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Will a degree made up of Moocs ever be worth the paper it's written on?

Will a degree made up of Moocs ever be worth the paper it's written on? | MOOCs | Scoop.it
The University of the People can now hand out degrees to its online students – but will employers take them seriously?

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Bill Gates Discusses MOOCs at Microsoft Research's Faculty Summit

Bill Gates Discusses MOOCs at Microsoft Research's Faculty Summit | MOOCs | Scoop.it

... At the summit, Mr. Gates told the audience that he sees enormous potential for MOOCs but cautioned that online education still faces many challenges. He also talked briefly about online education during an question-and-answer session with the audience...

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Worth reading the comments for the socio-economic discussions of MOOCs vs physical attendance.  

If you are one of the working poor and have managed to get through post grad work through attending, paying through the nose, whilst living on rice and beans - it does not necessarily open the door to satisfying paid work in your chosen field.  You can still be discriminated against for a range of things - your age, your gender, your name and your address.

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Lucas Gruez's curator insight, July 16, 2013 4:44 PM

To watch the keynote: http://research.microsoft.com/apps/video/default.aspx?id=196387

verstelle's curator insight, July 17, 2013 2:40 AM

"Mr. Gates also addressed the current discussion over the value of a college degree, predicting a “decoupling” of the degree from knowledge acquisition. Traditionally, a college degree was a badge indicating skills in certain areas that could be translated to employment. Mr. Gates said that may no longer be the case, largely because of online education.

This will be “a global phenomenon,” he said. “We’re on the beginning of something very profound.”"

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MOOC Interrupted: Top 10 Reasons Our Readers Didn’t Finish a Massive Open Online Course

MOOC Interrupted: Top 10 Reasons Our Readers Didn’t Finish a Massive Open Online Course | MOOCs | Scoop.it

On Tuesday, we gave you a Visualization of the Big Problem for MOOCs, which comes down to this: low completion rates.To be clear, the completion rates aren’t so much a problem for you; they’re more a problem for the MOOC providers and their business models.


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Milena Bobeva's comment, June 12, 2013 5:25 AM
A good 'health-check' list for any online (and even blended-leaning) course. Could also work as a decision making tool when considering MOOCs.
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Survey Finds Only Limited Public Awareness of MOOCs - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Survey Finds Only Limited Public Awareness of MOOCs - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs | Scoop.it

Many people outside of higher education have never heard of massive open online courses, according to a new survey of public attitudes toward the free offerings.

 

While an overwhelming majority of respondents to the survey said they were familiar with online education in general, only 22 percent said they were familiar with MOOCs, and only 4 percent said they were very familiar with them.


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Redhoop : Guide to All Online Courses

Redhoop :  Guide to All Online Courses | MOOCs | Scoop.it

Search Engine for Online Courses: 4000+ classes (1400+ free) from all the major online course providers (Coursera, edX, Udacity, Khan, Udemy, etc.)

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Need to link with fb or Linkedin at the mo - other subscriber options coming later..

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Goly Rabbanim's curator insight, July 13, 2013 10:02 AM

I searched the engine and find that our courses is gonna be one of a kind!

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9 Sources of Free eBooks for MOOC Teachers and Students - moocnewsandreviews.com

9 Sources of Free eBooks for MOOC Teachers and Students - moocnewsandreviews.com | MOOCs | Scoop.it
Instructors need to accommodate their students’ need for high-quality content. Free ebooks will round out a MOOC student’s online learning experience.
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Australian universities to offer fee-based credit for MOOCs | Inside Higher Ed

Australian universities to offer fee-based credit for MOOCs | Inside Higher Ed | MOOCs | Scoop.it

Two Australian universities announced this week that they would offer assessment and credit of specific otherwise free, open online courses for a fee.

 

On Monday, Deakin University launched its first massive open online course on humanitarian emergencies, offering students the option of taking it for free, or for a fee of $495 they can be assessed and awarded credit towards a postgraduate qualification.

 

Tuesday, La Trobe University said it would capitalize on its phenomenally successful free iTunes course on ancient Rome by similarly offering students the option of completing assignments and being assessed for credit for the equivalent of a first-year subject at a cost of $816.

At this stage Deakin and La Trobe have limited the number of paying students to 100 and 50, respectively, while they test market demand and their costs.


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Ouch! Accreditation not so important to me - financial sensitivity, especially after spending tens of thousands (i paid up front) racked up for university education, as well as loss of income whilst studying.  i have experienced  massive uncertainty in my career, redundancies, casualisation of work, and limited opportunities available for sustainable employment for my demographic here.  My experience is specialised, I'm not a young thing, and there aren't that many jobs available. thank goodness I can access education for free.  Long live the MOOC.

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Sips From An Open Firehose

Sips From An Open Firehose | MOOCs | Scoop.it
It's great to be immersed in all things open at Creative Commons. My colleagues are very tapped in to open efforts around the world and a steady stream of news and developments flow across my scree...
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Open resources for learning

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American MOOC Providers Face International Competition - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

American MOOC Providers Face International Competition - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | MOOCs | Scoop.it
#American #MOOC #Providers Face #International #Competition http://t.co/hUPvQV7pSZ #Education #Connectivism #University - vía @chronicle

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