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.

Oct 02, 2014


Learning in an Introductory Physics MOOC: All Cohorts Learn Equally, Including an On-Campus Class
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Display Kimberly F Colvin, John Champaign, Alwina Liu, Qian Zhou, Colin Fredericks, David E Pritchard, International Review of Research in Open, Distance Learning (IRRODL), Oct 01, 2014 Ouch: "In spite of the extra instruction that the on-campus students had," reports this study, there is "no evidence of positive, weekly relative improvement of our on-campus students compared with our online students." So, according to this study, MOOC students learn just as well as in-class students. Which raises the question of why, exactly, we would force students to go through the ... Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:: -0400

Unique MOOC with in-person sessions offered for future and current college ... - University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Unique MOOC with in-person sessions offered for future and current college ... University of Wisconsin-Madison A new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) offering an in-person twist âÄĒ local weekly facilitated meetings âÄĒ debuts next week to help future and current college STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) faculty become better teachers. and more » Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:52:45 GMT

Will Executives Get on the MOOC Train, Too? - Wall Street Journal (blog)
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Will Executives Get on the MOOC Train, Too? Wall Street Journal (blog) Companies are expressing growing interest in using massive, open, online courses in their corporate training initiatives for rank-and-file workers, the Journal reports today. But winning over executives, who are accustomed to concierge services and in ... and more » Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:32:16 GMT

Scholar, Round 2: What I got out of the HASTAC Scholars Program
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I am a returning HASTAC Scholar, and IâÄ™d like to sing the program's praises through this (non-exhaustive) list of ways that it has been beneficial for me, a self-confessed late-adopter and social media skeptic, in the past year. 1) Twitter and MOOCs, really?? read more Wed, 01 Oct 2014 23:39:42 +0000

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Oct 06

El Romanticismo en el piano: Johannes Brahms
Este curso no universitario acerca al alumno al compositor Johannes Brahms y a sus √ļltimas obras para piano. Para ello contaremos con la visi√≥n y los valiosos consejos de grandes maestros del instrumento: Dimitri Bashkirov, Emanuel Krasovsky, Vitaly Margulis, Pavel Gililov, Mihail Voskresensky, Joaqu√≠n Ach√ļcarro, Galina Eguiazarova, Joaqu√≠n Soriano... En el curso vamos a tener tanto material te√≥rico como pr√°ctico estructurado en 10 m√≥dulos de una semana de duraci√≥n cada uno. El ...

Human Nature in Film: Topics in Philosophy
This course will use movies as examples for understanding the philosophical questions regarding human nature, including the following: What is human nature? How does the mind relate to the body? Is there an enduring self? Are humans independent creatures? What constitutes an individuals identity?

Oct 07

Robots y Videojuegos en las aulas: Scratch y Arduino para profesores (2.ª edición)
Este MOOC se dirige a profesores y es extensible tambi√©n a personas que tengan inter√©s por conocer el funcionamiento del programa Scratch y de su integraci√≥n con las placas Arduino, para dise√Īar robots y videojuegos. El objetivo del MOOC es dotar de recursos pedag√≥gicos para la programaci√≥n de videojuegos y su uso en las aulas. Scratch es el programa que centra la base general del MOOC y tambi√©n Arduino, que son placas de hardware en c√≥digo abierto que permiten la creaci√≥n de ...

Oct 08

Solution and Innovation Skills
In this Mentored Open Online Course ‚ÄúSolution and Innovation Skills‚ÄĚ, you learn how to be innovative. With this skill of ‚ÄúInnovativeness‚ÄĚ you can overcome challenges in professional as much as in personal life. Push towards new frontiers and discover possibilities of pioneering. If you are passionate and fascinated by the new, then this course is right for you. The key to being innovative is to find, develop and implement solutions for complex problems. This online course on ‚Äú...

Oct 13

Agilidad y Lean. Gestionando los proyectos y negocios del s. XXI (3ª. edición)
Los objetivos del curso son conocer qué es la agilidad y el Lean aplicado a la tecnología. Profundizar en las técnicas ágiles que necesitará para gestionar con éxito el día a día de los proyectos software y tecnológicos. Durante el curso se profundizará en el cliclo de vida iterativo, el ágil, en cómo se planifican y estiman este tipo de proyectos, cómo se toman los requisitos, y se repasarán las metodologías más populares (cómo Scrum y XP). También se tratará el Lean,...

Oct 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.­­

Oct 20

History of Boston
Explore the rich history of Boston, birthplace of the American Revolution. From the Puritans to the New England Patriots, this free course tells the story of one of America’s most iconic cities. Sponsored by Suffolk University, The History of Boston is a unique online offering that will help students learn about the city’s past, present and future. Taught by Dr. Robert Allison, chair of the University’s History Department, the course is the first and only MOOC based on a city and its ...

Oct 27

EinfuŐąhrung in die Internetsicherheit
Die Enth√ľllungen durch Edward Snowden haben noch einmal verdeutlicht, dass Sicherheit im Internet ein wichtiges Thema ist. Internetnutzer sind sich eher der vielf√§ltigen M√∂glichkeiten bewusst, die das Internet bietet, weniger jedoch seiner potentiellen Gefahren. Dieser openHPI-Kurs f√ľhrt in die Grundbegriffe der Internetsicherheit ein: Hier lernen Sie nicht nur, was formelle Sicherheitsziele sind sondern auch, warum das Internet von seinem Grunddesign unsicher ist, was die h√§ufigsten ...

Nov 03

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.