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. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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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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Ed-Tech Startup Conference Pushes Boundaries

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Over the years, LearnLaunch's Across Boundaries conference has engendered conversations on everything from STEM learning to augmented reality. The 2017 conference in Boston is coming up. The post Ed-Tech Startup Conference Pushes Boundaries appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Augmented/Virtual Reality Coding Educational Technology/Ed-Tech entrepreneur LearnLaunch MOOCs startup Startups STEM

What If No One Seeks Credit for a Credit-Eligible MOOC?

Edsurge

News that Arizona State University and edX have archived 10 of their 14 Global Freshman Academy courses raises questions about the viability and purpose of credit-eligible MOOCs. She suggests that first-year students may need more academic and social supports and wraparound services than a la carte MOOCs provide. It’s not the first time students seemingly have rejected opportunities to gain college credit for MOOCs.

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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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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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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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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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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. There are six questions in the discussion area; these are: What have been the most significant impacts of MOOCs? What have we learned about teaching and learning from the experience with MOOCs? What are the three best articles you have read on MOOCs?

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10+ Ways to Recharge Your Batteries Over the Summer

Teacher Reboot Camp

Twitter Chats, webinars, MOOCs, online courses, online conferences, virtual events, livestreams, Edcamps, Facebook groups, #Hashtags Find your hashtag community! Teacher Tips Tech Tips connected educators online conferences personal learning networks PLNs Teacher Zen virtual events

Implementing education technology by pursuing technology education: Professional Development ideas for educators

Neo LMS

Technology plays a prominent role in the modern classroom. Education technology tools and solutions are becoming commonplace and widespread. As a result, educators must stay on top of trends and pursue ongoing learning in technology.

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. There are six questions in the discussion area; these are: What have been the most significant impacts of MOOCs? What have we learned about teaching and learning from the experience with MOOCs? What are the three best articles you have read on MOOCs?

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

Edsurge

With the two last directors of the federal Office of Education Technology, Richard Culatta and Joseph South, at the helms of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), it is no surprise that the organization is seeking to expand and rebrand. ISTE is traditionally known for its annual edtech conference, which draws as many as 15,000 people each year. Education Technology Nonprofits Edtech Business

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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. Kevin Honeycutt, Technology Integration Specialist, ESSDACK Inspirational Teachers Change Minds and Lives This keynote is an exploration of the importance of inspirational teaching and of building positive relationships with learners.

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. My Instructional Technology Coaching Action Plan. Follow Michael''s board Coaching Digital Learning, #CDL_MOOCed on Pinterest. Coach Digital Learning mooc MOOC-Ed

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Massive Online Courses Find A New Audience With Continuing Medical Education

Edsurge

Instead, MOOC providers see an opportunity in helping medical professionals keep their knowledge and skills up to date after they graduate, a field also known as continuing medical education (CME). EdX, a nonprofit MOOC platform, has similarly been offering courses from universities trying to reach a wider audience of medical professionals looking to satisfy CME requirements. The draw to host these courses on MOOC platforms, Butler says, is the chance to reach a wider audience.

Moving From 5% to 85% Completion Rates for Online Courses

Edsurge

MOOCs, shorthand for massive open online courses, have been widely critiqued for their miniscule completion rates. This does not necessarily make MOOCs a failure. However, since 2012—when MOOCs gained widespread recognition —instructional designers have made significant strides in designing scalable learning experiences that people successfully finish. That’s a far cry from five years ago, when only 5 percent of the students were finishing the MOOCs I was designing.

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Next Week - The Library 2.0 "Emerging Technology" Mini-Conference - All Keynotes and Sessions Posted!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our third Library 2.019 mini-conference, "Emerging Technology," will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 30th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). Tomorrow’s technologies are shaping our world today, revolutionizing the way we live and learn. Learn what libraries are doing right now with these cutting-edge technologies, what they’re planning next and how you can implement these ideas in your own organization.

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.”.

Disciplining Education Technology

Hack Education

I’m a little perplexed by the recent call to create a new discipline for education technology. There are already hundreds of academic conferences and academic publications and professional organizations and published studies devoted to education technology; hundreds of schools offer degrees – primarily graduate degrees – in education technology. ” Education technology is already a discipline; education technology is already disciplinary.

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. I was there for a few reasons, starting with having the fine opportunity to lead a pre conference workshop, followed by presenting on two panels, helping out with a Twitter component, and reconnecting with dozens of friends and colleagues. Let me share some materials here, along with reflections on the conference. Reflections on the conference.

Got Action Plan?

The PL2C Blog

Instructional Technology Coaches Shape Their Future During a MOOC-Ed. In March of 2014, the Friday Institute’s Digital Learning Collaborative launched its inaugural Massive Open Online Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed) for instructional technology coaches – Cultivating a Culture of Change – “just as surgeons see coaching as vital to improving their craft, so should teachers” (Grimm, Kaufman, & Doty, 2014, p. Check out #CDL_MOOCEd.

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Higher education technology predictions for 2014

Mark Smithers

Some new services and platforms will emerge to cater for different forms of learning, MOOCs will evolve and improve and open badges will be hot. The MOOC backlash. Of course I have to start with MOOCs. The MOOC backlash started in earnest in 2013. There will be cheering from traditionalists as more high profile MOOC failures happen and from those that think MOOCs are the only threat to their way of life. MOOC providers will keep on refining them.

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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.

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.

Our thinking creates the solutions, but technology provides many new opportunities.

The Principal of Change

The number of times I have seen it shared on social media, or brought up in conferences has been staggering. Cool technology!” ” I firmly believe that it is our thinking that creates the solutions, not any technology. With that being said, we live in a world where there is a technology that allows us to create these things. September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon!

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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. Our theme for this conference is "What Are We Learning About Learning?" Live chat and help during the conference will be at theconferencelounge.me. We''re still taking submissions for our May 1 Reinventing the Classroom conference here !

Trends to watch in 2015: education and technology

Bryan Alexander

What can we expect in 2016 from the intersection of technology and education? I’m building on previous posts about trends in technology and educational contexts , plus my FTTE report, naturally. Educational technology trends. There are all kinds of reasons for it to, including funding support, state political support, the aging of American higher education students, decreasing difficulties in using technologies. MOOCs?

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.

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. In the November 2016 Executive Summary , the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience.

“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. Leadership and Strategic Innovation People Flipped classroom Khan Academy MOOC The One World School House: Education Reimagined

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

” And I wondered at the time if that would be the outcome for MOOCs. 2012, you will recall, was “ the year of the MOOC.”) Are any education technologies, for that matter? Andreessen’s definition does begin to get at some of the reasons why platforms have been so appealing to investors – ideologically as much as technologically. ” MOOCs looked – for a short while, at least – like they were going to pivot to become LMSes.

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 caught up with him in Barcelona at the 2015 summer EDEN Conference , where he had just given a keynote speech entitled 'The Battle for Open.' I originally interviewed him via text for this blog post ahead of conference, so many were already aware of what he would be saying.

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. Stefan is a professor in the School of Education and Communucation at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. At the conference his key theme was one to one online learning.