The Metamorphosis of MOOCs

Edsurge

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. Are their employers allowing them to study during paid work time?

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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. One of the driving ideas behind MOOCs is that they are accessible to everyone, everywhere, regardless of previous educational achievement, socioeconomic status, or physical location. 12, shows that, generally, MOOCs have not reached such a demographically broad audience. The Futures of MOOCs.

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For Best Results, Pair MOOCs With In-Person Support

Edsurge

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." That year, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched edX, a joint effort to provide interactive, enriching MOOCs to a global audience and make world-class information accessible to all. MOOCs don't require students to sit in a classroom at a fixed time; students can take MOOCs when and where they want.

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6 Things you may not know about MOOCs

Neo LMS

Despite sounding like a Dr Seuss character, MOOCs are actually seriously learning tech. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course, and is typically offered as a “taster” introductory course by major universities via online platforms. The idea is to give a broad overview of the subject and introduce the university’s academics, in the hopes it may inspire some learners to continue their studies further, and enrol for an actual credit-earning course.

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Article in Journal ‘Science’ Argues MOOC Participation is Declining as Providers Pivot

Edsurge

What lessons can be learned from the rise and pivot of MOOCs, those large-scale online courses that proponents said would disrupt higher education? An article this week in the prestigious journal ‘Science’ explores that question, digging into six years of data from MOOCs offered by Harvard University and MIT on the edX platform launched by the two universities. In fact, completion rates for MOOCs in the study declined. So MOOCs have not disrupted higher education.

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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). Using the guides provided in the course, VPLCs provide opportunities for larger groups of teachers to discuss the impact of changes in practice based on what they learned in the MOOC-Ed; to discover what other peers found was effective, what was not, and why; and to share questions, concerns, and affirmations about their experiences.

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7th grade scholarships for MOOC completion

eSchool News

Qualified 7th grade students can earn special consideration for Cooke Scholarships by completing an edX MOOC. The Cooke Young Scholars Program provides high-achieving students entering 8th grade with many benefits, including: individualized counseling to set academic goals; guidance on applying to colleges; and funding for summer educational programs, study abroad, internships and some school expenses.

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What If No One Seeks Credit for a Credit-Eligible MOOC?

Edsurge

News that Arizona State University and edX have archived 10 of their 14 Global Freshman Academy courses raises questions about the viability and purpose of credit-eligible MOOCs. She suggests that first-year students may need more academic and social supports and wraparound services than a la carte MOOCs provide. It’s not the first time students seemingly have rejected opportunities to gain college credit for MOOCs.

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What if MOOCs Revolutionize Education After All?

Edsurge

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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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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If I was teaching Social Studies today…

Dangerously Irrelevant

Some folks know that I started my education career as a middle school Social Studies teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina. For instance, if I was teaching Social Studies today… My students and I definitely would be tapping into an incredible diversity of online resources. And, if I was stuck for an idea for class, I could access the Social Studies lesson plans at Educade or the 400+ lesson plans at the EDSITEment! Learning and Teaching learning social studies teaching

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MOOCs are No Longer Massive. And They Serve Different Audiences Than First Imagined.

Edsurge

MOOCs have gone from a buzzword to a punchline, especially among professors who were skeptical of these “massive open online courses” in the first place. MOOCs started in around 2011 when a few Stanford professors put their courses online and made them available to anyone who wanted to take them. We’re talking 160,000 people signing up to study advanced tech topics like data science. Actually these days you don’t hear much about MOOCs at all.

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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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MOOCs – Magnificent, Monsters or Malediction

Mark Smithers

Thanks to Kate Bowles ( @KateMfD ) for sending me a link to an open Coursesites web site (free registration) that has been created for the MOOC discussion at the forthcoming Universities Australia 2014 conference. There are six questions in the discussion area; these are: What have been the most significant impacts of MOOCs? What have we learned about teaching and learning from the experience with MOOCs? What are the three best articles you have read on MOOCs?

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A Finished Dissertation – MOOC Pasts & Futures

Improving Education Environments

Rolin Moe : From All MOOCs, All The Time. Originally posted on All MOOCs, All The Time : After nearly two years of intense study, scholarship and research, my dissertation The Evolution & Impact of the Massive Open Online Course has been published to ProQuest (though I am sharing it via Scribd, as ProQuest is not always the easiest for open access). The findings in the Delphi study can….

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Classroom Management and Parent Engagement: 8 #EduGoalsMOOC Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

We invited two incredible leaders in education to be our guest experts for the chat, Dr. Lynell Powell ( @DrJoy77 ), assistant principal and host of the Dr. Joy Radio Show and Marisa Constantinides ( @Marisa_C ), Director of Studies of CELT Athens (where I received my CELTA) and author of TEFL Matters. Teacher Tips #EdugoalsMOOC classroom management MOOC moocs parent engagement

Massive Study of Online Teaching Ends With Surprising — and ‘Deflating’ — Result

Edsurge

MIT professor Justin Reich and several colleagues just completed one of the largest-ever research studies exploring teaching techniques in online higher education, involving nearly 250,000 students from nearly every nation on the planet. That’s just what didn’t work in Reich’s latest study.

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

Edsurge

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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MOOCs Are Global. So Where Do They Stand With New European Privacy Laws?

Edsurge

MOOC-provider Coursera, for example, claims to have 6.5 Across all geographies, Europe has one of the highest concentration of MOOC users in the world. A study by Class Central, a review site for the free online courses, found that nearly 20 percent of its users were based in Europe. For their part, some MOOC providers have already made steps towards compliance. Some MOOC instructors are less concerned.

MOOCs – Magnificent, Monsters or Malediction

Mark Smithers

Thanks to Kate Bowles ( @KateMfD ) for sending me a link to an open Coursesites web site (free registration) that has been created for the MOOC discussion at the forthcoming Universities Australia 2014 conference. There are six questions in the discussion area; these are: What have been the most significant impacts of MOOCs? What have we learned about teaching and learning from the experience with MOOCs? What are the three best articles you have read on MOOCs?

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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. For all the promises of online courses disrupting education, completion rates are notoriously low.

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Students in Free Courses Study, but Not as Much as Most Students Do

Wired Campus

Most students in free online courses don’t spend as much time doing classwork as do traditional college students, but they do log a significant number of hours, according to a new survey of more than 4,500 MOOC students by Class Central, a website that reviews free courses. More than 55 percent of the students surveyed said they studied two to five hours per week, and 22 percent said they spent six to 10 hours per week studying.

With New Online Marketplace, Community Colleges Hope to Better Compete With For-Profits

Edsurge

Ositelu, a senior policy analyst for New America who has studied short-term credentials , expressed “caution and concern” about the promises made by the platform. Education Technology MOOCs Digital Credentials Higher Education Jobs & Careers Workforce Training

U. of Michigan Hints at Growth Plans for Office of Academic Innovation

Edsurge

The university has been making free online classes known as MOOCs, or massive open online courses, since the medium’s early days, says Dhawal Shah, founder of Class Central, which ranks the institution as the fourth-most prolific university MOOC producer. Last year one of its courses ranked fifth in total enrollments of all MOOCs offered on Coursera, a MOOC platform. Education Technology MOOCs Digital Learning in Higher Ed Higher Education

What’s an HBX Again? Nevermind. Harvard Business School Rebrands Its Online Offerings.

Edsurge

That was at the height of the buzz around MOOCs, and about a year after the start of edX, the online course platform founded by Harvard and MIT. He was referring to the business school’s well-known teaching method that uses “case studies,” which the school produces and sells as well. In renaming the online program, Harvard Business School is signaling that it will continue to offer courses and certificates online while attempting to set itself apart from X-ending MOOC providers.

Massive Online Courses Find A New Audience With Continuing Medical Education

Edsurge

The digitization of healthcare with more data and machine learning has created a skill set that many people didn’t study in school.” Instead, MOOC providers see an opportunity in helping medical professionals keep their knowledge and skills up to date after they graduate, a field also known as continuing medical education (CME). The draw to host these courses on MOOC platforms, Butler says, is the chance to reach a wider audience. MOOCs, The New OPM?

Keith Devlin from Stanford: Talking Media, Math, MOOCs, and Silicon Valley Money in Education

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

In addition to talking about the use of different media to teach and communicate mathematics, we''re going to dive into some deeper conversations about the recent move toward massive(ly) open online courses (MOOCs, one of which he is starting for free this fall on math), why he thinks that "higher education as we know it just ended," the impact of the Silicon Valley and venture capital in education, and as much as we can fit into an hour!

Moving From 5% to 85% Completion Rates for Online Courses

Edsurge

MOOCs, shorthand for massive open online courses, have been widely critiqued for their miniscule completion rates. This does not necessarily make MOOCs a failure. However, since 2012—when MOOCs gained widespread recognition —instructional designers have made significant strides in designing scalable learning experiences that people successfully finish. That’s a far cry from five years ago, when only 5 percent of the students were finishing the MOOCs I was designing.

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. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

Rwanda’s ahead of the online CBE learning curve

The Christensen Institute

accredited degree program through a blend of massive open online courses (MOOCs), CBE, and guided in-person interactions. They learn about time- and study-management, as well as about working in teams. In shared homes in Kigali, 12 to 20 students will watch videos from MOOCs or other open educational resources. Every student engages in work-study at the university, which enables the Kepler to manage and run the organization at a low cost.

The Professor Who Quit His Tenured Job to Make Podcasts and Lecture Videos

Edsurge

He made the move to his new phase of scholarly life during a rush of enthusiasm for so-called MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses, that big-name colleges were starting to offer low-cost higher education to a wider audience. When I started as an undergraduate student, I was a physics major and I became a philosophy of science student and then I went to graduate school to study philosophy of science. I studied complex social and physical and biological systems.

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Online PD Courses Help Educators Understand Ed-Tech, Classroom Management, Study Finds

Marketplace K-12

The three biggest reasons pre-K-12 educators took online professional development courses in the past year were to learn how to use digital devices, how to use the educational software that goes on them, or to find out more about classroom behavior or management, according to a new study. “Our goal with this study was to find out, ‘Are [educators] taking online professional learning courses?’

The #InnovatorsMindsetMOOC (September 2016)

The Principal of Change

This would be centred around the book, “ The Innovator’s Mindset ”, but would go beyond simply a book study. Providing Instructional Leadership #innovatorsmindset #InnovatorsMindsetMOOC educational mooc innovators mindset online book studyThis is an idea that I have been passing around in my head…One of my goals is to develop “The Innovator’s Mindset” as the norm in our schools, but that can mean different things to different people.

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

NeverEndingSearch

Using everyday digital content, the COR paper and online assessments directly connect to the questions posed in SHEG’s study and engage learners in credibility decision-making around three COR Competencies: Who’s behind the information? Might we also study whether learners with solid K12 library inquiry experience perform better than the student in the general SHEG sample ? Social studies teachers will adore these!

An Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

A Beginner’s Guide to Writing in English for University Study. 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.