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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PLEs, MOOCs and connectivism

Learning with 'e's

Downes was speaking at the ELI 4th International Conference on e-Learning and Distance Education held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. And this was exactly the guiding principle of the earliest MOOCs. ELI_2015 connectivism education learning MOOC PLE Stephen Downes Technology

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How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching

Edsurge

After all, so-called MOOCs, or massive open online courses, were meant to open education to as many learners as possible, and in many ways they are more like books (digital ones, packed with videos and interactive quizzes) than courses. The colleges and companies offering MOOCs can be pretty guarded these days about releasing specific numbers on how many people enroll or pay for a “verified certificate” or microcredential showing they took the course.

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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. The on-demand MOOC trend has led to a drastic reduction in forum activity within MOOC cohorts.

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MOOCs Find Their Audience: Professional Learners and Universities

Edsurge

The media started calling this space MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses, a term coopted from a 2008 experiment. The narrative in early days of MOOC space was around disruption of universities. Not all MOOC providers shared this narrative, but this was the one that the media stuck with it. At the recently concluded EMOOCs conference , the then CEO of Coursera, Rick Levin, shared his thoughts on this shift. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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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 are the three best articles you have read on 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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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. A few years ago I sat in a conference session about digital citizenship, and a former FBI investigator talked about the misconceptions of our Digital Footprint. 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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Maker Party and Making Learning Connected mooc to Launch This Weekend

Educator Innovator

After a Department of Education kick-off at the Reimagining Education Conference and initial practitioner learning opportunities by partners Scratch, the Afterschool Alliance, and Mozilla Webmakers, the Summer of Making and Connecting kicks into even higher gear with the launch of Maker Party 2013 and the Making Learning Connected mooc on June 15. Educator Innovator Blog #connectedlearning #reimagineed creativity Making mooc online learning webmaking writing

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A conference about what is sacred in education: 5Sigma Edu Con

iLearn Technology

Hundreds of conferences, workshops, MOOCS, edcamps, professional journals, blogs, the list seriously goes on and on. In short, this is a conference that will do more than inspire you, you will be empowered to launch in your own classrooms, schools and districts!

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.

ISTE Wants to Be More Than Just a Conference. Learn How They Are Expanding.

Edsurge

ISTE is traditionally known for its annual edtech conference, which draws as many as 15,000 people each year. And it is looking to rebrand its annual conference as well, to stress that the event is just one service offered by the group, not the main attraction. For many, what ISTE is doing with online courses may sound similar to MOOCs (massive open online courses), or other online certifications for educators offered by big companies such as Google, Apple and Microsoft.

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Learning Revolution Conference Schedule - Online and Free NEXT WEEK

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our first-ever Learning Revolution Conference kicks off this coming Monday, April 20th, online and free, with a terrific set of keynote and distinguished speakers and a full day of conference sessions on Thursday, April 24th.

Storms over liberal education: notes on the 2016 AAC&U conference

Bryan Alexander

Last week I participated in the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) 2016 conference. Let me share some materials here, along with reflections on the conference. That broke down many different forms Twitter takes in supporting a conference.

2014 Global Education Conference Starts Today - Day 1 Schedule

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Today the fifth annual Global Education Conference kicks off. To see the the full conference schedule in your own time zone, with the direct links to session rooms, go to the conference schedule page. To continue to receive daily conference schedule lists by email, be sure to join the conference network. Follow the conference through Twitter using the hashtag #globaled14.

Library 2.013 Conference Call for Proposals

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This is the official call for presentation proposals for the Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference, October 18 - 19, 2013 (in some time zones the conference will conclude on the 20th). This fully online, participatory conference presents a unique opportunity to showcase the excellent research and work that done every day, with a focus on peer-to-peer presentations.

Announcing the Library 2.017 "Makerspaces" Mini-Conference and Call for Proposals.

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're excited to announce our third Library 2.017 mini-conferences: "Makerspaces," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 11th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

The EDEN interviews: Stefan Hrastinski

Learning with 'e's

In June of 2017, Jonkoping, Sweden, was the latest European city to host the annual summer gathering and once again, I managed to record some in depth conversations with several of the conference plenary speakers, including this one with Stefan Hrastinski.

Three GREAT (and Free) Virtual Conferences Where You Can Attend, Present, or Volunteer!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We have three great world-wide virtual conferences coming up in the next few months. This conference has a short lead time (right around the corner!), The conference will also include an all-day virtual unconference (SocialEdCon online!)

The Free Learning 2.0 Conference: Great Keynotes and Sessions and YOU!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

virtual conference is just around the corner (August 20 - 24 [link] ). is a free conference and is held online, in multiple time zones, over the course of five days. The conference includes an all-day virtual unconference (SocialEdCon online!) The Learning 2.0

4 Reasons to Attend the Ohio Educational Technology Conference 2014: Check Out the Keynote Lineup!

The 21st Century Principal

There are plenty of opportunities to learn more about ed tech at this year''s Ohio Educational Technology Conference beginning this Monday January 27. Here''s the Keynote Speaker lineup for this year''s conference. For more information about the Ohio Educational Technology Conference 2014 visit their Website. Ohio Educational Technology Conference 2014 Web Site. technology professional development technology conferences

2013 Global Education Conference Kicks Off Today - List of Sessions

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

From the 2012 GlobalEdCon attendees: "This conference is a great example on what global means. Jerry Blumengarten The 2013 Global Education Conference starts today! If you haven''t attended our annual Global Education Conference, you are in for a treat! If you are looking to extend your conference experience, here are some ideas. To receive the daily conference schedule, be sure to join the Global Education Conference network. Conference was great.

Conference 2.0 News - STEMxCon Deadline, Connected Educator Month, Reform Symposium, Library 2.013, and More

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We hope that, wherever you are, our peer and practitioner-driven professional development conferences make a difference for you. Conference 2.0" So we encourage you to be brave and to consider presenting at one of the following conferences. Lab''s "Conference 2.0"

Worldwide, Online, and Free - The Library 2.013 Conference Starts Friday

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The conference is once again being held entirely online around the clock in multiple languages and time zones. We have 146 accepted conference sessions and ten keynote addresses. There are eight conference strands covering a wide variety of timely topics, such as MOOCs, e-books, maker spaces, mobile services, embedded librarians, green libraries, doctoral student research, library and information center "tours," and more!

Got Action Plan?

The PL2C Blog

Instructional Technology Coaches Shape Their Future During a MOOC-Ed. Based on context and role, participants used the ITCAP template to create their personal coaching vision and goals, along with specific activities and steps extrapolated from the weekly MOOC-Ed content and their experiences.

Conference 2.0 News - Homeschooling, STEMxCon, Library 2.013, Education Film Festival, Reinventing K12, & More

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This is an update of the worldwide virtual conferences from Web 2.0 homeschooling and independent learning conference, the super-exciting STEMx conference in September, the " future of libraries " (Library 2.013) conference in October, GlobalEdCon 2013, and more! 2013 WORLDWIDE HOMESCHOOL CONFERENCE August 23 - 24, 2013 [link] We''ve just announced the inaugural worldwide Homeschool Conference. More information on the conference site.

2013 School Leadership Summit - Update on the Free Virtual Conference / Submit Your Presentation Proposal!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

If you haven''t participated in one of my other massive, peer-to-peer conferences , they are a blast (they are more than MOOCs, really, maybe HOOPs? Highly Open Online and Participative conferences?).

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How a Parody Twitter Account Helps Decode the Hulking Educause Conference (And What to Expect This Year)

Edsurge

It’s time once again for The Hulk of edtech conferences— Educause , which kicks off fully on Wednesday in Anaheim, Calif. When he first started the account in 2010, he told no one, and he snuck to corners of the conference center so no one would catch him in the 140-character act. A key folly: “It’s the whole concept of the conference where we’re going to vendor parties and they’re wining and dining us and at the same time that money is what we’re paying them as vendors.”.

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Conference 2.0 Updates - STEMxCon Proposals Open, Library 2.013 Acceptances, GlobalEdCon Updates, OZeLive, & More

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This is an update of the worldwide virtual conferences from Web 2.0 We''ve been calling them "Conference 2.0," but I''m thinking instead of calling them SMOOChes --Synchronous and Massive Open Online Collaborations. News and Information : As this is the first year of the conference, we''re working hard to reach out to all organizations involved in STEMx endeavors, and encourage you to become a conference partner (it''s free, and comes with some benefits!).

Learning Revolution Free Events - The Conference - Next Up #Reinvent14 - Appreciative Inquiry and AERO

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We want YOU to present at the Reinventing the Classroom conference on May 1st - all about the impact of ed tech on the classroom experience. If you''re going to ISTE or live in Atlanta, don''t miss ISTE Unplugged , our set of fun activities around the annual ISTE conference.

Open warfare #eden15

Learning with 'e's

Martin is well known for his work around digital scholarship and his various research into the use of MOOCs and other open education approaches at the British Open University. I asked him about the future of MOOCs and other open courses, and we also discussed the concept of open scholarship.

“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

I had the honor of introducing him on stage at a conference for Microsoft employees, as well as at the Global Education Partners Summit. Khan touched on trends in education technology such as MOOCs and the flipped classroom – concepts we’ve explored here many times.

“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

I had the honor of introducing him on stage at a conference for Microsoft employees, as well as at the Global Education Partners Summit. Khan touched on trends in education technology such as MOOCs and the flipped classroom – concepts we’ve explored here many times.

Learning Revolution Newsletter - Week's Events - OZeLive Conference Starts - Michael Stephens, Pam Moran, and Ira Socol Highlighted Videos

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Reminder that this weekend is the inaugural OZeLive -- an Australia / New Zealand timezone friendly Ed Tech conference. Learning Revolution Conferences. Next week we''ll be announcing twin Learning Revolution conferences -- one online, and one in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Other new conference dates to add to your calendar. Join us virtually as well for a one-day worldwide conference on Reinventing the Classroom on May 1st.

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10Q: Martin Weller - the battle for open

Learning with 'e's

This time, I''m very happy to interview two of the keynote speakers for the EDEN 2015 conference , which will be held in Barcelona. blogs, social media, learning objects, OERs, MOOCs, etc in this period. 5) What is your response to the criticism of MOOCs (e.g.

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Open all hours #EDEN15

Learning with 'e's

Martin Weller's keynote presentation at EDEN 2015 Conference was entitled 'The battle for open.' As with the green movement, openness now has a market value and is subject to new tensions, such as venture capitalists funding MOOC companies.

#EDEN15 BCN

Learning with 'e's

Barcelona - the home of Gaudi This year's EDEN annual summer conference kicks off in beautiful Barcelona later today with a welcome event and the awarding of several EDEN Fellowships. eden15 education learning MOOCs open education resources personal learning Technology

Networked pedagogy

Learning with 'e's

I had the pleasure of meeting Michael face to face a week or so later when I keynoted the Future of Higher Education conference in Sydney, and we were able to continue our conversation.

On Research – a #dLRN15 (and beyond) reflection

Improving Education Environments

The conference wrestled with this, both in discourse during the final session as well as on the Twitter backchannel. There is a lot of MOOC research at #elearnconf, which was shocking to me to be honest. Main #dlrn #elearnconf keynote MOOC psychology research solutionism

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