Get Your MOOC On!

The Web20Classroom

Wikipedia defines MOOC as "an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. Simply, a MOOC is a online class you take that might have 100''s or 1000''s of people are participating at a time. Have a suggestion for another MOOC?

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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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George Siemens and David Wiley Join Forces for a MOOC About Open Education

Edsurge

Since the New York Times named 2012 the year of massive open online courses (MOOCs), millions have flocked to platforms offering them such as edX and Coursera. The six-week long MOOC will touch on topics including open educational resources (OER), open pedagogy and practice, open knowledge and open research. I spoke with Siemens and Wiley about their upcoming course to get a few answers before the MOOC launches. Ekowo: Why this MOOC? It’s because they’re MOOCs.

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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. It’s the beginning of the unbundling of higher education and making it more accessible to more people than ever before,” he said.

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

The Christensen Institute

It’s also worth noting that because many of these schools serve far smaller numbers of students, the decline in percentage of schools offering AP classes does not represent a proportionate decline in the number of overall students able to access AP coursework. Still, the findings raise a much more fundamental question that states must grapple with: should the public school that a student attends dictate (and in this case, limit) the coursework that he can access?

$30 Million Amazon Contract for New York City Schools Held Up By Accessibility Concerns

Marketplace K-12

Accessibility Ed-tech Procurement accessibility amazon kindle mooc nationalfederationoftheblind screenreaderThe National Federation of the Blind questions whether e-books that educators will purchase through Amazon's storefront are likely to be fully useful to its community.

Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

Neo LMS

On the other side of the spectrum are countries where most of the population can only dream about higher education, because only a few — the elite — have access to it. MOOCs: high aspirations and higher disappointments. One thing that MOOCs enthusiasts seemed to forget is that.

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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. 12, shows that, generally, MOOCs have not reached such a demographically broad audience. The Futures of MOOCs.

If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER: The Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

iterating toward openness

Yesterday IHE published an article about the “ inclusive access ” programs offered by most major textbook publishers. ” What problem does the inclusive access model purport to solve? And obviously, both inclusive access and OER are about solving the cost problem.

Coursera’s Rick Levin On the Evolution of MOOCs and Microcredentials

Edsurge

EdSurge talked with Rick Levin, CEO of Coursera (and former president of one of those big-name universities, Yale) about how the mega-courses known as MOOCs have changed in the five years since the start of their hype-filled debut. RIck Levin: The advantage that we bring as a for-profit company is energy and direction and access to a labor force that's highly talented. It has been five year since Coursera launched its first MOOCs.

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.

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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. What have we learned about teaching and learning from the experience with 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.

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.

More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

iterating toward openness

My recent post about the cost trap and inclusive access prompted responses by Jim Groom and Stephen Downes. For example, in 2015 I wrote that “My ultimate goal is this: I want to (1) radically improve the quality of education as judged by learners, and (2) radically improve access to education. Ask a publisher why inclusive access is good for students and the list of reasons they will provide sounds like it came straight off a 2013 OER advocacy slide.

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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. 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. 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.

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? A MOOC is very similar to university courses but typically do not offer course credits.

6 Great Websites That Offer Free Online Courses

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

November 4, 2016 One of the best advantages of the Internet and web technologies is that they have levelled the educational playground making education and learning accessible to anyone.read more. MOOCs

#LearningIs connected

Learning with 'e's

True, many people in the world are still unconnected, but with mobile phones subscriptions rising exponentially, more people now have access to digital content than ever before. Learning in the digital age means being connected.

New Resource on Open Access, Pedagogy, Learning

ProfHacker

The concept of “Open,” particularly when it comes to Open Access, is something that we’ve written a lot about here at Profhacker. Sponsored by the AAC&U , it is “a connectivist MOOC” around open learning. Productivity Teaching open access

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Technology makes a difference

Learning with 'e's

Without adaptive technology, many disabled children could not access certain types of education and would be marginalised from learning. Let's start with widening access. Children (and adult) learners all over the globe are accessing content that allows them to learn.

OPINION: Stop driving kids crazy — A four-year college degree isn’t the only answer

The Hechinger Report

In reality, highest scores aren’t necessary for college access. Higher Ed Opinion Higher education accessA California high school student practices welding during a class on advanced agricultural mechanics.

#LearningIs everywhere

Learning with 'e's

Technology provides access for millions to education - something that was previously impossible or extremely problematic. Specifically, online programmes of study including MOOCs are still in great demand, and learning through mobile devices is at an all time high.

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How free is open? #EDENchat

Learning with 'e's

3) How are MOOCs and other massive open study opportunities changing or influencing out thinking as educators? Are we in danger of being left behind if our organisation/institution is not involved in MOOCs? 5) What are the ethical implications of MOOCs and other massive open courses?

Open all hours #EDEN15

Learning with 'e's

The synopsis reads: With the success of open access publishing, Massive open online courses (MOOCs) and open education practices, the open approach to education has moved from the periphery to the mainstream.

Why lectures?

Learning with 'e's

One astute observation is that even when universities do adopt online modes of teaching such as MOOCs , all that seems to occur is the lecture is transferred to digital format. It should never be used to control learning or to determine the content students to which they have access.

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Rwanda’s ahead of the online CBE learning curve

The Christensen Institute

accredited degree program through a blend of massive open online courses (MOOCs), CBE, and guided in-person interactions. At the same time, Kepler is working on creating student-loan programs so that more students can have access to Kepler’s programs. In shared homes in Kigali, 12 to 20 students will watch videos from MOOCs or other open educational resources. This blog was first published on CompetencyWorks.

An Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

Universal Design and Accessibility for Online Learning. IOC Athlete MOOC via Independent. College Readiness Math MOOC. iTDI Summer School MOOC For English Teachers. eLearning Higher Ed moocs pdAn Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015. by Class Central.

Scaling Practice-Based Coaching through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University recently scaled access to professional learning content for educators by taking advantage of the Massive Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Eds) format.

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Beyond Videos: 4 Ways Instructional Designers Can Craft Immersive Educational Media

Edsurge

Harvard reportedly spends $75,000-$150,000 building each new MOOC, most of which goes towards video production costs. For example, this introductory video for a JAM online course introduces the topics to students, helps them understand the instructor’s background, explains what materials they’ll need to get started, and makes the content feel accessible. But, in combination, they can represent a needed improvement over the standard lecture-based videos that prevail in most MOOCs.

Pioneer of Ed-Tech Innovation Says He’s Frustrated by Disruptors’ Narrative

Wired Campus

George Siemens is a key innovator in higher education, having coined the term “MOOC” and worked to study the effectiveness of online learning. And some for-profit players are unnecessarily “antagonistic” to higher education, he argued, failing to recognize that colleges serve other missions beyond operating efficiently, like educating well-rounded citizens and broadening access to education in underserved communities.

2016 and all that.

Learning with 'e's

MOOCs won't be the end. They will become places where the entire community can access learning, and where anything can be learnt. education future learning MOOCs personalised technology TechnologyThere are always predictions at the start of a new year.

Theories for the digital age: Self regulated learning

Learning with 'e's

Further, personal devices enable individuals to gain access and to participate at many levels within their communities of practice, from ‘entering by learning’ through to ‘transcending by developing’ (Ryberg & Christiansen, 2008).

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“We shouldn’t even be talking about technology. We should be saying, ‘What’s the best educational experience for the student?’” – Sal Khan, USA

Daily Edventures

The non-profit has been recognized as a shining example of innovation in education, and a great equalizer, offering any student in the world free access to instruction. To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures , we’re sharing some of our favorite posts.

Welcome Your Participants Home | 3 Keys to Quality Online Course Design

The PL2C Blog

Within a Bed & Breakfast, there are spaces organized and structured for a specific purpose, with clear access points for easy and safe navigation. Accessed 9 Dec. Accessed 9 Dec. MOOC-Ed Teaching & LearningBy Brittany Miller | Digital Learning Coach, Friday Institute. Imagine staying as a guest at a Bed & Breakfast home where there was no clear or organized purpose for different rooms.

Twitterize Adult Learning | A MOOC-Ed Experience

The PL2C Blog

In the spring of 2014, a team from the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation launched to first rendition of a Massive Open Online Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed), titled Coaching Digital Learning | Cultivating a Culture of Change (CDL).

Inspire to learn

Learning with 'e's

This is a growing trend as was evidenced recently when the entire editorial team on one of Elsevier's academic journal Lingua resigned over high price and lack of open access. No-one knows for certain, but we know for sure how many access an article from an online journal.

A growing divide?

Learning with 'e's

The first, he describes as "A move to opening up learning, making it more accessible and flexible. digital age education flipped classroom learning mobile technology MOOC pedagogy Technology In his blog on Learning Ecosystems, Daniel S.

Mobile learning and personal metrics

Learning with 'e's

The first principle in the article above relates to access, and states: "A mobile learning environment is about access to content, peers, experts, portfolio artifacts, credible sources, and previous thinking on relevant topics.

Berkeley to Stop Adding Lecture Videos to YouTube, Citing Budget Cuts

Wired Campus

Since well before MOOCs emerged, the University of California at Berkeley has been giving away recordings of its lectures on YouTube and iTunesU. Berkeley will continue to record lectures in many of its courses and make the video accessible to students on the campus to use as a study aid.

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