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A Far Cry From School History: Massive Online Open Courses As A Generative Source For Historical Research
, Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily
files/images/irish_history.jpg Silvia Gallagher, Ciaran Wallace, The International Review of Research in Open, Distributed Learning, Sept 27, 2016 Good article that takes advantage of the fact that in some MOOCs knowledge is created and not merely transmitted. "Learner participation in MOOCs is a two way process whereby learners are both consumers and producers of knowledge. In these connectivist environments, learners are not only being ... [Link] Mon, 26 Sept 2016 12:: -0400

Negotiation And Conflict Resolution Education In The Age Of The Mooc
, Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily
Noam Ebner, Social Science Research Network, Sept 26, 2016 Good paper (47 page PDF) on the development and delivery of a MOOC on negotiation and conflict resolution. It's focused around four major issues: Can we provide the same quality of negotiation education in a MOOC format Can the signature pedagogy of the negotiation field, the experiential learning model, be implemented in a MOOC? Can we provide students in a MOOC the same experience that has made negotiation courses successful? What implications might this have for negotiation and dispute resolution ... [Link] , 25 Sept 2016 13:: -0400

What Do Forbes, Nyt, And Sotheby’S Have In Common? They Make Online Courses
, Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily
files/images/nytEducation-The-School-of-The-New-York-Times.jpg Anuar Lequerica, Class Central, Sept 26, 2016 There's virtually no content in this article (would it be too much to do an interview or get a point of view?) but the author points to an important trend. "The World Bank, PwC, and Fundaç ã o Lemann offer MOOCs on Coursera. Microsoft, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, and the ... [Link] , 25 Sept 2016 13:: -0400

Get A Front Row Seat In Harvard’S Largest Class With The Magic Of Virtual Reality
, Class Central's MOOC Report
With the magic of internet and virtual reality, you can pretend to be a student in Harvard's largest on-campus class. The post Get a Front Row Seat in Harvard’s Largest Class with the Magic of Virtual Reality appeared first on Class Central's MOOC Report. [Link] Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:03:07 +0000

Get Smart, Get Involved: A Mooc By The Uk Parliament
, Class Central's MOOC Report
A MOOC taught by parliament members in which you can learn how parliament works, and how you, as a citizen, can get involved. The post Get Smart, Get Involved: A MOOC By The UK Parliament appeared first on Class Central's MOOC Report. [Link] Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:33:11 +0000

Not Your Mothers Father Of Distance Education
, Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily
files/images/AnnaEliotTicknor.png Alan Levine, CogDogBlog, Sept 22, 2016 Alan Levine makes the point that "in this age of 2016, that it is shocking that someone would put three white men on screen with a label of 'founding fathers.'" and expands on a deeper history of distance education that explores the correspondance schools of the 1800s. In  my post I put the cut-off at the use of wireless radio, which would rule out the post-based ... [Link] Wed, 21 Sept 2016 12:: -0400

Mobilesapiens: A Creative Safari
, Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily
files/images/img_7888.png Amy Burvall, AmusED, Sept 22, 2016 At first I thought this referred to Safari, the browser on which nothing works, but it is in fact "a co-created experience that was whimsical, low-pressure, and yet would provide participants with a chance to explore their own creativity." Basically it's a community created on the fly using Google+ and smart phones to inspire participants. Take some time, explore the community, look at the ... [Link] Wed, 21 Sept 2016 12:: -0400

Moocs At Five
, Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily
files/images/student_payments.JPG Alex Usher, Higher Education Strategy Associates, Sept 22, 2016 One of the biggest disappointments I had with the commercialization of the MOOC through the Stanford and MIT products was the idea that the MOOC would have to be "sustainable" through some user pay mechanism. In 2009 the  average tuition was around $4500; this accounted for between 30-50% of the total cost of an education. And of course it ... [Link] Thu, 22 Sept 2016 10:: -0400

Berkeley May Remove Free Online Content Rather Than Complying With Disability Law
, Inside Higher Ed | News
The University of California, Berkeley, has announced that it may eliminate free online content rather than comply with a U.S. Justice Department order that it make the content accessible to those with disabilities. The content in question is all free and is for the general public to use. "The department’s findings do not implicate the accessibility of educational opportunities provided to our enrolled students," said a statement on the situation by Cathy Koshland, vice chancellor for undergraduate education. While the university has not made a final decision, ... [Link] Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:31:00 +0000

Mooc-Based Master'S Degree Initiative Expands Globally
, Inside Higher Ed | News
Fourteen universities around the world are today launching modular master’s degree programs in which students can complete up to half of the course work online, earn a credential and then decide whether they want to apply to pursue the full degree. The launch of the 19 programs, known as MicroMasters, follows a pilot at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT has since early this year tested the model in its supply chain management program. Learners start the program by taking massive open online courses hosted on edX, the MOOC platform MIT helped found. After completing ... [Link] Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:00:00 +0000

Coursera Promotes Its “Affordable Online Courses” With New Tv Ad Spots
, Class Central's MOOC Report
Coursera starts running ads on major US networks, and the ads are focused on professional advancement. The post Coursera Promotes Its “Affordable Online Courses” With New TV Ad Spots appeared first on Class Central's MOOC Report. [Link] Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:41:11 +0000

Ten Most Popular Moocs Starting In October 2016
, Class Central's MOOC Report
The best new free online courses starting in October 2016 The post Ten Most Popular MOOCs Starting in October 2016 appeared first on Class Central's MOOC Report. [Link] Tue, 20 Sep 2016 06:35:14 +0000

What European Leaders In Edtech Think Of The State Of Moocs: Part I
, Class Central's MOOC Report
Yoni Dayan catches up with several experts in the EdTech space. In this first part of a series, he asks them about where MOOCs have settled within EdTech, and the ongoing Learning Management System fever. The post What European Leaders in EdTech Think of the State of MOOCs: Part I appeared first on Class Central's MOOC Report. [Link] Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:55:21 +0000

Be Your Best You: 13 Free Online Courses To Kick Stress’S Ass!
, Class Central's MOOC Report
MOOCs with a wide variety of approaches to improving mental health and wellbeing — there's something here for everyone. The post Be Your Best You: 13 Free Online Courses To Kick Stress’s Ass! appeared first on Class Central's MOOC Report. [Link] Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:32:27 +0000

You Could Be Building Self-Driving Cars By This Time Next Year
, Class Central's MOOC Report
Udacity announces more details of its self-driving car engineer Nanodegree — signups open today, and job offers await those who graduate from the 36 week course. The post You Could Be Building Self-Driving Cars By This Time Next Year appeared first on Class Central's MOOC Report. [Link] Tue, 13 Sep 2016 16:23:01 +0000

The Mooc Identity: Designing Learning Environments
, Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily
In this presentation I place the development of the MOOC in the context of innovative and transformational change. I then describe what will need to take place in  MOOCs to support tranformational change - connectivist design, personal learning, and a distributed ecosystem. International MOOC Colloquium, Anacapri, Italy (Keynote) [Sept] 09, 2016 [Comment] [Link] Fri, 09 [Sept] 2016 21:: -0400

Q&Amp;A With Author Of Book On How Technology Is Changing Education
, Inside Higher Ed | News
Keeping up with the latest twists and turns in the educational technology market can be exhausting. Neil Selwyn’s Is Technology Good for Education? (Polity Press) takes a step back. The book is, in Selwyn’s words, “intended to make you think otherwise about technology and education.” Anyone looking for a definitive answer need not look any farther than the very first sentence. Spoiler alert: for Selwyn, professor of education at Monash University in Australia, the answer is simultaneously yes, no and “all points in between.” In ... [Link] Fri, 09 Sep 2016 07:00:00 +0000

Once Again, The “International Mooc Colloquium: The Mooc Identity” (A Conference Recap)
, Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily
Steve Krause, stevendkrause.com, [Sept] 09, 2016 Steve Krause summarizes the MOOC forum that a number of us attended in Italy this past weekend. Not much to add except that the summary seems accurate to me and that it pointed quite clearly to some of the tensions between public and private enterprise around the world of MOOCs. [Link] [Comment] [Link] Thu, 08 [Sept] 2016 17:: -0400

Microsoft In Education Blog
, Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily
files/images/Community-Member-Badge.png Microsoft, [Sept] 08, 2016 Microsoft has redesigned its educator community, and while there are some nice points to the design - I can see the badges drawing people into taking courses, for example - when you're there, if you click on the 'Education' link in the upper right hand corner, you go to  a whole different education site from which there is no obvious link back to the education ... [Link] Wed, 07 [Sept] 2016 13:: -0400

Orienting, Not Informing
, Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily
files/images/heg_image.jpg Dave Cormier, Inside Higher Ed, [Sept] 08, 2016 Dave Cormier's column on campus orientation would probably have been of more use published a couple weeks or a month ago, so people could follow his advice. Now they can only compare what they're currently doing with what he's done. Cormier describes the use of a "MOOC-style orientation course" over several years on the UPEI campus, and his recommendation is that institutions ... [Link] Wed, 07 [Sept] 2016 12:: -0400

Learning Music Online 2: Ai, Social Networks, And The Future
, Class Central's MOOC Report
In part 2 of this series on online music education, Prof. Cook examines how students are using social networks to learn and collaborate, and why robots are a good fit for music education. The post Learning Music Online 2: AI, Social Networks, And The Future appeared first on Class Central's MOOC Report. [Link] Tue, 06 Sep 2016 05:40:04 +0000

Moocs No Longer Massive, Still Attract Millions
, Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily
files/images/MOOCs_offered_2016.png Dhawal Shah, VentureBeat, [Sept] 07, 2016 We're still waiting for 2016 data, of course, but it's hard to reconcile the 2015 data with statements that the MOOC era is over. The MOOC user base doubled in 2015. "The total number of students who signed up for at least one course had crossed 35 million — up from an estimated 16– 18 million in 2014." And in 2016, the number of courses has doubled, ... [Link] [Tues], 06 [Sept] 2016 13:: -0400

What'S The Future Of Jobs?
, Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily
files/images/John_Hagel.jpg John Hagel, Edge Perspectives, [Sept] 07, 2016 The interesting thing about the meeting I was at in Capri was that there were people from Udacity, EdX, Coursera, and other MOOC initiatives, and how much of the discussion focused around preparing people for jobs. "That's the scam," I argued. We're not preparing people for success if we're preparing them for jobs; quite the contrary. This post from John Hagel reflects a ... [Link] Mon, 05 [Sept] 2016 20:: -0400

What Do Forbes, Nyt, And Sotheby’S Have In Common? They Make Onine Courses
, Class Central's MOOC Report
There are now a number of non-education-focused organizations and individuals offering online courses on the major platforms The post What Do Forbes, NYT, And Sotheby’s Have In Common? They Make Onine Courses appeared first on Class Central's MOOC Report. [Link] Mon, 05 Sep 2016 01:17:53 +0000

Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Experiments With Instructor Grading In Massive Open Online Course
, Inside Higher Ed | News
One of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s most popular massive open online courses is adding a feature not seen in any of its other humanities MOOCs: instructors grading essays. Learners in Introduction to Philosophy: God, Knowledge and Consciousness, which started on Monday, now have the option to have their essays graded and reviewed by real, flesh-and-blood philosophers -- in this first case, one of MIT’s own graduate students. The goal, according to MIT, is twofold: to give learners from all over the world an introduction to basic philosophical topics and --... [Link] Fri, 02 Sep 2016 07:00:00 +0000

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