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The pedagogical foundations of massive open online courses | David G. Glance, Martin Forsey & Miles Riley - First Monday

In 2011, the respective roles of higher education institutions and students worldwide were brought into question by the rise of the massive open online course (MOOC). MOOCs are defined by signature characteristics that include: lectures formatted as short videos combined with formative quizzes; automated assessment and/or peer and self–assessment and an online forum for peer support and discussion. Although not specifically designed to optimise learning, claims have been made that MOOCs are based on sound pedagogical foundations that are at the very least comparable with courses offered by universities in face–to–face mode. To validate this, we examined the literature for empirical evidence substantiating such claims. Although empirical evidence directly related to MOOCs was difficult to find, the evidence suggests that there is no reason to believe that MOOCs are any less effective a learning experience than their face–to–face counterparts. Indeed, in some aspects, they may actually improve learning outcomes.


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Maria Persson's comment, May 26, 2013 9:00 PM
Appreciate your comments Paulo - insightful and provokes further thought. Thanks for the comment.
Peter B. Sloep's comment, May 31, 2013 6:46 AM
Great comment Paulo!
Hein Holthuizen's curator insight, September 29, 2013 3:27 AM

A great outcome for those who don't like travelling (not me) and want to train/teach those who are in need of knowledge they are able to give.

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New Survey Finds University Leaders Not Keen on 'MOOCs'

New Survey Finds University Leaders Not Keen on 'MOOCs' | MOOC Research | Scoop.it

"A survey released by Gallup finds that only a fraction of college presidents believe 'massively open online courses' will improve student learning or solve financial problems."


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'The MOOC Moment': New Compilation of Articles Available | Inside Higher Ed

'The MOOC Moment': New Compilation of Articles Available | Inside Higher Ed | MOOC Research | Scoop.it
'The MOOC Moment': New Compilation of Articles Available http://t.co/xp6Mm9JoQN Good read
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MOOCs: Who’s using MOOCs? 10 different target audiences

MOOCs: Who’s using MOOCs? 10 different target audiences | MOOC Research | Scoop.it

The problem is that the decision makers often don’t have the marketing skills to differentiate between different addressable audiences. External adult learners may not want a long-winded, over-engineered, six to ten week course on anything. Life’s too short. Yet academics are used to producing courses of this semester length. What many may want are mini MOOCs. They may want them to be asynchronous starting and ending when convenient for them. This, of course, is exactly what’s happening. All in all, however, the good news is that MOOCs are forcing HE institutions to change. MOOCs may very well be the force that makes them more open, transparent and relevant. There will, of course, be a backlash, but the digital genie is out of the bottle - MOOCs are here to stay.


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Henrietta Marcella Paz-Amor's curator insight, May 1, 2013 11:00 AM

Nice Infographic and article on MOOCs - who is the target audience(s)?

 

Dirigeantsetpartenaires's curator insight, May 2, 2013 3:22 AM

Intereesting infographic on Coursera (I have an account too).

I'd be interested to know if anybody else is actively using a MOOC right now ...?

Sieg Holle's curator insight, May 24, 2013 11:51 AM

Knowledge ia personal power -in any form - go grow in whatever form by giving choice to the user

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ConnectivismEducationLearning - Questions for Research into the Design and Delivery of MOOC

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Good set of research questons for examing MOOCs

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Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) | EDUCAUSE.edu | MOOC Research | Scoop.it
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Good starting resrouces for looking at MOOCs

 

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Success in a MOOC

A description of the five steps that will help you succeed in a MOOC. Written and Narrated by Dave Cormier Video by Neal Gillis Researchers: ...

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Who really cares about MOOC completion?

Who really cares about MOOC completion? | MOOC Research | Scoop.it

... But one issue not addressed in the current discussion is who really cares about MOOC completion?  Certainly the groups offering them do, and educational researchers do.  A fair guess that many non-profit funders do as well.  Interestingly, though, some of the data coming out of the Mechanical MOOC Python course suggest that in the absence of extrinsic carrots like credit or certificates, learners may not...

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Some data on MOOC use - Interesting start

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20 strategies for learner interactions in mobile MOOC

20 strategies for learner interactions in mobile MOOC | MOOC Research | Scoop.it

... The readable and hopefully useful list of 20 mobile strategies to increase learner interaction in a MOOC that came out of my research can be found below in this post, but feel free to read the full thesis here ...

http://www.scoop.it/t/easy-mooc


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Interesting set of observations from this dissertation on MOOCs

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Knowledge in a MOOC

Dave explains Knowledge in a MOOC. Written and Narrated by Dave Cormier Video by Neal Gillis Researchers: Dave Cormier Alexander McAuley George Siemens Bonni...

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Provides one conceptual framework for using MOOCs

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Unspoken Concerns about MOOCs

Unspoken Concerns about MOOCs | MOOC Research | Scoop.it

Many MOOCs are simply educational gifts, if you will, provided for the intellectually curious, as means of knowledge sharing in the purest sense.  The waters get murkier—and more anxiety producing—however, when these MOOCs become legitimate means of bestowing credentials. In this latter circumstance, the structure and boundaries of higher education are breached, shaking the foundation and laying bare myriad paths to intellectual accomplishment.


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Coursera partners with publishers to bring digital textbooks to the masses | VentureBeat

RT @rayschroeder: Coursera arranges for FREE online textbooks from the leading academic publishers for MOOC-takers http://t.co/Gdflo2M8vQ
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Learning to ‘run a MOOC’

There are more learner interactivity options available than multiple–choice questions and ‘drag and drop’ responses, says Bob Little.
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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) Research

This website is about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). Currently, I am working to write a research paper. The purpose of this website to allow for a place where I can demonstrate my research process on this topic.
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Large set of resrouce son MOOC reserach

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JOLT Special Issue: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

A special issue of the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT) is planned for Summer 2013 that will address the weak MOOC research base. Both papers reporting on empirical studies/evaluations (research papers, case studies) as well as conceptual and position papers will be considered for publication in the special issue.


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Upcoming issue on MOOCs in JOLT

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What are missing in MOOC research?

What are missing in MOOC research? | MOOC Research | Scoop.it
MOOC is here to stay! Reference to Peter Sloep’s comments on this post on Google Plus and Scoop.it Good reflection on MOOCs.  How about research into MOOCs? There are missing elements –...

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Looks at what is missing in MOOC research, aside from there being limited research in the first place

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Coursera Takes a Nuanced View of MOOC Dropout Rates

Coursera Takes a Nuanced View of MOOC Dropout Rates | MOOC Research | Scoop.it

"Massive open online courses have gained renown among academics for their impressive enrollment figures and, conversely, their unimpressive completion rates. What accounts for the high attrition in MOOCs, and what does it mean? Coursera and data researchers at several partner universities of the MOOC provider have begun trying to answer those questions by learning more about why students wash out of MOOCs—and what instructors and course designers could do to stem the tide."


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Interesting take on drop out rates and elarning in general.  Imagine if we could sample university course like this without the penalties of lossed time and money.

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EDTECH@UTRGV's curator insight, April 11, 2013 9:07 AM

Before we address the issue of "dropout rates" for MOOCs, maybe we should figure out what MOOCs are designed for.