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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For Best Results, Pair MOOCs With In-Person Support

Edsurge

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) transfixed higher education in the early 2010s, so much so that The New York Times dubbed 2012 "The Year of the MOOC." That year, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched edX, a joint effort to provide interactive, enriching MOOCs to a global audience and make world-class information accessible to all. MOOCs don't require students to sit in a classroom at a fixed time; students can take MOOCs when and where they want.

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Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

Neo LMS

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. MOOCs promise each and every student in this world a front seat in any prestigious university course they have any interest to attend, for free. The online connectivity may not be a really important problem, but MOOCs faced a wall of other, more important issues.

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5 Ways MOOC-Based Degrees Are Different From Other Online Degrees

Edsurge

But in recent years a new type of online degree has emerged, born of partnerships between elite universities and the platforms that support MOOCs, such as Coursera, FutureLearn, and edX. The first of these new MOOC degree programs emerged at Georgia Tech, which partnered with Udacity in 2013 to create a low-cost online master’s program in computer science. Since then, more and more degrees have run through MOOC channels. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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A Proposal to Put the ‘M’ Back in MOOCs

Edsurge

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. Providers can make the MOOC Semester an opt-in event.

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Classroom Management and Parent Engagement: 8 #EduGoalsMOOC Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Today, the Goal-Minded Teacher ( #EduGoalsMOOC ) free open online course Twitter chat took place about the topics, Classroom Management and Parent Engagement. KidsHealth in the Classroom has free health-related lesson plans for PreK through 12th grade. Teacher Tips #EdugoalsMOOC classroom management MOOC moocs parent engagement

#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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Fostering Peer Connections to Make MOOCs Personal

The PL2C Blog

The Friday Institute and Oak Foundation seek to end this anachronism with the Learning Differences MOOC for Educators (MOOC-Ed). Using the guides provided in the course, VPLCs provide opportunities for larger groups of teachers to discuss the impact of changes in practice based on what they learned in the MOOC-Ed; to discover what other peers found was effective, what was not, and why; and to share questions, concerns, and affirmations about their experiences.

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EdTechX: A MOOC about Integrating Education Technology from Justin Reich

EdTechTeacher

The course is designed to help educators think about how to integrate emerging technologies into schools and classrooms and how to evaluate those efforts. Blog Featured Justin Reich #ettipad EdTech Researcher EdX MOOCThis post originally appeared on Justin’s EdWeek blog, EdTech Researcher. Last week MIT kicked off a free new massive open online course called 11.133: Implementation and Evaluation of Education Technology.

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What if MOOCs Revolutionize Education After All?

Edsurge

And she makes the case for why free online courses like hers—which are known as Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs—might still lead to a revolution in higher education, even though the hype around them has died down. But I am beginning to notice more and more when I first did a flipped classroom model, where I had some of the lectures in videos, and then we worked materials in class. As someone still teaching one of these, where do you see MOOCs these days? .

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PLEs, MOOCs and connectivism

Learning with 'e's

Rows of seats still persist in the classrooms of many schools, and direct instruction still holds sway. And this was exactly the guiding principle of the earliest MOOCs. Downes bemoaned the fact that the original Massive Open Online Courses , run in free and flexible, student led ways and owned by students, had been sadly misappropriated by the large consortia, and now hardly resembled at all the first MOOCs of the last decade.

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MOOCs for Professional Development - #TCEA15

EdTechSandyK

Notes from MOOCs for Professional Development Presentation at TCEA 2015 Dr. Kay Abernathy, Lamar University [link] Lamar University sponsored the MOOC on Social Media Communication Tools for Educators which Dr. Abernathy facilitated. You can build up to five MOOCs for free on this platform. link] What is a MOOC? Classroom is one of many hubs where interaction occurs, including blogs or portfolios, websites, social networking sites, and more.

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Still MOOCing Along.

EdTechSandyK

Image Source Used Under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND License Week 4 of the Foundations of Virtual Instruction MOOC I started on June 30th is wrapping up today. By this time next week, I will hopefully have successfully completed my first MOOC. Quick Updates In case you read my post on starting this MOOC , or if you decide to go back and read it, I''ll update a few of my early observations: The 2 to 4 hours per week of work was a pretty accurate estimate.

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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. One of the driving ideas behind MOOCs is that they are accessible to everyone, everywhere, regardless of previous educational achievement, socioeconomic status, or physical location. 12, shows that, generally, MOOCs have not reached such a demographically broad audience. The Futures of MOOCs.

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Monetization Over Massiveness: Breaking Down MOOCs by the Numbers in 2016

Edsurge

The modern massive open online course movement, which began when the first “MOOCs” were offered by Stanford professors in late 2011, is now half a decade old. In that time, MOOC providers have raised over $400 million and now employ more than a thousand staff. By registration count, Coursera is still by far the largest MOOC provider in the world with over 23 million learners. Even Oxford University, one of the oldest universities in the world, jumped on the MOOC train.

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Pop-Up MOOC – Engagement in a Time of Polarization

ProfHacker

a MOOC on engagement in a time of polarization. But you can read more about this “pop-up” mooc, as well as sign up through Davidson Now , who are providing the infrastructure for the course. How can we make it work for us, online and off, inside and outside of classrooms? It only runs for two weeks, from February 12-26, 2018, and it will certainly be an active and engaging mooc, which I am also excited about, to see how moocs can be done differently.

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Mapping with Google MOOC

Kairos EdTech

I recently took and finished the MOOC on mapping provided by Google. Google Google Earth Google Maps MOOC It was such a great experience. The entire course was available online for free and I was able to earn this certificate from Google. Both of the applications, Google Maps and Google Earth , provide such a robust and solid platform to present information on maps. The most amazing discovery for me was to see how many potential uses and applications these have in education.

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Join #TeachDoNow Summer MOOC

Educator Innovator

The topics to be covered include: civic discourse, mobile technology in the classroom, student safety and digital citizenship, visual communication, 21st century communication and connected learning. 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). MOOC Ends August 17. By Matt Williams, Educational Technologist, KQED.

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Effective Technology Integration: 15+ #EduGoalsMOOC Chat Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Our focus for the upcoming week is classroom management and parent engagement. Join us for the next #EduGoalsMOOC ‘s Twitter chat where we will discuss Classroom Management and Parent Engagement with guest experts, @DrJoy , Assistant Principal, and Marisa Constantinides ( @Marisa_C ), owner and director of CELT Athens in Greece. Spiral transforms any classroom into an interactive learning space.

A different view of MOOCs

Mark Smithers

This morning Richard Grusin posted a series of twenty tweets presenting a highly critical and thought provoking view of MOOCs. 14.MOOCs reduce education to content delivery; online lectures, interactive exercises & discussion boards do not equal classroom education. 16.MOOCs imitate the logic of derivitization, breaking up courses and faculty into discrete parts—a MOOC here and a MOOC there. Educational Technology Opinion MOOCs

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How Harvard Is Trying to Update the Extension School for the MOOC Age

Edsurge

You could call extension schools the original MOOCs. Well, unless you count the students in MOOCs, those free online courses, which are offered through a different division of the university. Yet during that same period, another part of the university, HarvardX, has been running MOOCs, massive open online courses. How do you differentiate what you're doing at the Extension School from MOOCs? They've produced about 100 MOOCs.

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Is It Worth My Time? Learning Differences MOOC Really Is

Educator Innovator

I want to know that the valuable time which I dedicate to edifying myself for my profession is going to have a lasting, meaningful impact on my classroom and each and every individual student in it. The Learning Differences Massive Open Online Course for Educators , offered by MOOC-Ed, part of NC State University’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, an Educator Innovator partner, is exactly the kind of professional development opportunity that is worth a teacher’s precious time.

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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. One thing that I see a lot of interest in at colleges these days are flipped classrooms.

MOOC-Ed: Coaching Digital Learning, Unit 3 Reflection

EdTechnocation.com

For Unit 3 of the MOOC-Ed, Coaching Digital Learning: Cultivating a Culture of Change , we explored the TPACK and SAMR frameworks. I also plan on introducing my teachers to both models to help them realize the potential of the technology they have in the classrooms and at their disposal. Follow Michael''s board Coaching Digital Learning, #CDL_MOOCed on Pinterest. Digital edtech Learning mooc MOOC-Ed

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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. While a wave of courses from prominent universities are now labeled as MOOCs, we''ll drill down on the connectivist roots of the early MOOC offerings and discuss the importance of the differences between them and the current breed.

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MOOC-Ed: Coaching Digital Learning, Unit 2 Reflection

EdTechnocation.com

Here is my Unit 2 reflection for the MOOC-Ed, Coaching Digital Learning: Cultivating a Culture of Change. There are communities for almost every classroom subject, every education related topic, and for every technology device! For example, I manage a blog called "The Teacher Showcase" where teachers can share their classroom projects with others in the school. Follow Michael''s board Coaching Digital Learning, #CDL_MOOCed on Pinterest.

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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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MOOC-Ed: Coaching Digital Learning, Unit 4 Reflection

EdTechnocation.com

In Unit 4 of the Coaching Digital Learning MOOC-Ed , we learned about the 4 Cs of Digital Age skills: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity. In this Action Plan, they have to decide how they will use at least one of the Google Apps to promote and practice effective Communication and Collaboration in the classroom. Follow Michael''s board Coaching Digital Learning, #CDL_MOOCed on Pinterest.

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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. Just because you are an educational institution and your students are creating projects for the classroom does not mean you can use other people''s work and their images freely. Follow Michael''s board Coaching Digital Learning, #CDL_MOOCed on Pinterest. Coach Digital Learning mooc MOOC-Ed Here are my reflection question responses.

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MOOC-Ed: Coaching Digital Learning, Unit 6 Reflection

EdTechnocation.com

In the final unit of the Coaching Digital Learning MOOC-Ed , we learned about the importance of and practiced evaluating EdTech tools and resources, such as iPad Apps and websites with the use of rubrics and evaluation tools. Using an evaluation tool can help teachers to better understand and think about how an app is going to fit in to the classroom. Follow Michael''s board Coaching Digital Learning, #CDL_MOOCed on Pinterest.

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A Flipped Classroom Approach: Tips from 3 Bett Speakers

ViewSonic Education

Have you ever felt that the traditional classroom structure we’ve all grown used to is a bit too limiting for the today’s day and age? After all, with the way technology has become interwoven into our daily lives, it only makes sense that our educational structure adapts to this shift to leverage the power of technology in the classroom. Below you’ll find professional insight into: What is a flipped classroom approach? What is a Flipped Classroom Approach?

Learning Beyond The Classroom Walls

The Web20Classroom

Many students can now obtain full degrees, from bachelor’s to PhD, all from a laptop in their living room, rather than a stuffy classroom in a building named for someone few remember. Traditional colleges and universities are also facing a new generation of learning options through MOOCs. When I decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology, I started out like many students do. I sat down at my laptop, went to Google and started searching.

Technology in Schools – Future Changes in the Classroom.

EdTech4Beginners

They’ve aided the beginnings of ‘flipped’ classrooms – where students view video lectures or read background material at home and spend their class time being guided through exercises, projects, or discussions on the material. The appearance of massive open online courses (MOOCs) mean that it’s possible to study film-making online among other niche topics. Efforts are currently being made to train teachers to handle technologies that aid the flipped classroom.

Can We Design Online Learning Platforms That Feel More Intimate Than Massive?

Edsurge

Teachers spend hours designing and setting up their classrooms. One of EdSurge’s most popular articles described how a teacher used flexible seating to create a classroom that resembled Starbucks, spawning a movement to “ Starbucks your classroom. ” Unfortunately, most massive open online course (MOOC) platforms still feel like drafty lecture halls instead of intimate seminar rooms. How do we make digital platforms feel as inviting as well-designed physical classrooms?

Connected Educators: Power Up Your Pedagogy with ThingLink

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Today I''m excited to be participating in a MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course that is free. Today''s MOOC is part of Chris Long''s University of California Irvine''s course, Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom. About the MOOC This MOOC, facilitated by Chris Long @clonghb , has a course enrollment of over 4,700 educators. Learn more about the MOOC and sign up for Power Up Your Pedagogy with ThingLink on Google+.