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From faducation to apocalyps by MOOC. Can we find terms that differentiate between different types of open online courses?
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Conservatives declare war on college

Conservatives declare war on college | MOOC: critical voices | Scoop.it

After some reflection, it’s become clear to me that there is a crucial difference in how the Internet’s remaking of higher education is qualitatively different than what we’ve seen with recorded music and newspapers. There’s a political context to the transformation. Higher education is in crisis because costs are rising at the same time that public funding support is falling. That decline in public support is no accident. Conservatives don’t like big government and they don’t like taxes, and increasingly, they don’t even like the entire way that the humanities are taught in the United States.

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Despite courtship Amherst decides to shy away from star MOOC provider | Inside Higher Ed

Despite courtship Amherst decides to shy away from star MOOC provider | Inside Higher Ed | MOOC: critical voices | Scoop.it

Amherst professors voted on Tuesday not to work with edX, a nonprofit venture started by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to provide massive open online courses, or MOOCs. 

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/04/19/despite-courtship-amherst-decides-shy-away-star-mooc-provider#ixzz2QuuAHMEF ;
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Conole: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

ASCILITE Fellow 2012 National Teaching Fellow 2012 Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Gráinne Conole, University of Leicester DL Forum 26th March 20132. Outline• What are they?• Evolving MOOC landscape• Design principles• Pros and Cons• The OLDS MOOC• Disaggregation of Education3. 100 million adults can’t afforduniversity (UNESCO) Image by James Cridland


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MOOCs – Mistaking brand for quality? - University World News

MOOCs – Mistaking brand for quality? - University World News | MOOC: critical voices | Scoop.it
MOOCs – Mistaking brand for quality?
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MOOCs and the related phenomenon of OER are just two new developments that challenge traditional approaches to quality assurance.

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Frederik Truyen's curator insight, February 9, 2013 10:13 AM

What about quality improvement by enhanced competition and openness, instead of batteries of self-sustaining "quality agencies" adding excessivvely to the cost of an already stressed eduaction ssytem?

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Borg Complex Case Files 2

Borg Complex Case Files 2 | MOOC: critical voices | Scoop.it
Alright, let's review. A Borg Complex is exhibited by writers and pundits whenever you can sum up their message with the phrase: "Resistance is futile." The six previously identified symptoms of a ...
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Venture Capital's Massive, Terrible Idea For The Future Of College

Venture Capital's Massive, Terrible Idea For The Future Of College | MOOC: critical voices | Scoop.it

Can you go to college on your computer? Some say yes, and others respond with a resounding no. But one thing is for sure: there is a boatload of public money to be vacuumed off an overcrowded, underfunded educational establishment desperate for at least the appearance of a quick fix.

Enter Udacity, the foremost provider of Massively Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. Does what's above look like college to you? Or rather, is this how college should look now?

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The Significance of CCRC's New Research on Online Ed

The Significance of CCRC's New Research on Online Ed | MOOC: critical voices | Scoop.it
Last Sunday, a New York Times editorial educated us on "The Trouble with Online College." When the editorial focuses on the results of a longitudinal study by Columbia University's  Community Colle...
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Professor Leaves a MOOC in Mid-Course in Dispute Over Teaching - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Professor Leaves a MOOC in Mid-Course in Dispute Over Teaching - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOC: critical voices | Scoop.it

Students regularly drop out of massive open online courses before they come to term. For a professor to drop out is less common.

But that is what happened on Saturday in “Microeconomics for Managers,” a MOOC offered by the University of California at Irvine through Coursera. Richard A. McKenzie, an emeritus professor of enterprise and society at the university’s business school, sent a note to his students announcing that he would no longer be teaching the course, which was about to enter its fifth week.

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MOOCs and Pedagogy: Part 2

MOOCs and Pedagogy: Part 2 | MOOC: critical voices | Scoop.it
Hard as it is for me to keep up with the spread of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) in higher education and the sizable issues accompanying how they are organized, taught, and what students take...
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Larry Cuban gives an overview of the MOOC debate.

 

I don't agree with the second part of his post, where he says the MOOC is just the method of delivery for a course. That is not what the "Open" stands for in the original meaning of MOOC, as coined by Dave Cormier.

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Donald Clark Plan B: MOOCs: ‘dropout’ a category mistake, look at ‘uptake’?

Donald Clark Plan B: MOOCs: ‘dropout’ a category mistake, look at ‘uptake’? | MOOC: critical voices | Scoop.it
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Don't say "retention", say "uptake".

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Openness, the double bind, and ecologies of yearning.

Openness, the double bind, and ecologies of yearning. | MOOC: critical voices | Scoop.it
I've seen my share of conference keynotes, some tedious, some exhilarating, many forgettable. But I have never seen a keynote quite like the one delivered by Gardner Campbell on the morning of the ...
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Living with MOOCs: Surviving the Long Open Learning Winter

Living with MOOCs: Surviving the Long Open Learning Winter | MOOC: critical voices | Scoop.it
One of the positive benefits of MOOCs is that a lot of faculty and administration are exploring educational innovations with technology.  When teachers explore how to facilitate learning, improved ...
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Moocs versus (?) open education.

 

Audrey Watters reported that MOOCs actually might have kindled the interest for open educational resources. MIT's Open Courseware Initiative has seen a 25% increase of visitors on the website since the moment MOOCs started taking off.  http://www.hackeducation.com/2013/03/22/what-impact-have-moocs-had-on-open-courseware/

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This is the Year Colleges Will Start Taking Online Education Seriously

This is the Year Colleges Will Start Taking Online Education Seriously | MOOC: critical voices | Scoop.it
2013 is the year universities will stop thinking of online education as just a fad or an inferior option. Internet tools allow higher education to be a continuous process, a university for life.
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This is a synthesis of press coverage on MOOCs, useful if you want to read up on what the "industry" is saying about MOOC.

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The Trouble With Online College

The Trouble With Online College | MOOC: critical voices | Scoop.it
Education via the Internet has been overrated and could produce more dropouts than degrees.
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MOOCs and Digital Diploma Mills: Forgetting Our History

When David Noble first published his groundbreaking critique of online education in 1998, Digital Diploma Mills: The Automation of Higher Education, I thought to myself "he couldn't be more wrong."...
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The Ed Techie: The MOOCs that ate themselves

The Ed Techie: The MOOCs that ate themselves | MOOC: critical voices | Scoop.it

If this is their direction then there are several inevitable outcomes:

They become unsustainable - a good MOOC is so expensive to put on that it simply isn't worth doing. You're providing it for free after all.Only elite institutions offer them - given the expense, only those institutions who have the money, or the skills to produce broadcast quality content will provide them.They are conservative - as Georgia Tech found, it's better not to try anything risky or innovative, because the cost of failure is too great.MOOC failure will be costly - if you fail publicly and damage your own, and your institution's reputation, don't expect them to give you promotion. So why risk it?
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Times Higher Education - Will Moocs fail to give students help they need?

Times Higher Education - Will Moocs fail to give students help they need? | MOOC: critical voices | Scoop.it

Speaking at the Online and Open-access Learning in Higher Education: Moocs, New Pedagogies and Business Models event in London on 5 February, Josie Taylor, professor of learning technology and director of the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University, said Mooc providers had not done enough to help struggling students.

"If you think the target audience for the Mooc you are about to launch could include a lot of inexperienced learners, then as a teacher, as a pedagogue, you have an obligation to provide for them ways in which they can be supported," she said. "If you don't, you are abdicating your responsibility to the people you are encouraging in - and ethically that is not a good thing to do."

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MOOCs and Hype Again

MOOCs and Hype Again | MOOC: critical voices | Scoop.it

I have a confession to make. I dropped out of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Artificial Intelligence at Stanford university in the Fall of 2011....

 

In 2012. MOOCs are at the very beginning of the Hype Cycle.

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The MOOC movement is not an indicator of educational evolution - O'Reilly Radar

The MOOC movement is not an indicator of educational evolution - O'Reilly Radar | MOOC: critical voices | Scoop.it
Somehow, recently, a lot of people have taken an interest in the broadcast of canned educational materials, and this practice — under a term that proponents and detractors have...
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Andy Oram states that the significant trend is DIY lab-style learning and peer-to-peer exchanges, not the focus on the technology or scale. He also says that the field of publishing is dealing with interesting challenges.

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Online Instructors Learning Online: MOOCs in the News: Uptopian and Dystopian

Online Instructors Learning Online: MOOCs in the News: Uptopian and Dystopian | MOOC: critical voices | Scoop.it

The MOOC received a decent amount of attention this week in United States' non-academy focused media: Salon's Andrew Leonard proclaimed "The Internet will not ruin college," and Slate's Will Oremus wrote an article about the "MOOC Meltdown" where an "Online Class on How To Teach Online Classes Goes Laughably Awry." Thomas Friedman, in the New York Times, discussed the revolution that is the MOOC, and not surprisingly, academics responded (mostly negatively) to his comments through letters to the editor.

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This is a blog post inspired by the E-Learning and Digita Cultures MOOC. It gives an overview of some of the reactions on the MOOC-phenomenon.

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