Musings about MOOCs
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Musings about MOOCs
A page of MOOC related information - definitions, benefits, challenges, design, and innovations.
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Three Kinds of MOOCs « Lisa's (Online) Teaching Blog

Three Kinds of MOOCs « Lisa's (Online) Teaching Blog | Musings about MOOCs |

Via Keith Brennan
Keith Brennan's curator insight, January 14, 2013 3:00 PM

Nice intro to MOOC types from Lisa ( detailing three types of MOOC.


Network based, which is the Etmooc type, which is socially constructive, focused on networks, conversation, and socially constructed knowledge. Learning outcomes are difficult to measure, and skilS and content are less important.


Taks based, emphasizing skills acquisition. Community and peer work are important here too. So, once again constructivist, but also constructionist. It's socail knowledge, but it has a learning by making aspect, and, I guess, also an instructionist aspect - a degree of teacher centrality.


Content-based MOOCs, the ones from MIT and Harvard with big enrollments, and press exposure, are based around content, and content access. Community is, according to Lisa difficult (I haven't tried one yet). That said, there's no specific reason (apart, perhaps from having to fund resources) why it should be so.



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MOOCs and the future of Higher Education

MOOCs and the future of Higher Education | Musings about MOOCs |
Would xMOOCs revolutionize Higher Education? Here in MOOCs on the move: How Coursera is disrupting the traditional classroom, the question could be: Would such disruption lead to better education a...

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A tid-bit on assessment in xMOOCs!

Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, March 15, 2013 5:09 AM

There are lots of critics and media coverage on the “appreciation AND depreciation of MOOCs”.  If I were to recount the appreciation to depreciation, I think it could be 90% to 10% among media, whilst in the academic world it seems to be totally different, with less appreciation by many educators in particular.  Why?  I don’t have the answers here, and I don’t think it is possible to generalize the reasons behind such “pessimism” among the academics and educators.

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How MOOCs Could Meet the Challenge of Providing a Global Education

How MOOCs Could Meet the Challenge of Providing a Global Education | Musings about MOOCs |

One of the major challenges for MOOCs—which so far mostly come from U.S. universities—is to tailor the content of courses to a diverse worldwide audience with any number of combinations of language, educational, motivational, and cultural backgrounds. Critics fear the rise of big box education from only a few elite institutions in Western nations, and worry these may not fit the different learning styles in different nations.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 15, 2013 5:22 AM

It's been a long time coming, but MOOCs finally seem to be making the news big time.

Ryoma Ohira's curator insight, March 16, 2013 2:44 AM

The popularity of free, online courses offered by universities.

Srimayee Dam's curator insight, July 1, 2014 11:55 AM

Thats' MOOC(s) for you !!

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edX MOOC Software Goes Open Source

edX MOOC Software Goes Open Source | Musings about MOOCs |

EdX, the not-for-profit online learning enterprise founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), today released its XBlock SDK to the general public under the Affero GPL open source license.  XBlock is the underlying architecture supporting the rich, interactive course content found in edX courses.

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MOOCs and Open Education: Implications for Higher Education

MOOCs and Open Education: Implications for Higher Education | Musings about MOOCs |

This report sets out to help decision makers in higher education institutions gain a better understanding of the phenomenon of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and trends towards greater openness in higher education and to think about the implications for their institutions. The phenomena of MOOCs are described, placing them in the wider context of open education, online learning and the changes that are currently taking place in higher education at a time of globalisation of education and constrained budgets. The report is written from a UK higher education perspective, but is largely informed by the developments in MOOCs from the USA and Canada. A literature review was undertaken focussing on the extensive reporting of MOOCs through blogs, press releases as well as openly available reports. This identified current debates about new course provision, the impact of changes in funding and the implications for greater openness in higher education. The theory of disruptive innovation is used to help form the questions of policy and strategy that higher education institutions need to address.

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