Will COVID-19 Lead to Another MOOC Moment?


Large-scale courses known as MOOCs were invented to get free or low-cost education to people who could not afford or get access to traditional options. Duke University was one of the first institutions to draw on MOOCs in response to the novel coronavirus. Coursera decided to expand free access to a wider audience, for a limited time, so that they can make use of MOOC content in their teaching. Other MOOC providers are making similar offers.


The Future of MOOCs Must Be Decolonized


So much so, the New York Times even dubbed 2012 the “ Year of the MOOC.” Advocates for the courses would point a finger at the unaffordability of traditional education, promising that MOOCs could offer cheaper, more innovative alternatives. Since their glory days only a few years ago, MOOCs have been on the receiving end of much critique, and the false promises of democratizing education through simply connecting to the internet have been severely slashed.


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Article in Journal ‘Science’ Argues MOOC Participation is Declining as Providers Pivot


What lessons can be learned from the rise and pivot of MOOCs, those large-scale online courses that proponents said would disrupt higher education? An article this week in the prestigious journal ‘Science’ explores that question, digging into six years of data from MOOCs offered by Harvard University and MIT on the edX platform launched by the two universities. In fact, completion rates for MOOCs in the study declined. So MOOCs have not disrupted higher education.


MOOCs for Professional Development - #TCEA15


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? Why are we encouraging the use of MOOCs? MOOC professional development TCEA2015


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. 7.MOOCs follow the model of Facebook or Google by giving away their product in exchange for data and advertisements, eventually for money. 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


Student Get to Know You Image Stickers Activity

Teacher Reboot Camp

Throughout the past 8 years, I have designed several online courses and MOOCs. I noticed this activity has become super popular in many online course; therefore, for The Goal-Minded Teacher MOOC ( #EduGoalsMOOC ), I decided to try another activity in case I had participants who had taken my previous courses. Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and other popular mobile apps make it super easy for users to add stickers and emojis to their images.

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9 Reasons You Should Join the Free Goal Minded Teacher Online Course!

Teacher Reboot Camp

We will share and meet regularly on our Facebook group, Twitter (#EduGoalsMOOC), and through weekly live events (expert panels on Google Hangouts). Events Holidays PLNs Teacher Development Reflections 30 Goals digital badges elearning free online courses MOOC moocs teacher professional development“The whole being of any teacher is within our hearts. Although education prepares us to teach, it is the love of learning that sustains us.”-

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The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting February 27, 2017 #IMMOOC

The Principal of Change

Join the Facebook group. September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon! How do you move from “pockets of innovation” to a “culture of innovation”? How do we start to innovate inside of the box? What does innovation mean for education, and should every educator be an innovator?


MOOC-Ed: Coaching Digital Learning, Unit 2 Reflection


Here is my Unit 2 reflection for the MOOC-Ed, Coaching Digital Learning: Cultivating a Culture of Change. I enjoy using Facebook because it allows me to easily connect with other educators from my school and community. I also think that by connecting with my peers through Facebook , we have developed more personal connections as well. Follow Michael''s board Coaching Digital Learning, #CDL_MOOCed on Pinterest. Digital edtech Learning mooc MOOC-Ed


Coursera’s Rick Levin On the Evolution of MOOCs and Microcredentials


The venture-backed startup based in Mountain View (near all those online giants like Google and Facebook) has partnered with more than 150 colleges and universities around the world (including the old and famous ones like Princeton and Yale). 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.

MOOC-Ed: Coaching Digital Learning, Unit 5 Reflection


Unit 5 of the Coaching Digital Learning MOOC-Ed focused on Digital Citizenship. Facebook might have some creepers and inappropriate pictures, block it. Websites like Youtube, and Social Networks like Facebook and Twitter can be used for learning, if used and taught appropriately. Follow Michael''s board Coaching Digital Learning, #CDL_MOOCed on Pinterest. Coach Digital Learning mooc MOOC-Ed


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


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.

Friday 5 — 7.3.2015

Perry Hewitt

Notable findings include that a clear majority of 58% seniors now use the internet — while the overall percentage is lower, it’s rising quickly (see also: Facebook). The first few years of widespread access to MOOCs have created a data trove for researchers. The first one: MOOC students are diverse, but trend toward autodidacts. Friday Five age Friday5 harvard HBR marketing moocs online learning research search

Twitter and the death of distance

Learning with 'e's

My own father, now 84 years old, started a Facebook account so he could keep in touch with distant relatives in such places as New Zealand and Australia. Many of us regularly communicate with multiple Twitter and Facebook friends and acquaintances instantaneously even though they may be in another country. Distance Education social media relationships MOOCs Twitter FaceBook It''s something we already know, or at least have suspected for a long time.

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!

Digital Writing Month: Striving for Inclusion in Open Online Learning


I’ve been working for some time on ideas of inclusion & ( in)equality in open education, and of the possibility of a postcolonial MOOC (with Shyam Sharma ), and gathering ideas from others on how to envision a more inclusive, diverse and equitable open online learning experience. If you are not on Twitter, you are still welcome to check out our website any time, subscribe for email updates , add yourself to the roster , or join our Facebook page or G+ group.

New Teachers Won’t Save Us

The Thinking Stick

How to handle a situation in which a parents sends you a DM on Facebook about their child (yes they can…yes it happens). Are they studying new and emerging learning theories like Connectivism that was written and has been around since 2005 and is the foundation to what MOOC s are based on. We can do better… Random Thoughts COETAIL Connectivism gamification mooc presentation reverse instruction

8 EdTech Trends to Watch Out for This 2020

Ask a Tech Teacher

Much like how social media giants Facebook and Twitter are utilizing our digital footprints to better understand consumer behavior, teachers are also turning to data analytics to learn more about their students. MOOCs. As always, education is changing.

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Online Learning Does Not Mean Sans Engagement

Fractus Learning

They want what they get on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other informal learning online communities, they want the face-to-face, human element. College Discussion MOOCWhile educators and learners in classroom-based courses have already discovered the benefits of using engagement as a part of education, the power of online is yet to be fully realized. – Rita-Marie Conrad, J. Ana Donaldson, 2011, Engaging the Online Learner.

Pioneer of Ed-Tech Innovation Says He’s Frustrated by Disruptors’ Narrative

Wired Campus

George Siemens is a key innovator in higher education, having coined the term “MOOC” and worked to study the effectiveness of online learning. It has given us Facebook and Silicon Valley and the drivers of U.S. Badges and Credentials Distance Education MOOCs Online Courses TeachingSo it’s no surprise that he was invited to a recent closed-door gathering at the White House to discuss “innovation and quality in higher education.”.

In June, a Unique Chance for Educators to Renew, Remix, Reimagine at CLMOOC

Educator Innovator

Infuriated by recent news that Facebook had conducted secret psychology tests on its users, Assistant Professor of Education Ian O’Byrne of the University of New Haven created a satirical digital game called Facepalm. So who is the MOOC designed for? Educator Innovator Blog #clmooc #connectedlearning moocSign up today for the 2015 CLMOOC! During the first Connected Learning Massive Open Online Collaboration (CLMOOC), in 2013, participants were encouraged to make a map.

Tools That Limit Distraction May Raise Student Performance in Online Classes

Wired Campus

He examined the online behavior of 657 students who participated in a nine-week MOOC on statistics offered by Stanford University. The commitment tool allowed students to set a daily limit on the amount of time they wanted to spend on distracting destinations, like Facebook, BuzzFeed, or shopping websites. MOOCs Online Courses For students taking courses online, the endless distractions of the Internet can be a hindrance to success.

False frontiers

Learning with 'e's

You could see where we might place formal learning using a VLE, or where students might meet to chat using Facebook, for example. With the increasing popularity of such movements as the Flipped Classroom , and Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs), other more radical formal learning space configurations are taking place. MOOCs take learning even farther away from the classroom. Technology spaces education classroom MOOCs collaborative learning school flipped classroom

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The #InnovatorsMindsetMOOC (September 2016)

The Principal of Change

A Facebook group, Twitter hashtag (used for a slow chat), will be spaces that will be led by the moderators. Suggested that you can connect on both Facebook or Twitter, although one is sufficient if it becomes overwhelming. Providing Instructional Leadership #innovatorsmindset #InnovatorsMindsetMOOC educational mooc innovators mindset online book study

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


Facebook Argument : Students consider the relative strength of evidence that two users present in a Facebook exchange. News on Facebook : Students identify the blue checkmark that distinguishes a verified Facebook account from a fake one. You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning.

Digital Writing Month: Striving for Inclusion in Open Online Learning


I’ve been working for some time on ideas of inclusion & ( in)equality in open education, and of the possibility of a postcolonial MOOC (with Shyam Sharma ), and gathering ideas from others on how to envision a more inclusive, diverse and equitable open online learning experience. If you are not on Twitter, you are still welcome to check out our website any time, subscribe for email updates , add yourself to the roster , or join our Facebook page or G+ group.

Daphne Koller Bids Farewell to Coursera, Hello to Calico


Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller has ridden the MOOC craze as the company’s CEO and later president. The company grew—in Ng’s words—“faster than Facebook,” reaching 1.7 million users in less than a year and leading some to proclaim 2012 “the year of the MOOC.” MOOC providers claimed they were democratizing education by increasing access and affordability high-quality courses taught at schools like Harvard and MIT.

The future of education in 2016, from the sharing economy to BYOD: my Future Trends Forum recording and materials

Bryan Alexander

Educational technology : I noted stories about MOOCs growing, social media, 3d printing stretching across the curriculum, brainstorming about VR and automation. Patrice (Cornell University) raised two topics: data analytics for learning, and MOOCs based on sustainability activism. An example of the latter is Cornell’s “ Reclaiming Broken Places: Introduction to Civic Ecology ” MOOC. Last week I led a new Future Trends Forum with a twist.


What Is An Asynchronous Learning Community?

TeachThought - Learn better.

facebook groups or something similar) ‘need’ functional technology (e.g., What Is An Asynchronous Learning Community? by Terry Heick. What Is Asynchronous Learning?

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Makerspace Educators Need Professional Development, Too

EdTech Magazine

In past MOOCs, authors engaged in Twitter chats, had guest speakers via YouTube, prompted educators to share their reflections through blogs and Facebook groups and challenged participants to create a weekly visual of their learning. Makerspace Educators Need Professional Development, Too. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 08/30/2018 - 13:22. During my tenure as technology director at St.

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“A Blessed Unrest”

The Principal of Change

When I recently saw this video being shared on Facebook, I had to share it myself. August 14, 2015 Closing Our Eyes in the Pursuit of Innovation June 2, 2016 Embracing Meaningful Change at All Levels September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon! In my opinion, Bruno Mars was one of the most memorable Super Bowl half time shows I have ever seen. I have seen him in concert, and he is an amazing entertainer.


Wisconsin considers a massive queen sacrifice

Bryan Alexander

A Facebook group, Save The Wisconsin Idea , has been organized. No sign of, say, expanding distance learning, or drawing on MOOCs. thanks to Peter Sands, Terri Johnson, and John Sener for their thoughts on Facebook). Sometimes a campus achieves a queen sacrifice on its own; other campuses get queen sacrifices thrust upon them. Case in point: the University of Wisconsin system , facing enormous cuts in financial support from that state’s ambitious governor.


How Nontraditional Educators Will Influence Digital Learning #DLNchat


Could the rise in MOOC-based and other certificates affect how traditional college degree paths are designed? Many #DLNchat-ters define them as MOOC providers including edX and Coursera and bootcamps such as General Assembly and Kenzie Academy. a 2017 @indeed study: ‘72 percent of employers think bootcamp grads are ‘just as prepared’ to be high performers as degree holders.’ ” Franzwa added, “Now some of the big tech companies like Facebook no longer require a bachelor's degree.

There is Not Only One Road to Success

The Principal of Change

Katie Martin shared this article on Facebook, with the title, “ Student petition says too much pressure to succeed at Naperville North “ Interested in the title, I read the first paragraph, which stated the following: A student petition criticizing Naperville North High School for putting too much pressure on students to succeed academically quickly gained attention Thursday, and District 203 officials said they are reviewing the issue.


Millennials: The Straw That Will Stir Higher Education’s Next Disruption

EdNews Daily

Beyond coursework, students swim in a flux of data, buffeted by phone calls, text messages, Facebook updates, Twitter tweets, news crawls, and other sources. Another is the rise of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) or online instructional platforms like edX, Coursera, or Udacity. Article Written By: Hossein Rahnama. The conversation regarding higher education has never been more heated.