Could Remixing Old MOOCs Give New Life to Free Online Education?


It’s common these days to hear that free online mega-courses, called MOOCs, failed to deliver on their promise of educating the masses. Now, one of the first professors to try out MOOCs says he has a way to reuse bits and pieces of the courses created during that craze in a way that might deliver on the initial promise. The idea comes from Robert Lue, a biology professor at Harvard University who was the founding faculty director of HarvardX, the college’s effort to build MOOCs.

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Ed-Tech Startup Conference Pushes Boundaries

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Over the years, LearnLaunch's Across Boundaries conference has engendered conversations on everything from STEM learning to augmented reality. The Startup Blog Augmented/Virtual Reality Coding Educational Technology/Ed-Tech entrepreneur LearnLaunch MOOCs startup Startups STEMThe 2017 conference in Boston is coming up. The post Ed-Tech Startup Conference Pushes Boundaries appeared first on Market Brief.


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An Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning. IOC Athlete MOOC via Independent. College Readiness Math MOOC. iTDI Summer School MOOC For English Teachers. eLearning Higher Ed moocs pdAn Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015. by Class Central. EDUCATION & TEACHING (29). Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools. University of Houston System via Coursera. Go To Class | Next Session : 3rd May, 2015.

8 EdTech Trends to Watch Out for This 2020

Ask a Tech Teacher

This year, some of the most highly recommended virtual classrooms include Big Blue Button, which is for classes with a lot of file sharing (such as STEM), and Electa Live for institutions that prefer to give live lectures. MOOCs. As always, education is changing.

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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary , the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience.

Rice U. offering free AP Physics online prep course

eSchool News

MOOC uses new AP Physics curriculum, could aid both students and teachers. Rice officials said the new four-part course, Preparing for the AP Physics 1 Exam, is like no other massive open online course (MOOC) the university has offered because it features high production values, dozens of visual demonstrations, Hollywood-style introductory videos for key concept areas and access to a free textbook from Rice University-based publisher OpenStax College.

The future of classrooms

Learning with 'e's

This is due to the rapid proliferation of mobile technology, the disintermediation of traditional teacher and student roles, new trends such as MOOCs and the upsurge of user generated content on social media sites - all of which take learning away from previously familiar territory. Cuban is very sceptical of online courses, and presumably his sceptiscism also embraces MOOCs. This is the fourth blog post in my series on the future of learning and technology.

Millennials: The Straw That Will Stir Higher Education’s Next Disruption

EdNews Daily

Another is the rise of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) or online instructional platforms like edX, Coursera, or Udacity. Distant Education Education News Featured Higher Education Op-Ed STEAM STEM TechnologyArticle Written By: Hossein Rahnama. The conversation regarding higher education has never been more heated.

15+ great resources for introducing coding to the classroom

eSchool News

Amplify is a free College Board-approved AP Computer Science massive open online course (MOOC). Digital Learning and Tools Featured on eSchool News Resource STEM Top NewsMust-try apps, games, and tutorials for learners of every age. Computer science is a liberal art, it’s something that everyone should be exposed to, everybody should have a mastery of to some extent.”—Steve ”—Steve Jobs.

Has video killed the red grading pen?

The Hechinger Report

That logic might also explain why online-only courses, including much-vaunted MOOCs, struggle to retain students. Columnists K-12 News The Science of Learning STEM teachers Technology accessSome teachers are trading red grading pens like this one for video feedback. There’s evidence that video grading does more to motivate students than written edits — and it can also save teachers time. Photo: MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images.

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EdTech Acronyms Explained


MOOC – Massively Open Online Course (an online course which has video lectures, problem solving activities, texts and an online community of fellow learners). STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths. The amount of new acronyms in the educational technology world is staggering… and often overwhelming for educators. In fact, this list will be up to date for a few hours and then more acronyms and terms will come along!

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Unlocking stackable global credentials

The Christensen Institute

As the demand for higher education dramatically accelerates, so also the supply of modular educational resources is increasing through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) like Coursera and EdX, open educational resources (OER) like Khan Academy, and massive adaptive apps like Duolingo. For example, engineers have lots of freedom to improve the design inside a light bulb, as long as they build the stem so that it can fit the established light bulb socket specifications.

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A Case For Flipping Learning—Without Videos


The MOOC is an extension of the on-campus course—it was really just making our on-campus experience public and open for anyone to follow,” says Barba. STEM has always been lecture heavy,” she says, “and that's the big difference.” A group of biology researchers from the University of Washington have tested Barba’s theory that active learning improves outcomes for STEM students in particular.

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14 Examples Of Innovation In Higher Education

TeachThought - Learn better.

MOOCs are great ideas, but assessment and feedback loops and certification are among the many issues holding them back. Comparing an unsupported MOOC from 2008 to an in-person college experience isn’t apples to apples. 14 Examples Of Innovation In Higher Education. by Terry Heick.

Production Value in Online Higher Education

Soon after, MOOCs (a la Coursera and Udacity) arrived and took the potential impact of freely distributed instructional content on reputation to a whole new level, quickly establishing these online courses as a very public platform for inter-institutional competition. As anticipated, the investment in MOOCs by universities climbed quickly, some reaching the $400,000 mark - roughly 2000 percent more than your typical online course. Son of MOOC.


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


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

Bryan Alexander

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. I asked how open learning works for non-professionals, citing research showing many MOOC users are already professionals and/or academics. Bonk mentions more MOOC research he did, available at this site. Patrice (Cornell University) described a project of helping K-12 teachers teach STEM.


Free or Low-Cost Resources for PD in Distance Learning

Graphite Blog

Many summer webinar topics are directly related to teaching during the coronavirus pandemic, including "How to Mix STEM and Play with Hybrid Learning," "Using Focus Skills to Close COVID-19 Learning Gaps," and "Remote Learning for Early Learners with Autism."


Makerspace Educators Need Professional Development, Too

EdTech Magazine

In past MOOCs, authors engaged in Twitter chats, had guest speakers via YouTube, prompted educators to share their reflections through blogs and Facebook groups and challenged participants to create a weekly visual of their learning. Voice and choice can transform a makerspace from a STEM playground into a personalized passion project. Makerspace Educators Need Professional Development, Too. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 08/30/2018 - 13:22.

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What is Blended Learning? Tips from 3 Bett Speakers

ViewSonic Education

In order to reduce the amount of new content a teacher needs to make, YouTube videos, MOOC s, multiple choice questions and web-based resources can be combined. The very flipped learning approach stems from blended learning and has already made a name for itself within new pedagogical practices. MOOC-style lessons, webinars and using open-access tools like Google’s G-Suite or Microsoft’s Learning Tools are all options.

The future includes good (human) teachers

The Hechinger Report

We know from the rise in free massive open online courses, better known as MOOCs, that a scholar on a screen can and already has replaced the sage on the stage. But let’s hope the future doesn’t look like the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, which was Ohio’s largest online K-12 school before its operators shut it down due to a drop in enrollment, stemming from an apparent lack of the human touch.

Watch That Hand: Why Videos May Not Be the Best Medium for Knowledge Retention


From Khan Academy to massive open online courses (better known as MOOCs), digital instructional content is often delivered as videos. In their study, 104 Australian male and female students in both STEM and non-STEM fields had to remember the type, color and position of 12 abstract symbols placed on rectangular frame on a laptop monitor. Yet Juan Cristobal Castro-Alonso argues that videos may not be the best medium when it comes to helping learners retain knowledge.

“I may be one teacher but I’m no longer going to stay silent about the things important to my country and world of education. I love my students and as I look at children everywhere, I want them to have teachers who love teaching and who love them.” – Vicki Davis, USA

Daily Edventures

She won a regional Georgia award for the National Center for Women & Information Technology program (NCWIT) and recently accompanied Davis to the 2012 ISTE Conference where she helped Davis present on attracting women into STEM fields. With Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and e-learning programs that are developing, students are going to be able to have high-speed Internet and a high-quality education without leaving their homes.

?Why an iTunes Model for Online Learning Is Bad for Educators


The online learning industry has driven itself into a corner that is tricky to get out of, and much of that stems from initially offering the majority of digital content for free. As MOOCs surged in popularity from 2012 to 2015, universities, nonprofits, schools and companies all jumped into the game of developing online courses, and giving them away—often at the promise of no cost—to the world.

What Faculty Need to Know About ‘Learner Experience Design’


The online “quality” debate stems, in part, from explosion in institutional demand for online experiences and resulting pressure on faculty to design and facilitate online courses. Patrice Torcivia ( @profpatrice ) works on working on the design, production, and support for CornellX MOOCs, online courses and digital initiatives at Cornell University.

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The Greatest EdTech Generation Ever – LIVE Blog of Justin Reich’s Keynote


As a researcher, Justin has been carrying this concept into his work with MOOCs. However, in the last few years, higher education has listened to the world of MOOCs and started changing. STEM/STEAM. Justin hired an undergrad to research the role of STEM/STEAM to discover the promise. Justin Reich is the co-founder of EdTechTeacher, the Richard L.

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10 Google+ Communities I'm Recommending to Our Faculty

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

STEM on Google+ - "Feel free to post into the appropriate section by selecting from the drop-down ''share'' menu." MOOC - Massive Open Online Courses. "A Here are ten Google+ communities I''ll be recommending that our teachers check out. 8399 members as of 1/25/13) 2. Music Producers - Gear, Techniques, Tips, Tricks & Advice (258 members as of 1/25/13) 3. Film Professionals Network - Community of filmmakers from all parts of the world (203 members, 1/25/13) 4.


This summer’s ultimate ed tech professional development guide


If you’d like to take a course this summer but just don’t have the budget or time to go back to school, consider a Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC. Turn Your Elementary School into a STEM School! It’s officially summer. By now, you and teachers across North America have administered the last exams, filled out every report card and tidied your classrooms (so that’s where that library book was hiding!). Time to step off the teaching treadmill for a well-deserved break.

Lessons from Boise: What colleges can teach us about fostering innovation

Perry Hewitt

A critical part of this learning stems from transparency : organizations used to sweeping failed projects under the rug are now sharing them via processes like blameless post-mortems to capture lessons and encourage experimentation. Media interest in formalized online learning, or “peak MOOC,” occurred in about 2012, and with it the mandate that everyone must learn to code. A wheel design to eliminate road ruts for American farmers.

The World Innovation Summit On Education-#WISE13

The Web20Classroom

MOOCs, STEM education, data gathering, and more. This week (October 29-October 31) I am in Doha, Qatar, attending the WISE Summit. Folks from over 100 countries are gathered to talk about what is working in education, examine current trends and discuss how countries can work better together, to provide kids everywhere a solid education. After the amazing experience last year, there was no question I was headed back when I was asked to return.

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STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Paloma Garcia-Lopez - Executive Director, Maker Education Initiative - "Maker Movement: Making More Makers" Jeanne Century - Director of Research and Evaluation and Science Education, Outlier Research and Evaluation, CEMSE, University of Chicago - "Is it STEM or Just Good Practice?" Lori Trent, STEM Coordinator - Innovator of Inspiration and Magic RADIO SOLIDARIA AMIGA, ONLINE, UNA HERRAMIENTA INNOVADORA - Mª Magdalena Galiana Lloret.


The Learning Revolution - Global Ed Declaration - Connected Cafe Videos - ISTE Unplugged News

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Featured Conference Recordings Eric Sheninger from the 2013 School Leadership Summit - on "Leadership 2.0" [link] Dr. Sandra Hirsh from the Library 2.013 Conference - on "The Global Transformation of Libraries, LIS Education, and LIS Professionals" [link] Al Byers from the 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference - on "Developing Large Scale Effective STEM Teacher Learning Communities" [link] Conversations Classroom 2.0 MOOCs for Deeper Learning.


Good analysis of higher ed trends and strategy: Jon McGee’s _Breakpoint_

Bryan Alexander

The discussion of digital changes (76-82) touches on high points (cost, commodification, MOOCs), but comes to no conclusions or recommendations. I suspect these absences stem from another issue, the book’s focus on traditional-age undergraduate education. Jon McGee’s Breakpoint (2015, Johns Hopkins) offers a very solid, useful, and accessible analysis of current trends in higher education.

Good analysis of higher ed trends and strategy: Jon McGee’s _Breakpoint_

Bryan Alexander

The discussion of digital changes (76-82) touches on high points (cost, commodification, MOOCs), but comes to no conclusions or recommendations. I suspect these absences stem from another issue, the book’s focus on traditional-age undergraduate education. Jon McGee’s Breakpoint (2015, Johns Hopkins) offers a very solid, useful, and accessible analysis of current trends in higher education.

How ‘Learning Engineering’ Hopes to Speed Up Education


Newkirk believes that his model will work for other STEM fields, including chemistry and physics. This story was published in partnership with The Moonshot Catalog.