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Data MOOC: Results, Findings and Recommendations | School of ...

Data MOOC: Results, Findings and Recommendations | School of ... | MOOC |
From mid-April to mid-May, we collaborated with our friends at the Open Knowledge Foundation to launch the “Data Explorer Mission” using the Mechanical MOOC platform. The Mechanical MOOC was built to form more ...
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Moocs? They’re a cracking good idea

Moocs? They’re a cracking good idea | MOOC |

Anant Agarwal, president of edX, believes that online learning will not eradicate the role of lecturers but rather change its focus to helping students gain deep understanding.

Via Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.
timokos's comment, June 27, 2013 3:12 PM
Anand Agarwal explains the non-profit nature and the ways to ensure the Financial sustainability of edX and the moove from MOOCs to Spocs:
“I have had five start-up companies in my career…so I do see making money as a good thing,” Agarwal explains. “But for me and the edX founding partners – MIT and Harvard University – education is a basic human right that everyone should have access to”.
“Of course, no firm can survive without revenue, and the former egg seller has hatched a number of plans to try to ensure the financial stability of his company:”
1. the licensing of its online courses to other higher education institutions. The idea is that students can view video lectures at home, or on campus in their own time, before receiving face-to-face instruction and guidance from their institution’s academics.
“For these courses, Agarwal has a new acronym – Spocs, which stands for small, private, online courses. Plans are already in place to license Spocs to a dozen California State University campuses from autumn this year.”
““What we might want to charge a university depends on the number of students, but one could imagine it should be in the order of the price of a textbook per student,” Agarwal explains, suggesting that “$50 to $100 [£32 to £65] per student” would be a “reasonable” figure.”
2. Agarwal says that the next step will be to exploit the revenue potential in “executive education”, known in the UK as continuing professional development, by creating Spocs that firms pay for in order to develop their staff.
“We believe in a non-profit approach to education, but we aren’t opposed to making money or to bringing in revenues,”
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DIY MOOCs - Turing Massive into Micro

DIY MOOCs - Turing Massive into Micro | MOOC |

"MOOCs are all the rage... This post will redefine the mOOC (micro Open Online Course), present some paths that can be taken to create your own mOOC and suggest some innovative ways of making your mOOC the kind of interactive experience that will set it above all others."

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