Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'

Edsurge

From the very start of digital education, the big question has always been: ”How can students learn effectively, if they’re not face-to-face with their instructors?” More than two decades ago, when I was hired at Stevens Institute of Technology, as dean of web-based distance learning—a quaint title for what is now known as online learning—few tools were available to help faculty migrate their on-campus courses online. The LMS market today is valued at $9.2

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. Students have trouble with self-regulation, setting their learning goals and sticking to their learning path.

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Tips for Effective Online Learning – Community Edition

ProfHacker

I am working on a project (outside my institution, targeting adult learners), and was asked to provide tips for effective online learning. For adults learning online, whether it’s for credit or for free, be(com)ing a self-directed learner is key (here’s a quick overview of heutagogy which centers around self-directed learning). Most sites will remind you of the importance of time management while learning online, and it’s true.

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

Edsurge

I became a Strava user in 2013, around the same time I became an online course designer. Why was the fitness app so “sticky” as opposed to the online learning platforms? How could we apply the same practices to learning? I’ve come to believe that one of the biggest misunderstandings about online learning is that it has to be limited to things that can be done in front of a computer screen. This trend holds true across other online courses.

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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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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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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. All three are outstanding (and free), but perhaps the most immediately useful to readers of this blog is Civic Online Reasoning or COR. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning.

The Future of Learning, via Museums #MCN2014

Improving Education Environments

The panel, Centralized, Decentralized, Distributed: Emerging Models for Online Learning in Museums, was hosted by Rosanna Flouty of NYU and panelists were Daniel Wolff of the American Museum of Natural History, Allegra Smith of the Museum of Modern Art, and Emily Lytle-Painter of the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art. The successes of these museums are not because they used a MOOC platform; they are in spite of using a MOOC platform.

The uberization of Higher Education: fad or fab?

Neo LMS

Once technology became part of our daily routine and online learning solutions (MOOC providers, learning apps, learning management systems , etc.) and they can build their own learning solutions. An LMS is an excellent tool to do all these things — and more.

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The challenges and strategies for online adjuncts: Adjunctchat Jan 21, 2014

Connecting 2 the World

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the possibility of all classes going online and MOOC''s (Massive online courses)replacing the traditional classroom. A result has been a backlash in which many still believe that online learning is not as effective as face to face learning (despite the body of work that proves that online learning, if done correctly, has no significant difference to learning outcomes than face to face traditional learning.

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

Edsurge

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

Bryan Alexander

“We are in the learning century!” 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. It’s about self-motivated learning. I asked how open learning works for non-professionals, citing research showing many MOOC users are already professionals and/or academics. One answer is to pick a learning framework.

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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. Look out for rhizomatic learning. 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.

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What Happens When Ed-Tech Forgets? Some Thoughts on Rehabilitating Reputations

Hack Education

Silicon Valley's historical amnesia — the inability to learn about, to recognize, to remember what has come before — is deeply intertwined with the idea of "disruption" and its firm belief that new technologies are necessarily innovative and are always "progress."

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

Bryan Alexander

On February 25th Casey Green and I met online for the third Future Trends Forum. Another persistent trend is challenges caused by growing user numbers and activites, including both generating and demanding more data, online behavior abuses, security threats, and challenges about accessibility. 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. What next for the LMS?

Punk learning

Learning with 'e's

Punk learning (some would call it Edupunk ) reflects that seventies music ethos. 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). Some of the early MOOCs also allowed students to choose their own preferred method of assessment, and spawned many creative outcomes such as global radio with #ds106.

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?A Starter Kit for Instructional Designers

Edsurge

As online course platforms proliferate, institutions of all shapes and sizes realize that they’ll need to translate content into digital forms. Designing online learning experiences is essential to training employees, mobilizing customers, serving students, building marketing channels, and sustaining business models. But they can also be creating learning apps, museum exhibits, or the latest educational toy. Share what you learned.

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Using Transactional Distance Theory to inform instructional design

IT Bill

For the past several years, online learning in higher education has focused on delivering a highly structured learning environment. 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.

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. Look out for rhizomatic learning. 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.

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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. This practice is not necessarily radical,not disruptive, but should be part of the fabric of how we teach and learn now. Users had to learn a galaxy of technologies (DNS, FTP, etc). One participant observed that self-hosting barriers are actually not their IT department but campus administration, some faculty members, and even some e-learning staff.

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. This practice is not necessarily radical,not disruptive, but should be part of the fabric of how we teach and learn now. Users had to learn a galaxy of technologies (DNS, FTP, etc). One participant observed that self-hosting barriers are actually not their IT department but campus administration, some faculty members, and even some e-learning staff.

Trends to watch in 2015: education and technology

Bryan Alexander

Online learning, or the teaching formerly knows as “distance learning” Will this keep growing? There’s now a movement to teach humanities seminars online. Skepticism about the quality of online learning could migrate to the general population. 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.

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

Bryan Alexander

A quick round of introductions revealed some interesting trends: a growing number of liberal arts institutions are launched or growing online learning programs; many sought to find the distinct ways liberal arts institutions, and campuses pursuing liberal education, can use technology. ”, but folks were keen on sharing problems they had in integrating their LMS to a specific ePortfolio program, setting permissions in their ePortfolio, questions of ownership, and more.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. ” And I wondered at the time if that would be the outcome for MOOCs. 2012, you will recall, was “ the year of the MOOC.”) million in venture capital from high profile names like LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and from firms active in ed-tech investing such as Learn Capital. That’s because I now count AltSchool as an LMS.

20 years in e-learning

Mark Smithers

In June of this year it was twenty years since I set up my first web server for delivering e-learning courses. We’ve found out a lot about how people learn in higher education and the technology has allowed us to try things that just weren’t possible before. Other highlights of the last twenty years are the growth of open education, open courses, connected, social and rhizomatic learning. As an aside, I think we have massively overcomplicated online learning.

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Another glimpse of European higher education and technology

Bryan Alexander

A serious exploration of blockchain for academic credentials occurred, led by Chris Jagers of Learning Machine. 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. Anthony Camilleri described publicly funded European higher ed’s MOOC use as “the real use case” for those classes.

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20 years in e-learning

Mark Smithers

In June of this year it was twenty years since I set up my first web server for delivering e-learning courses. We’ve found out a lot about how people learn in higher education and the technology has allowed us to try things that just weren’t possible before. Other highlights of the last twenty years are the growth of open education, open courses, connected, social and rhizomatic learning. As an aside, I think we have massively overcomplicated online learning.

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Interview with Terry Anderson

Learning with 'e's

He is one of the pioneers of online and distance learning, and currently serves as the editor of the influential online open access journal International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning ( IRRODL ). His work around the study of social and cognitive presence in distance learning contexts has been cited many times, and his research has led to a number of high profile keynote speech invitations around the globe. What are your views on MOOCs?

From EDUPUNK to ds106. 10Q: Jim Groom

Learning with 'e's

I think because I started to sound a bit like a fervent preacher when I started talking about teaching, learning and technology. Don''t get me wrong, it wasn''t like MOOCs or anything, but it was a pretty strong response from a simple blog post. None of this happens in an LMS (or VLE), in fact, that systematic design of that system is anathema to all of these crucial elements of educating in the digital era. You can learn just about anything thanks to YouTube and Wikipedia.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

million settlement against the country’s largest operator of online charter schools. ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). “ Are MOOCs Forever ?” Facebook blames its lack of diversity on “the pipeline” ( riiiiiiight ) and so it’s giving $15 million to Code.org so that more kids learn to code. A “ personalized learning explainer ” from Mindwire Consulting. Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” On Tuesday a court dismissed a petition by Ashford Universit y (owned by Bridgepoint Education ) to allow its online programs to be eligible for GI Bill benefits. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Lots of MOOC PR appeared in the news this week. ” “What if MOOCs Revolutionize Education After All?” “Now that MOOCs are mainstream, where does online learning go next?”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). MOOCs for credit ! FutureLearn announced that two UK universities – the University of Leeds and the Open University – will offer MOOCs that will be accepted for college credit. From IMS Global : “ Competency-Based Education and Extended Transcripts: IMS Global Learning Consortium Enabling Better Digital Credentialing.” Accelerate Learning has raised $10 million from Owl Ventures.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Perhaps we can learn a little about the folks who still do. ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). “The fallout from the mid-year closure of Ohio ’s largest full-time online charter school continues,” writes Education Week , “with other e-schools struggling to navigate a massive influx of displaced students, thousands of students unaccounted for, and fights over money and liability dragging into the summer.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOCOnline education pioneer Tony Bates asks “ What is online learning ?” ” From the press release : “ MOOCs and books initiative launched by Springer and Federica Weblearning.” ” Via NBC News : “How to Thrive: Arianna Huffington Launches E-Learning Series.” Jeff Fernandez, the co-founder of the online learning company Grovo , has resigned.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” The LA Times asks , “ In this digital self-help age, just how effective are MasterClass ’s A-list celebrity workshops?” Important thoughts here on social emotional learning and structural racism. ” “ Personalized learning ” equals cutting the teacher workforce in Oklahoma. “ Will Virtual Reality Drive Deeper Learning ?”

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