Get Your MOOC On!

The Web20Classroom

Wikipedia defines MOOC as "an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. Simply, a MOOC is a online class you take that might have 100''s or 1000''s of people are participating at a time. Have a suggestion for another MOOC?

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MOOCs Find Their Audience: Professional Learners and Universities

Edsurge

The media started calling this space MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses, a term coopted from a 2008 experiment. The narrative in early days of MOOC space was around disruption of universities. Not all MOOC providers shared this narrative, but this was the one that the media stuck with it. He thinks that MOOCs may not have disrupted the education market, but they are disrupting the labor market. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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Why MOOCs Are Great for Teacher Development

Edudemic

For a while there, the word “MOOC” seemed to be on everyone’s tongue. For many educators who had reached their saturation points, MOOCs were the education world’s version of a song you heard every single time you turned on the radio and little by little grew to hate. The post Why MOOCs Are Great for Teacher Development appeared first on Edudemic. Articles Online Learning 21st century teachers elearning MOOCs Professional Development

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PLEs, MOOCs and connectivism

Learning with 'e's

And this was exactly the guiding principle of the earliest MOOCs. Photo from JISC Website PLEs, MOOCs and connectivism by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

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Still MOOCing Along.

EdTechSandyK

Image Source Used Under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND License Week 4 of the Foundations of Virtual Instruction MOOC I started on June 30th is wrapping up today. By this time next week, I will hopefully have successfully completed my first MOOC.

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MOOCs Started Out Completely Free. Where Are They Now?

Edsurge

I took one of the very first MOOCs, and back then the videos, assignments, and certificates were all free. As MOOC providers focussed on finding a business model, they started putting certain aspects of the experience behind a paywall, hoping to get more people to pay. MOOCs went from free to free to audit (nevermind that the concept of auditing a class is completely foreign in most parts of the world). So here’s a summary of what free means for the four biggest MOOC players.

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

Edsurge

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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Top 4 Places to Find Free MOOCs from Prestigious Universities

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

March, 2015 MOOCs (Massive Ope Online Courses) are definitely a game changer in today''s education. The emergence and popularization of MOOCs is due primarily to the widespread of internet connection.read more

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MOOCs for Professional Development - #TCEA15

EdTechSandyK

Notes from MOOCs for Professional Development Presentation at TCEA 2015 Dr. Kay Abernathy, Lamar University [link] Lamar University sponsored the MOOC on Social Media Communication Tools for Educators which Dr. Abernathy facilitated. link] What is a MOOC?

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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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Udacity Official Declares MOOCs ‘Dead’ (Though the Company Still Offers Them)

Edsurge

Udacity helped popularize the idea of offering college-level courses online to anyone for free, a format known as MOOCs (for Massive Open Online Courses). But this week a Udacity official called MOOCs “dead,” leading to questions about what that means for one of the company’s offerings (which still include free MOOCs). It was Udacity vice president Clarissa Shen who this week said “they are dead,” when talking about MOOCs in an interview with The Economic Times in India.

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Who’s Taking MOOCs? Teachers

Wired Campus

A study by the two universities has found that teachers are enrolling in their MOOCs in high numbers. The study examines data from some one million MOOC students who enrolled in courses at edX, the nonprofit learning platform started by Harvard and MIT. Justin Reich, a research fellow at HarvardX, the university’s online arm, says he was surprised by the number of teachers who take MOOCs. Teachers enroll in MOOCs for a number of reasons, he says.

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Who's afraid of the big bad MOOC?

Learning with 'e's

After seemingly stalling for a short time, MOOCs ( Massive Open Online Courses ) seem to be graining ground again. With the potential for thousands of students to enrol together on MOOCs, learning through connection to this large network of learners became the foundation and the cornerstone.

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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.

MOOCs Are Still Rising, at Least in Numbers

Wired Campus

It was 2011, and fewer than ten MOOCs existed worldwide. It has been four years since then, and according to a new report, the cumulative number of MOOCs has reached nearly 4,000. Compiled earlier this month by Dhawal Shah, founder of the MOOC aggregator Class Central, the report summarizes data on MOOCs from the past four years. And the data show that even as the MOOC hype starts to die down , interest isn’t tapering off.

The Future of MOOCs Might Not Be Free

Marketplace K-12

FutureLearn , a social learning company owned by The Open University, announced this week that students taking some of its massive open online courses, or MOOCS, will have the opportunity to earn course credits toward degrees, including MBAs, as well as professional qualifications and certifications. Typically MOOCs are known for providing free open content to anyone, often from well-respected universities. There are some movements on the MOOC horizon in the U.S.

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Are MOOCs really dead?

Neo LMS

MOOCs have been considered for a very long time a great way of learning, because they are useful, diverse, surrounded by communities and mostly free. However, lately MOOCs have faced several challenges and criticisms such as its heavy reliance on user-generated content which creates a rather chaotic learning environment, and the mere fact that digital literacy is almost always a prerequisite if someone is going to take an open online course.

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EdTechX: A MOOC about Integrating Education Technology from Justin Reich

EdTechTeacher

Blog Featured Justin Reich #ettipad EdTech Researcher EdX MOOCThis post originally appeared on Justin’s EdWeek blog, EdTech Researcher. Last week MIT kicked off a free new massive open online course called 11.133: Implementation and Evaluation of Education Technology.

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Monetization Over Massiveness: Breaking Down MOOCs by the Numbers in 2016

Edsurge

The modern massive open online course movement, which began when the first “MOOCs” were offered by Stanford professors in late 2011, is now half a decade old. In that time, MOOC providers have raised over $400 million and now employ more than a thousand staff. By registration count, Coursera is still by far the largest MOOC provider in the world with over 23 million learners. Even Oxford University, one of the oldest universities in the world, jumped on the MOOC train.

Andrew Ng, Co-Founder of Coursera, Returns to MOOC Teaching With New AI Course

Edsurge

Dhawal Shah, co-founder of Class Central, a directory of MOOCs, says that “enrollment numbers have dropped drastically in the recent times” for individual courses. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary LearningAndrew Ng taught one of the most-viewed online courses of all time—more than 1.5 million people have registered to take one of the many sequences of his free online course about machine learning. That experience spurred him to co-found Coursera.

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.

Tonight - A True History of the MOOC

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me today, Wednesday, September 26th, for a one-hour live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar on the "true history" of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) with Dave Cormier, Alec Couros, Stephen Downes, Rita Kop, Inge de Waard, and Carol Yeager.

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So I'm Taking a MOOC.

EdTechSandyK

Image Used With Permission Under a Creative Commons License Late last week I was innocently checking my Twitter feed, and I saw an announcement for a MOOC called Foundations of Virtual Instruction. I signed up for the verified certificate trial so I could evaluate the quality of the course and my likelihood of completing it (I''ve started a couple of MOOCs in the past and not made it through.) Based on my experience thus far, I think Summer 2014 might see me complete my first MOOC.

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The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon! #IMMOOC

The Principal of Change

Thank you for signing up for “The Innovator’s Mindset” MOOC, happening over a six week period. The goal of the MOOC and the book is to not only give practical advice, but to also inspire and develop leadership.

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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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What Is Being Learned From MOOCs? New Report Takes Stock

Wired Campus

The hype around the free online courses called MOOCs has drawn millions of students, who are all essentially part of a teaching experiment of unprecedented scale. When MOOCs emerged a few years ago, many in the academic world were sent into a frenzy.

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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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The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting February 27, 2017 #IMMOOC

The Principal of Change

September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon! How do you move from “pockets of innovation” to a “culture of innovation”? How do we start to innovate inside of the box? What does innovation mean for education, and should every educator be an innovator?

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A different view of MOOCs

Mark Smithers

This morning Richard Grusin posted a series of twenty tweets presenting a highly critical and thought provoking view of MOOCs. 16.MOOCs imitate the logic of derivitization, breaking up courses and faculty into discrete parts—a MOOC here and a MOOC there. 20.MOOCs must be made to serve the needs of higher education, rather than higher education being made to serve the needs of MOOCs. Educational Technology Opinion MOOCs

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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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Art Schools Go MOOC, With a New Online Platform

Wired Campus

A new company is jumping into MOOCs, but with a focus on teaching free courses in the arts. Distance Education MOOCs TeachingThe new virtual art school, called Kadenze, has already teamed up with programs at 18 institutions, including Stanford and Princeton Universities, to create a digital platform designed for arts courses. According to a company co-founder, Perry R.

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MOOC Provider edX Moves to Boost 'Open' Status of Its Content

Marketplace K-12

The "MOOC" provider edX is allowing authors of its content to license their materials as "open educational resources.". Ed-tech Online Learning Open Education Publishing mooc openeducationalresources

The Great Education Equalizer? New Study Shows MOOCs Have Not Yet Fulfilled Their Promise as a Force for Equity

Digital Promise

The latest piece of news on MOOCs — massive online open courses — suggests that they may not yet be the great democratizer of education that they were envisioned to be. 12, shows that, generally, MOOCs have not reached such a demographically broad audience. The Futures of MOOCs.

MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners

Edsurge

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. The birthplace for MOOC platform edX, MIT is no stranger to experimental credentials and online programs.

7th grade scholarships for MOOC completion

eSchool News

Qualified 7th grade students can earn special consideration for Cooke Scholarships by completing an edX MOOC. Education Grants - Deadline News Top News benefits class college colleges English free Funding goals grades math mooc need no grades online school

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Is It Worth My Time? Learning Differences MOOC Really Is

Educator Innovator

The Learning Differences Massive Open Online Course for Educators , offered by MOOC-Ed, part of NC State University’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, an Educator Innovator partner, is exactly the kind of professional development opportunity that is worth a teacher’s precious time. Then you sign up for the Learning Differences MOOC-Ed , and you learn about working memory.

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600+ Free MOOCs from Leading Universities

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

This is basically a collection of 700 MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) offered for free by some of the leading universities all.read more. MOOCsMay 2, 2017 Here is another important resource from Open Culture.

More humanities seminars online, and they’re not MOOCs

Bryan Alexander

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 ). These classes cover an impressive area of subjects, from Magic and Witchcraft in British Literature to Ways of Seeing Byzantium.

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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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Coursera’s Rick Levin On the Evolution of MOOCs and Microcredentials

Edsurge

EdSurge talked with Rick Levin, CEO of Coursera (and former president of one of those big-name universities, Yale) about how the mega-courses known as MOOCs have changed in the five years since the start of their hype-filled debut. It has been five year since Coursera launched its first MOOCs. Coursera sits somewhat awkwardly on the border between traditional higher education and the Silicon Valley-forces working to disrupt it.