Open Educational Resources (OER)

EMMA project meeting – Madrid

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:53
  I am currently in Madrid at an EMMA project meeting. It has been a useful meeting and timely, given we have now run the first round of MOOCs. Five providers delivered seven MOOCs in the Autumn. Leicester ran two MOOCs; one on Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) and one on Learning Design. We [...]

MOOCs Aren’t Revolutionizing College, but They’re Not a Failure | MIT Technology Review

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 22:21
technologyreview.com 200) && (this.width >= this.height) ? 200: true); max-height: 200px; height: expression((this.height > 200) && (this.height >= this.width) ? 200: true); border: none;'/> Online courses may not be changing colleges as their boosters claimed they would, but they can prove valuable in surprising ways. posted by friends:  (2) @bkeegan: A few years into MOOCs, what do we know? What are they good for? What don't they do well? technologyreview.com/review/533406/… >@TechReview 15.12.2014 17.20.41 @mikeloukides: What MOOCs are really good for: zite.to/1zduBMA 15.12.2014 15.11.24 posted by friends of friends:  (2) @techreview: A few years into MOOCs, what do we know? What are they good for? What don't they do well? technologyreview.com/review/533406/… >@TechReview 15.12.2014 17.15.33 @jason_pontin: A few years into MOOCs, what do we know? What are they good for? What don't they do well? technologyreview.com/review/533406/… >@TechReview 15.12.2014 17.14.29 @techreview: MOOCs Aren’t Revolutionizing College, but They’re Not a Failure bit.ly/1DAUFFM 15.12.2014 16.53.33 @techreview: What Are MOOCs Good For? bit.ly/1IT38En By Justin Pope pic.twitter.com/ECZGrjIQB3 15.12.2014 16.16.20

The Battle for Open and MOOC Completion Rates -e-Literate

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 09:39
mfeldstein.com - Phil Hill 200) && (this.width >= this.height) ? 200: true); max-height: 200px; height: expression((this.height > 200) && (this.height >= this.width) ? 200: true); border: none;'/> Yesterday I wrote a post on the 20 Million Minds blog about Martin Weller’s new book The Battle for Open: How openness won and why it doesn’t feel like victory. Exploring different aspects of open in higher education – open access, MOOCs, open education resources and open scholarship – Weller shows how far the concept of openness has come, to the point where “openness is now such a part of everyday life that it seems unworthy of comment”. If you’re interested in OER, open courses, open journals,  show all text posted by friends:  (2) @mweller: this is one of the nice things about releasing a book CC: @PhilOnEdTech does a mini mashup mfeldstein.com/battle-for-ope… 11.12.2014 09.56.12 @tom4cam: New post on e-Literate: "The Battle for Open and MOOC Completion Rates" by @PhilOnEdTech bit.ly/1vGir96 11.12.2014 08.30.25 posted by friends of friends:  (1) @nick_chater: The Battle for Open and MOOC Completion Rates ift.tt/1GmEfwz 11.12.2014 08.23.11

Hack Education Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:58
2014trends.hackeducation.com posted by friends:  (3) @criener: Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: MOOCs, Outsourcing, and Online Education 2014trends.hackeducation.com/moocs.html 10.12.2014 05.39.10 @qui_oui: Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: MOOCs, Outsourcing, and Online Education 2014trends.hackeducation.com/moocs.html 10.12.2014 05.08.01 @audreywatters: Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: MOOCs, Outsourcing, and Online Education 2014trends.hackeducation.com/moocs.html 10.12.2014 04.53.10 posted by friends of friends:  (1) @mtechman: Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: MOOCs, Outsourcing, and Online Education 2014trends.hackeducation.com/moocs.html 10.12.2014 05.02.05

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: MOOCs, Outsourcing, and Online Education

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 00:51

Part 4 in my Top 10 Trends of 2014 series

MOOOOOOOOOOOOOCs!

First there were MOOCs. Then there were MOOCs!!!111 Then we witnessed the MOOC backlash. Then the MOOC backlash backlash. And maybe even the MOOC backlash backlash backlash. At this point, it’s hard to keep track.

As I look back on 2014 (and on 2013 and 2012 as well), I’m not sure that MOOCs are really the trend we should be paying attention to here. MOOCs are a symptom, but not the disease. A better focus is probably, more broadly, on online education – on what the Internet affords teaching and learning or on the outsourcing of education technology services to third party providers. And as I noted in the previous post in this series, the trend to watch may really be a re-definition of education as skills training – MOOCs have been a major part of that.

But “MOOCs ain’t over” various investors and analysts and pundits insisted this year. (I mean, no shit that’s what they’d say. Investors have pumped around $140 million into Coursera and Udacity alone.) “MOOCs’ disruption is only beginning,” prophesied Clayton Christensen.

Certainly complicit in not letting MOOCs disappear: the media, framing and reframing MOOCs as the battleground for the future of higher education. “Will MOOCs Be Flukes?” asked The New Yorker. “Can Libraries Save the MOOC?” Will MOOCs disrupt business school? Or won’t they? “Can MOOCs and Universities Co-Exist?” The Wall Street Journal asked in May. “Are Online Courses Democratizing Education or Killing Colleges?” The Wall Street Journal asked in October. “Will Free Online Courses Ever Replace a College Education?Will conventional online higher ed absorb MOOCs? Are MOOCs really revolutionary? Nope, said the Harvard Business Review, the most trusted publication on issues of “real revolution.” Are MOOCs the future of education?

“Reports of MOOCs’ demise have been greatly exaggerated,” wrote Craig Weidemann, vice provost for online education at Penn State.

Something’s been exaggerated, for sure. Gee, I wonder how or why?

My favorite question about the popularity and viability of MOOCs was posed by The New York Times – you know the folks who excitedly declared 2012 “The Year of the MOOCs”: Are MOOCs overhyped?

LOL.

Not Open, Not Massive: Just Online Courses

The earliest massive open online courses were “open” in a couple of ways. They offered open enrollment. They relied on open access and openly licensed materials and the open Web. And they were often open-ended – or at least, the learner had a great deal of agency in the connections and the knowledge they built. As such, it’s not surprising that some of the criticisms of MOOCs that cropped up circa 2011–2012 were that these new, VC-backed versions were far from “open.”

These xMOOCs’ already nominal “openness” became more and more closed this year. HarvardX MOOCs for Harvard alumni only, for example. And despite all the glee about big numbers, there were even questions about whether “massive” was such a good thing.

"Two words are wrong in ‘MOOC’: Massive and open,” said Stanford President John Hennessy in June, to which George Siemens had the perfect response. Selectively open online classes, argued Pearson SVP Amar Kumar, might be preferable as they would address the question of “unwanted diversity.”

“Unwanted diversity.” That sorta runs counter to all the promises about MOOCs “democratizing education,” no? But at least it confirms Tressie McMillan Cottom’s contention that the ideal student, as envisioned by these and other education technology efforts, is some sort of “roaming autodidact”: white, middle-class, self-motivated, male. Indeed, as Sebastian Thrun told the tech blog Pando in May, “If you’re affluent, we can do a much better job with you, we can make magic happen.”

Magic.

Who Wants MOOCs?

So who’s interested in MOOCs? Who’s signing up? Who’s completing them?

Read the rest of my 7700 word post on online education in 2014 here. Image credits: andresmbernal

​Data Privacy of MOOC Students?

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 00:06
MURKY MOOCS: Should MOOC students have the same data privacy protections as students at traditional universities? The opinions of content providers, and law experts, differ--as explored over at The Chronicle of Higher Education, where edX and Coursera offer up opposing views on whether FERPA applies

If Freire Made a MOOC: Open Education as Resistance - Hybrid Pedagogy

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:52
Optional[hybridpedagogy.com] - Sean Michael Morris 200) && (this.width >= this.height) ? 200: true); max-height: 200px; height: expression((this.height > 200) && (this.height >= this.width) ? 200: true); border: none;'/> On November 21 at the OpenEd Conference in Washington, DC, Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel will present on critical digital pedagogy and MOOCs. This is the second of three articles that inspired that... The post If Freire Made a MOOC: Open Education as Resistance appeared first on Hybrid Pedagogy. posted by friends:  (2) @hrheingold: If Freire Made a MOOC: Open Education as Resistance. New on @hybridped by me and @slamteacher hybridpedagogy.com/journal/freire… #OpenEd14 21.11.2014 03.50.25 @mozzadrella: If Freire Made a MOOC: Open Education as Resistance zite.to/1AnaKfJ 21.11.2014 02.55.53 posted by friends of friends:  (1) @bonstewart: Thesis #1: A course is a conversation, not a static reservoir or receptacle for content. hybridpedagogy.com/journal/freire… #opened14 #digped 21.11.2014 04.00.43
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