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Get Your MOOC On!

The Web20Classroom

Wikipedia defines MOOC as "an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user fora that help build a community for students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs)." Have a suggestion for another MOOC?

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Why MOOCs Are Great for Teacher Development

Edudemic

For a while there, the word “MOOC” seemed to be on everyone’s tongue. For many educators who had reached their saturation points, MOOCs were the education world’s version of a song you heard every single time you turned on the radio and little by little grew to hate. The post Why MOOCs Are Great for Teacher Development appeared first on Edudemic. Articles Online Learning 21st century teachers elearning MOOCs Professional Development In the background of all this oversaturation […].

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PLEs, MOOCs and connectivism

Learning with 'e's

And this was exactly the guiding principle of the earliest MOOCs. Downes bemoaned the fact that the original Massive Open Online Courses , run in free and flexible, student led ways and owned by students, had been sadly misappropriated by the large consortia, and now hardly resembled at all the first MOOCs of the last decade. One size never did fit everyone. Unported License.

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The Future of MOOCs Might Not Be Free

Marketplace K-12

FutureLearn , a social learning company owned by The Open University, announced this week that students taking some of its massive open online courses, or MOOCS, will have the opportunity to earn course credits toward degrees, including MBAs, as well as professional qualifications and certifications. Typically MOOCs are known for providing free open content to anyone, often from well-respected universities. This has the potential to bring in significant revenue for a MOOC model that has been traditionally free. There are some movements on the MOOC horizon in the U.S.

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MOOCs for Professional Development - #TCEA15

EdTechSandyK

Notes from MOOCs for Professional Development Presentation at TCEA 2015 Dr. Kay Abernathy, Lamar University [link] Lamar University sponsored the MOOC on Social Media Communication Tools for Educators which Dr. Abernathy facilitated. You can build up to five MOOCs for free on this platform. link] What is a MOOC? Why are we encouraging the use of MOOCs?

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Top 4 Places to Find Free MOOCs from Prestigious Universities

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

March, 2015 MOOCs (Massive Ope Online Courses) are definitely a game changer in today''s education. The emergence and popularization of MOOCs is due primarily to the widespread of internet connection.read more

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Meet the New, Self-Appointed MOOC Accreditors: Google and Instagram

Wired Campus

Some of the biggest MOOC producers, including Daphne Koller’s Coursera, may have figured out how to get employers to accept free online courses as credentials: Get big-name companies to help design them. A big question for MOOCs, the free online courses that hundreds of colleges now offer, is whether employers will take them seriously as credentials.

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Who’s Taking MOOCs? Teachers

Wired Campus

A study by the two universities has found that teachers are enrolling in their MOOCs in high numbers. The study examines data from some one million MOOC students who enrolled in courses at edX, the nonprofit learning platform started by Harvard and MIT. Justin Reich, a research fellow at HarvardX, the university’s online arm, says he was surprised by the number of teachers who take MOOCs. Teachers enroll in MOOCs for a number of reasons, he says. Distance Education MOOCs Teaching

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MOOCs Are Still Rising, at Least in Numbers

Wired Campus

It was 2011, and fewer than ten MOOCs existed worldwide. It has been four years since then, and according to a new report, the cumulative number of MOOCs has reached nearly 4,000. Compiled earlier this month by Dhawal Shah, founder of the MOOC aggregator Class Central, the report summarizes data on MOOCs from the past four years. And the data show that even as the MOOC hype starts to die down , interest isn’t tapering off. The cumulative number of MOOCs didn’t break 100 until the end of 2012. Distance Education MOOCs Online Courses

Are MOOCs really dead?

Neo LMS

MOOCs have been considered for a very long time a great way of learning, because they are useful, diverse, surrounded by communities and mostly free. However, lately MOOCs have faced several challenges and criticisms such as its heavy reliance on user-generated content which creates a rather chaotic learning environment, and the mere fact that digital literacy is almost always a prerequisite if someone is going to take an open online course. And there’s no chance of reviving the world of MOOCs. So, the other side is that MOOCs have endless possibilities.

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Monetization Over Massiveness: Breaking Down MOOCs by the Numbers in 2016

Edsurge

The modern massive open online course movement, which began when the first “MOOCs” were offered by Stanford professors in late 2011, is now half a decade old. In that time, MOOC providers have raised over $400 million and now employ more than a thousand staff. A quarter of them signed up through regional MOOC providers such as XuetangX (initiated by Tsinghua University and the Ministry of Education in China) and Miríada X (a joint initiative of Telefónica Educación Digital and Banco Santander through Universia in Latin America). When I did my first MOOC back in Oct.

Who's afraid of the big bad MOOC?

Learning with 'e's

After seemingly stalling for a short time, MOOCs ( Massive Open Online Courses ) seem to be graining ground again. With the potential for thousands of students to enrol together on MOOCs, learning through connection to this large network of learners became the foundation and the cornerstone. Yet many universities remain sceptical about the sustainability and relevancy of MOOCs.

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EdTechX: A MOOC about Integrating Education Technology from Justin Reich

EdTechTeacher

Blog Featured Justin Reich #ettipad EdTech Researcher EdX MOOCThis post originally appeared on Justin’s EdWeek blog, EdTech Researcher. Last week MIT kicked off a free new massive open online course called 11.133: Implementation and Evaluation of Education Technology. I help kick off the first unit in a section called “ Where do you start?

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The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting February 27, 2017 #IMMOOC

The Principal of Change

September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon! How do you move from “pockets of innovation” to a “culture of innovation”? How do we start to innovate inside of the box? What does innovation mean for education, and should every educator be an innovator? The guests and the times are as follows: Actual Date. Topic. Guests. Twitter Chat. February 27, 8pm EST. Introduction.

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The Flip Side of Abysmal MOOC Completion Rates? Discovering the Most Tenacious Learners

Edsurge

Usman Khaliq was an engineering student in northeastern Pakistan when he took his first MOOC. complete multiple MOOCs. MOOCs were a vetting mechanism for Usman, allowing both his talent and grit to rise to attention and connecting him to an opportunity halfway around the world. The MOOC movement is frequently disparaged because completion rates are abysmally low. MOOCs offer a more cost-effective mechanism that empower learners to do some of this sorting work themselves. For a growing number of organizations, MOOCs have become a new way to identify talent.

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MOOC Provider edX Moves to Boost 'Open' Status of Its Content

Marketplace K-12

The "MOOC" provider edX is allowing authors of its content to license their materials as "open educational resources.". Ed-tech Online Learning Open Education Publishing mooc openeducationalresources

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7th grade scholarships for MOOC completion

eSchool News

Qualified 7th grade students can earn special consideration for Cooke Scholarships by completing an edX MOOC. Education Grants - Deadline News Top News benefits class college colleges English free Funding goals grades math mooc need no grades online schoolUp to 70 students will be selected to begin the Young Scholars Program when they start 8th grade in September. territory.

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Tonight - A True History of the MOOC

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me today, Wednesday, September 26th, for a one-hour live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar on the "true history" of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) with Dave Cormier, Alec Couros, Stephen Downes, Rita Kop, Inge de Waard, and Carol Yeager. For me MOOCs are an ideal way for organizing expert knowledge exchange, community strengthening and train-the-trainer options.

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So I'm Taking a MOOC.

EdTechSandyK

Image Used With Permission Under a Creative Commons License Late last week I was innocently checking my Twitter feed, and I saw an announcement for a MOOC called Foundations of Virtual Instruction. I signed up for the verified certificate trial so I could evaluate the quality of the course and my likelihood of completing it (I''ve started a couple of MOOCs in the past and not made it through.) Based on my experience thus far, I think Summer 2014 might see me complete my first MOOC. Have you had any experiences with MOOCs? More about this below.) So far, so good!

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The Great Education Equalizer? New Study Shows MOOCs Have Not Yet Fulfilled Their Promise as a Force for Equity

Digital Promise

The latest piece of news on MOOCs — massive online open courses — suggests that they may not yet be the great democratizer of education that they were envisioned to be. One of the driving ideas behind MOOCs is that they are accessible to everyone, everywhere, regardless of previous educational achievement, socioeconomic status, or physical location. The Futures of MOOCs.

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Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

Neo LMS

MOOCs: high aspirations and higher disappointments. The above idea is a noble one and massive open online courses, better known as MOOCs , are thought to be the solution to worldwide access to higher education. MOOCs promise each and every student in this world a front seat in any prestigious university course they have any interest to attend, for free. The online connectivity may not be a really important problem, but MOOCs faced a wall of other, more important issues. One thing that MOOCs enthusiasts seemed to forget is that. “ I'll dare say they are.

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What Is Being Learned From MOOCs? New Report Takes Stock

Wired Campus

The hype around the free online courses called MOOCs has drawn millions of students, who are all essentially part of a teaching experiment of unprecedented scale. ” The report is the work of the MOOC Research Initiative, funded with more than $800,000 in grant support by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Distance Education MOOCs Research Teaching

The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon! #IMMOOC

The Principal of Change

Thank you for signing up for “The Innovator’s Mindset” MOOC, happening over a six week period. The goal of the MOOC and the book is to not only give practical advice, but to also inspire and develop leadership. We invite you to share your learning in a variety of ways: Innovator’s Mindset MOOC Facebook Group. Tweeting to the #IMMOOC hashtag. Topic. September 17-24.

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Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

Neo LMS

MOOCs: high aspirations and higher disappointments. The above idea is a noble one and massive open online courses, better known as MOOCs , are thought to be the solution to worldwide access to higher education. MOOCs promise each and every student in this world a front seat in any prestigious university course they have any interest to attend, for free. At least for now.

Art Schools Go MOOC, With a New Online Platform

Wired Campus

A new company is jumping into MOOCs, but with a focus on teaching free courses in the arts. Distance Education MOOCs TeachingThe new virtual art school, called Kadenze, has already teamed up with programs at 18 institutions, including Stanford and Princeton Universities, to create a digital platform designed for arts courses. According to a company co-founder, Perry R. Kadenze will initially offer about 20 courses on subjects including music, art history, and technology and art. Fees of $300, $600, or $900 will be charged for courses that are offered for credit.

A different view of MOOCs

Mark Smithers

This morning Richard Grusin posted a series of twenty tweets presenting a highly critical and thought provoking view of MOOCs. 16.MOOCs imitate the logic of derivitization, breaking up courses and faculty into discrete parts—a MOOC here and a MOOC there. 20.MOOCs must be made to serve the needs of higher education, rather than higher education being made to serve the needs of MOOCs. Educational Technology Opinion MOOCs These are valuable so I’ve presented them here in this post. What do you think of Grusin’s ideas?

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Online Learning: Why Libraries Could Be the Key to MOOCs’ Success

MindShift

Some studies found that about five percent of those enrolled in massive open online courses (known as MOOCs) completed the course. Learning Circles introduced her to MOOCs for the first time, and she appreciated the feedback from her peers and facilitators in a small group setting. For all the promises of online courses disrupting education, completion rates are notoriously low.

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More humanities seminars online, and they’re not MOOCs

Bryan Alexander

Starting this January forty (40) humanities seminars will kick into action, online. Twenty-one American colleges and universities are offering these classes for students on each others’ campuses, through an innovative project coordinated by the Council of Independent Colleges ( CIC ). These classes cover an impressive area of subjects, from Magic and Witchcraft in British Literature to Ways of Seeing Byzantium. Some are very specific (the Future of Reading), while others are broader (modern European history, American literature). Note, too, that the teaching methods are not uniform.

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MOOCs – Magnificent, Monsters or Malediction

Mark Smithers

Thanks to Kate Bowles ( @KateMfD ) for sending me a link to an open Coursesites web site (free registration) that has been created for the MOOC discussion at the forthcoming Universities Australia 2014 conference. There are six questions in the discussion area; these are: What have been the most significant impacts of MOOCs? What are the three best articles you have read on MOOCs?

Learning about Coursera -- a MOOC worth exploring

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Andrew Ng, Stanford University computer science professor, is the co-founder of Coursera, a for-profit company that partners with colleges and universities to provide free MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Coursera isn''t the only MOOC organization to consider, of course. Coursera MOOC It''s hard to believe that the company only started up in April! Brilliant!"

Amplify's MOOC Is Sold, and Renamed as 'Edhesive'

Marketplace K-12

Amplify's AP computer science massive, open, online course has been sold to a group of investors. Computer Science Ed-tech For-Profit Education Online Learning edtech mergersandacquisitions

Mapping with Google MOOC

Kairos EdTech

I recently took and finished the MOOC on mapping provided by Google. Google Google Earth Google Maps MOOC It was such a great experience. The entire course was available online for free and I was able to earn this certificate from Google. Both of the applications, Google Maps and Google Earth , provide such a robust and solid platform to present information on maps.

Coursera, K12, Inc. make bold moves to drive learning

The Christensen Institute

In 2013 and 2014, sobriety returned to the world of education and the luster of MOOCs faded some. LRN MOOC MOOCs online learning virtual learning As I wrote about Coursera last year, although the company held intriguing promise, realizing its potential would require some big pivots. K12, Inc. similarly stormed through the early 2000s by bringing online learning to the world of K-12 education and went public in 2007. 2015 represents a new beginning for both though—beginnings that hold potential. Putting these courses online often makes them worse. As my colleague Michelle R.

MOOC-Ed: Coaching Digital Learning, Unit 1 Reflection

EdTechnocation.com

Last week, the MOOC-Ed, Coaching Digital Learning: Cultivating a Culture of Change , began. This MOOC will help participants: Learn what it takes to coach educators to integrate technology Explore a variety of frameworks such as TPACK, SAMR, and the four Cs Explore opportunities for personalized application Create a Technology Coaching Action Plan I am most excited to learn more about the different frameworks, connect with other coaches, and create my own action plan. You can still register for the MOOC-Ed and participate! Digital edtech Learning mooc MOOC-Ed

A MOOC Hopes to Sink Its Teeth Into a New Audience: TV Fans

Wired Campus

And now, a MOOC. The University of California at Irvine plans to offer a four-week MOOC based on the FX television series The Strain, which follows the spread of a disease with the “hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism.” The course, “Fight or Die: The Science Behind FX’s The Strain “ will be hosted on Instructure’s MOOC platform Canvas Network. Sarah E.

Ed-Tech Startup Conference Pushes Boundaries

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The Startup Blog Augmented/Virtual Reality Coding Educational Technology/Ed-Tech entrepreneur LearnLaunch MOOCs startup Startups STEMOver the years, LearnLaunch's Across Boundaries conference has engendered conversations on everything from STEM learning to augmented reality. The 2017 conference in Boston is coming up.

My Coursera Experience – Quality Professional Development and an Inexpensive Verified Certificate

EmergingEdTech

Teachers can Earn a Verified Certificate for Convenient, Affordable PD Back in 2012, I took a Coursera course in Operations Management, to test the waters of the new world of MOOCs. Free Tools & Resources Future of Education Technology MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) Professional Development assessing 21st century skills Coursera MOOC review MOOCs becoming financially viable my MOOC experienceI shared my. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].