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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#DLNchat: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning?

Edsurge

Has the MOOC revolution come and gone? Or will the principles of the MOOC movement continue to influence higher ed? On Tuesday, April 10 the #DLNchat community got together to discuss and debate: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning? How many MOOCs have you signed up for and how many have you taken?” Many admitted their completion rates were unimpressive, which may be representative for MOOC users overall. In MOOCs it’s all about teaching.

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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.

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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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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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$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.

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.

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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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.

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

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. For a growing number of organizations, MOOCs have become a new way to identify talent.

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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?

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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. 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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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).

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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MOOC-Ed: Coaching Digital Learning, Unit 5 Reflection

EdTechnocation.com

Unit 5 of the Coaching Digital Learning MOOC-Ed focused on Digital Citizenship. Give them access to Youtube and lets talk about all the great educational and inspirational videos that we can watch. My other Coaching Digital Learning MOOC-Ed Unit Reflections: Unit 1 Reflection Unit 2 Reflection Unit 3 Reflection Unit 4 Reflection Unit 5 Reflection Unit 6 Reflection Check out my Coaching Digital Learning Pinterest Board with all of the resources and videos from the entire course!

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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.

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A Finished Dissertation – MOOC Pasts & Futures

Improving Education Environments

Rolin Moe : From All MOOCs, All The Time. Originally posted on All MOOCs, All The Time : After nearly two years of intense study, scholarship and research, my dissertation The Evolution & Impact of the Massive Open Online Course has been published to ProQuest (though I am sharing it via Scribd, as ProQuest is not always the easiest for open access).

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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning.

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.

12+ Missions Covering Various K12 Content for Meaningful Learning

Teacher Reboot Camp

Students all over the world have access to knowledge, resources, and experts to help them learn in rich ways and accomplish great things. Technology is a huge part of our students’ lives.

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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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Effective Technology Integration: 15+ #EduGoalsMOOC Chat Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Hybrid Pedagogy – An open-access journal of learning, teaching, and technology. Effective Technology Integration Events Holidays Tech Tips #EdugoalsMOOC edtechmissions elearning getting to know you Getting to Know You Activities Icebreakers Learning Missions mission based learning Missions MOOC moocsToday, The Goal-Minded Teacher ( #EduGoalsMOOC ) free open online course Twitter chat took place about the topic, Effective Technology Integration.

From Neutrality to Inequality: Why the FCC Is Dismantling Equal Access and What It Could Mean for Education

Edsurge

The college library, catalog, financial aid, admissions, registration, and of course, the school’s website, all have important digital services and are all easily accessible on the net. Under previous FCC action, internet-service providers (ISP) were prohibited from blocking, slowing-down or speeding-up access to web content and services. Who knows how much ISPs will now bill MOOCs and others for eating-up vast chunks of bandwidth?

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

?In Move Towards More Online Degrees, Coursera Introduces Its First Bachelor’s

Edsurge

When free online courses known as MOOCs began to take off in 2012 , their pitch to investors often included jargon around “disrupting” the way education is accessed and consumed. These days, though, many MOOC platforms are courting the traditional higher-ed market they once rebuked, often by hosting fully-online masters degrees for colleges and universities. And it isn’t the only MOOC provider to do so. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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.

“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.

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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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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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.

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Dr. Chuck on Inclusive Programming, Online Instructor Involvement and Coursera’s Paywall

Edsurge

Charles Severance was one of the first professors at the University of Michigan to give the massive open online courses (MOOC) platform Coursera a try. His passion for open access courses is rooted in his belief that the internet has an important role to play in education. But while Severance—who’s better known by some as Dr. Chuck—says his first MOOC was a success, there was one thing about his in-person classes he missed: seeing his students.

“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.

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?

#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.

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.