MOOCs, MOOCs, MOOCs!

Some guy named Rae...

MOOCs, MOOCs, MOOCs! said in the cadence of “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia“…) I am *so* tired of hearing about MOOCs these days. There are cMOOCs and xMOOCs and blended MOOCs, oh my. There are small MOOCs — called SPOCs, standing for Small Private Online Classes — which defy all logic because, umm… doesn’t the first letter in MOOC […]. Teaching & Learning academic tech innovation MOOCs

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MOOCs: the big…err, massive…new thing

Mobile Musings

ISTE’s Learning and Leading with Technology (L&L) just published an article I wrote about MOOCs. In particular, there are two new MOOCs that are particularly well suited to K-12 professional learning. It includes a fairly traditional program of webinars and readings, along with experiments via the mechanical mooc and G+ communities. (We Best of all, these two MOOCs are both OPEN (in a variety of senses, including open licensed) and CONNECTIVIST.

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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. Richard Grusin (@rgrusin) March 12, 2013. Richard Grusin (@rgrusin) March 12, 2013. Richard Grusin (@rgrusin) March 12, 2013. Richard Grusin (@rgrusin) March 12, 2013. Richard Grusin (@rgrusin) March 12, 2013. Richard Grusin (@rgrusin) March 12, 2013. Richard Grusin (@rgrusin) March 12, 2013.

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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. The most amazing discovery for me was to see how many potential uses and applications these have in education.

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6 Things you may not know about MOOCs

Neo LMS

Despite sounding like a Dr Seuss character, MOOCs are actually seriously learning tech. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course, and is typically offered as a “taster” introductory course by major universities via online platforms. Drilling further down I have learned that the pedagogic thinking behind MOOCs is substantial, and why wouldn’t it be? 6 Things you may not know about MOOCs.

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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. many are less convinced that MOOCs will provoke such a dichotomy of educational choice.

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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.

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Stop Asking About Completion Rates: Better Questions to Ask About MOOCs in 2019

Edsurge

As an instructional designer who has been building MOOCs for the past five years, I’ve been asked this question more times than I count. MOOCs have been called abysmal , disappointing failures. The average completion rate for MOOCs (including the ones I design) hovers between 5-15 percent. As we move towards 2019, it’s time to get clearer about this difference and start asking smarter questions about what MOOCs can and should be expected to accomplish.

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5 Ways MOOC-Based Degrees Are Different From Other Online Degrees

Edsurge

But in recent years a new type of online degree has emerged, born of partnerships between elite universities and the platforms that support MOOCs, such as Coursera, FutureLearn, and edX. The first of these new MOOC degree programs emerged at Georgia Tech, which partnered with Udacity in 2013 to create a low-cost online master’s program in computer science. Since then, more and more degrees have run through MOOC channels. Online degrees are nothing new.

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What If No One Seeks Credit for a Credit-Eligible MOOC?

Edsurge

News that Arizona State University and edX have archived 10 of their 14 Global Freshman Academy courses raises questions about the viability and purpose of credit-eligible MOOCs. She suggests that first-year students may need more academic and social supports and wraparound services than a la carte MOOCs provide. It’s not the first time students seemingly have rejected opportunities to gain college credit for MOOCs.

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GlobalEdCon 2013 Day Four + Helping the New Grassroots Projects

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Today is day four of the 2013 Global Education Conference. PROJECT: Student Visits-Exchanges-Collaborations PROJECT: MOOCs PROJECT: Google Helpouts PROJECT: Uniting Around One Social Cause PROJECT: International Co-Teaching A summary of today''s sessions is shown below in US-Eastern Standard Time (GMT/UTC-5). Hard to believe we''re almost at the end!

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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.

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2013 Global Education Conference Kicks Off Today - List of Sessions

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Jerry Blumengarten The 2013 Global Education Conference starts today! Amanda Coolidge instructional designer Students as Creators or Makers: Tools to foster Higher-order Thinking Skills - Jeff Hoffart (@JeffHoffart) - TEDxYouth@BIS Team Teaching in a school which sometimes becomes a hostile environment for a teacher or how to teach in an ex-conflict area - Attila Nagy, LLM International Business Law 2:00pm Can MOOCs Really Make an Impact in the Developing World?

Join the MOOC: How to Teach Online!

EdTechnocation.com

Today, I came across a post on Google+ by +George Station about a MOOC being offered through Leeward Community College, a local college in my state, by Dr. Melissa Kaulbach. News Article: [link] How to Teach Online MOOC Blog Post: [link] Register for the MOOC: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ns58fQzCIOk6yTNqpIOBKXxiE19Oprs27xRcalI9mmU/viewform I''ll be participating as much as I can, as I am both interested in the power of a MOOC as well as teaching online.

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How to Teach Online MOOC: Aloha Discussion

EdTechnocation.com

Author: Mathieu Plourde {(Mathplourde on Flickr) This week marks the beginning of the How to Teach Online MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). What is a MOOC you may ask? According to the Mooc-List.com , a repository of MOOCs across the web, MOOC is " an online course aimed at large-scale participation and open (free) access via the internet. " A MOOC is very similar to university courses but typically do not offer course credits.

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Maker Party and Making Learning Connected mooc to Launch This Weekend

Educator Innovator

After a Department of Education kick-off at the Reimagining Education Conference and initial practitioner learning opportunities by partners Scratch, the Afterschool Alliance, and Mozilla Webmakers, the Summer of Making and Connecting kicks into even higher gear with the launch of Maker Party 2013 and the Making Learning Connected mooc on June 15. Educator Innovator Blog #connectedlearning #reimagineed creativity Making mooc online learning webmaking writing

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The Role of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Making Education Available to All

A Principal's Reflections

OER ranges from highly structured college courses (MOOCs) to less structured curricula from colleges and other institutes of learning (OpenCourseWare a/k/a OCW), to free online textbooks, and everything in between. The following is a guest post by Juliana Meehan - Teacher of English at Tenafly Middle School and candidate for New Jersey principal’s certification through NJ EXCEL, currently interning with Principal Eric Sheninger at New Milford High School.

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Udacity Official Declares MOOCs ‘Dead’ (Though the Company Still Offers Them)

Edsurge

Udacity helped popularize the idea of offering college-level courses online to anyone for free, a format known as MOOCs (for Massive Open Online Courses). But this week a Udacity official called MOOCs “dead,” leading to questions about what that means for one of the company’s offerings (which still include free MOOCs). It was Udacity vice president Clarissa Shen who this week said “they are dead,” when talking about MOOCs in an interview with The Economic Times in India.

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On interactions and scalability in online learning

Mark Smithers

I’m not attending ASCILITE 2013 but I am following the Twitter stream closely and occasionally comment into the stream. No doubt much of Kennedy’s thinking is informed by the University of Melbourne’s Coursera MOOCs that have very large numbers of students and, consequently, very little teacher to student interaction. higher education Opinion Uncategorized ASCILITE 2013 Expert CC by Pete Prodoehl.

2013 School Leadership Summit - Update on the Free Virtual Conference / Submit Your Presentation Proposal!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

If you haven''t participated in one of my other massive, peer-to-peer conferences , they are a blast (they are more than MOOCs, really, maybe HOOPs? We''ve started accepting proposals for the inaugural School Leadership Summit on March 28th-- 24 great sessions have already accepted! Highly Open Online and Participative conferences?). They are distinguished by their inclusiveness, their high-volunteer participation, and their community-building nature.

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Teachers plan mooc on making and Connected Learning – sign up now

Educator Innovator

NWP teachers from across the country have come together to plan their own massive, open online collaboration—or, mooc—as part of the Summer of Making and Connecting. ” The mooc begins June 15; interested participants should sign up to receive more information. Using a range of tools on the open web, participants are invited to learn new skills, make projects, and connect in conversations around the theme of Making Learning Connected.”

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A Product at Every Price: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2017

Edsurge

The MOOC landscape has grown to include 9,400 courses, more than 500 MOOC-based credentials, and more than a dozen graduate degrees. The total number of MOOCs available to register for at any point of time is larger than ever, thanks to tweaks in the scheduling policy by MOOC providers. The total number of MOOC learners is now 78 million. Here is a list of the top five MOOC providers by registered users: Coursera: 30 million users.

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MOOC Pioneer Coursera Tries a New Push: Selling Courseware to Colleges

Edsurge

Colleges have tried to offer courses built around MOOC materials before—and it hasn’t always gone well. In 2013, professors in the philosophy department at San Jose State University refused to teach a philosophy course with materials developed by edX and Harvard University, arguing that doing so could lead to cuts in faculty members and lower-quality instruction. Coursera started with a mission to give the general public free access to courses from expensive colleges.

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.

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The Lecture in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (2013)

hem.digital

Shirky proposed The MOOC Criticism Drinking Game: take a swig whenever someone says “real”, “true”, or “genuine” when questioning the value of MOOCs.) Questioning Lectures The old-school lecture is taking a thumping. In a world where more and more of our experiences are web-based and disconnected from location and time, the idea that we would find it logical to get students together in a single location at a specific time to hear a presentation seems increasingly odd.

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Five questions about content curation

Kairos EdTech

Curation is useful in collecting new sources of information and moving away from dry textbooks Extremely useful when you want to share content in professional development sessions A great way to reach a large audience at the same time Beneficial when building an MOOC as we can better select what to include It helps teachers do a better job by teaching with better tools and more relevant content It helps access information in a faster and more structured way.

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False frontiers

Learning with 'e's

With the increasing popularity of such movements as the Flipped Classroom , and Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs), other more radical formal learning space configurations are taking place. MOOCs take learning even farther away from the classroom. Where the Flipped Classroom still maintains some role for the traditional classroom, MOOCs replace them completely. Technology spaces education classroom MOOCs collaborative learning school flipped classroom

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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). Here are the 210 offerings for 2013. Coursera isn''t the only MOOC organization to consider, of course. Coursera MOOC

Mobile learning and personal metrics

Learning with 'e's

Gathering ''big data'' from learning analytics is perhaps the motherlode for most large scale course providers such as EdX , Udacity and Coursera (MOOC platforms). Technology education EdX augmented reality Wikitude World Browser Udacity personal metrics learningpoollive mobile learning MOOC Layar Coursera

7 Things I Learned in Google's Advanced Power Searching Class

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Here''s Dan Russell''s reflection about the class: Teaching the Advanced Power Searching with Google MOOC. Dan writes that only 10% completed the course, which he notes is a usual percentage for MOOCs. Google Google Scholar Google Trends MOOC research search Yes, this class was definitely more challenging than the first ! Full disclosure: I didn''t do all of the challenges. They were recommended, but not required. I did, however, watch all of the video tutorials.

Twitter and the death of distance

Learning with 'e's

Distance Education social media relationships MOOCs Twitter FaceBook It''s something we already know, or at least have suspected for a long time. Social media sites such as Twitter span huge distances to connect people around the world. My own father, now 84 years old, started a Facebook account so he could keep in touch with distant relatives in such places as New Zealand and Australia. He''s having a whale of a time.

Let your robots do the marking?

Learning with 'e's

Anant Agarwal, president of EdX, (Harvard and MIT''s non-profit making arm that runs MOOCs), says that the software will be a boon to learning online in the future, because it will allow students to rewrite and resubmit their essays time and again, to improve their grades. What he doesn''t say is that it''s an essential part of the management of MOOC s, especially if they are regularly enrolling upwards of 100,000 students for each course.

The Learning Revolution - 2014 School Leadership Summit - ISTE Unplugged Dates - More!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We are excited to announce that the keynote sessions from the following conferences can now be watched on YouTube: School Leadership Summit 2013 , Homeschool Conference 2013 , STEMxCon 2013 , Library 2.012 and 2.013 , and the Global Education Conference 2012 and 2013. Kudos Here is some of the feedback we received from those of you who attended the Global Education Conference 2013.

The future of classrooms

Learning with 'e's

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. Cuban is very sceptical of online courses, and presumably his sceptiscism also embraces MOOCs. This is the fourth blog post in my series on the future of learning and technology.

Explore Connected Learning at #clmooc

Educator Innovator

Have fun learning new web making skills as you explore the Connected Learning framework in NWP’s massive open online collaboration — or mooc. National Writing Project Opportunities Sampler Partner Opportunities connected learning mooc online learning research