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How to get a degree without going to university – and other life routes | Education | The Guardian

How to get a degree without going to university – and other life routes | Education | The Guardian | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it
Not interested in traditional campus life? Apprenticeships, colleges and private institutions provide alternatives
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Online Learning Is Finding Its Feet After Stuttering Start

Online Learning Is Finding Its Feet After Stuttering Start | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it
It was meant to start a revolution but online learning has not had quite the disruptive effect many thought. The launch of a new range of courses, however, show it may be coming of age.
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Open University posts £7m loss as student numbers slump

Open University posts £7m loss as student numbers slump | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it
Distance learning institution and owner of FutureLearn describes results as 'disappointing' but 'not entirely unexpected'
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Designing E-Learning for Health - The University of Nottingham

Designing E-Learning for Health - The University of Nottingham | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it
Design effective e-learning that tells powerful, real-life stories, in health and other sectors, with this free online course.
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Online university course on Roberts Burns is a global hit

Online university course on Roberts Burns is a global hit | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it
MORE than 5,000 people from five continents have signed up to the the Robert Burns Poetry and Song Legacy course, which is run by the University of Glasgow.
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Scottish universities are producing some of the best and most popular MOOCs at the moment. great work everyone!!

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The ethics of MOOC research: why we should involve learners

Presentation given by Rebecca Ferguson at the FutureLearn Academic Network (FLAN) meeting at the University of Southampton, UK, on 2 December 2015. #flnetwork
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▶ "MOOCs are mediocre" so says ex-UK Universities Minister - YouTube

Hot Topics got the chance to sit down with the UK government's former Minister for Universities and Science to discuss the impact of emerging education techn...
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David Willetts is using all the buzzwords around learning technology, without mentioning the most fundamental component of the effective use of learning technology, the learning design that goes in to how these tools are used. It's not the learning technology tool you use, but HOW you use it that is important to its effectivness. MOOCs can be mediocre, but they can also be amazing learning instruments if they are designed to be.

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UK 'biggest online university course' - 370,000 students

UK 'biggest online university course' - 370,000 students | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

A UK online university service is claiming to have a course with a record number of students.
FutureLearn says it has 370,000 students enrolled for a British Council course preparing for an English language test.
This so-called Mooc - a "massive open online course" - has its biggest audience in the Middle East.

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M&S offers online education courses

M&S offers online education courses | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

Marks and Spencer is entering the online education market, launching a business course with Leeds University.

 

The massive open online course, or Mooc, is a free course on business innovation.

 

It uses case studies, video from the company's archive and support from university academics.

 

Alison Houston, head of the M&S archive, says the course teaches how "creative concepts are balanced with commercial thinking".

 

These self-study online courses were first associated with universities, with many prestigious institutions making their courses available and drawing huge numbers of students.

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MOOC watch | UK provider FutureLearn adds seven partners

MOOC watch | UK provider FutureLearn adds seven partners | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

"British MOOC provider FutureLearn has added seven new higher education institutions to its list of partners that supply it with online courses"

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FutureLearn Mooc to offer route to accountancy credit

FutureLearn Mooc to offer route to accountancy credit | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

"A UK massive open online course will offer students the chance to purchase accreditation that would count towards the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants qualification."

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20 UK universities to offer free courses as MOOCs grow in popularity | QA Education | Educational Magazine | Head Teacher Magazine

20 UK universities to offer free courses as MOOCs grow in popularity | QA Education | Educational Magazine | Head Teacher Magazine | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

The UK’s biggest online university project has been launched, with more than 20 universities offering free courses. Students will be able to follow courses on mobile phones as well as computers as this method of learning grows in popularity.

 

The UK’s project, called FutureLearn, sees UK universities entering the global market in so-called Moocs – massive open online courses. It could “revolutionise conventional models of formal education”, says universities minister David Willetts.

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20,000 students in the first 24 hours: UK enters MOOC space with social, mobile FutureLearn

20,000 students in the first 24 hours: UK enters MOOC space with social, mobile FutureLearn | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

Until last Wednesday, US-based learning platforms have led the development of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Together, those platforms, including Coursera, edX, and Udacity, serve an estimated 3 million learners worldwide with courses from a number of elite partner institutions, such as Harvard and MIT.

But now, in the same week in which edX announced a partnership with Google for the development of a new, open-source online learning system, the UK has launched its own – and its first-ever – MOOC platform: FutureLearn.


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Stefan Krastev's comment, September 26, 2013 11:59 AM
Another point to be mentioned is that FutureLearn starts from the beginning with a content which is optimised for mobile devices. Mobile solutions are very important especially for the students in emerging markets. Interesting will be both the implementation of the mobile learning and how effective it will be.
Jacqueline Kassteen's comment, September 26, 2013 8:03 PM
Yes, a great point to highlight Stefan! The responsive design helps FutureLearn towards its goal of making education accessible to all.
Peter B. Sloep's comment, September 27, 2013 3:33 AM
@stefan good point, hadn't realised that. You're right, in emerging markets and developing countries, 3G mobile networks are more widely available than fiberglass. In fact, it is a stage they skip it seems
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Deakin University leads the world in disrupting traditional education

Deakin University leads the world in disrupting traditional education | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it
Deakin University is leading the world in a disruptive new model of online education.
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MOOCs: vital tools in education of the future – or over-hyped online fad?

MOOCs: vital tools in education of the future – or over-hyped online fad? | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

When Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) first emerged around a decade ago – the term ‘MOOC’ itself first started to be used in 2008 – they were trumpeted as the future of learning. They would transform education by opening up courses to people all over the world. All that was needed to join this educational revolution was a computer, in some cases just a smartphone, and an Internet connection.

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Consistent Commitment: Patterns of Engagement across Time in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Consistent Commitment: Patterns of Engagement across Time in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it
Consistent Commitment: Patterns of Engagement across Time in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
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The question of engagement is rather important but should not be mistaken with the matter of drop-out rate ... Are they really related ? Should completion be measured on achievement of chosen committment level?

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Welcoming 3 million people to FutureLearn

Welcoming 3 million people to FutureLearn | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it
FutureLearn's Head of Product, Matt Walton, reflects on another landmark number, and provides some insights into who our learners are and what lies ahead.
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MOOC Trends in 2015: The Death of Free Certificates - Class Central's MOOC Report

MOOC Trends in 2015: The Death of Free Certificates - Class Central's MOOC Report | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it
Free MOOC certificates are a thing of the past: they have been completely replaced by paid-for certificates. We take a look at how much certificates cost from each major MOOC provider.
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The MOOC Platform with a Twist: The Emergence of UK-Based FutureLearn - MOOC Report

The MOOC Platform with a Twist: The Emergence of UK-Based FutureLearn - MOOC Report | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it
Class Central interviews Futurelearn CEO Simon Nelson on four distinctive aspects of the Futurelearn MOOC platform
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FutureLearn offers secure tests with Pearson VUE

FutureLearn offers secure tests with Pearson VUE | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

FutureLearn, the UK’s leading MOOC platform, has signed an agreement with Pearson VUE, allowing users to take exams in secure testing facilities worldwide.

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Moocs ‘will not transform education’, says FutureLearn chief

Moocs ‘will not transform education’, says FutureLearn chief | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it
Simon Nelson tells Times Higher Education podcast original claims were ‘overhyped and unrealistic’
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Moocs, and the man leading the UK's charge

Moocs, and the man leading the UK's charge | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it
Simon Nelson is head of FutureLearn, the OU's venture into Moocs – massive open online courses that some have claimed will revolutionise higher education
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MOOC providers versus sceptics at 'Going Global' – University World News

MOOC providers versus sceptics at 'Going Global' – University World News | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

MOOC providers went head-to-head with developing world academics at the “Going Global” conference in Miami over the opportunities and threats posed by massive open online courses. South African Vice-chancellor Adam Habib called for a conversation on how “to use innovation in a way that supports the global academy of commons rather than simply advancing the individual aspirations of institutions”.

 

Providers Coursera and FutureLearn extolled the potential of MOOCs to open access to free, quality higher education to millions of people across the developing world, especially where there is high demand but limited institutional and human capacity.

 

But Indian and South African academics worried about context, the global unevenness of knowledge and undermining the advance of public universities in developing countries.

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The pedagogy of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): the UK view | Siân Bayne and Jen Ross, the Higher Education Academy

The pedagogy of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): the UK view  | Siân Bayne and Jen Ross, the Higher Education Academy | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it

The report contains four main sections:

• an overview of the current UK MOOC landscape, illustrating the rich and to date rather neglected history of innovation in open course delivery within the UK during the period preceding our engagement with the large MOOC platforms and the launch of FutureLearn;

• a literature review which addresses key areas of concern within the current published and grey literatures on MOOC pedagogy and associated contextual issues; here we outline what we see as the most important themes currently driving the MOOC pedagogy debate;

• a series of ‘snapshots’ of current UK MOOCs, with an emphasis on looking at the detail of teacher practice, and on approaching the question of MOOC pedagogy from the position of the active teacher-practitioner;

• a conclusion which brings together themes from the literature review with the ‘snapshots’ in order to outline what we consider to be the most pressing issues the UK higher education community should be addressing in relation to MOOC pedagogy.


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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, March 9, 2014 12:26 PM

This is a valuable report, particularly since it doesn’t try to cover everything but focuses on pedagogical issues in particular. Also, the fact that the report limits itself to the UK situation may bother some, but the benefit again is depth. And the UK situation is contrasted with the well-known US MOOC platforms, portraying the UK MOOCs as being European in character. This is exemplified by the pan European OpenupEd platform, which exhibits such European values as equity, quality and diversity. A strong point is the literature review and the in-depth discussion of five exemplary MOOCs. Together, they show that the distinction between cMOOCs and xMOOCs is too simple, meanwhile intermediate and different kinds MOOCs have enriched the MOOC landscape.

 

The report contains a wealth of other interesting facts and views. Although it is of course a mere mark on the developmental timeline of MOOCs, anybody with an interest in their pedagogy should read it. It is time well spent.  @pbsloep

joan gavin's curator insight, March 10, 2014 6:19 AM

Important to remember that MOOCs are designed to give people a "taster" in a particular subject.  They are not intended to replace university degrees.

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FutureLearn to provide the platform for the British Council's first ever MOOCs - The Times of India

FutureLearn to provide the platform for the British Council's first ever MOOCs - The Times of India | Learning with MOOCs | Scoop.it
FutureLearn, the first UK-led provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs), will provide the platform for the British Council's first foray into free, web-based, higher education study.
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