Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

Neo LMS

Higher education can be considered a luxury for many people worldwide. Higher education in Denmark is free of charge and scholarships and student grants are very much available. On the other side of the spectrum are countries where most of the population can only dream about higher education, because only a few — the elite — have access to it. In countries in this area, higher education is available to anyone — theoretically, at least.

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Practical Applications to Individualize and Personalize Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Possibly one of the most important shifts needed in schools is to provide individualized and personalized learning experiences to students. Learning has fundamentally changed with the evolution of the Internet and other technologies that allow for ubiquitous access to information and knowledge. Image credit: [link] Infusing online learning opportunities should be a given in a digital world.

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

Edsurge

So goes the origin story of many education startups born this year, like ClassEDU, which raised $16 million to put some oomph in Zoom classrooms. It was started by one of the co-founders of Blackboard, now a household name in education technology. Pandemic closes school.

#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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PLEs, MOOCs and connectivism

Learning with 'e's

''Students should be at the centre of learning'', declared Stephen Downes , ''because there is no other place they could possibly be.'' Downes was speaking at the ELI 4th International Conference on e-Learning and Distance Education held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This was one of several sound bites that exemplified the theme of his speech, Design Elements in a Personal Learning Environment. And this was exactly the guiding principle of the earliest MOOCs.

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When Personalized Learning Is a Logical Fallacy

Edsurge

Personalized learning is not a product you can buy — it’s a set of strategies that teachers can implement, sometimes with the help of products that are designed to support those strategies. After pointing out that many of the folks who are investigating “personalized learning”—including both MindWires and EdSurge—have received grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the article goes on to quote grantee after grantee saying variations of the same thing: “Meh.

Twitterize Adult Learning | A MOOC-Ed Experience

The PL2C Blog

In the spring of 2014, a team from the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation launched to first rendition of a Massive Open Online Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed), titled Coaching Digital Learning | Cultivating a Culture of Change (CDL). Through the experience, participants synchronously responded to a series of open-ended opinion questions, shared resources, and celebrated their learning through the hashtag: #CDL_MOOCEd.

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10+ Ways to Recharge Your Batteries Over the Summer

Teacher Reboot Camp

“A key to growing as an educator is to keep company mainly with educators who uplift You, whose presence inspire You and whose dedication drives You.” Now you need to take time for yourself and go on some learning adventures of your own!

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. He quickly began supplementing his education with online courses from Stanford and Carnegie Mellon. complete multiple MOOCs. Usman accepted and has been living in west Africa for the last year working as the Program Lead for Code for Sierra Leone , helping young people across the country learn to code. She holds an MA in Learning, Design and Technology from Stanford.

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The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon! #IMMOOC

The Principal of Change

Thank you for signing up for “The Innovator’s Mindset” MOOC, happening over a six week period. We will begin on September 17, 2016 and finish at the end of October (although the learning will continue long after that). We will talk to diverse educators and hear about their experiences, thoughts on innovation and the book, as well as how they learn, lead and inspire students. We want to inspire you to create, build, learn and innovate within these communities.

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Coursera Is Now a Public Company. What Does That Mean For Higher Education?

Edsurge

Coursera’s founders and CEO rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange today, as the online-learning company became a rare edtech enterprise to go public. And because it’s a pandemic, the event was online and the bell was virtual (perhaps fitting for an online-learning company).

Rwanda’s ahead of the online CBE learning curve

The Christensen Institute

Although practitioners may squabble over the definition of competency-based education (CBE), there is a fundamental core of CBE that centers on mastery, formative tests, and recurring feedback. Of course, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be a wild proliferation of learning pathways that burgeon from those same core definitions. I had the chance to catch up with Chris Hedrick, the CEO of Kepler, and hear about his work on education to employment in Africa.

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

Edsurge

You could call extension schools the original MOOCs. Extension schools were the original attempt by higher education to offer a low-cost version for the non-elite. 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. They've produced about 100 MOOCs.

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What Does ‘Personalized Learning’ Look Like? Video Series Aims to Go Beyond Hype

Wired Campus

An education blog whose authors believe there’s too much hype around “personalized learning” technology has posted a series of video case studies about the trend, hoping to help get beyond overheated rhetoric. The videos were produced by the education-technology blog e-Literate, with the support of a $350,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. ” Distance Education IT MOOCs

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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Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

The Hechinger Report

When it comes to their children’s education, parents are like drug-sniffing dogs. Their changed view — and that of others who shunned Rogers and now want in — is driven by what seems to be a magic educational elixir: personalized learning. Philanthropists, state education officials, reform advocates — even charter school leaders — are examining personalized learning. But personalized learning raises big questions about educational equity.

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? For example, I enjoy using Twitter for the educational Twitter chats. Digital edtech Learning mooc MOOC-Ed

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

Edsurge

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.”

People That Fill Your Bucket

The Principal of Change

Watch this short clip from “Jerry Maguire” : This short clip, says so much about us as educators as well as our students. May 20, 2018 Controlling the Solution September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon! IMMOOC June 6, 2018 5 Ideas for Improving Professional Learning Experiences October 15, 2017 Thinking About Research, Innovation, Test-Scores, and Creativity October 18, 2018 3 Simple Questions To Shape Professional Learning.

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Leveling Up Language Learners’ 21st-Century Skills with Minecraft

Edsurge

How could a game featuring so little language drive this much language learning? In my experience creating projects in Minecraft and running after-school clubs, expert players are always keen to help their novice peers learn the essential skills. We then paired up, and the newbies learned gameplay tips and tricks, most of which was conducted in English. Playing in survival mode, a new player is quickly required to learn the basics. Language Learning and Minecraft.

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The future includes good (human) teachers

The Hechinger Report

He’ learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor,” according to Xinhua News. English AI looks like all the other talking heads sitting at a news desk, but the English-speaking anchor isn’t a person. Last week I sat on a panel as part of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the education think tank Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE).

#EDEN15 BCN

Learning with 'e's

EDEN2015 promises to be an unforgettable event for anyone involved in digital education. Over the next three days, delegates will listen to keynote speeches from a number of thought leaders in the field of technology supported learning, including Pro-Vice Chancellor of the British Open University Belinda Tynan , Maverick US educator Jim Groom , one of the leading lights of the Open University of Catalonia, Professor Albert Sangra , and veteran distance educator Alan Tait.

How AI Can Compliment Educators, Not Replace Them

EdNews Daily

Over the last weekend of July, some of the world’s education leaders gathered at the Ed T ech Asia Summit in Ho Chi Minh to discuss where education is headed in the 21st century. 51Talk (or “China Online Education Group”), China’s leading online education platform and the first from China listed on the NYSE (NYSE: COE), was invited to attend the summit alongside education industry leaders such as Pearson, Amazon, and YouTube.

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OPINION: When it comes to liberal-arts education, online learning changes only the tools

The Hechinger Report

Students have left their campuses, and entire curricula have shifted into distance-learning mode. Things will never be the same in higher education!” Tools in liberal education may be changing, but its essential mission — its core task of empowering the whole person — is not.

Scaling Practice-Based Coaching through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University recently scaled access to professional learning content for educators by taking advantage of the Massive Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Eds) format. But there wasn’t a clear path to similarly scale the personalized, job-embedded support needed to transfer that content into practice. There are people literally from the other side of the world in our MOOC-Eds.

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Customizing Learning to Innovate “Inside the Box”

The Principal of Change

The first question is the following: How many of you in this room go onto your personal social media while you are working? I believe that many aren’t admitting to it because of who is the room, but many also would never do that during the day because they think their personal life should never infringe on their work. Then I ask the second question: How many of you check your work email at home or on your own personal time? Personally, I have a balance of both.

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4 Thoughts to Help You Move Beyond Harsh Self-Criticism

The Principal of Change

I am not saying that we shouldn’t help others, but educators especially, often give so much of themselves that they have very little for those closest to them even less for themselves. I love the following saying: I have learned to say “no” more often as of late without as much guilt as I once felt. Remind yourself that there is a great freedom in leaving others to their opinions, and there is a huge weight lifted when you take nothing personally.

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

The PL2C Blog

The instructional technology coach strives to engage and support digital transitions in their school and district, to empower educators to take ownership of their technology and align its use to curriculum and instruction… but, though we try, at times all we as coaches seem to do is become the help desk for tech support. What does it take to effectively guide educators to use instructional technology to directly support and enhance student learning and content mastery?

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Educational Crises and Ed-Tech: A History

Hack Education

I want to talk to you today about the history of educational crises and education technology. That means, for one thing, you end up with a Secretary of Education or with a prominent investor/philanthropist or governor or pundit claiming that schools haven't changed in hundreds of years.

Disruptive technologies in Education industry

EdSense

From ancient gurukuls to blackboards to Virtual Reality headsets, the way education has been imparted has transformed drastically over the last few decades. Globalization and Technology advances over the last decade have significantly altered the landscape of the education sector. Technology adoption will be the key differentiator to develop future ready generation and the earlier educational institutions adopt this view, they will reap the rewards sooner.

8 EdTech Trends to Watch Out for This 2020

Ask a Tech Teacher

As always, education is changing. Unsurprisingly, technology is also impacting the world of education. While EdTech has been helping schools and other educational institutions a lot since it was introduced, its benefits have grown even more this year. Video-assisted Learning.

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How to Introduce a Young Scholar to Twitter

ProfHacker

[ Maha Bali is Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Her primary role is a faculty developer but she also teaches educational game design to undergrads and ed tech to in-service teachers. I’ve learned from years of trying that nobody “gets” Twitter when you talk to them about it, and that part of the power of it is in the capacity to make global connections to knowledgeable others.

4 Ways to “Jolt” Yourself Toward Meaningful Change

The Principal of Change

Educators (and people) are creatures of habit. Then, many of those same educators work with their students to create the same type of “read off the slide” presentations in schools. One of the things that I truly appreciate is all of the amazing educators on Twitter sharing glimpses into their classrooms and professional learning days, making great things happen as the norm in their schools, not the exception.

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My Top 5 Posts from 2017

The Principal of Change

One thing that I have learned about blogging is that it is a beautiful way to see your growth over time. “, Where he shows a change in attitude toward a practice in education where he once shared an opposite viewpoint. As I was talking to a group of educators this past week, I shared that if you do not look back at the beginning of your career with a little bit of embarrassment, you should be concerned that you haven’t grown.

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Making it personal

Learning with 'e's

For too long education systems have been standardising content, assessment and the learning experience. Clearly, one size does not fit all, and we need personalised learning experiences for our students if we are to prepare them for an ever changing, volatile world. Here's a short video on personalised learning I made for the D-Transform project last year in Barcelona. It will be used in a forthcoming MOOC on the subject of digital learning environments.

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