How to Teach Online MOOC: Aloha Discussion

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.


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


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

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


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. You could take workshops on how to use audio and video. Education Technology MOOCs EdSurge PodcastWhat’s life like after quitting a tenured job as a professor to become a freelance educator, making video courses and podcasts for a living?

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Dr. Alec Couros on Spearfishing, Citizenship, and Lateral Reading

The CoolCatTeacher

Finally, Alec is a passionate advocate of openness in education and demonstrates this commitment through his open access publications, considerable digital presence and contributions, and highly successful MOOCs and open boundary courses.

What Does ‘Personalized Learning’ Look Like? Video Series Aims to Go Beyond Hype

Wired Campus

The case studies, divided into short segments covering different topics, together resemble a MOOC. ” Distance Education IT MOOCs

How Online Education Went from Teaching Reform to Economic Necessity for Colleges


OPMs (companies that help build and finance online programs at colleges) and MOOC providers (groups that help colleges build large-scale online courses, some of which are free to take as a form of outreach) have given colleges new options to launch online degrees.

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Preparing to Teach a Large Online Course


A number of ProfHacker posts have looked at aspects of this: Doug Ward has talked about the perils of online teaching , Michelle Moravec shared lessons from a MOOC , and Jason shared his summer of teaching online. Adopt strategies from MOOCs and other large-scale courses.

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Should Online Courses Go Through ‘Beta Testing’? How One Provider Taps 2,500 Volunteers


Coursera was a pioneer in offering MOOCs, or massive open online courses, in partnership with hundreds of top colleges. While attention around MOOCs has died down, the company seems to have found a business model for free courses with something it calls Specializations. Testers are asked to go through a brief training MOOC, but their knowledge on the topics they review is varied—the idea is they are giving the student perspective.

Technology does not equal innovation, but using technology is often crucial to innovation.

The Principal of Change

Lately I have been doing things a little different in my workshops. I have noticed this during my workshops when I watch people sign up for twitter accounts on their own, but I never once tell them to do so.

Developing and Delivering Effective Professional Development for Educators


Recently, I found myself sitting in a conference room along with 200+ educators for one day workshop. Some educators had flown in from far and reached a day early to get started on time for the early morning workshop. Some had traveled for a few hours to be there just on time and some were still trickling in the conference room even after the workshop had started. Is the time, effort and money spent on the workshop making me a better educator?

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Equity in #EdTech: A Report Review


The report’s methodology is to give details on shared research, learning, insights and conclusions from two workshops conducted in February and May of 2017. One case of particular interest was how MITx/EdX worked to reduce the global achievement gap in MOOCs (p.

How do you focus on being innovative while still teaching the curriculum?

The Principal of Change

Here is a question I often get in workshops: How do you focus on being innovative while still teaching the curriculum? September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon!


?Are We Recreating Segregated Education Online?


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. The most educated consumers are no longer satisfied with just watching online training videos—they want (and fork up money for) virtual workshops, coaching, custom feedback and a network of professional contacts.

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. It hosts workshops, one-on-one consultations, and mixers that bring students and businesses together. Article Written By: Hossein Rahnama.

29 Sessions to Watch During This Year's SXSW EDU


With less than a week until the storytelling-themed keynote kicks things off, we combed through the sessions, workshops and talks that will be filling our heads, and our Twitter feeds, in the days to come. The Evolution of MOOCs: Six Years Later : Are MOOCs still around? This workshop will explore other measures and a framework that better align with the skills that students have—and what employers really want.


Notes from Leadership for the Digital Age with Alan November - Day 2


edX - - MOOC site, courses are all free, people who teach the courses are from Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, University of Texas, etc. Coursera is another option for higher ed MOOCS. Close to 10% of students got into MIT by excelling in a MOOC.

Reflecting On My Visit to Saint Stephen’s College in Australia: The Learning Spaces #flipclass #edtech


Saint Stephen’s College invited me to share my direct experiences with their teachers and conduct large and small workshops with their teachers to inspire and brainstorm possibilities. MOOCs. Their MOOC worktime is an assigned period within their school day.


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. It’s officially summer.

A conference about what is sacred in education: 5Sigma Edu Con

iLearn Technology

Hundreds of conferences, workshops, MOOCS, edcamps, professional journals, blogs, the list seriously goes on and on. There are a lot of options for professional development.

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. When Justin and Tom started doing EdTechTeacher workshops, a huge argument was that students would need to sit in a lecture hall and take notes when they got to college.

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Beyond Knowing

The Principal of Change

Recently at a workshop, one of amazing educators in the room talked about the shift in language from a “fixed mindset” to a “growth mindset” She made this distinction: Fixed Mindset –> “I don’t know.”


“We expect innovation in every organization except for the one we work in.”

The Principal of Change

Recently in a workshop, I asked a participant if I could use their phone and write a tweet from their account to get them some information. When they handed me their iPhone, I realized that it was an iPhone 4, and confirmed that with them.


4 Questions to Lay the Foundation for a “Culture of Innovation”

The Principal of Change

In workshops, one of the things that I often say is that I am totally open to people disagreeing with me, but not after the day when I am gone. May 16, 2016 Meaningful Change is On All of Us September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon!


Avoiding the Mediocre Middle

Improving Education Environments

The spate of US Presidential debates over the past months has reminded me of the dialogue and rhetorical tricks my partners and I used to employ as headstrong high schoolers through the National Forensics League.

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More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

What do you think the whole MOOC thing George Siemens and I and others was about? Needless to say, these students are not roaming autodidacts who, left to their own (digital) devices, will thrive and succeed as “free range learners” in a world of MOOCs. Stephen then discusses my critique of the predominant model of delivering MOOCs: The problem [Wiley] sees with these MOOCs isn’t the pedagogical model per se , it’s that they have the wrong licensing.

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Practicing the Principles of Connected Learning

Educator Innovator

If you are organizing a course, MOOC, or co-learning community, daily connects are one of the most powerful and yet simple tools at your disposal.


What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

The Hechinger Report

The Center has run a course for undergraduates since 2007 and has since expanded into secondary schools by hosting summer teacher-training workshops and making course materials available online through its Digital Resource Center. Northport, N.Y.,

Live Tuesday March 27th - Alec Couros Talks "Open Teaching"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

He has given hundreds of workshops and presentations, nationally and internationally, on topics such as openness in education, networked learning, social media in education, digital citizenship, and critical media literacy.

Campus Tech 2016: Recognizing—and Questioning—“Inevitable” Futures


Stephen Downes , senior researcher at the National Research Council of Canada and co-creator of the MOOC, began with an overview of the predictive process, saying it “isn’t magic, but it’s not mechanical either.” READING THE TEA LEAVES : Futurist Bryan Alexander ’s pre-conference workshop delved into techniques for predicting the future, as well as an overview of higher-ed technology trends from the New Media Consortium’s recent Horizon report.


The Power, Promise, and Pitfalls of Networks in Learning – Alec Couros Kicks of #ettipad San Diego


Alec has given hundreds of workshops and presentations, nationally and internationally, on topics such as openness in education, networked learning, social media in education, digital citizenship, and critical media literacy. Welcome to the 2nd annual EdTechTeacher iPad Summit in San Diego!

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


Now in its second year, the four-month accelerator program offers selected companies up to $100,000 from Intel Capital—in exchange for up to six percent of equity—and provides access to GSVlabs , weekly workshops and guidance from self-selected mentors like David Min (VP of Strategic Business Innovation at the Walt Disney Company) or Ronald Chandler (former CIO for the Los Angeles Unified School District).

Two New Library 2.0 Webinars: Library Advocacy + Marketing | Coaching Skills for Managers + Supervisors | ALSO: Active Shooter Response Recording

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

DR. SUE ALMAN has taught graduate courses, webinars, and workshops in marketing and public relations for libraries for nearly 20 years, and her students have created award-winning marketing and PR projects. We have two new Library 2.0 Webinars coming up in February.

MIT’s Mitch Resnick on What ‘Toy Story’ Gets Wrong About the Future of Play


It's more of an invention workshop. It feels more like an inventor's workshop, but Sid's room is presented very sinister like. Clearly, we want to try to present an inventor's workshop, one that's open with possibilities and allows everybody to take their imagination and create things that come to life. We started the online class for the first time a few years ago when MOOCs were becoming population. We weren't very satisfied with what we saw in the early MOOCs.

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Thursday Webinar - "Library Advocacy: Everyday Marketing Tools and Techniques" with Dr. Sue Alman

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

DR. SUE ALMAN Dr. Sue Alman has taught graduate courses, webinars, and workshops in marketing and public relations for libraries for nearly 20 years, and her students have created award-winning marketing and PR projects. Please consider joining us for this special Library 2.0