Get Your MOOC On!

The Web20Classroom

Wikipedia defines MOOC as "an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user fora that help build a community for students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs)." 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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Much Ado About MOOCs: Where Are We in the Evolution of Online Courses?

Edsurge

A lot has changed since 2012 or, the year the New York Times dubbed the "Year of the MOOC." Today, many MOOC providers now charge a fee. And popular providers like Coursera and edX are increasingly partnering with colleges and universities to offer MOOC-based degrees online. So, seven years after the “Year of the MOOC,” we’re wondering: Where are these courses and companies today? So the rate at which new users are coming into the MOOC space is decreasing.

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It’s 2020: Have Digital Learning Innovations Trends Changed?

Edsurge

In early 2017, organizations that have focused on digital learning came together to better leverage their strengths and capacities for a common goal: improving student success.

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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.

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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. What benefits for student learning do you see in integrating communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity into your school culture? I think the most important benefit for students in integrating the 4 C''s in their learning is that it prepares them for the world ahead.

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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. Unit 2 focuses on the development of your PLN (Professional Learning Network) and becoming a "Connected Educator". What do you see as the most important advantages of adding social media tools to your personal learning network? Each social media tool provides its own advantages to any PLN. Digital edtech Learning mooc MOOC-Ed

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Classroom Management and Parent Engagement: 8 #EduGoalsMOOC Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Get your copy of Hacking Digital Learning , The 30 Goals Challenge , or Learning to Go. Find a list of recommended parent engagement web tools here. Teacher Tips #EdugoalsMOOC classroom management MOOC moocs parent engagementToday, the Goal-Minded Teacher ( #EduGoalsMOOC ) free open online course Twitter chat took place about the topics, Classroom Management and Parent Engagement.

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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12+ Missions Covering Various K12 Content for Meaningful Learning

Teacher Reboot Camp

Students all over the world have access to knowledge, resources, and experts to help them learn in rich ways and accomplish great things. In my book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies with EdTech Missions , I introduce mission minded learning. Students are presented with a choice of digital missions with real world impact instead of typical homework or tasks. Get your copy of Hacking Digital Learning , The 30 Goals Challenge , or Learning to Go.

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Effective Technology Integration: 15+ #EduGoalsMOOC Chat Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Recommended free web tools from the chat are Flipgrid , Seesaw , Buncee , GetKahoot and Spiral. Get your copy of Hacking Digital Learning , The 30 Goals Challenge , or Learning to Go. Places To Find Research On Technology & Language Teaching/Learning. Hybrid Pedagogy – An open-access journal of learning, teaching, and technology. Digital literacy 1: What digital literacies? 3 things you should know about digital literacies.

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. One of the these tools is +Kathy Schrock ''s iPad App Evaluation Form. What challenges have you faced in selecting the appropriate digital resources for your own use or other’s use?

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Is It Worth My Time? Learning Differences MOOC Really Is

Educator Innovator

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. Okay there are five steps for this learning experience…” You go through all five steps, checking for questions all along the way.

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U. of Michigan Hints at Growth Plans for Office of Academic Innovation

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We’ve had a lot of success in the open-learning space, driving a fair amount of this growth,” he says. “We’ve We’ve developed this set of teams that creates exemplary online-learning environments and experiences. In parallel, we’ve developed a team that builds tools that enhance the residential learning environment. In the next stage of growth, we’re looking to challenge any misconceptions of the use of personalized learning at that scale.”

Will Net Neutrality Reversal Hurt Digital Learning? As Vote Approaches, Mixed Opinions

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Some education experts have already penned that the vote is likely to pass , potentially raising the cost of accessing learning and student-success tools, prioritizing commercial and entertainment traffic over education and research, and slowing the pace of research and innovation. She believes there’s a lot at stake for higher education if net neutrality is reversed, especially when it comes to distance learning and hybrid education.

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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‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning

Edsurge

What does it mean to be human in a digital age? A researcher, theorist, educator, Siemens is the digital learning guy. He’s credited with co-teaching the first MOOC in 2008, introduced the theory of “connectivism”—the idea that knowledge is distributed across digital networks—and spearheaded research projects about the role of data and analytics in education. Rise of the robots Siemens has both an academic and an industry perspective on digital learning.

Why Emergency Online Learning Got Low Grades From Many College Students

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The following is an edited excerpt from Staying Online: How to Navigate Digital Higher Education , forthcoming from Routledge. Except that many students showed up resentful, taking digital courses only by force of circumstance, and the teaching they got did not always fit the medium.

3 ways new-to-online students can thrive with virtual learning

eSchool News

Digital learning opportunities are widely available and abundant today. From MOOCs to digital study aids to virtual tutoring, there are many ways for students to hone their academic skills while still maintaining flexibility in their schedules. Students can benefit from the availability of virtual learning experiences, not just in augmenting their current learning experiences, but in helping to prepare them for the real world.

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Former Pearson, edX Exec Raises $7.5M to Build AI-Powered Digital Courseware

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The demand for innovative digital learning technology has never been higher. Esme Learning Solutions is banking on artificial intelligence (AI), collaborative learning experiences and relationships with some of the biggest universities in the world to set them apart from the crowd.

Today’s Awkward Zoom Classes Could Bring a New Era of Higher Education

Edsurge

In fact, if we pull back from the immediate horrors of this moment, the move to online learning has actually been underway since around 2010, when universities and private entrepreneurs first began to experiment with Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. So what have we learned so far?

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Massive Study of Online Teaching Ends With Surprising — and ‘Deflating’ — Result

Edsurge

The moral of that tale, he adds, is there is probably no easy, silver-bullet questionnaire that can be asked at the beginning of any online course to improve completion, as some learning scientists had hoped. New study in @PNASNews on MOOC persistence- 2.5

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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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How ‘Learning Engineering’ Hopes to Speed Up Education

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We find no one with a professional knowledge in the laws of learning, or the techniques for applying them,” he wrote. There are widespread beliefs about the best way to teach and learn that have been proven wrong by science, yet they persist.

The Winners and Filmstrips of An (Almost) Decade in Education Technology

Edsurge

Marie Cini is the president of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. I define education technology as any tool that supports learning, digital or not. But today, edtech is commonly understood to mean digital technology. MOOCs. Learning analytics.

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15+ great resources for introducing coding to the classroom

eSchool News

As the world continues to become more and more digital, the number of computer science jobs in this country is rising three times faster than the number of computer science graduates. It’s no wonder that there has been a surge of interest in having students, particularly those in grades K through 12, learn computer science. This has led to the development of many new and exciting programs and tools for students. Must-try apps, games, and tutorials for learners of every age.

Coursera Couple Returns to Higher Ed With $14.5M to Recreate In-Person Learning, Online

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We want to build from the ground up an inclusive learning system for students and faculty, one that can recreate engaging, live learning experiences online,” says Dan Avida. But while ClassEDU is building its education tools on Zoom, Engageli is designed to work on any web browser.

A Podcast for Every Discipline? The Rise of Educational Audio

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Learn more at ed.unc.edu/meite, on IG @UNCmeite , and Twitter @unc_Meite. Some of the podcasters got their start making educational videos or or producing MOOCs, those free online classes that were all the rage a few years ago, but ended up not living up to the hype.

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2U’s ‘Third Chapter’ Begins With a $750M Acquisition of Trilogy Education

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Chip Paucek, CEO and co-founder of 2U “When we think about the trajectory of a learner, from college to a masters program to a MOOC or to a bootcamp, there is a lot of opportunity for universities to play a role across that spectrum and reinvent themselves,” Paucek tells EdSurge in an interview. “If Last year, the company also acquired CritiqueIt, a digital annotation tool, and struck a deal with WeWork so 2U students in its online graduate programs can study in its coworking spaces.

Can Online Programs and Digital Tools Help Students Spend Less Money? #DLNchat

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Can online learning and digital tools help learners save money? On Tuesday, June 12 the #DLNchat community got together to dive into how improving digital learning could help institutions pass along savings to students, and how technology might also help reduce indirect costs for college attendance. Digital learning can support enrollment growth and improved completion rates to lower overall costs for institutions to pass along to students.

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Welcome Your Participants Home | 3 Keys to Quality Online Course Design

The PL2C Blog

By Brittany Miller | Digital Learning Coach, Friday Institute. While it seems ridiculous that such design decisions would be made in the physical space, we have all experienced an online learning website or course that left us with the same kind of feeling this Bed & Breakfast. The entrance of any space in both the physical and digital world should be welcoming, open, and light. Iconfinder is one tool that provides free icon sets.

EdTech Acronyms Explained

EdTech4Beginners

BLearning – Blended Learning (using a range of multimedia and strategies). BYOL – Bring Your Own Learning. CMS – Content Management System (a tool to build websites and apps). FL – Flipped Learning ( click here for my guide to flipping lessons ). LMS – Learning Management System (software that runs and manages educational programs). MLD – Mobile Learning Devices. MLearning – Mobile Learning. NGDLE – Next-generation Digital Learning Environment.

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How to choose the right solution platform for virtual campus management.

Linways Technologies

Here we are talking about virtual campus management solutions or online learning management solutions that can essentially digitize the teaching-learning. Learning is no more institutionalized, and people still take courses and grow their skillset beyond colleges or universities.

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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. Time to do away with the traditional syllabus and make it more engaging for your digital learners. Get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or Learning to Go. Piktochart is a free infographic tool. I actually did this for one of my Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). Give digital badges or set it up to where students can level up on a leaderboard !

9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

Tom Murray

As shared in my previous posts 7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning and 16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools , prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. The Alliance also has run Digital Learning Day for the past five years.

What If Students Are the Biggest Barrier to Innovation?

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For Pickett, it is a struggle to implement new digital learning styles with adult students as many of them are accustomed to traditional lecture models and are dismayed when they don't get what they expect. The student responses contrasted significantly with professors, who reported having positive experiences with the MOOCs and saw many benefits to implementing such technologies. I am not here to get reviews, I am there because I want to help people learn,” says Morgan.

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