For Best Results, Pair MOOCs With In-Person Support

Edsurge

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) transfixed higher education in the early 2010s, so much so that The New York Times dubbed 2012 "The Year of the MOOC." At the time, many thought MOOCs might become a replacement for both classroom instruction and ingrained models of learning.

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The Metamorphosis of MOOCs

Edsurge

At a recent meeting of educational technology policy advisors, a well-informed university CIO casually declared that MOOCs were history. Increasingly, MOOCs are being packaged into series of courses with a non-degree credential being offered to those who successfully complete the series. Perhaps it is employers who should be the most supportive of the latest MOOC developments. Just like stand-alone MOOCs, most learners—over 80 percent—already had a Bachelors or higher degree.

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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. 6 Things you may not know about MOOCs.

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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. It’s not the first time students seemingly have rejected opportunities to gain college credit for 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. One thing that MOOCs enthusiasts seemed to forget is that.

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With ‘MicroBachelors’ Program, EdX Tries Again to Sell MOOCs For Undergraduate Credit

Edsurge

The nonprofit MOOC platform edX, originally started by MIT and Harvard University at a time when pundits predicted large-scale online courses could replace college for some people, is trying yet another new approach, launching the first of what it calls a “MicroBachelors” program.

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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. link] What is a MOOC?

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Fostering Peer Connections to Make MOOCs Personal

The PL2C Blog

The Friday Institute and Oak Foundation seek to end this anachronism with the Learning Differences MOOC for Educators (MOOC-Ed). When combined with the self-directed, anytime, anywhere learning facilitated in the MOOC-Ed, the experience proved to be powerful. By Lauren Acree.

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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

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Article in Journal ‘Science’ Argues MOOC Participation is Declining as Providers Pivot

Edsurge

What lessons can be learned from the rise and pivot of MOOCs, those large-scale online courses that proponents said would disrupt higher education? An article this week in the prestigious journal ‘Science’ explores that question, digging into six years of data from MOOCs offered by Harvard University and MIT on the edX platform launched by the two universities. In fact, completion rates for MOOCs in the study declined. So MOOCs have not disrupted higher education.

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PLEs, MOOCs and connectivism

Learning with 'e's

And this was exactly the guiding principle of the earliest MOOCs. Photo from JISC Website PLEs, MOOCs and connectivism by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

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Summer Professional Development With MOOCs

Edutopia

Matt Davis Professional Development Summer is a great time for teachers to enroll in a MOOC, a "Massive Open Online Course." Matt Davis has compiled a list of a few summer courses to consider

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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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A Proposal to Put the ‘M’ Back in MOOCs

Edsurge

MOOCs have evolved over the past five years from a virtual version of a classroom course to an experience that feels more like a Netflix library of teaching videos. One important benefit of the first MOOCs was that they started at fixed times, like traditional college courses, which meant that large numbers of people were sharing an experience and posting questions and answers to forums. The on-demand MOOC trend has led to a drastic reduction in forum activity within MOOC cohorts.

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50 Free Online Courses For Educators: Spring 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

50 Free Online Courses For Teachers: Spring 2015. Below is a list of 50 free online courses for teachers for Spring 2015, aggregated by Class Central. Go To Class | Next Session : 2nd Jan, 2015. . Go To Class | Next Session : 5th Jan, 2015. .

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An Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

An Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015. Go To Class | Next Session : 3rd May, 2015. Go To Class | Next Session : 4th May, 2015. Go To Class | ★★★★★ ( 3 ratings ) | Next Session : 4th May, 2015. Go To Class | Next Session : 4th May, 2015.

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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MOOCs Started Out Completely Free. Where Are They Now?

Edsurge

I took one of the very first MOOCs, and back then the videos, assignments, and certificates were all free. As MOOC providers focussed on finding a business model, they started putting certain aspects of the experience behind a paywall, hoping to get more people to pay. MOOCs went from free to free to audit (nevermind that the concept of auditing a class is completely foreign in most parts of the world). So here’s a summary of what free means for the four biggest MOOC players.

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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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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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The MOOC Hype Fades, in 3 Charts

Wired Campus

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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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.

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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. Company Watch Distance Education MOOCs Teaching

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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. When MOOCs emerged a few years ago, many in the academic world were sent into a frenzy.

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More humanities seminars online, and they’re not MOOCs

Bryan Alexander

Indeed, this is the second round of classes, as the first one occurred earlier this year (2015). 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 ).

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Fostering Peer Connections to Make MOOCs Personal

Educator Innovator

It takes more than just engaging content to have a successful MOOC. Through an inquiry-based process, our partner The Friday Institute discovered that offering multiple ways for participants to connect during the MOOC led to more positive outcomes. When combined with the self-directed, anytime, anywhere learning facilitated in the MOOC-Ed, the experience proved to be powerful.” The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation mooc MOOC-Ed

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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.

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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 experience

Trends to watch in 2015: education and technology

Bryan Alexander

Here I’d like to identify trends from 2015 which seem likely to persist or grow over the next year. MOOCs? And the MOOC numbers look like they’re rising. Unless the worm turns globally, I’d expect planet MOOC to keep growing in 2016.

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. 2015 represents a new beginning for both though—beginnings that hold potential. 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.

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.

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Is It Worth My Time? Learning Differences MOOC Really Is

Educator Innovator

The Learning Differences Massive Open Online Course for Educators , offered by MOOC-Ed, part of NC State University’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, an Educator Innovator partner, is exactly the kind of professional development opportunity that is worth a teacher’s precious time. Then you sign up for the Learning Differences MOOC-Ed , and you learn about working memory. When: Today, the course begins February 9th, 2015.

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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.” Distance Education MOOCs Teaching

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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

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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.

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