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Collaborative explorations: addressing the problems of MOOCs

Collaborative explorations: addressing the problems of MOOCs | Massively Open Online Courses | Scoop.it
Consider the questions posed by the MOOC Research Initiative: "What models of MOOCs exist beyond large centralized providers?" "What institutional, pedagogical, learning design, technological, and ...

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This is explaining some of the pitfalls of MOOCs and some of the available alternatives.  The main pitfalls seems to be that the learning or interation that occurs covers a vast range of topics, resources, and opinions, the depth at which the learning is addressed is only on the surface.  I've noticed that myself even of traditional asynchronous e-learning.

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MOOC Research Initiative

Draft results from MOOC Research Initiative

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I like the way the information is presented using a mix of visual (pictures, graphs, and charts) stats, and opinion.  The feeling I get from this presentation is that MOOCs are not just the present/future state of education, his research showed that more females are interested and older interest is on the rise.

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skiinglibrarian's curator insight, October 22, 2013 11:54 PM

Siemans  is one of the  initiators of MOOCsa within a connectivist pedagogy ....cMOOCs.

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New Research Effort Aims to Examine Effectiveness of MOOCs

New Research Effort Aims to Examine Effectiveness of MOOCs | Massively Open Online Courses | Scoop.it

"As more and more colleges experiment with massive open online courses, or MOOCs, a new project hopes to cut through the hype and gauge the effectiveness of the courses. The MOOC Research Initiative, financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will award grants of $10,000 to $25,000 to researchers seeking to explore issues such as student experiences in MOOCs and the free courses’ systemic impact."


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This article explains the grants being awarded by the Gates' and how the aim is the hear from the students and faculty themselves, not just hear about how conceptually innovative they (MOOCs) are.  

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EDTECH@UTRGV's curator insight, June 11, 2013 4:55 PM

We can't equate a MOOC with a traditional academic course. MOOCs should be evaluated through their unique characteristics.