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. One thing that MOOCs enthusiasts seemed to forget is that.

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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.

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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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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. What have we learned about teaching and learning from the experience with MOOCs?

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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. What have we learned about teaching and learning from the experience with MOOCs?

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Institutional “Fit” and Educational Technology

hem.digital

Digital Higher Ed Instructional Strategy Learning Analytics Strategy LMS MOOCsAs more opportunities and solutions get thrust in front of academic leaders, they need to combine an understanding of instructional value with a sensitivity towards how these different opportunities will or won’t succeed within the institutional setting.

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.

?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.

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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.

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

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).

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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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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. Widespread public interest surrounds new technologies in the classroom.

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Another glimpse of European higher education and technology

Bryan Alexander

MOOCs… ah, this is fascinating. Once more I saw how the MOOC hype crash is limited to the United States. Presenter after presenter showed MOOC projects under way. On the technology side, almost nobody liked their LMS, just like in the US.

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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. Bonk mentions more MOOC research he did, available at this site.

Picking on great education and technology myths

Bryan Alexander

Myth 4: MOOCS will transform everything. This elicited the first pushback, as some people wrote in to celebrate their use of MOOCs for personal professional development. One chimed in with admiration for the Modern Poetry MOOC. Myth 3:the LMS is about innovative teaching. So gaming beat virtual worlds, and at least one person saw competency-based learning trumping MOOCs.

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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. 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?

The Stories We Were Told about Education Technology (2019)

Hack Education

PowerSchool acquired the K-12 LMS Schoology. ASU ends its MOOC experiment , Global Freshman Academy. Several months ago, I started to jot down ideas about what I'd cover in my annual review of what's happened over the course of the past 12 months in the field / industry /promotion of education technology. For the past decade, I've churned out a multi-part series on the dominant trends and narratives.

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. TL;DR.

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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.

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). By 1977, punk music had emerged as a creative force to be reckoned with.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

In 2013, on the heels of “the Year of the MOOC,” Barber released a report titled “An Avalanche is Coming,” calling for the “unbundling” of higher education. MOOCs are, no surprise, their own entry on this long list of awfulness.

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.

Stale Words and Hackneyed Ideas That Make Edtech Investors Cringe

Edsurge

Yet another LMS. Switching something as deeply entrenched in a school’s operations as their LMS is so painful that it’s basically a non-starter. In fact, a freebie option is emerging as some schools are adopting Google Classroom as a lightweight LMS. MOOCs or General Assembly for country X. 90%+ of teachers hate their LMS/SIS/etc.”.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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. I am working on a project (outside my institution, targeting adult learners), and was asked to provide tips for effective online learning.

Good morning Barcelona!! Jim Groom at #EDEN15

Learning with 'e's

He has set up a number of alternative learning experiences, but most notably, his MOOC on digital storytelling, more commonly known as ds106, has had tremendous impact on what we now consider to be possible with global, networked learning.

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