Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

Neo LMS

MOOCs: high aspirations and higher disappointments. The above idea is a noble one and massive open online courses, better known as MOOCs , are thought to be the solution to worldwide access to higher education. MOOCs promise each and every student in this world a front seat in any prestigious university course they have any interest to attend, for free. The online connectivity may not be a really important problem, but MOOCs faced a wall of other, more important issues.

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A creative writing MOOC to reclaim MOOCs

Improving Education Environments

Rolin Moe : My newest initiative – a creative writing MOOC. Via All MOOCs. MOOC was a term borne of experimentation and cutting-edge theory, a background it lost once MOOC became synonymous with LMS-based content streams. Love @RMoeJo ‘s notion that we lost the term MOOC, not to mention his research and theoretics around the idea grounds the term. Here is the rationale.

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

Edsurge

That means the service includes new features tailored for use in an academic environment, including plagiarism detection to spot cheaters and integration with existing student gradebooks in the learning management systems (LMS) that colleges use. We’re talking about a potential major disruption to the LMS market,” she says. “We We don’t have all the features of an LMS but what we do have is all the tools to create cutting-edge interactive learning experiences.”

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. Students post the image to their online class platform or Learning Management System (LMS) and let others know what the 3 stickers mean.

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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. There are six questions in the discussion area; these are: What have been the most significant impacts of MOOCs? What have we learned about teaching and learning from the experience with MOOCs? What are the three best articles you have read on MOOCs?

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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. There are six questions in the discussion area; these are: What have been the most significant impacts of MOOCs? What have we learned about teaching and learning from the experience with MOOCs? What are the three best articles you have read on MOOCs?

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The Future of Learning, via Museums #MCN2014

Improving Education Environments

Two of these three institutions have rune MOOCs through Coursera, and the third has been researching emerging models of online learning as well as partnered with Khan Academy to produce video content. The successes of these museums are not because they used a MOOC platform; they are in spite of using a MOOC platform. I also questioned the increasing trend of ignoring the 50% of people who register for a MOOC but never participate.

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

NeverEndingSearch

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary , the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience.

?The Future of Online Learning Is Offline: What Strava Can Teach Digital Course Designers

Edsurge

They were incredibly hardworking people, but the ones creating the most significant social impact in the world were also often too busy to finish a MOOC. University campuses are integrating Kaltura into their LMS platforms to enable students to capture and upload videos. These things are happening in fits and starts across various MOOCs and online courses, but we don’t yet have a seamless, Strava-like platform for learning and teaching.

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Virtual Reality in education brings the future closer

Neo LMS

Virtual Reality in your LMS. This may be a very ambitious thought, but imagine the possibilities of having VR as a built-in feature in an LMS. Nowadays it’s very common for most schools to use some sort of LMS or learning platform for their school activities. Considering the pace at which technology is evolving, this could be something LMS vendors might offer in their products pretty soon. Can you think of other examples to integrate VR into an LMS?

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Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'

Edsurge

In a telephone interview, Phil Hill, edtech guru and co-publisher of the widely followed e-Literate blog , acknowledged that “the LMS is not only part of the university’s core infrastructure, but it also allows faculty and students to use technology creatively in the classroom.” Neck and neck for the top spot in the LMS academic vendor race are Blackboard—the early entry and once-dominant player—and coming-up quickly from behind, the relatively new contender, Canvas, each serving about 6.5

The Content Paradox

Improving Education Environments

It sounds like the MOOC mania of 2012 (the world’s education through video and LMS replaced with the world’s education through less expensive and/or editable textbooks), except this time the open advocates are spreading the platitudes rather than critiquing the platitudes. Reflections content David Wiley Kierkegaard MOOC OER Open postmodernism Reusability Paradox

EdTech Acronyms Explained

EdTech4Beginners

LMS – Learning Management System (software that runs and manages educational programs). MOOC – Massively Open Online Course (an online course which has video lectures, problem solving activities, texts and an online community of fellow learners). The amount of new acronyms in the educational technology world is staggering… and often overwhelming for educators. In fact, this list will be up to date for a few hours and then more acronyms and terms will come along!

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Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years

EdTech4Beginners

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). MOOC is not a new concept in the e-learning industry. Many prestigious universities such as Harvard offers MOOC at minimal or no cost. MOOC also offers group collaboration and feedback through online evaluation. Learning Management System (LMS). E-learning has seen a broad positive shift in the last couple of years.

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Online Learning Consortium 2014 – How We Discuss the Future of Higher Education

Improving Education Environments

I presented at the Online Learning Consortium’s Annual Conference today about MOOCs as a phenomenon, specifically my Delphi research done in partial fulfillment of my Ed.D. The room was interested in the presentation, and I enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the evolution of MOOCs beyond my research and how the expert Delphi panel related to today’s MOOC news when we were talking in 2013.

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

Edsurge

The primary trends identified by the team were: adaptive learning, open education resources (OER), gamification and game-based learning, MOOCs, LMS and interoperability, mobile devices, and design. 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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2016 and Beyond: The Future of Classroom Technology by @MelanieNathan

TeacherCast

A very significant trend likely to gain momentum during 2016 relates to the adoption of learning management system (LMS) platforms to change the way students access and utilize information. LMS Brightspace , an educational platform created by D2L , represents one of the current innovators in this movement. Today, many LMS educational platforms operate internationally, enabling educators to customize the delivery of material to assist learners in a multitude of settings.

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The design and future of open education: Curtis Bonk on Future Trends Forum

Bryan Alexander

Curt began by describing the use of MOOCs for faculty and staff development, with examples such as a University of London effort. In fact, open MOOCs can work for any population, esp. I asked how open learning works for non-professionals, citing research showing many MOOC users are already professionals and/or academics. Bonk mentions more MOOC research he did, available at this site. A new MOOC is about, and also based on, “ Designing a new learning environment ”.

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Technology and Casey Green on campus: Future Trends Forum #3, notes and full recording

Bryan Alexander

We then dove into the learning management system ( LMS in the US; VLE in Europe ). The LMS market is mature, although the tools are immature. Re: maturity, by 2004 there was widespread LMS deployment, but relatively shallow use (relatively few classes, few features and functions used; 80% of activity in 20% of application). Now 65-75% of classes use the campus LMS. What next for the LMS? The question Casey asks is, how to get more value out of the LMS?

Higher education technology predictions for 2014

Mark Smithers

Some new services and platforms will emerge to cater for different forms of learning, MOOCs will evolve and improve and open badges will be hot. The MOOC backlash. Of course I have to start with MOOCs. The MOOC backlash started in earnest in 2013. There will be cheering from traditionalists as more high profile MOOC failures happen and from those that think MOOCs are the only threat to their way of life. MOOC providers will keep on refining them.

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A Devil’s Dictionary of Educational Technology

Bryan Alexander

Can be neatly buried by the LMS. Also known as “development” LMS, n. MOOC , n. A strange new technology, the reality of which can be fended off or ignored through the LMS, proprietary databases, non-linking mobile apps, and judicious use of login requirements. In the dark and satirical spirit of Ambrose Bierce , I offer the first draft of a Devil’s Dictionary for educational technology terms. May it entertain, and all be forgiven. App , n.

Punk learning

Learning with 'e's

For some time, educators have been subverting established methods and turning their backs on institutional tools and technologies such as the managed learning environment (also known as LMS or VLE). The C-MOOC or Connectivist Massive Open Online Course was a free at the point of delivery online learning experience with no limits to the numbers who participated, and where 'students' could choose how, where and when they learnt.

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How—and Why—We Can Improve the Future of Mobile Learning

Edsurge

When Massive Open Online Courses (or MOOCs) were first introduced, people quickly realized these platforms could help students learn more effectively at their own pace on their own schedule. While the mobile migration of learning management systems (or LMS) is certainly observable, there is still room to improve this aspect of education—especially in regard to user interface.

We Are Rockstar Educators

Improving Education Environments

The MOOC phenomenon has led to media pundits and platform developers and their mouthpieces to view teaching from a popularity lens; those at the front of these MOOCs are purported to be regal and powerful by way of their MOOC, the performance on-camera as The Important.

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Reflecting On My Visit to Saint Stephen’s College in Australia: The Learning Spaces #flipclass #edtech

techieMusings

Detailed, step-by-step instructions are posted for each team on the LMS. MOOCs. Sophomores have the opportunity to spend a period of their day learning through a MOOC of their choosing. Their MOOC worktime is an assigned period within their school day. When students are in their MOOC course, they all report to the open learning space, as in the pictures below. There are some suggested MOOCs on their LMS to choose from.

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Future Trends Forum #8, with Jim Groom: full recording, notes, and Storify

Bryan Alexander

In education self-hosting maybe an alternative to the LMS, or a very basic, fundamental element of literacy. Often they haven’t experienced digital teaching, or they were socialized through the LMS and grew used to the locked down experience. Q: Sam from Amherst asked about the LMS for gathering student data. Indie ed-tech means making things suited to a specific need and community, not generic or universal in scale, not everything to everyone, a la the LMS or e-portfolios.

Future Trends Forum #8, with Jim Groom: full recording, notes, and Storify

Bryan Alexander

In education self-hosting maybe an alternative to the LMS, or a very basic, fundamental element of literacy. Often they haven’t experienced digital teaching, or they were socialized through the LMS and grew used to the locked down experience. Q: Sam from Amherst asked about the LMS for gathering student data. Indie ed-tech means making things suited to a specific need and community, not generic or universal in scale, not everything to everyone, a la the LMS or e-portfolios.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

” And I wondered at the time if that would be the outcome for MOOCs. 2012, you will recall, was “ the year of the MOOC.”) It’s not even an LMS, quite frankly – something Edmodo tried to use as a selling point for a little while. The LMS has long positioned itself as an “operating system,” of sorts for higher education. The LMS giant Blackboard celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. (I It’s now an LMS too.

Using Transactional Distance Theory to inform instructional design

IT Bill

This approach to online learning has served to help new-to-online learners navigate the online course, learn to use the most common learning management system (LMS) tools, and interact with their classmates in ways that have modeled the traditional classroom.

Longtime Higher Ed Leader (and Former U.S. Congressman) Argues For a ‘Networked College’

Edsurge

You’re talking about the LMS project, Sakai ? And I remember one of the MOOC founders who said five years later, well MOOCs have failed as an educational experiment. The campus of the future will be “networked,” argues Peter Smith, meaning that more and more academic-related services will be outsourced. That, in theory, will allow each campus to focus its energies on what it can do best and turn to outside companies and nonprofits for the rest.

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Tips for Effective Online Learning – Community Edition

ProfHacker

Having informal relationships with fellow online learners is what got me through my master’s degree and every MOOC I ever participated in. It can be a matter of figuring out how to set up notifications so that you are altered when someone has responded to you or posted something new (social media are much better at this than LMS). I am working on a project (outside my institution, targeting adult learners), and was asked to provide tips for effective online learning.

"The Internet Will Be Everywhere and Nowhere"—Dr. Michio Kaku's ISTE 2016 Keynote

Edsurge

Technological minutiae in the classroom carry such immense consequences that it can be hard to think beyond tomorrow’s software update, nevermind next year’s LMS rollout. Dr. Kaku does not, however, envision a world where robots have banished educators from the classroom; he acknowledged the widely-noted shortcomings of today’s MOOC’s. In the daily edtech trenches, the forest is easily lost for the trees.

Storms over liberal education: notes on the 2016 AAC&U conference

Bryan Alexander

I kicked things off with a survey of major technological developments in a very top level way, then dived into specific, currently used digital tools (the LMS, ePortfolios, video, robotics, big data, social media, 3d printing, etc.). I hoped to move on from there to what I called “approaches”, ways of using tech that didn’t depend on a specific platform – i.e., gaming and gamification, blended learning, distance learning, MOOCs, mobile, and digital literacy.

Trends to watch in 2015: education and technology

Bryan Alexander

MOOCs? And the MOOC numbers look like they’re rising. Unless the worm turns globally, I’d expect planet MOOC to keep growing in 2016. The LMS A few themes: first, LMSes trying to resemble the modern (i.e., What can we expect in 2016 from the intersection of technology and education? Here I’d like to identify trends from 2015 which seem likely to persist or grow over the next year.

?A Starter Kit for Instructional Designers

Edsurge

Get a lay of the technological landscape, but don’t let your LMS hold you hostage. Check out the list of global MOOC platforms curated by Class Central, but realize there are entirely different ecosystems of platforms that specialize in corporate training or adaptive learning. A 2016 report funded by the Gates Foundation found that in the U.S. alone, there are 13,000 instructional designers. Yet, when I graduated from college in 2008, I didn’t know this field existed.

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