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.

April 17, 2014

Guest Post: Report on a CS MOOC from a CS Lecturer
Computing Education Blog
That students don’t finish a CS MOOC isn’t news.  That a CS Lecturer from a research intensive university (an expert in CS teaching) couldn’t stand to finish a CS MOOC is interesting.  Bettina Bair is a Senior Lecturer in CS at Ohio State University.  I’m posting her note to me as a guest post, with her permission. […] Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:45:27 +0000

Taking Stock: Do MOOCs Work Best For Educated People? - KQED (blog)
mooc - Google News
KQED (blog) Taking Stock: Do MOOCs Work Best For Educated People? KQED (blog) After just a few years, an explosion of interest, a lot of criticism and some iteration, the MOOC craze has recently come under close scrutiny. A recent University of Pennsylvania study of the 16 courses that the university offered through Coursera ... MOOCs: What's a Great College Class Worth When It's Free?DailyFinance all 2 news articles » Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:05:10 GMT

Controversial Mooc nearly costs professor his job - Times Higher Education
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Times Higher Education Controversial Mooc nearly costs professor his job Times Higher Education For one Mooc teacher, however, his course resulted in him nearly losing his job, catching the attention of several Middle Eastern regimes and having to ban disruptive students from course discussions. The course, Constitutional Struggles in the Muslim ... and more » Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:12:36 GMT

'Broad Range of Students' Participate in MOOCs - Cornell University The Cornell Daily Sun (blog)
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'Broad Range of Students' Participate in MOOCs Cornell University The Cornell Daily Sun (blog) A panel of Cornell faculty shared their experiences and perspectives from their involvement with the first launch of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, at Cornell Wendnesday. Prof. David Chernoff, astronomy, who taught Cornell's first MOOC course, ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:10:32 GMT

In light of MOOCs, intellectual property policy remains flexible - Duke Chronicle
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In light of MOOCs, intellectual property policy remains flexible Duke Chronicle The Intellectual Property Board, one of the Provost's committees, gave Davidson—who is the Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies—the rights to the MOOC titled ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:48:52 GMT

LearnTracker Daily Lecture

Apr 16: THE MODERN WORLD: GLOBAL HISTORY SINCE 1760: WWII: Strategies for Total War
Notes on MOOC Lectures
...why did the Allies win WWII? - which model of government would be most effective in mobilizing its resources to pass the ultimate test of survival in an all out war - Germany: War of Annihilation - Nazis had a vision of a New World Order, one in which a master race which they defined would be on top, and all the other races would be subordinate - 1942: large area of Europe under t... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:03:33 +0200

MOOCs This Week

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April 21

ROM 5.1: Calidad de Aguas Portuarias (2ª edición)
La ROM 5.1 es una herramienta metodológica y técnica para la gestión (manejo) integral de las aguas portuarias, con incidencia directa sobre el diseño, evaluación y seguimiento ambiental de las obras de infraestructura pero, principalmente, sobre las actividades y operaciones portuarias. Esta herramienta se estructura en cuatro grandes programas: el Programa de delimitación y tipificación de las unidades de gestión acuática portuarias (ordenación del medio), el Programa de evaluaci...

April 28

Programmation sur iPhone et iPad
Ce cours s'adresse aux personnes compétentes en programmation et possédant de bonnes notions sur l'utilisation des langages objets (Objective C, C++, Java, Ada), des langages procéduraux (C) ainsi que des principes de base en système d'exploitation (interruptions, notion d'événement, etc). Ce MOOC de 10 semaines est consacré à la programmation sur iPhone et iPad. Les séances abordent successivement les principaux mécanismes offerts par iOS pour le développement d'...

May 5

Aprende Análisis Estadístico de Datos con R (2ª edición)
R es un entorno informático de computación estadística y de generación de gráficos. R funciona en un amplio rango de sistemas operativos como UNIX, Windows o MacOS. Pese a su potencialidad, versatilidad y flexibilidad; R puede parecer árido en el momento en que el usuario trata de interaccionar con sus componentes. Se suele decir que “la curva de aprendizaje es lenta”. Sin embargo, los resultados que produce son ampliamente satisfactorios. Este curso está destinado a “lubricar” es...

Curso Básico en Economía (2ª edición)
En este curso ofrecemos al alumno las claves básicas para comprender los principios básicos que rigen la economía que nos rodea en el día a día.

May 19

Explore the Lost Harbour of Ancient Rome - Archaeology of Portus MOOC (FutureLearn)
This free online course will focus on the archaeological work in progress at the Roman site of Portus and explores how we work at Portus and what the site tells us about the Roman Mediterranean and imperial Rome itself. The MOOC will provide access to Portus Project research data, which was funded by the AHRC and the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma. In this way the MOOC will encourage real archaeological activities by learners. The MOOC will reflect the international co...

October 15

The Fascination of Crystals and Symmetry
Rubies, sugar, snowflakes: crystals are beauty, arranged in grid structures. This MOOC explains the basic building blocks of crystals, their symmetrical structure and introduces free software for crystal structure exploring.­­

November 3

Internationales Agrarmanagement
Landwirtschaft ist heute Management. Um wirtschaftlich entscheiden zu können, brauchen Agraringenieure und Landwirte ausgeprägtes Fachwissen. Das vermittelt der Kurs anhand realer, aktueller Betriebsbeispiele. Auf Deutsch und Russisch.