More humanities seminars online, and they’re not MOOCs

Bryan Alexander

Starting this January forty (40) humanities seminars will kick into action, online. Campuses get to see higher numbers in upper-level humanities seminars, while at the same time expanding the curriculum they present to students. 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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Stop Asking About Completion Rates: Better Questions to Ask About MOOCs in 2019

Edsurge

As an instructional designer who has been building MOOCs for the past five years, I’ve been asked this question more times than I count. MOOCs have been called abysmal , disappointing failures. The average completion rate for MOOCs (including the ones I design) hovers between 5-15 percent. As we move towards 2019, it’s time to get clearer about this difference and start asking smarter questions about what MOOCs can and should be expected to accomplish.

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Can We Design Online Learning Platforms That Feel More Intimate Than Massive?

Edsurge

Unfortunately, most massive open online course (MOOC) platforms still feel like drafty lecture halls instead of intimate seminar rooms. If the first wave of MOOCs was about granting unprecedented numbers of students access to high-quality teaching and learning materials, Wave 2 needs to focus on creating a sense of intimacy within that massiveness. I think we’ve seen this reemergence—unintentionally—in the form of MOOCs.

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

Edsurge

It’s part of a continued evolution of MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses. Serving the 300 million people expected to enter higher education in the next year with classroom sizes found in typical college seminars, he adds, is simply “not possible.” 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.

Life in the freezer

Learning with 'e's

Here''s the story: My invitation to present a research seminar for staff and post graduate students at the University of Antarctica , came out of the blue. My research seminar the following day in the Arctowski College of Education (named after the Polish polar explorer Henryk Arctowski ) was well attended by around 20 of the university''s bearded academics (they only have around 60 full time staff, so this was quite a turn out), and several penguins.

Today’s Awkward Zoom Classes Could Bring a New Era of Higher Education

Edsurge

In fact, if we pull back from the immediate horrors of this moment, the move to online learning has actually been underway since around 2010, when universities and private entrepreneurs first began to experiment with Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs.

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50 Alternatives To Lecturing

TeachThought - Learn better.

Talking with students and expecting them to respond meaningfully isn’t lecture–that’s accountable talk, which itself is close to a Socratic dialogue or Paideia seminar. Self-guided MOOC. Traditional MOOC. Paideia Seminar. Socratic Seminar. 50 Alternatives To Lecturing. by TeachThought Staff.

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Implementing education technology by pursuing technology education: Professional Development ideas for educators

Neo LMS

As members, educators can take part in events, forums, seminars, training and more. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are also excellent resources, offering free classes from world-renowned universities. Technology plays a prominent role in the modern classroom.

Live Online Video Classes Are ‘The New Face-to-Face.’ So How Many Students Can They Handle at a Time?

Edsurge

The online university advertises its video-based online courses as active-learning seminars, so these class sizes are modeled after their counterparts at many traditional face-to-face colleges. Live Classes at Scale MOOCs sparked widespread attention several years ago largely because of excitement over the idea of one professor being able to teach massive numbers of students from across the world at once. Early MOOC experiments had more than 100,000 students per course.

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A trend to watch: teaching classes from one campus to another

Bryan Alexander

The answer has been “yes” for some years, and I’m not talking about MOOCs or University of Phoenix. ITEM: Over the past several years a group of small colleges, members of the Council of Independent Colleges ( CIC ), experimented with sharing upper-level humanities seminars with each other. This year a new cluster of CIC upper-level humanities seminar cross-campus teaching has begun. How can colleges and universities share courses online?

April 30th - Library 2.015 Spring Summit Focuses on Innovation, Technology, and Preparation for the Future

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Inspired by a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the future of the information profession that was offered by the San José State University (SJSU) School of Information last fall, Dr. Sandra Hirsh, director of the SJSU School of Information, and Steve Hargadon, founder of The Learning Revolution, have worked with Dr. Sue Alman to develop the Library 2.015 Spring Summit—The Emerging Future: Technology and Learning to address this very question.

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?Are We Recreating Segregated Education Online?

Edsurge

It’s worth reexamining how we’re recreating these educational walled gardens online—as we move from the heyday of MOOCs in 2012 to the gradual decline of open access courseware in 2017. These are the resources that are typically still free like MOOCs, Khan Academy videos, TED videos, and some adaptive learning platforms. These tend to be small seminar-style workshop classes hosted online—or customized certificate options built into larger online courses.

Giving Thanks: The Top EdSurge Contributors of 2016

Edsurge

SLACK ON: MOOCs get knocked for lacking the intimate discussions and organic student interactions that accompany college classes IRL. Her team used the online communication platform to lead an online seminar about an ambiguous and risky text. Teamwork makes the dream work. And in the case of EdSurge, that “team” is way bigger than the 40 people working out of our offices in California.

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#EDENChat What does openness mean to you?

Learning with 'e's

It worked quite well, and we eventually, with the aid of Plymouth University , were able to access satellite technology to broadcast some of our seminars across the region. Open education has grown and matured beyond those early days of experimentation into a spectrum of learning experiences, and we now talk about open scholarship, open content and even massive open online courses (MOOCs). A few weeks ago I featured an interview with Professor Martin Weller of the Open University.

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Trends to watch in 2015: education and technology

Bryan Alexander

There’s now a movement to teach humanities seminars online. 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. What can we expect in 2016 from the intersection of technology and education? Here I’d like to identify trends from 2015 which seem likely to persist or grow over the next year.

A Summer of Student Voices

Edsurge

It’s simple to talk in the abstract about badges and blockchains, software and scale, Moocs and their manifest destiny. Our self-assembled seminar now has inside jokes and latent debates. “But adaptive-learning technologies are bullsh*t, c’mon,” one of us would say. You can’t mix AltSchool and Freire.”. “I

Future Trends Forum #8, with Jim Groom: full recording, notes, and Storify

Bryan Alexander

Q: Autumm Caines asked:”I’m getting ready to teach a 1st year seminar on digital citizenship. He criticized the allure of universal solutions and totalizing narratives (the LMS, the MOOC). On March 30 we had Jim Groom as our Future Trends Forum guest. Discussion was very rapid, so watch and listen to the recording below, and/or read my notes, with a pile of links therein. Twitter activity during the hour was also very energetic, so I Storified it.

Future Trends Forum #8, with Jim Groom: full recording, notes, and Storify

Bryan Alexander

Q: Autumm Caines asked:”I’m getting ready to teach a 1st year seminar on digital citizenship. He criticized the allure of universal solutions and totalizing narratives (the LMS, the MOOC). On March 30 we had Jim Groom as our Future Trends Forum guest. Discussion was very rapid, so watch and listen to the recording below, and/or read my notes, with a pile of links therein. Twitter activity during the hour was also very energetic, so I Storified it.

The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Issue a Press Release

Hack Education

This talk was delivered at Virginia Commonwealth University today as part of a seminar co-sponsored by the Departments of English and Sociology. ” – that’s Sebastian Thrun, best known perhaps for his work at Google on the self-driving car and as a co-founder of the MOOC (massive open online course) startup Udacity. The slides are also available here. Thank you very much for inviting me here to speak today.

Worldwide, Online, and Free - The Library 2.013 Conference Starts Friday

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

There are eight conference strands covering a wide variety of timely topics, such as MOOCs, e-books, maker spaces, mobile services, embedded librarians, green libraries, doctoral student research, library and information center "tours," and more! Randy Gatley; Community Librarian, Northeast Area WLMA Panel: K12 School and Public Library Collaborations - Craig Seasholes, WLMA moderator 2:00pm A MOOL in a MOOC: Librarians in massive open online courses - Laureen P.

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20 years in e-learning

Mark Smithers

I was expected to lecture, give tutorials and maybe seminars or laboratories depending on the topic. It was only when the large MOOCS arrived and shook up the university administrators that they collectively lifted their heads from the sand. In June of this year it was twenty years since I set up my first web server for delivering e-learning courses. I’m using this anniversary to reflect on my experiences in educational technology over the last 20 years.

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20 years in e-learning

Mark Smithers

I was expected to lecture, give tutorials and maybe seminars or laboratories depending on the topic. It was only when the large MOOCS arrived and shook up the university administrators that they collectively lifted their heads from the sand. In June of this year it was twenty years since I set up my first web server for delivering e-learning courses. I’m using this anniversary to reflect on my experiences in educational technology over the last 20 years.

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The new age of inequality and what it means for education: my January talk

Bryan Alexander

Face-to-face instruction was the privilege of the 1%, while the middle class made do with distance learning, and everyone else had versions of MOOCs. Faculty research and teach the inequality problem across the curriculum, from sociology and economics to first-year seminars. What does increasing inequality mean for American higher education? This was the theme for a talk I gave last week, where I put several years of research together for the first time.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

A must-read on Trump University from Ars Technica : “Trump University and the art of the get-rich seminar.” ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Here’s The Chronicle headline from then : “Professor Leaves a MOOC in Mid-Course in Dispute Over Teaching.”) Good thing I never did anything in those MOOCs, otherwise I'd be losing my work. Education Politics. “ Spending Bill Could Revive Year-Round Pell Grants.”

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The Rough Beasts of Ed-Tech

Hack Education

The entry point for students into Trump University was a free 90-minute seminar, which continued into a 3-day seminar that cost $1500. The $1500 seminars led in turn to the “Trump Gold Elite” package, which promised personal mentorship from instructors “handpicked by Trump.” What are MOOCs, for example? This keynote was delivered today at the Irish Learning Technology Association's annual conference, EdTech2016, in Dublin.

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Education Technology and the 'New' For-Profit Higher Education

Hack Education

Throughout the presidential campaign, Trump insisted that students consistently gave the seminars positive reviews and that the Better Business Bureau had given Trump University an A+ rating – a claim that the BBB clarified , pointing out that when it was in operation, there were multiple complaints by consumers and the rating dropped as low as D-. Trump University promised that the instructors for the real-estate and business seminars were “hand-picked” by Trump.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” There’s more MOOC news in the “business of education” section below. Here’s the Boing Boing headline on a new journal article about the Manne seminars at George Mason University : “A data-driven look at the devastating efficacy of a far-right judge-education program.” Devonshire Investors has acquired MOOC startup NovoEd.