For Best Results, Pair MOOCs With In-Person Support

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Massive open online courses (MOOCs) transfixed higher education in the early 2010s, so much so that The New York Times dubbed 2012 "The Year of the MOOC." At the time, many thought MOOCs might become a replacement for both classroom instruction and ingrained models of learning.

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The Metamorphosis of MOOCs

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At a recent meeting of educational technology policy advisors, a well-informed university CIO casually declared that MOOCs were history. Increasingly, MOOCs are being packaged into series of courses with a non-degree credential being offered to those who successfully complete the series. Perhaps it is employers who should be the most supportive of the latest MOOC developments. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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A Proposal to Put the ‘M’ Back in MOOCs

Edsurge

MOOCs have evolved over the past five years from a virtual version of a classroom course to an experience that feels more like a Netflix library of teaching videos. One important benefit of the first MOOCs was that they started at fixed times, like traditional college courses, which meant that large numbers of people were sharing an experience and posting questions and answers to forums. The on-demand MOOC trend has led to a drastic reduction in forum activity within MOOC cohorts.

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Fostering Peer Connections to Make MOOCs Personal

The PL2C Blog

The Friday Institute and Oak Foundation seek to end this anachronism with the Learning Differences MOOC for Educators (MOOC-Ed). VPLCs are virtual meetings using Google Hangouts. Uncategorized mooc-ed moocedBy Lauren Acree.

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Meet the New, Self-Appointed MOOC Accreditors: Google and Instagram

Wired Campus

Some of the biggest MOOC producers, including Daphne Koller’s Coursera, may have figured out how to get employers to accept free online courses as credentials: Get big-name companies to help design them. Company Watch Distance Education MOOCs Teaching

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What if MOOCs Revolutionize Education After All?

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And she makes the case for why free online courses like hers—which are known as Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs—might still lead to a revolution in higher education, even though the hype around them has died down. Some people might even wonder whether MOOCs are even still around since you don’t hear much about these courses today. As someone still teaching one of these, where do you see MOOCs these days? . Some of those San Jose State MOOCs showed very good results.

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George Siemens and David Wiley Join Forces for a MOOC About Open Education

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Since the New York Times named 2012 the year of massive open online courses (MOOCs), millions have flocked to platforms offering them such as edX and Coursera. The six-week long MOOC will touch on topics including open educational resources (OER), open pedagogy and practice, open knowledge and open research. I spoke with Siemens and Wiley about their upcoming course to get a few answers before the MOOC launches. Ekowo: Why this MOOC? It’s because they’re MOOCs.

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The Flip Side of Abysmal MOOC Completion Rates? Discovering the Most Tenacious Learners

Edsurge

Usman Khaliq was an engineering student in northeastern Pakistan when he took his first MOOC. complete multiple MOOCs. MOOCs were a vetting mechanism for Usman, allowing both his talent and grit to rise to attention and connecting him to an opportunity halfway around the world. The MOOC movement is frequently disparaged because completion rates are abysmally low. For a growing number of organizations, MOOCs have become a new way to identify talent.

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MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners

Edsurge

In 2013, MIT began offering online programs for working professionals to meet learners across the globe. Until lately, those online MIT courses have somewhat resembled so-called massive open online courses, or MOOCs, says Clara Piloto, director of global programs at MIT Professional Education. Now, as MOOCs have evolved to court professional audiences , so too have MIT’s efforts to harness companies and organizations.

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Fostering Peer Connections to Make MOOCs Personal

Educator Innovator

It takes more than just engaging content to have a successful MOOC. Through an inquiry-based process, our partner The Friday Institute discovered that offering multiple ways for participants to connect during the MOOC led to more positive outcomes. VPLCs are virtual meetings using Google Hangouts. When combined with the self-directed, anytime, anywhere learning facilitated in the MOOC-Ed, the experience proved to be powerful.”

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9 Reasons You Should Join the Free Goal Minded Teacher Online Course!

Teacher Reboot Camp

The educators you meet will share resources, experience, and offer support! Some of the people you meet will remain your friends for life! We will share and meet regularly on our Facebook group, Twitter (#EduGoalsMOOC), and through weekly live events (expert panels on Google Hangouts).

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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. Meet teachers worldwide! Need a fun way for students to get to know each other ? We start with a fun get to know you activity, which usually is the 321 Introduction.

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More humanities seminars online, and they’re not MOOCs

Bryan Alexander

In full disclosure, I helped with some of these meetings, and was delighted at how they went. Starting this January forty (40) humanities seminars will kick into action, online. Twenty-one American colleges and universities are offering these classes for students on each others’ campuses, through an innovative project coordinated by the Council of Independent Colleges ( CIC ).

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How to Teach Online MOOC: Aloha Discussion

EdTechnocation.com

Author: Mathieu Plourde {(Mathplourde on Flickr) This week marks the beginning of the How to Teach Online MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). What is a MOOC you may ask? A MOOC is very similar to university courses but typically do not offer course credits.

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?Meet Intel Education Accelerator’s Newest Cohort of EdTech Visionaries

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s co-founders Dan Nash and Sean Hookano-Briel initially targeted K-12 schools for the tool, it seems the corporate sector, which has increasingly turned to MOOCs to train employees, has taken a liking to it even more. It was an edtech entrepreneur’s dream on Wednesday at Intel’s Education Accelerator Demo Day.

Revolutionary MOOC-Ed puts teachers in students’ shoes for learning success

eSchool News

In this video, Constance Seibert shares how the Learning Differences MOOC-Ed hosted by the Friday Institute helped her better understand the different ways her students learn. The Learning Differences MOOC-Ed strives to model some of the approaches teachers can use with their students.

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Online Learning: Why Libraries Could Be the Key to MOOCs’ Success

MindShift

Some studies found that about five percent of those enrolled in massive open online courses (known as MOOCs) completed the course. Learning Circles introduced her to MOOCs for the first time, and she appreciated the feedback from her peers and facilitators in a small group setting.

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MOOC-Ed: Coaching Digital Learning, Unit 2 Reflection

EdTechnocation.com

Here is my Unit 2 reflection for the MOOC-Ed, Coaching Digital Learning: Cultivating a Culture of Change. It has become an extension of my school and the faculty meetings. My other Coaching Digital Learning MOOC-Ed Unit Reflections: Unit 1 Reflection Unit 2 Reflection Unit 3 Reflection Unit 4 Reflection Unit 5 Reflection Unit 6 Reflection Check out my Coaching Digital Learning Pinterest Board with all of the resources and videos from the entire course!

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MOOC-Ed: Coaching Digital Learning, Unit 1 Reflection

EdTechnocation.com

Last week, the MOOC-Ed, Coaching Digital Learning: Cultivating a Culture of Change , began. This MOOC will help participants: Learn what it takes to coach educators to integrate technology Explore a variety of frameworks such as TPACK, SAMR, and the four Cs Explore opportunities for personalized application Create a Technology Coaching Action Plan I am most excited to learn more about the different frameworks, connect with other coaches, and create my own action plan.

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Crowdfunding Meets Webinar: How One Organization Uses Slack to Tackle Global Challenges

Edsurge

Now that we’ve assembled international crowds of motivated, smart people online in MOOCs, it’s time to think about harnessing their collective intelligence to tackle these urgent cross-boundary issues. We invite up to 1,000 students who have previously completed two or more of our free MOOCs to apply to participate in these challenges.

Maker Party and Making Learning Connected mooc to Launch This Weekend

Educator Innovator

After a Department of Education kick-off at the Reimagining Education Conference and initial practitioner learning opportunities by partners Scratch, the Afterschool Alliance, and Mozilla Webmakers, the Summer of Making and Connecting kicks into even higher gear with the launch of Maker Party 2013 and the Making Learning Connected mooc on June 15. Maker Party consists of hundreds of meet-ups and learning parties where all kinds of people can teach and learn how to make things on the web.

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Coursera, K12, Inc. make bold moves to drive learning

The Christensen Institute

In 2013 and 2014, sobriety returned to the world of education and the luster of MOOCs faded some. When employees at Coursera painted a picture for me of how they could help serve professional development and other lifelong learning experiences, I told them the focus sounded right, but I wasn’t sure they could adapt their existing platform to meet the demand. LRN MOOC MOOCs online learning virtual learning

Learning Creative Learning 2 MOOC Begins March 18

Educator Innovator

Online learning + Local meet-ups Learning Creative Learning: It’s not (just) a course, but a community for educators, designers, technologists, and others interested in creative learning. Learning Creative Learning 2 (LCL2) is an online community that focuses on creative learning, hosted by the MIT Media Lab. LCL2 will start on March 18, 2014 with six weeks of discussions and activities , followed by a few weeks to work on projects, leading to a creative-learning exhibition in May.

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Got Action Plan?

The PL2C Blog

Instructional Technology Coaches Shape Their Future During a MOOC-Ed. Based on context and role, participants used the ITCAP template to create their personal coaching vision and goals, along with specific activities and steps extrapolated from the weekly MOOC-Ed content and their experiences.

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Dr. Chuck on Inclusive Programming, Online Instructor Involvement and Coursera’s Paywall

Edsurge

Charles Severance was one of the first professors at the University of Michigan to give the massive open online courses (MOOC) platform Coursera a try. But while Severance—who’s better known by some as Dr. Chuck—says his first MOOC was a success, there was one thing about his in-person classes he missed: seeing his students. It’s a feeling he had even before the MOOC, and even before he was at the University of Michigan. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

Scaling Practice-Based Coaching through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University recently scaled access to professional learning content for educators by taking advantage of the Massive Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Eds) format.

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Defining Your Role as an Instructional Technology Coaches – The 4 R’s

The PL2C Blog

Voice and choice can be a powerful combination to ensure not only that you are meeting educators where they are, but that you are challenging them to push out of their comfort zones and removing the barriers that come with preconceived notions of your role or the digital initiative at large.

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Participant Perspectives: Constance Seibert

Educator Innovator

Our partner, The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation’s free online Learning Differences course aims to help teachers better understand and meet the needs of all learners.

Trump's Edtech Agenda Should Address Effectiveness, Equity, and Equilibrium in Higher Ed

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radio and televisions in the early 20th century and online learning and MOOCs via the Internet in the early 21st century.) Predictive analytics have long been used to help meet an institution’s business goals, like strategic enrollment management, but only recently have they been used to improve learning outcomes for students. Education Technology Government Policy Data and Research University MOOCs

Coursera’s New Strategy Takes Inspiration From Netflix—and LinkedIn

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It’s part of a continued evolution of MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses. adding subscriptions , Sinha says, the number of users completing specializations has doubled—as learners rush to finish courses to save money, they also appear to meet their goals more often. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary LearningCoursera is quietly testing elements of a new strategy, with the goal of moving from a platform for courses to a broader career-building service.

On Research – a #dLRN15 (and beyond) reflection

Improving Education Environments

There is a lot of MOOC research at #elearnconf, which was shocking to me to be honest. What this allowed me to do was to shape my sociocultural framing of EdTech from a MOOC perspective. Main #dlrn #elearnconf keynote MOOC psychology research solutionism

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New Teachers Won’t Save Us

The Thinking Stick

I have had the privilege of meeting with pre-service educators in both undergraduate programs and Master’s In Teaching programs…mostly here in the State of Washington. We can do better… Random Thoughts COETAIL Connectivism gamification mooc presentation reverse instruction

Online Learning Does Not Mean Sans Engagement

Fractus Learning

College Discussion MOOCWhile educators and learners in classroom-based courses have already discovered the benefits of using engagement as a part of education, the power of online is yet to be fully realized. – Rita-Marie Conrad, J. Ana Donaldson, 2011, Engaging the Online Learner.

Looking Back at the Year in Ed Tech

Wired Campus

Concerns about Yik Yak and analysis of MOOCs and online teaching were among the most popular stories this past year on our Wired Campus blog. And while massive open online courses have largely fallen out of the national headlines, three of the top 10 articles in 2015 involved MOOCs (in one case, charting their fade from prominence). The MOOC Hype Fades, in 3 Charts. Meet the New, Self-Appointed MOOC Accreditors: Google and Instagram. Distance Education MOOCs

On Research – a #dLRN15 (and beyond) reflection

Improving Education Environments

There is a lot of MOOC research at #elearnconf, which was shocking to me to be honest. What this allowed me to do was to shape my sociocultural framing of EdTech from a MOOC perspective. Main #dlrn #elearnconf keynote MOOC psychology research solutionism

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