MOOCs: The Prestige Factor (2012)

hem.digital

Buried in the public responses to the news about MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) and OER initiatives from Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Penn, Princeton and others is a deceptively important assumption. Prestigious University = High Quality Digital Instructional Materials?

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The Fans, Fanboys, and Fanatics of OER

Doug Levin

K-12 context, including issues of accessibility , the copyright that should get assigned to teacher-created materials , and interoperability gaps and needs. K-12 context, individual teacher’s choices about instructional materials are constrained by district and state policy anyway.

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How to Crowdsource Quality Resources for Adult Learners

Digital Promise

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 conceived of this crowdsourced design project as part of a massive open online course (MOOC) on Canvas Network and sought out an all volunteer team of designers, facilitators, and subject matter experts to help us. The Need.

Production Value in Online Higher Education

hem.digital

In 2012, during a rare moment of clarity, I wondered aloud about the possible impact on the institutional reputation of academics choosing to post their instructional materials online, including lecture videos, for all the world to see. Son of MOOC.

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If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER: The Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

These are purchasing programs in which “institutions are signing up whole classes of students to automatically receive digital course materials at a discounted rate, rather than purchasing individually.” Errors in materials cannot be corrected in a timely manner.

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?A Starter Kit for Instructional Designers

Edsurge

alone, there are 13,000 instructional designers. Instructional design is experiencing a renaissance. But I’ve come to believe that contemporary instructional design sits at the intersection of three core disciplines: learning science, human-centered design, and digital marketing. Most people with “instructional design” in their job title are involved in converting “traditional” written curriculum or in-person teaching into an online course.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “Should Online Courses Go Through ‘Beta Testing’?” NPR on MOOC Micromasters. ” Via Education Week : “ New Online Tool Aims to Help K–12 Leaders Choose Instructional Materials.” ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Study challenges the myth that digital instruction costs less – both for students and for the colleges producing the courses.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). The company, which provides public radio and related instructional materials to classrooms, has raised $1.55 Education Politics. “ U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. Statement on the Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.” ” Via The Atlantic: “ The Challenge of Educational Inequality.” ” Via NPR : “The U.S.