A Proposal to Put the ‘M’ Back in MOOCs


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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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. VPLCs are virtual meetings using Google Hangouts. When combined with the self-directed, anytime, anywhere learning facilitated in the MOOC-Ed, the experience proved to be powerful.”


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Looking Back at the Year in Ed Tech

Wired Campus

Concerns about Yik Yak and analysis of MOOCs and online teaching were among the most popular stories this past year on our Wired Campus blog. And while massive open online courses have largely fallen out of the national headlines, three of the top 10 articles in 2015 involved MOOCs (in one case, charting their fade from prominence). The MOOC Hype Fades, in 3 Charts. Meet the New, Self-Appointed MOOC Accreditors: Google and Instagram.

False frontiers

Learning with 'e's

You could see where we might place formal learning using a VLE, or where students might meet to chat using Facebook, for example. You can read more on collaborative learning space design approaches in this article. MOOCs take learning even farther away from the classroom.

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Developing and Delivering Effective Professional Development for Educators


The Teacher Slam takes place at the beginning of any large meeting. It helps teachers to get recognized in front of their colleagues (along with maybe a bar of chocolate) and also sets the tone for productive discussions during the meetings. 7. In this age of digital transformation, educators may choose from the plethora of online MOOCs which are a convenient and no-travel option. Most of these MOOCs are free and are led by top professors from reputed global universities.

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As Traditional Colleges Grow, Online OPM Relationships Shift


That’s how much Georgia Tech’s online master’s of computer science degree cost when it launched through MOOC-provider Udacity in 2014. “The industry’s evolving where (OPMs) need to be able to meet the school on their terms.” A cool $6,630.

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Give Your Traditional Syllabus a Needed Makeover!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Plus, the best kind of learning is when we meet the unexpected. Check out their article, How to Create an Infographic Syllabus. I actually did this for one of my Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC).

?HigherEd Year in Review: What We’ve Learned (and Loved) in Our First 365 Days


First the numbers: In the past year, we have published more than 300 articles about the shifting trends in higher ed, education technology and digital learning. Don’t be a stranger in year two—here’s the team below (plus each of our favorite articles so far) to help break the ice. What’s my favorite EdSurge HigherEd article? Renee Franzwa: When asked to pick my favorite article, my mind (ears?) Discovering MOOCs in 2012 lit a fire under me. A new President.


Stanford Calls for Responsible Use of Student Data in Higher Ed


Note: This article originally appeared in Stanford News. The ideas that came out of that meeting, and a similar one that took place two years ago, form the basis of a new Stanford-hosted website, “ Responsible Use of Student Data in Higher Education. ” McKay attended the summer meeting at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in California. moment about the need for a big data code of ethics came soon after “MOOC mania” struck higher education in 2012.

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Reflections on Structurelessness


This post is inspired by an article called The Tyranny of Structurelessness by Jo Freeman. Thanks to Gardner Campbell for sharing it while collaboratively annotating an article for the #OpenLearning17 MOOC. The same occurs in connectivist MOOCs (cMOOCs).


Higher Ed’s Technology Blind Spot: a Response to Sherry Turkle


We’ve written this article in response to the recent EdSurge. Turkle notes the problem of students who seek to replace meeting with professors in their offices with an email. Most MOOCs, despite the claims of innovation and disruption, consisted of video lectures and text-based assignments. interview with Sherry Turkle, which raised some interesting conversations at our campus, California State University Channel Islands (CI).

What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

The Hechinger Report

Can middle-school students spot “native advertising” (ads masquerading as articles) on a crowded news website? In January, they plan to launch a massive online open course (aka a MOOC) called Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens. Northport, N.Y.,

Educational Crises and Ed-Tech: A History

Hack Education

As the Superintendent William Johnson wrote in an article in The New York Times a week after the experiment launched, So far as possible, fifteen minutes' time is given to each broadcast above the fourth grade. Like a MOOC, but in the school gym. I was a guest at Desmos today.

?A Starter Kit for Instructional Designers


Over the last few years, we’ve traded resources, articles and work samples as we try to build our own starter kit for this fast-moving field. Before becoming too beholden to the particular features (or limitations) of a technology platform, try to think bigger and more creatively about how you can meet the needs of your learners. A 2016 report funded by the Gates Foundation found that in the U.S. alone, there are 13,000 instructional designers.

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: Some Thoughts from ASU+GSV

Hack Education

I’m also working on a magazine article that’ll come out this fall on education technology and venture capital. I don’t want to write too much that will take away from the article I’m writing, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t make a couple of observations about the theses that get formed at a place like ASU+GSV. ” Investors go to the event for private meetings.

Thinking About Research, Innovation, Test-Scores, and Creativity

The Principal of Change

Innovation can come from either “invention” (something totally new) or “ iteration ” (a change of something that already exists), but if it does not meet the idea of “new and better,” it is not innovative. September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon!


Take on One Hit Wonders

Improving Education Environments

My scholarship looks at the shadows of words we use as neutral or benevolent in terms of educational technology: MOOC, innovation, failure, content. Levine quotes Slate’s Rebecca Onion in a way prescient for both his articles and this.


Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” The race for the California State Superintendent is still undecided – at least as I type up this article, it is. ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Meet the New Mega-University.” More robot news up in the MOOC section above.

Can US Higher Education Publishers Leverage a Subscription Model

Kitaboo on EdTech

But how do they compete with resources like MOOCs and OERs that have made high quality course content from respected university professors available for free? It also expanded its multimedia offerings, with a Daily Podcast and more interactive articles.

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Tips for Landing an Edtech Gig—From the EdSurge Jobs Team


Check out our growing list of MOOCs and Courses on the EdSurge Index. Post articles and media on Facebook, Twitter, etc that is useful and interesting to your followers. The most important tip for these coffee or drink meetings is to do your homework. Looking for a job can be daunting, particularly if you are pivoting to a new role or switching industries, like those folks coming into the edtech space.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

The implication, according to one NYT article : “the digital gap between rich and poor kids is not what we expected.” The real digital divide, this article contends, is not that affluent children have access to better and faster technologies. (Um,

Education's Online Futures

Hack Education

And then there were MOOCs , of course, and all those predictions and all those promises about the end of college as we know it: “MOOCs make education borderless, gender-blind, race-blind, class-blind and bank account-blind” and similar fables. Although no, to be clear, we are not on track for half of high school classes to be online or for higher education to be replaced by Udacity, and no, MOOCs have not transformed higher ed into some magical meritocracy.).


Education Technology and the Promise of 'Free' and 'Open'

Hack Education

The Rebranding of MOOCs. Remember 2012 , “ The Year of the MOOC? Remember in 2012 when the media wrote about MOOCs with such frenzy, parroting all these marketing claims and more and predicting that MOOCs were poised to “ end the era of expensive higher education ”? Along the way, most of the predictions and promises have been broken: Attending a MOOC now often costs money ; receiving a certificate certainly costs money.


Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Thank God we spent the last 20 years paying a dozen middle-aged white men to rehash the same articles on how political correctness on campus is the true threat to free speech [link] — Dara Very Rude Elevator Screamers Kaye (@DaraKaye) October 29, 2018. ” “Who’s Meeting With DeVos ? Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”).

Learning Revolution Free PD - Google Summit - Student App Development - Maker Education - Reinventing Higher Ed

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other member of the community in regular "live" web meetings. Magnets Join Race to Replace Transistors in Computers Creating an Ever-Flexible Center for Tech Innovation Canvas Network Announces Minecraft MOOCs and App in a Suite of 15 MOOCs for K-12 Teachers, Students and Parents MIT Team Turns 6.9 A recent article by T.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” The University of Iceland has joined edX. Via Inside Higher Ed : “After a special meeting of the University of Michigan Board of Regents, the university announced late Tuesday that it would permit – if certain conditions are met – the white supremacist Richard Spencer to appear on campus.” (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Gotta keep that MOOC hype alive. “ MOOCs Find a New Audience with On-Campus Students,” Edsurge claims. Remember: robots for the elderly share a direct connection to MOOCs replacing higher ed.).

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“I may be one teacher but I’m no longer going to stay silent about the things important to my country and world of education. I love my students and as I look at children everywhere, I want them to have teachers who love teaching and who love them.” – Vicki Davis, USA

Daily Edventures

My local community (Albany, Georgia) was rocked with a cheating scandal to which I responded in a Washington Post article. I want teachers to know that there are many creative ways to meet standards and think this is a great place to do that.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via the Phoenix New Times : “Meet the Creationist Helping to Change Arizona School Standards on Evolution.” There’s also an article on financial aid and cybersecurity in the data and surveillance section below. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). There’s more MOOC news in the contests and competition section below.


The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

Hack Education

Every year since 2010, I’ve undertaken a fairly massive project in which I’ve reviewed the previous twelve months’ education and technology news in order to write ten articles covering “the top ed-tech trends.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. “Meet The New California Counterculture: College Republicans ” by the incredible Scaachi Koul. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). So much MOOC news! (Or “ MOOCs Are Global. Also via Edsurge : “How Harvard Is Trying to Update the Extension School for the MOOC Age.”


Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via NPR : “Meet Jin Park , The First DACA Recipient Awarded A Rhodes Scholarship.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” “Stop Asking About Completion Rates: Better Questions to Ask About MOOCs in 2019,” says Edsurge.

'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

Hack Education

” I’ve looked at how for-profit colleges , MOOCs , and learn-to-code companies have tapped into these narratives in order to justify their products and services. These have all been separate articles in each series. I’ve already made references to for-profit higher education in the second and third articles in this year-end series – on the “ innovation gospel ” and on the business of student loans.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” The proposal would expand the gainful employment rule to all schools that receive federal aid, but it would remove any penalties for schools that fail to meet acceptable levels. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). It’s baaaaack: “Return of the MOOC ,” The City Journal tells us. MOOCs weren’t really MOOCs either.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via The New York Times : “Meet Zora, the Robot Caregiver.” I don’t subscribe, so I can’t see if the article actually explains how flawed the idea of “reading levels” actually are.

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