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.

Apr 30, 2016

'Neo-Maoist' Higher Ed Is Gaining Ground In China
Inside Higher Ed | News
Hao Da Xue -- literally “good university” in Mandarin -- is no ordinary online education provider. It offers Chinese students the chance to take, for example, a course on “being a competent Chinese person,” which teaches “pride” in the face of perceived Western belittling of their country. The university is part of China’s “red education” movement, partly sanctioned by government, partly taken on independently by ultra-left-wing “neo-Maoists,” who have been growing in influence ... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:00:00 +0000

Austrade Sets Target Of 110 Million Mooc Students For Australia By 2025 - The Australian Financial Review
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The Australian Financial Review Austrade sets target of 110 million MOOC students for Australia by 2025 The Australian Financial Review International Education Minister Richard Colbeck will launch on Saturday a radical plan for Australia to use online technology to grab 10 per cent of the world market in education by 2025, amounting to an astonishing 110 million students. Senator ... and more » Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:02:08 GMT

Facebook Is Not All Bad! It May Help Students Study Too - The Indian Express
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The Indian Express Facebook is not all bad! It may help students study too The Indian Express In a study that compared MOOC student use of the course's Facebook groups to use of the built-in course message boards and forums, researchers said students were more engaged on the Facebook groups and also admitted to the researchers that they ... and more » Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:17:00 GMT

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May 10

Sustainable Soil Management: Soil for life
Soil is the earth’s fragile skin that anchors all life. We depend on soil to build our homes and cities, to grow crops for food and raise livestock, to support transportation and enable recreation. Yet we disregard this crucial and precious resource that lies right under our feet. This introductory environmental studies course will explore the importance of soil to life on earth, the issues, processes and societal challenges underlying soil degradation – and what can be done to ensure ...

May 18

Assessment for Learning in practice
De MOOC Toetsen voor Leren in de praktijk gaat in op de theorie en praktijk van toetsen voor leren en illustreert dit met praktijkervaringen voor het ontwerpen van instrumenten voor toetsen voor leren. De cursus combineert state-of-the-art inzichten met een praktische insteek en biedt voldoende flexibiliteit. Ieder van de zes lessen is een betekenisvolle leertaak die ook afzonderlijk gedaan kan worden. The MOOC Assessment for Learning in practice introduces you to the concept of formative ...

Jun 01

Nutrition and Health Part 3: Food Safety
Everyday reports of food scandals and recalls are published. One day it’s scary bacteria in meat, and another day it’s dangerous pesticides in fruits. According to some, meat needs to be cooked well to prevent food-borne illness while others warn not to heat food to prevent the formation of poisonous substances. Many consumers worry about the conflicting and confusing messages about food hazards This nutrition and health course will teach you about the hazards associated with food and ...

Aug 09

Introduction to Animal Behaviour
Do you want to understand how and why animals behave the way they do, and how we test hypotheses about behaviour scientifically? This biology and life sciences course provides an introduction to the complexities of wild animal behaviour, and how it is studied. Over six weeks, learners will explore the various behaviours animals adopt in order to meet the challenges of their daily lives. We begin with how animals learn and communicate with each other, then move on to discuss how they find ...

[Sept] 05

Summer School in Sociologies of Education (SUSEES)
This MOOC features the SUSEES Summer School lectures where renowned scholars present the way they use particular theories and approaches to study education. The scope of the lecture series is to provide new insights into the potential of theoretical resources in producing new research questions for studying the European dimension of education.