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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To Attract Talent, Corporations Turn to MOOCs

Edsurge

A LinkedIn survey of 1,200 workers in human resources and learning development teams across more than 2,100 workplaces worldwide found that the top priorities for talent developers include identifying, assessing and closing skills gaps within their companies.

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Are MOOCs really dead?

Neo LMS

MOOCs have been considered for a very long time a great way of learning, because they are useful, diverse, surrounded by communities and mostly free. However, lately MOOCs have faced several challenges and criticisms such as its heavy reliance on user-generated content which creates a rather chaotic learning environment, and the mere fact that digital literacy is almost always a prerequisite if someone is going to take an open online course.

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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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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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#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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MOOCs: The Prestige Factor (2012)

hem.digital

Buried in the public responses to the news about MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) and OER initiatives from Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Penn, Princeton and others is a deceptively important assumption.

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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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Assessment Over Evaluation in Helping New Initiatives Thrive

EdTechTeacher

Assessment Over Evaluation in Helping New Initiatives Thrive was originally posted on his EdTechResearcher blog on EdWeek. Separating assessment from evaluation is one way that schools and educators can start having healthier conversations about change and improvement.

Who's afraid of the big bad MOOC?

Learning with 'e's

After seemingly stalling for a short time, MOOCs ( Massive Open Online Courses ) seem to be graining ground again. Learning was fun and informal, and learning was often self or peer assessed. Yet many universities remain sceptical about the sustainability and relevancy of MOOCs.

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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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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. Typically MOOCs are known for providing free open content to anyone, often from well-respected universities. There are some movements on the MOOC horizon in the U.S.

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An overview of Outcome-Based Assessment strategies by Dr. Neelakantan P. C.

Linways Technologies

He spoke on assessment strategies in the Outcome-Based Education (OBE) framework. Affiliation to a university is a system where the majority of the assessment is done by some else instead of the teacher. What are assessments and how should we assess student performance.

Join #TeachDoNow Summer MOOC

Educator Innovator

To accomplish all of this, participants and facilitators will be working together as both learners and change agents in an open environment known as a Massive Open Online Collaboration (MOOC). Throughout the MOOC, discussions will take place on a variety of platforms and in a variety of media formats from tweets, to photos, to blog entries, to video and audio, with everyone encouraged to contribute and follow along. MOOC Ends August 17.

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Quantified Learners: Moving Beyond Assessment

TeachThought - Learn better.

Quantified Learners: Moving Beyond Assessment. As assessment becomes more data-driven, however, it’s important that we remember what the real goal of this data should be. It’s not simply about better assessment; it’s about empowering better learning.

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

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. It has been five year since Coursera launched its first MOOCs. And I think we're improving our ability to grade assessments online.

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

NeverEndingSearch

Using everyday digital content, the COR paper and online assessments directly connect to the questions posed in SHEG’s study and engage learners in credibility decision-making around three COR Competencies: Who’s behind the information? Beyond the Bubble History Assessments.

US Edtech Funding Already Nears $1 Billion in First Half of 2019

Edsurge

Rounding out the podium for top dollars raised in 2019 with $90 million is Examity , a Boston-based provider of exam proctoring tools used by colleges and universities, assessment groups, professional certification boards and employers. The U.S.

Defining Your Role as an Instructional Technology Coaches – The 4 R’s

The PL2C Blog

Creating this habit of mind around building strong connections, challenging your colleagues and assessing your progress regularly will define the digital culture you want to see in your school/district. More About the Coaching Digital Learning MOOC-Ed. By: Jaclyn Stevens, M.Ed.

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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. 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. It’s a feeling he had even before the MOOC, and even before he was at the University of Michigan. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

?The Future of Online Learning Is Offline: What Strava Can Teach Digital Course Designers

Edsurge

I realized that I was recording hours of deliberate practice (my early morning runs), formative assessments (the occasional speed workout on the track) and even a few summative assessments (races) on the app. They were incredibly hardworking people, but the ones creating the most significant social impact in the world were also often too busy to finish a MOOC. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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An Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

Prior Learning Assessment for Educators and Industry. Performance Assessment in the Virtual Classroom. Foundations of Teaching for Learning 6: Introduction to Student Assessment. IOC Athlete MOOC via Independent. College Readiness Math MOOC.

Coursera’s New Strategy Takes Inspiration From Netflix—and LinkedIn

Edsurge

It’s part of a continued evolution of MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses. Coursera officials would not elaborate on the new career-service features they plan to add, except to say they will include “diagnostics and assessments and matching,” and that they plan to unveil more of them in September. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

50 Free Online Courses For Educators: Spring 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

Foundations of Teaching for Learning 6: Introduction to Student Assessment. Common Core in Action: Math Classroom Challenges- Using Formative Assessment to Guide Instruction. Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills. eLearning moocs pd Professional development

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On the Hotseat: 7 Questions for NovoEd’s New CEO, Ed Miller

Edsurge

Only through listening can a CEO assess and build a plan that will set the course for the next 1,000 days. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary LearningFormer Xythos and DataHero CEO Ed Miller knows a thing or two about online collaboration and the business behind education technology, which is why we wanted to get a few words as he embarks on his new role as CEO of NovoEd , an online social learning platform that specializes in free and exclusive courseware.

From Purpose To Platform: 4 Best Practices For Teaching With Video

TeachThought - Learn better.

In the last 10 years, we’ve seen it revolutionize instruction (Khan academy, MOOC’s), creative class projects (iMovie), teacher video coaching (Swivl), assessment and now it’s starting to change moderated education […].

Online Learning Does Not Mean Sans Engagement

Fractus Learning

Encourage the Effort Made by Your Students : Use engagement techniques to not only provide, but also solicit feedback from students such as wrapping and weaving of online discussion boards, virtual office hours, self-assessment rubrics. College Discussion MOOC

From “Data Driven” to “Evidence Driven”

The Principal of Change

In my last post, “Common Assessments” vs “Common Understandings” , I was reminded of how powerful comments are on a blog, and why blogging is a hugely powerful tool for not only sharing your learning, but learning from others.

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New learning environments

Learning with 'e's

Our final #EDENchat of 2015 focused on new learning environments, namely MOOCs, flipped classrooms and blended learning methods. Those who participated shared their experiences of MOOCs and flipped learning both as teachers and as learners.

Let your robots do the marking?

Learning with 'e's

Anant Agarwal, president of EdX, (Harvard and MIT''s non-profit making arm that runs MOOCs), says that the software will be a boon to learning online in the future, because it will allow students to rewrite and resubmit their essays time and again, to improve their grades.

#LearningIs everywhere

Learning with 'e's

Concepts such as curriculum, classes, assessment, lessons and 'teaching' are artificial - contrivances that do not occur naturally. 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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Learning comes first

Learning with 'e's

Not only are MOOCs and other open, online learning opportunities challenging more established business models, they are also causing many of us to re-evaluate the way we teach, and to reconsider the very nature of knowledge, intellectual property, copyright, assessment and collaboration.

A growing divide?

Learning with 'e's

The student is then left to think and reflect on the knowledge they have ''received'' and eventually, is assessed on how well they can remember, apply and evaluate this knowledge. digital age education flipped classroom learning mobile technology MOOC pedagogy Technology