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Americans Say Postsecondary Degree Vital, But See Barriers

Americans Say Postsecondary Degree Vital, But See Barriers | Blended Mooc learning | Scoop.it
Most Americans say having a certificate or degree beyond high school is important. But 74% say such education is not affordable. Further, many adults would like to go back to school, but see barriers to re-enrollment.

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MOOCs and Digital Diploma Mills: Forgetting Our History | David Wiley

When David Noble first published his groundbreaking critique of online education in 1998, Digital Diploma Mills: The Automation of Higher Education (http://tiny.cc/vee0sw), I thought to myself “he couldn’t be more wrong.” As it turns out he might not have been wrong – maybe Noble was simply so miraculously prescient that I couldn’t see what he saw. Fifteen – count them, fifteen – years later, Digital Diploma Mills reads as if it were researched and written about the current phenomenon called “MOOCs.”


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Paulo Moekotte's comment, February 25, 2013 1:22 PM
There is no doubt in my mind that certain new delivery models could render faculty obsolete in as much as certain skills are concerned. Although the development of Virtual U. was not a success everywhere (remember the disastrous attempt in the UK and the relative short lifetime of the HigherEd based Virtual U in the Netherlands), the OUNL could serve as an excellent use case of how 'new' delivery models can be successful. So the question, when reading Noble, that comes to mind is what these new skills of faculty would look like, if faculty is no longer expected to act as the proverbial 'sage on the stage'. I would guess that another development, i.e. flipping the classroom, might give us new (albeit not entirely new) ideas or insights about skills that are demanded from faculty when talking about 21stC education. Taking it as far as the '#valueadded discussion' regarding educational quality that is currently dominating the US, one could ask the question what the added value of 21stC teachers should be and how this would affect the classical PCK-model devloped by Shulman.
Peter B. Sloep's comment, February 25, 2013 4:19 PM
I still vividly remember David Noble's article and having a reaction similar to yours: obviously we don't want diploma mills, but that doesn't mean, as he seems to argue, that we should leave education untouched. And we haven't. Indeed, not at open universities as my own Open University of the Netherlands, not at the OU (UK), not at the UOC in Catalunya, not elsewhere. All these experiments with novel instructional models incorporated online interaction, at first online information collecting (compare web 1.0, the information web), later on increasingly online collaboration (compare web 2.0, the social web).. I think you now can safely say that open universities (and many other universities which practice distance teaching) have developed blended learning designs, with a mix of offline and online in differing proportions, with different media mixes also suited to the occasion. Your flipped classroom is one such design, long practiced before it became known as such. Although in these models learner self-directedness is assumed and a generous helping of metacognitive skills offers a better chance at being successful, they are different than xMOOCs in that 'teachers' still do play a role. But, as you rightly point out, their different roles are often allotted to different people. Whereas an 'ordinary' teacher may be designer, developer, tutor, mentor, coach and assessor at the same time, at open universities (most of) these roles are fulfilled by different people. If MOOCs would (finally) lead to the inclusion of these kinds of insights in traditional university education, I think MOOCs have done a tremendously important job, even if it means that MOOC providers are reinventing knowledge that is already available in the literature. If MOOCs would lead to education without teachers (even education that includes the kind of distribution of labour I described) or to its privatisation, I think MOOCs have done society a huge disservice.
Patricia Daniels's curator insight, February 26, 2013 2:44 PM

H817 students, another perspective here about xMOOCs. I think it's healthy to see so much debate going on. The comments are interesting.

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MOOCs: Coursera, edX, Futurelearn and Udacity - University profiles | Justin Menard - LISTedTECH

MOOCs: Coursera, edX, Futurelearn and Udacity - University profiles | Justin Menard - LISTedTECH | Blended Mooc learning | Scoop.it

With Coursera and edX both announced this week they are doubling the number of universities partners, I decided to update the data. I also added another MOOC: Futurelearn

One more thing that was added to the visualisation is the average University World Ranking by MOOCs.


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GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC's curator insight, March 8, 2013 7:45 AM

Ackn. Justin Menard - interest in Rankings by MOOCs and Uni's

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I have updated the visualisation with the most recent information, added 2 new Moocs and 5 more world university rankings

We now have 6 MOOCs in the Viz: Coursera, edX, Futurelearn, Iversity, OpenEd and Udacity
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MOOCs and online learning: Research roundup

MOOCs and online learning: Research roundup | Blended Mooc learning | Scoop.it
2013 selection of recent research on massive open online courses (MOOCs).
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An avalanche is coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead > Publication :: IPPR

An avalanche is coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead > Publication :: IPPR | Blended Mooc learning | Scoop.it
'Our belief is that deep, radical and urgent transformation is required in higher education as much as it is in school systems.

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Ralph Springett's curator insight, March 16, 2013 4:42 PM

A must read from Pearsons group - free and thought provoking

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11 Enlightening Statistics About Massive Open Online Courses

11 Enlightening Statistics About Massive Open Online Courses | Blended Mooc learning | Scoop.it
MOOCs are growing in popularity and size, but do students benefit? (RT @OnColleges: Have you taken a #MOOC? Great share by @EdTech_HigherEd!

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MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses | Michael Gaebel - European University Association occasional papers

But if it’s not new and better education, then what is the purpose of MOOCs? And why are some of the top universities that did not succeed in online courses only a few years ago so eager to try again?

Obviously, the two most crucial issues at stake are currently the question of the business model, and the issue of awarding credits. But in whatever way MOOCs may develop in the long run, the fact that they currently get so much attention and cause controversial discussions gives hope that this might inspire a much broader debate on learning and teaching in higher education that seems long overdue.

 


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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, February 26, 2013 6:13 AM

A 20 or so pages long report that discusses such questions as what MOOCs are, who provide them, how they work, how they are designed and funded, who the students are. It is a quite comprehensive report even though there's little news in it for whoever follows the news on MOOCs closely. But that audience the report isn't of course intended for. It is intended for the governors of European universities to allow them to adopt a stance. And they have. According to Science Guide (http://tiny.cc/2x03sw), which was present at a meeting of the European University Association (EUA) where the present report was presented, there is little enthusiasm. To quote them: "… the associated European Universities are not very keen on venturing into experiments with Open Education, so long as it’s unclear what the future looks like". The report, which seems to represent the EUA's position, doubts the pedagogical and didactic value of MOOCs, is not keen on the involvement of businesses (who "respond to powerful brands, and do not necessarily adopt the best solutions"), but is particularly critical of the lack of quality control mechanisms. What that may lead to we have seen with the mishaps Coursera experienced this month (see http://tiny.cc/6m13sw)  and (http://tiny.cc/yo13sw

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The Trouble With Online College

The Trouble With Online College | Blended Mooc learning | Scoop.it
Education via the Internet has been overrated and could produce more dropouts than degrees.
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MOOC Initiative Opens Doors To College Degree Programs -- Campus Technology

MOOC Initiative Opens Doors To College Degree Programs -- Campus Technology | Blended Mooc learning | Scoop.it
For students seeking to tentatively test the college waters before signing up, nine public universities will offer a free initial course as a massive open online course.
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