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A collection of articles, websites, and apps designed to catalyze creativity and success in today's schools!
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MOOCs and Meetups Together Make for Better Learning

MOOCs and Meetups Together Make for Better Learning | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

Everyday, thousands of students around the world perch themselves in front of computer screens in homes, libraries, coffee shops, and Internet cafes to take a massive open online course (MOOC).


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Right! It is within the interpersonal relationships that most of us find the motivation to complete a long, challenging task.

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Christa Meenan's curator insight, April 23, 2015 9:14 AM

While highlighting the obvious benefits of MOOCs for self-motivated individuals, this aricle does a nice job of also explaining the importance of face-to-face interaction with the instructor for many students to succeed.  Blending MOOCs with other forms of delivery may be a way for MOOCs to move forward with lower dropout rates.

Susanna Sancassani's curator insight, April 28, 2015 2:59 AM

Il MOOC si fa blended...

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Bill Gates Discusses MOOCs at Microsoft Research's Faculty Summit - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Bill Gates Discusses MOOCs at Microsoft Research's Faculty Summit - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

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Gates not starry eyed on MOOCs

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Why the MOOC cannot trump the campus - University World News

Why the MOOC cannot trump the campus - University World News | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

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U World News says MOOCs not game changers ... consider the source.
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MOOCs and Economic Reality - The Conversation - The Chronicle of Higher Education

MOOCs and Economic Reality - The Conversation - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

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Clay Shirky is cogent.
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Success in MOOCs: Talk offline is important for learning

Success in MOOCs: Talk offline is important for learning | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
That students who had offline help did the best in this MOOC study is not surprising.  Sir John Daniel reported in Mega-Universities that face-to-face tutors was the largest line item in the Open U...

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Most learning is blended at some level.

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Chris Carter's comment, July 10, 2013 3:34 PM
Thank you, k3hamilton!
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edX president predicts an online learning transformation - FT.com

edX president predicts an online learning transformation - FT.com | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Anant Agarwal is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and president of edX, a leading provider of massive open online courses, known as Moocs.

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What else would the edX president predict, the quick demise of MOOCs?

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A MOOC Backlash?

A MOOC Backlash? | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Unlike a scientific experiment that can keep controls and treated samples isolated in separate test tubes, the MOOC experiment is playing out in one of the messier corners of the already messy real world: academia.

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De-MOOC? Anti-MOOC? Boo-MOOC? FLOOC?

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Walter Adamson's comment, May 28, 2013 9:12 PM
Trend is up even though a backlash - good point he makes in the article.
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Patrick McAndrew: MOOCs "are only a part of what's happening” in Open Education

Patrick McAndrew: MOOCs "are only a part of what's happening” in Open Education | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

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Thank you, Patrick McAndrew!

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How would MOOCs be designed and structured differently?

How would MOOCs be designed  and structured differently? | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Thanks to Doug Holton for opinion The case for learning designers. What should be the role of instructors in learning design in MOOCs?  How should MOOCs be designed and delivered? My early learning...

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A question worth asking.

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Chris Carter's comment, May 15, 2013 10:14 AM
Nikolaos, it is my pleasure! I love reading/sifting through articles, apps, etc., to bring useful material to light.
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Open online courses – an avalanche that might just get stopped

Open online courses – an avalanche that might just get stopped | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Could massive online open courses – moocs – lead to back-door privatisation in higher education? The UK should watch what is happening in California very closely, says James Vernon

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I suspect that there are too many Eutopian hopes pinned to MOOCs. First, there are many forces attempting to monetize MOOCs. Second, public libraries have been ofering free education for over 100 years and have appealed mostly to a niche market for this purpose. Third, free MOOCs do not lead to those cherished pieces of paper that state our qualifications.

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Making The Most Of MOOCs: The Ins And Outs Of E-Learning : NPR

Making The Most Of MOOCs: The Ins And Outs Of E-Learning : NPR | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Don't ever email the professor. Never friend the teacher on Facebook. Those are some of the rules A.J. Jacobs learned when he joined the ranks of millions enrolled in massive open online courses, MOOCs.

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NPR is morning paper when I am in the States.

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The emergence of x and c MOOCs and pedagogy

The emergence of x and c MOOCs and pedagogy | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

The three sorts of MOOCs would serve different types of learners differently based on what the institutions would offer and what the learners might need and expect.


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Worth a read, but could be better organized (define "x" and "c" MOOCs early, for instance)

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, August 15, 2013 9:44 AM

A pesar de su corta edad los MOOCs siguen experimentando variaciones importantes. Los x-MOOCs (modelo automatizado, centrado en la tecnología y con rentabilida económica esperada de la oferta formativa en línea, Ej: Udacity), los c-MOOCs (basados en el conectivismo, el aprendizaje distribuido y más centrado en el alumno. Ej: EdX) y una tercera variante que puede ser una especie de híbrido de las dos anteriores.

Roberto Ivan Ramirez's comment, September 17, 2013 2:38 PM
Creo que esas combinaciones de los cursos masivos en línea va a servir de plataforma apra establecer nuevos lineamientos tecno pedagógicos de la educación a distancia, posiblemente la era del e-learning se transforme.
Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 22, 2013 7:23 PM

What would be the future of MOOCs?

As discussed, the three sorts of MOOCs would serve different types of learners differently based on what the institutions would offer and what the learners might need and expect.

There are no clear crystal balls in accurately predicting what would emerge out of these winners, though it is for sure that the ultimate model of Higher Education would likely go with xMOOCs within the coming decade, as the demand for qualifications, formal teacher-based education is still the norm.

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A MOOC Delusion: Why Visions to Educate the World Are Absurd - WorldWise - The Chronicle of Higher Education

A MOOC Delusion: Why Visions to Educate the World Are Absurd - WorldWise - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

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A (necessary) splash in the face.
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Essay calls for alternative to massive online learning | Inside Higher Ed

Essay calls for alternative to massive online learning | Inside Higher Ed | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Essay calls for alternative to massive online learning | Inside Higher Ed http://t.co/XkKqBFdysR

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How sweet! An 1880s quote predicting the fall of F2F education
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Three brief thoughts on "A University's Offer of Credit for a MOOC Gets No Takers"

I think I came across the CHE's "A University's Offer of Credit for a MOOC Gets No Takers" via someone's twitter feed the other day. To me, it's an important article to think about in terms of MOOC...

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Cogent, clear, specific.

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Walter Adamson's comment, July 12, 2013 8:50 PM
Very interesting assessment and gels with my casual observation.
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[publication] “How satisfied are you with your MOOC?” - A Research Study on Interaction in Huge Online Courses

[publication] “How satisfied are you with your MOOC?” - A Research Study on Interaction in Huge Online Courses | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Our publication at this year ED-Media Conference in Victoria, Canada about “How satisfied are you with your MOOC?” - A ...

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For the data crunchers like me!

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MOOC as Courseware: Coursera's Big Announcement in Context - e-Literate

MOOC as Courseware: Coursera's Big Announcement in Context - e-Literate | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

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The cows have come home.

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WizIQ is Hosting A Free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for Teachers

WizIQ is Hosting A Free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for Teachers | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
WizIQ is hosting a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for teachers, who wish to teach online using Moodle and other web technologies such as WizIQ and Google Drive, commencing on June 1, 2013.

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Worth passing along.

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Week 2: The Quality of Massive Open Online Courses by Stephen Downes | MOOC Quality Project

Week 2: The Quality of Massive Open Online Courses by Stephen Downes | MOOC Quality Project | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

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MOOC Quality Project?

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Major Players in the MOOC Universe

Major Players in the MOOC Universe | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Explore connections among the major players.

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I've got a list of 25 entities. Can you beat that?

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Will MOOC Technology Break the Education Cartel?

Will MOOC Technology Break the Education Cartel? | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Part 1. The obligatory history lesson: It happened to the record industry first.

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What if the MOOCs are run by the cartels?
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