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Tips for Effective Online Learning – Community Edition

ProfHacker

I am working on a project (outside my institution, targeting adult learners), and was asked to provide tips for effective online learning. For adults learning online, whether it’s for credit or for free, be(com)ing a self-directed learner is key (here’s a quick overview of heutagogy which centers around self-directed learning). Additionally: Help.

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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The Future of MOOCs Might Not Be Free

Marketplace K-12

A recent move by a leading United Kingdom learning platform to issue academic credits toward a degree for students who complete open online courses could signal a forthcoming trend in the U.S. 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. There are some movements on the MOOC horizon in the U.S. market.

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Still MOOCing Along.

EdTechSandyK

Image Source Used Under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND License Week 4 of the Foundations of Virtual Instruction MOOC I started on June 30th is wrapping up today. By this time next week, I will hopefully have successfully completed my first MOOC. I was especially interested/distressed to find out that even in MOOCs, people try to cheat ! Closer to 2 hours than 4. No harm, no foul.

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The MOOC Hype Fades, in 3 Charts

Wired Campus

Few people would now be willing to argue that massive open online courses are the future of higher education. The percentage of institutions offering a MOOC seems to be leveling off, at around 14 percent, while suspicions persist that MOOCs will not generate money or reduce costs for universities—and are not, in fact, sustainable. The survey, which has tracked opinions about online education for more than a decade, started asking academic leaders about MOOCs in 2012, when free online courses seemed poised to disrupt the walled gardens of elite college instruction.

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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

A new “MicroMasters” online learning program offered by major universities

The Hechinger Report

A new kind of credential has entered the crowded market for online learning. EdX, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that provides online courses, announced last week the creation of 19 “ MicroMasters ” courses, a new type of online educational program. Galileo University, Guatemala (e-Learning, offered in Spanish; Professional Android Developer). MicroMasters.

Online Learning Research

The Thinking Stick

Seeing that I’m fully invested in online professional development for educators through both COETAIL and Eduro Learning , I’m always on the look out for research on how to make online learning better. What is it that sets good online learning apart from the OK online learning systems? If you have taken online courses before.

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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.

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. First there were the cMOOCs, free and open online courses that focused more on learning than they did on accreditation. Learning was fun and informal, and learning was often self or peer assessed. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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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. The course is aimed at learning about K-12 online instruction, which I''m interested in knowing more about. The course is offered through Coursera , a known online learning platform which I have heard and read good things about. Perfect for summer learning, especially since I work through the summer. Have you had any experiences with MOOCs?

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. similarly stormed through the early 2000s by bringing online learning to the world of K-12 education and went public in 2007. As I told its team, offering courses from the top universities online and claiming that at last, anyone anywhere can access the best learning in the world isn’t correct. The reason is that the top universities do not offer the best teaching and learning experiences. Putting these courses online often makes them worse.

Digital Writing Month: Striving for Inclusion in Open Online Learning

ProfHacker

I’ve been working for some time on ideas of inclusion & ( in)equality in open education, and of the possibility of a postcolonial MOOC (with Shyam Sharma ), and gathering ideas from others on how to envision a more inclusive, diverse and equitable open online learning experience. It’s how we grow our PLN (Personal Learning Network). And Yet. And yet.

The Ultimate Guide to Online Courses

Edudemic

Professional development allows you to stay current in your field, make connections with likeminded professionals, and satisfy any continuing learning requirements your job may have. Personal development allows you to grow as a person, learn new skills, and try new things. The post The Ultimate Guide to Online Courses appeared first on Edudemic. Featured Online Learning featured guides MOOCs online courses online learning Professional DevelopmentProfessional and personal development are important to many people.

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. He quickly began supplementing his education with online courses from Stanford and Carnegie Mellon. complete multiple MOOCs. Usman accepted and has been living in west Africa for the last year working as the Program Lead for Code for Sierra Leone , helping young people across the country learn to code. 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.

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Avoid This Common Mistake When Getting Started with Online Learning

Fractus Learning

So you’re considering moving your face-to-face learning content online. Teaching online can be a great way to reach new audiences and take advantage of the opportunities created by the latest learning technology. But unless you’ve got lots of experience with online learning, you’re likely feeling a little overwhelmed and unsure where to start. Don’t worry!

This online high school is not going to change education

Dangerously Irrelevant

The headline at eSchool News reads ‘ This online high school could change education ’ (a slight modification of the original headline at the Santa Cruz Sentinel ). ‘Highly linear,’ self-paced, one-size-fits-all courses; videos made by experts; and an online platform to ‘deliver’ them, including quizzes. Okay, I’m game. I’ll check it out… I read about the founders.

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. I developed their MA in Lifelong Learning programme. Log in at [link]. Some of them are even still talking to him.

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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. This means a world of students getting close to equal rights to education, not being constrained by the boundaries of the physical classroom, and encouraged to pursue active learning. Read more about this here.

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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. A new report, released on Thursday, seeks to answer the question “Where is research on massive open online courses headed?” Hype and rhetoric, not research, were the driving forces behind MOOCs, he argued.

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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

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.

Think Like an Urban Planner to Create Successful Online Learning Communities

Fractus Learning

But often, when we try to create community online through discussion forums or social media, our efforts fall flat. To avoid this, start thinking of your online community as a mega-city and yourself as an urban planner. Start thinking of your online community as a mega-city and yourself as an urban planner. How To MOOC PLNTweet. The City Level. The Neighborhood Level.

What the Results of a Survey of Coursera Students Mean for Online Learning

Wired Campus

When Coursera, Udacity, and edX started up within four months of one another, in 2012, The New York Times declared it the year of the MOOC. Now that the clamor is dying down, researchers are gauging what actually has developed in terms of massive open online courses. Published in the Harvard Business Review, it is the first study of Coursera students’ self-reported learning outcomes. George Siemens, an education-technology expert and one of the first MOOC creators, isn’t bothered by the discrepancies between tangible and intangible benefits. Christensen.

In Online Courses, Students Learn More by Doing Than by Watching

Wired Campus

When students enroll in MOOCs, they almost always watch a series of video lectures. But just watching videos — without also engaging interactively — is an ineffective way to learn, according to a study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. The study, “Learning Is Not a Spectator Sport: Doing Is Better than Watching for Learning From a MOOC,” looked at a group of Georgia students in a course called “ Introduction to Psychology as a Science.” Those in the MOOC-only course scored an average of 57 percent on the final.

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 co-founder Daphne Koller speaks about "What we''re learning from online education" on TED. Coursera MOOC Brilliant!" Here''s his bio.

On interactions and scalability in online learning

Mark Smithers

This happened this morning when I read the tweets about Gregor Kennedy’s keynote presentation in which he talked about interactions between students and teachers in online courses. I agree with this idea that students can and should interact with experts during their learning. A big question is how this can be scaled to large numbers of students in a learning environment.

Free online course on learning technologies

NspireD2

News MOOC online learning new and improved from the University of Saskatchewan.

Will the decline of AP course offerings spur the rise of Course Access?

The Christensen Institute

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, AP’s may be losing marketshare to other channels to advanced coursework like MOOCs, dual enrollment college courses, or honors courses, all of which may be gaining traction as metrics of college readiness. As Malkus himself notes, online courses have long provided a solution to filling gaps in coursework that schools otherwise can’t afford. The upside for schools willing to invest in online courses to fill these gaps is threefold. These approaches, however, only work if a school is willing to hire online courses to fill in gaps.

This tool is aiming to be the WordPress of online course creators

eSchool News

A new, intuitive platform lets educators design their online courses—easily. As an educator, it’s hard to please today’s tech-savvy students with PowerPoints and lecture-on-video—but those are exactly the kinds of tools available for educators who don’t have time to learn online learning design 101. News Online Learning Technologies Top News

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What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

The Hechinger Report

The exercise was part of “Civic Online Reasoning,” a series of news-literacy lessons being developed by Stanford researchers and piloted by teachers at a few dozen schools. The backers of these efforts warn that despite young people’s reputation as “digital natives,” they are woefully unprepared to sort online fact from fiction , and the danger isn’t just to scholarship but to citizenship.

Why continuing education programs are poised to become hubs of innovation

The Christensen Institute

As more adults than ever before enroll in postsecondary education programs and a variety of players—from bootcamps to online and mobile course providers—offer options tailored to match adults’ work and family circumstance, traditional colleges and universities have struggled to keep pace. MOOCs are not the only ones that offer on-demand learning today.

Technology in Schools – Future Changes in the Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

Learning is becoming more collaborative to mirror the way that adults live their lives. New Learning Platforms. Today, most schools use some type of virtual learning environment. Many teachers are using virtual learning environments to teach film-making online. Students who are falling behind will have the resources online so they can catch up at home.

Connected Educators: Power Up Your Pedagogy with ThingLink

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Today I''m excited to be participating in a MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course that is free. Today''s MOOC is part of Chris Long''s University of California Irvine''s course, Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom. I will be sharing some powerful strategies for increasing students’ engagement in learning using ThingLink and ThingLink for Video.

The future of classrooms

Learning with 'e's

This is the fourth blog post in my series on the future of learning and technology. This is due to the rapid proliferation of mobile technology, the disintermediation of traditional teacher and student roles, new trends such as MOOCs and the upsurge of user generated content on social media sites - all of which take learning away from previously familiar territory. Is he right?

Friday 5 — 7.3.2015

Perry Hewitt

The first few years of widespread access to MOOCs have created a data trove for researchers. The first one: MOOC students are diverse, but trend toward autodidacts. Google Earth just turned 10, and launched some new features to help you explore the world online. Friday Five age Friday5 harvard HBR marketing moocs online learning research search