCs have differentiated into cMOOCs, xMOOCs, LOOCs, and CaS's. What a cool idea, occupy a space on the net to learn something. Talk about calling upon star appeal and reputation. This idea bearing watching so...watch this space.
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