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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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

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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. In a content economy, access to materials will be the desired outcome for the majority of participants.

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.

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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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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 Starter Kit for Instructional Designers

Edsurge

This approach helps you clarify your target outcomes and how you’ll collect “evidence of learning.” 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.

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‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning

Edsurge

He’s credited with co-teaching the first MOOC in 2008, introduced the theory of “connectivism”—the idea that knowledge is distributed across digital networks—and spearheaded research projects about the role of data and analytics in education. The LMS reflects a content-driven concept of education that encourages learners to master what the university thinks they should know. That’s the only way they’ll be able to study the tools and understand how they’re impacting student outcomes.

More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

What do you think the whole MOOC thing George Siemens and I and others was about? Needless to say, these students are not roaming autodidacts who, left to their own (digital) devices, will thrive and succeed as “free range learners” in a world of MOOCs. Stephen then discusses my critique of the predominant model of delivering MOOCs: The problem [Wiley] sees with these MOOCs isn’t the pedagogical model per se , it’s that they have the wrong licensing.

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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 was certainly the outcome that investors were hoping for Edmodo , which raised $25 million in 2012, boasting that it had 15 million users. It’s not even an LMS, quite frankly – something Edmodo tried to use as a selling point for a little while. That’s because I now count AltSchool as an 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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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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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). A call to rebrand MOOCs , from Edsurge. Via Inside Higher Ed : “The Association of American Colleges and Universities on Wednesday announced the creation of the VALUE Institute , which will help colleges ‘leverage learning outcomes evidence to improve student success and ensure quality and equity in student learning.’” iContracts has acquired the EasyCampus LMS from Educadium.

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. In a content economy, access to materials will be the desired outcome for the majority of participants.

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Stale Words and Hackneyed Ideas That Make Edtech Investors Cringe

Edsurge

Most of them offer some variation of the thesis that improving how “engaged” students are in their coursework and community will boost academic outcomes which will then increase retention. 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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The Flatiron School has released its latest “outcomes report.” 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?” More questions about MOOCs in the Betteridge’s Headlines section below. (National) Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). “ MOOCs no longer massive, still attract millions,” Class Central’s Dhawal Shah claims in a VentureBeat op-ed. ” Coming soon to an LMS near you… Data and “Research” Via T.H.E. ” The claims are based on Blackboard data, published on the LMS company’s blog. Presidential Campaign Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” Via Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill : “Comparing the First Ten Years of Blackboard and Instructure in LMS Market.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. Via Inside Higher Ed : “The U.S.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

a blockbuster case whose outcome will affect whether transgender students can use the school bathroom that aligns with their gender identity. Its outcome will have ramifications in schools throughout the country.” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Blackboard Study on How Instructors Use the LMS.” Presidential Campaign Politics. November 8 cannot come soon enough.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). In related MOOC news, there's more on “ nanodegrees ” in the “credentialing” section below. ” Via Backchannel : “‘We Will Literally Predict Their Life Outcomes’ – Scientist Vivienne Ming says she can foretell a child’s earning potential, happiness, even longevity. Because up ’til now, MOOCs were the most brilliant data mining app ever.).

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Task Force Seeks Comment on Higher-Ed Outcomes Reporting Standards.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Big HR news about Coursera in the HR section below. Here’s the headline from Inside Higher Ed : “For-Credit MOOC: Best of Both Worlds at MIT ?” ” But if you look closer, it’s not a MOOC; it’s just an online class at MIT. (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via The Post and Courier : “ South Carolina ’s online charter schools: A $350 million investment with disappointing returns.” LMS news from Edsurge : “​ University of Michigan ’s Gamified LMS Opens Up to Other Institutions.” Among those cringeworthy ideas: the LMS. ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Measuring Learning Outcomes From Military Service.”

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Dillon, the biology professor at the College of Charleston who resisted administrators’ requests that he update his syllabus with learning outcomes , is suing the South Carolina college and says he will retire.” ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). MOOCs, CAI, and now this. ” Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill chastises a market research company on lousy research about the LMS market. Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “ Coursera ’s New Strategy Takes Inspiration From Netflix – and LinkedIn.” ” There’s more MOOC-related research in the research section below. Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill on layoffs at the LMS Schoology.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” An op-ed in Forbes by University Ventures’ Ryan Craig : “Make Online Education Great (For The First Time).” Offering “modules” in an LMS is, apparently, newsworthy. ” Via The Hechinger Report : “When using data to predict outcomes , consider the ethical dilemmas , new report urges.” Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” “Make MOOCs great again.” Here’s a list of election outcomes pertaining to library-related measures , thanks to EveryLibrary.org. ” Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill has data on what LMS is used by large online programs. Presidential Politics. President-Elect Donald J. Trump. The President-Elect on the First Amendment : Just had a very open and successful presidential election.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Chalkbeat investigates the Indiana Virtual School : “As students signed up, online school hired barely any teachers – but founder’s company charged it millions.” ” From Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill : “State of Higher Ed LMS Market for US and Canada: Fall 2017 Edition.” (National) Education Politics.

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Education Technology and Data Insecurity

Hack Education

While the collection of data – enrollment data, attendance data, graduation data, disciplinary data, standardized test data – has been mandated for some time now, new digital technologies bring with them an expanded capacity for data-mining as well as an underlying ideology that more data necessarily means better measurement , better “ outcomes ” and better “solutions.” This is part eight of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). ” From Mindwires Consulting: “ e-Literate Big Picture: LMS.” ” Nevertheless there is no empirical evidence in the UK that shows that students from academies (which are replacing local government-run schools) or institutional competition through tuition pricing in universities is leading to better learning outcomes. Education Politics. “ U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.