The MOOC Newsletter, by Stephen Downes

The MOOC Newsletter

Welcome to the MOOC Newsletter. Produced by Stephen Downes, this newsletter brings you information and resources from the world of MOOCs once a day every day. Looking for MOOCs? Check the comprehensive MOOC Course Listings page.

Jul 31, 2014

Chinese cyberattack hits Canada's National Research Council
Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily
Rosemary Barton, CBC News, Jul 30, 2014 So this was the big news in the office yesterday. I have nothing to add to the media coverage of the story, except to confirm that we are being told internally basically the same story (less, actually) as is being reported externally: "A 'highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor' recently managed to hack into the computer systems at Canada's National Research Council, according to Canada's chief information officer, Corinne Charette." Note that all my websites (OLDaily, mooc.ca, Half an Hour) are on completely separate ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:: -0400

Blogphilosophy: does #peace, pacifist education exist in #MOOC?
@Ignatia Webs
How many MOOCs focus on building peace? It seems not too many, yet we all need it. So… this blog rolled out of my keyboard. The summer of warIt used to be that July and August were said to be leisure months. In Flemish: cucumber time: a time where nothing important is said or done, and life can be lived and enjoyed in simple ways. With social media, networks and connected communities… this is no longer the case. No matter how hard I try I cannot keep war and conflict out of my mind’s eye. It is there, and it provides me with tons of anxiety for I myself feel helpless while watching ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:31:00 +0000

Princeton expands online learning efforts to NovoEd platform - Princeton University
coursera - Google News
Princeton expands online learning efforts to NovoEd platform Princeton University "One of the things I really wanted to do was to bring the world into the course," said Adelman, who two years ago began teaching "History of the World Since 1300" as a MOOC on the Coursera online learning platform, which Princeton faculty will continue ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:08:24 GMT

Should you Mooc and match? - Times Higher Education
mooc - Google News
Times Higher Education Should you Mooc and match? Times Higher Education Of the instructors using Mooc content, only three opted to use the video lectures alone in their courses, while 13 used different kinds of content, including quizzes. In future courses, 15 instructors said they would use Mooc content, but only a single ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:23:12 GMT

College & the source of inequality, as seen in one elegant chart - VentureBeat
coursera - Google News
College & the source of inequality, as seen in one elegant chart VentureBeat Some massively open online course (MOOC) providers, such as Udacity and Coursera, are attempting to create their own cheaper, vocationally oriented degrees. For a few hundred dollars and a couple of weeks of at-home training, many workers can get ... and more » Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:33:40 GMT

Student Data, Algorithms, Ideology, and Identity-less-ness
Hack Education
Warning: less than fully formed thoughts here...Democratizing Ideologies and Inequality Regimes in Digital Domains My friend, the amazing Tressie McMillan Cottom delivered a fabulous talk yesterday at the Harvard Berkman Center: “Democratizing Ideologies and Inequality Regimes in Digital Domains.” (You can find her notes and slides here, a live-blog from PhD student Nathan Matias here, and a collection of Tweets from the talk here; it’s my understanding that the center will be posting the video-recording soon.) As the title of her talk suggests, Tressie&... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:51:47 PDT

LearnTracker Daily Lecture

Jul 31: KARL DER GROÃE - PATER EUROPAE: Die Entstehung des Frankenreiches und der Aufstieg der Karolinger
Notes on MOOC Lectures
...die Herkunft der Franken - zahlreich, lebten an der Grenzen des rÃmischen Reiches - wÃhrend des Rückzuges der RÃmer herausbildete sich aus dem besetzten Teil Germaniens durch Bündnisse mehrerer KleinstÃmme - 260 AD erstmals im rÃmischen Quellen erwÃhnt - das Land war "Francia" - 358 AD siedelte FrÃnkische StÃmme im Nord-Brabant (Niederlanden) innerhalb des Imperiums... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:12:45 +0200

MOOCs This Week

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Aug 04

La Constitución Española de 1978 para opositores (2ª edición)
Estudio de la Constitución Española de 1978 en cuanto a sus principales antecedentes y proceso constituyente, sus características, estructura y contenido. Atención especial al Título Preliminar de la Constitución, relativo a los principios generales, y al Título X, referido a la reforma constitucional.

Aug 25

Introduction to Sustainability
This course introduces the academic discipline of sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations.

Introduction to Sustainability
This course introduces the academic discipline of sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations. From the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

[Sept] 02

Creación y retoque de imágenes con software libre
Instalación del programa y manejo de sus herramientas (de dibujo, selección y tranformación) Aclaración de procedimientos como descarga de imágenes, su creación, adquisición desde diversos dispositivos, impresión, etc… Uso de las capas y los textos Manejo del color Uso y aplicación de filtros

[Sept] 03

Get to know SAP's Innovative Enterprise Solutions (Chinese language)
To be competitive and remain relevant in today’s business world, a good IT solution has to: Enable business anywhere at any time, on any device Crunch big data easily and quickly Be tailored to the specific needs of the customer Join our lectures and learn how SAP responds to these challenges. This six week course provides you with a broad overview of SAP’s latest technologies, covering many engaging topics like SAP HANA and SAP Cloud. You will also learn how SAP offers ...

[Sept] 08

Active Mathematics for Homeschooling Families
A free online course for homeschooling families who wish to improve their children's math learning experience.

Matmática activa para familias educadoras
Un curso gratis para familias educadoras que desean explorar formas creativas de aprender y enseñar matemática, adaptadas a las necesidades de los niños.

Mini Medical School
The original Mini Medical School is now offered as a MOOC. No prerequisites, no exams! Open to anyone who wants to learn more about the basic science that underpins modern medicine.

Ozarks Studies
This is an interdisciplinary course that introduces students to the study of the Ozarks through the arts, humanities, media, and social sciences. The course will explore such issues as regional heritage, cultural adaptation, and the survival of regional and cultural identity and folkways through comparison of Ozarks people and places with other cultural groups and regions.

[Sept] 09

Habilidades y competencias a través del coaching personal (3.ª edición)
El empleo del coaching está desarrollándose en diversas universidades españolas como método de ayuda tanto para los profesores en sus proyectos tutoriales y de mentoring, como para los alumnos en el desarrollo de competencias personales, instrumentales y de actitud. Su empleo está ampliamente demostrado y desarrollado en Estados Unidos y numerosos países europeos, dentro del desarrollo curricular transversal de todos los estudiantes y profesores.