Could Remixing Old MOOCs Give New Life to Free Online Education?

Edsurge

It’s common these days to hear that free online mega-courses, called MOOCs, failed to deliver on their promise of educating the masses. Now, one of the first professors to try out MOOCs says he has a way to reuse bits and pieces of the courses created during that craze in a way that might deliver on the initial promise. The idea comes from Robert Lue, a biology professor at Harvard University who was the founding faculty director of HarvardX, the college’s effort to build MOOCs.

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

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Claims on YouTube: Students watch a short video and explain why they might not trust a video that makes a contentious claim. . YouTube Evaluation : Students evaluate a YouTube video and identify reasons why it may be unreliable. Social Media Video : Students watch an online video and identify its strengths and weaknesses. A series of Read Like a Historian videos prepares educators to effectively launch this type of learning in their classrooms.

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More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

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. The question we must each ask ourselves is – what is the real goal of our OER advocacy? What do you think the whole MOOC thing George Siemens and I and others was about? My recent post about the cost trap and inclusive access prompted responses by Jim Groom and Stephen Downes.

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Self as OER

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OER Commons , The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation ) it is clear that there is tendency to equate open educational resources to open educational materials and tools , such as course materials in text, audio, or video format, open textbooks, and educational software. Some examples of open scholarship based on this definition can be publishing an article in an open access journal, teaching a MOOC, and joining a Twitter hashtag to chat about an educational issue.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). ” “Aftermath of the MOOC wars: Can commercial vendors support creative higher education ?” through-MOOCs program launched, its College of Business says it is seeing the contours of a model it can use to promote the university abroad, enroll previously untapped groups of students and attract corporate partners.” iNACOL has released a report on advocacy for competency-based education.

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Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Economic Boom Isn’t Helping Some Student-Loan Debtors , Advocacy Group Says.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). “ Video Games Are a Waste of Time? Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

Kaltura (video) – $166.1 Or one could look at ed-tech companies that laid off staff: the coding bootcamp Galvanize , the analytics company Civitas Learning , the learning management system Schoology , MOOC provider Coursera , the education giant Pearson , for example.

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” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Here’s The Chronicle headline from then : “Professor Leaves a MOOC in Mid-Course in Dispute Over Teaching.”) ”) Great reporting this week from Steve Kolowich on the UC Irvine professor’s run-in with the MOOC machine: “After the Gold Rush: MOOCs, money, and the education of Richard McKenzie.” million for English-language instruction videos.

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” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). “Why America’s MOOC pioneers have abandoned ship” by Jonathan Rees. “ MOOCs Are Dead. Via Education Week : “Parent Advocacy Group Warns of Ed-Tech ‘Threats’ ” Via PC World : “Why Google plans to stop supporting your Chromebook after five years.” The video capture platform has raised $48.46 Education Politics.

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” Via The New York Post : “Charter-school advocacy group to close up shop.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Class Central : “ TU Delft Students Can Earn Credit For MOOCs From Other Universities.” ” Via CNN : “ YouTube to start labeling videos posted by state-funded media.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” (This is a good example of how ed-tech advocacy-posing-as-journalism operates – you get funded by an organization and then you get to “break the news” about that organization. Via Edsurge : “ YouTube Searches Favor Videos That Attack Public Education, Scholar Finds.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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” Via the Education Law Center : “Several New Jersey civil rights and parent advocacy organizations have filed a legal challenge to new high school graduation regulations recently adopted by the State Board of Education. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Twitter announced big layoffs this week – 9% of its staff – and said it would shutter its video app Vine. Presidential Campaign Politics. November 8 cannot come soon enough.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

It was probably Sal Khan’s 2011 TED Talk “Let’s Use Video to Reinvent Education” and the flurry of media he received over the course of the following year or so that introduced the idea of the “flipped classroom” to most people. Viral School Videos.

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” Via Politico : “ Trump steps up fight to keep Trump University deposition videos secret.” ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Via The Hechinger Report : “ Virtual charter schools need ‘bold action’ for change, says national charter school advocacy group.” Education Politics. “ Education Department Proposes New Regulations to Protect Students and Taxpayers from Predatory Institutions.”

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” An op-ed in Forbes by University Ventures’ Ryan Craig : “Make Online Education Great (For The First Time).” ” “Starting March 15, the university will begin removing more than 20,000 video and audio lectures from public view as a result of a Justice Department accessibility order,” reports Inside Higher Ed. Education Politics.

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” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). And I’m not sure if Udacity now better fits here in this for-profit higher ed section, but there’s news about it in the MOOC section above. Via The New York Times : “Video Shows Baltimore Teacher Using Racial Slur in Class.” President-Elect Trump. It’s all so awful. “ Trump and Chief Strategist Pick Bannon Disagreed on Foreign Student Policy,” says Inside Higher Ed.