Are MOOCs really dead?

Neo LMS

MOOCs have been considered for a very long time a great way of learning, because they are useful, diverse, surrounded by communities and mostly free. However, lately MOOCs have faced several challenges and criticisms such as its heavy reliance on user-generated content which creates a rather chaotic learning environment, and the mere fact that digital literacy is almost always a prerequisite if someone is going to take an open online course.

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To Attract Talent, Corporations Turn to MOOCs

Edsurge

When executives at tech giants Salesforce and Microsoft decided in fall 2017 to turn to an online education platform to help train potential users of products for their vendors, they turned to Pierre Dubuc and his team in fall 2017. Salesforce has worked with OpenClassrooms to create and offer a developer-training course to help people learn how to use the Salesforce platform. But “we have to be way more transparent.”.

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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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Stop Asking About Completion Rates: Better Questions to Ask About MOOCs in 2019

Edsurge

As an instructional designer who has been building MOOCs for the past five years, I’ve been asked this question more times than I count. MOOCs have been called abysmal , disappointing failures. The average completion rate for MOOCs (including the ones I design) hovers between 5-15 percent. Yet, the fundamental problem with this line of questioning is that it inaccurately conflates access to online learning content with access to a course experience.

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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. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The MOOC Semester could fix that.

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EdTechX: A MOOC about Integrating Education Technology from Justin Reich

EdTechTeacher

The course is designed to help educators think about how to integrate emerging technologies into schools and classrooms and how to evaluate those efforts. Blog Featured Justin Reich #ettipad EdTech Researcher EdX MOOCThis post originally appeared on Justin’s EdWeek blog, EdTech Researcher. Last week MIT kicked off a free new massive open online course called 11.133: Implementation and Evaluation of Education Technology.

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In China’s Silicon Valley, Edtech Starts at the ‘MOOC Times Building’

Edsurge

One sign of that: There’s a 22-story tower in the country’s capital officially named the “MOOC Times Building” that houses a government-supported incubator for edtech companies. The building boasts two tricked-out production studios that any of the companies in the industry park can use to film and edit video for courses. But MOOCs were trending upward back in 2014 when the education incubator was established, so it made a catchy name for the building.

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How to overcome resistance to online education in Higher Ed

Neo LMS

Embraced by some, considered by others only a back-up solution during these exceptional times brought by the global pandemic — that forced many universities across the globe to carry on their activities remotely — online learning has, in fact, its pedagogical consistency and social relevance. Now more than ever we should all discover its merits and use all its potential to reach more learners and give them access to educational programs that are vital for their development.

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What if MOOCs Revolutionize Education After All?

Edsurge

If you’ve ever zoned out during a lecture, or if your students are prone to distraction as you click through your PowerPoint deck, that’s partly because we’re hard-wired not to focus intently for longer than ten or fifteen minutes at a time. Our bodies, after all, were evolved to master survival in nature, rather than staring at glowing bullet points on a screen. The title of the course is Learning How to Learn. They just want to watch me in class."

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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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MOOCs are No Longer Massive. And They Serve Different Audiences Than First Imagined.

Edsurge

MOOCs have gone from a buzzword to a punchline, especially among professors who were skeptical of these “massive open online courses” in the first place. MOOCs started in around 2011 when a few Stanford professors put their courses online and made them available to anyone who wanted to take them. We’re talking 160,000 people signing up to study advanced tech topics like data science. Was this the answer to one of the nation’s toughest problems?

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How to Crowdsource Quality Resources for Adult Learners

Digital Promise

This gap between the need and available educational services has prompted calls for innovative ways to improve access to quality educational resources. We at Designers for Learning responded to this call by inviting instructional designers, developers, and adult educators to join a crowdsourcing effort to develop free open educational resources (OER) for adults with low math and literacy skills. We developed a Design Guide for students to follow.

Join #TeachDoNow Summer MOOC

Educator Innovator

This online opportunity is open to anyone interested in learning how to use Twitter and other media sharing applications to promote social and civic discourse with students and will take place this summer from July 7 – August 17. Weekly activities will center around KQED’s Do Now, a program that allows students to engage and respond to current issues in science, news and the arts. MOOC Ends August 17. View the #TeachDoNow course blog to register.

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Join the MOOC: How to Teach Online!

EdTechnocation.com

Today, I came across a post on Google+ by +George Station about a MOOC being offered through Leeward Community College, a local college in my state, by Dr. Melissa Kaulbach. 2 and the focus is on "How to Teach Online!" LCC mooc online teach tomooc It begins on Sept.

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MOOC Pioneer Coursera Tries a New Push: Selling Courseware to Colleges

Edsurge

Coursera started with a mission to give the general public free access to courses from expensive colleges. Now it is selling all the course content developed for those free courses to colleges that want to use the materials in their own campus programs. But in a new effort announced Thursday, called Coursera for Campus, the company will begin selling access to its complete library of courseware to any college to use, at around $400 per student.

How to Teach Online MOOC: Aloha Discussion

EdTechnocation.com

Author: Mathieu Plourde {(Mathplourde on Flickr) This week marks the beginning of the How to Teach Online MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). What is a MOOC you may ask? According to the Mooc-List.com , a repository of MOOCs across the web, MOOC is " an online course aimed at large-scale participation and open (free) access via the internet. " A MOOC is very similar to university courses but typically do not offer course credits.

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Classroom Management and Parent Engagement: 8 #EduGoalsMOOC Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

We invited two incredible leaders in education to be our guest experts for the chat, Dr. Lynell Powell ( @DrJoy77 ), assistant principal and host of the Dr. Joy Radio Show and Marisa Constantinides ( @Marisa_C ), Director of Studies of CELT Athens (where I received my CELTA) and author of TEFL Matters. Get your copy of Hacking Digital Learning , The 30 Goals Challenge , or Learning to Go. How to Become an Outstanding Teacher !

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. Anyone can register and comment in the discussion area and I would encourage those that are interested to do so. There are six questions in the discussion area; these are: What have been the most significant impacts of MOOCs? That needs to change.

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Meet the New, Self-Appointed MOOC Accreditors: Google and Instagram

Wired Campus

Some of the biggest MOOC producers, including Daphne Koller’s Coursera, may have figured out how to get employers to accept free online courses as credentials: Get big-name companies to help design them. A big question for MOOCs, the free online courses that hundreds of colleges now offer, is whether employers will take them seriously as credentials. We’re getting to the point where we’ll be profitable as a company.”.

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What Is Being Learned From MOOCs? New Report Takes Stock

Wired Campus

The hype around the free online courses called MOOCs has drawn millions of students, who are all essentially part of a teaching experiment of unprecedented scale. A new report, released on Thursday, seeks to answer the question “Where is research on massive open online courses headed?” ” The report is the work of the MOOC Research Initiative, funded with more than $800,000 in grant support by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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

Teacher Reboot Camp

Although education prepares us to teach, it is the love of learning that sustains us.”- I am excited to announce that after a year collaborating with INTEF (Instituto Nacional de Tecnologías Educativas y de Formación del Profesorado) and the Ministry of Education and Culture in Spain, The Goal Minded Teacher: Challenges to Transform Student Learning ( #EduGoalsMOOC ) free open online course will launch on February 13, 2018. Subscribe for FREE to receive regular updates!

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How to Bring Innovation to Campus Without Cheapening Education

Edsurge

Many professors worry when they hear the word “innovation,” or when they see college leaders looking to the business world to upgrade practices on campus, because they fear it will weaken the quality of education. Yet, at the same time, many college leaders are finding that institutions can learn from tech-savvy companies, especially when it comes to kind of creating a culture of innovation and trying new things. But really trying to say "where is the value?"

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

Edsurge

Coursera sits somewhat awkwardly on the border between traditional higher education and the Silicon Valley-forces working to disrupt it. How’s that going? 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. It has been five year since Coursera launched its first MOOCs.

MOOC-Ed: Coaching Digital Learning, Unit 3 Reflection

EdTechnocation.com

For Unit 3 of the MOOC-Ed, Coaching Digital Learning: Cultivating a Culture of Change , we explored the TPACK and SAMR frameworks. These are two great models to help teachers find the most effective way of integrating educational technology. How have you used the TPACK or SAMR frameworks in your coaching work? However, I think both are important and could work together in helping teachers to understand best practices with educational technology.

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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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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. Anyone can register and comment in the discussion area and I would encourage those that are interested to do so. There are six questions in the discussion area; these are: What have been the most significant impacts of MOOCs? That needs to change.

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Avoid This Common Mistake When Getting Started with Online Learning

Fractus Learning

So you’re considering moving your face-to-face learning content online. Teaching online can be a great way to reach new audiences and take advantage of the opportunities created by the latest learning technology. But unless you’ve got lots of experience with online learning, you’re likely feeling a little overwhelmed and unsure where to start. Much of what you know about good learning design applies to both face-to-face and online learning experiences.

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

Linways Technologies

A checklist for your institution to follow before choosing a service provider and a solution platform. However, before adopting a technology platform for your educational institution, we need to take a step back to analyze why your institution really need such a product. So to be on the current, institutions should focus on how to engage with the students, how to assure a certain level of quality in teaching-learning, and how digital learning is perceived.

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Think Like an Urban Planner to Create Successful Online Learning Communities

Fractus Learning

But often, when we try to create community online through discussion forums or social media, our efforts fall flat. To avoid this, start thinking of your online community as a mega-city and yourself as an urban planner. In a large city, like New York, London or Sydney, urban planners work to design infrastructure to support a large population. You need both city-wide and neighborhood-level community strategies in order to succeed. How To MOOC PLN

5 critical considerations for CBE and CBL implementation

eSchool News

As schools begin to invest in competency-based education (CBE) and higher ed institutions set up competency-based programs, two of the big questions often unanswered become “is their focus on education or on learning ?” Educators can argue that the characteristics of CBE call for increased attention to learning: clearly defined competencies, flexible time structures for competency mastery, and teacher and faculty roles for mentoring learners, to name a few.

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Creating Community Using Wrapping and Weaving in the Online Classroom

Fractus Learning

As an instructor, you want to act as moderator on course discussion boards. Your role is to not only engage with adult learners, but also help to facilitate and encourage learning. Some additional benefits of weaving and wrapping online dis­cus­sion boards are the following: Builds con­nec­tions and com­mu­nity – Design questions that help to pro­mot­e dis­cus­sion on course top­ics. Allowing learners the freedom to express themselves in the online classroom.

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. And those who took the courses tended to be more educated already – 70 percent of survey respondents had bachelors degrees and 39 percent identified as teachers or former teachers. Librarians at Chicago Public Library (CPL) partnered with the nonprofit Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) to make online education more accessible through this program. .

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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. Share what keeps you up at night and what steps you have taken to foster a culture of safe and responsible use in your school/district. Two of the most important things I try to teach and demonstrate for my teachers and students is Copyright and our Digital Footprint. Its about protecting the artist and the creator and valuing their work and contributions to society.

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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. Maker Party consists of hundreds of meet-ups and learning parties where all kinds of people can teach and learn how to make things on the web.

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What types of questions are you asking?

The Principal of Change

What “iPhone Keyboarding” class did they take to learn that? They were compelled to learn on their own because if you can’t type fast enough, you might be left out of a conversation. So, instead of looking for “keyboarding programs”, why not find compelling ways where students will want to learn to type? Her reasoning was that she never learned how to type in high school, but by using ICQ (uh oh!…Please

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