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Harvard-MIT Partnership Opens MOOCs for High Schoolers - Education Week

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:39
edweek.org 200) && (this.width >= this.height) ? 200: true); max-height: 200px; height: expression((this.height > 200) && (this.height >= this.width) ? 200: true); border: none;'/> Students looking to prepare for Advanced Placement exams, or simply expand their academic knowledge, now have free access to an array of classes. posted by friends:  (3) @E_Sheninger: Exciting news for high schoolers! @Harvard and @MIT are now offering free courses on their EdX platform: bit.ly/1sXHKTg 30.09.2014 01.47.25 @educationweek: High schoolers looking to get ahead now have a new, free option: edweek.org/ew/articles/20… 29.09.2014 21.56.06 @BlakePlock: Hmm... RT @grantwiggins: Going to go after HS students - Harvard & MIT MOOCs: flip.it/937u2 29.09.2014 18.03.59 posted by friends of friends:  (0)

Hack Education Weekly News: The MOOC Backlash Backlash

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 22:37

This week was Banned Books Week, so I hope you engaged in some subversive reading.

Education Law and Politics

Hundreds of students from high schools in the Jefferson County (Colorado) school district have staged protests over new curriculum review committee that would “promote patriotism, respect for authority and free enterprise and to guard against educational materials that “encourage or condone civil disorder.”

A record number of students in the US are homeless.

“The U.S. Education Department has opened an investigation into charges that the Recovery School District’s policy of closing and chartering New Orleans public schools violated the civil rights of African-American students.” More via The Times-Picayune.

The Department of Education has reached an agreement with the Tupelo (Mississippi) Public School District over discriminatory discipline practices.

The Department of Education says that the student loan default rate has dropped to 13.7% so woohoo I guess.

From the FCC, “State School Connectivity Profiles.”

Two more former principals in Philadelphia have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into cheating on standardized tests.

New York State education commissioner John King says that NYC must stop violating the rules on the minimum number of librarians required at high schools.

As part of its open government agenda, the White House announced more initiatives aimed at promoting open education. More on the news from David Wiley.

Bill Clinton says something about charter schools.

MOOCs Insist "We're Not Dead Yet!"

The Techcrunch headline: “Its Audacity Undiminished, Udacity Raises $35 Million To Train A New Generation of Developers.” The new round of funding is from “the German media giant Bertelsmann, Japanese staffing company Recruit, Brazilian investment firm Valor Capital Group, and American cable and media company Cox Enterprises, also joined as new investors. Previous backers Andreessen Horowitz, Charles River Ventures, Peter Levine, and George Zachary also participated in the financing.” The startup has now raised at least $55 million. Founder Sebastian Thrun has quit his job at Google X, prompting a question typed, I presume, with a serious face: “Can Google X’s recently departed founder save the MOOC?

Andreessen-Horowitz, again one of the investors in Udacity, has its first “Distinguished Visiting Professor of Computer Science,” Stanford’s Vijay Pande. Not surprisingly, he has thoughts on MOOCs. I mean, who doesn’t.

Not to be left out of the news cycle: “Why Free Online Classes Are Still the Future of Education,” featuring edX’s Anant Agarwal.

Via Inside Higher Ed: “The massive open online course provider Coursera is taking a more active role in shaping the content produced by its university partners. In an email to universities creating content for Coursera, the MOOC provider is asking for volunteers to create career-focused Specializations.”

Coursera has moved from MySQL to Cassandra because its data is so big.

Elsewhere in Online Education (in Florida)

Inside Higher Ed’s Carl Straumsheim examines enrollment at UF Online, the online-only arm of the University of Florida.

The Florida state supreme court has given the go ahead to a trademark lawsuit as Florida Virtual School is suing K12 for infringement by operating Florida Virtual Academy in the state.

Meanwhile on Campus

The “university recreation center arms race

Harvard’s multibillion dollar endowment reported a return of 15.4% for the last fiscal year; Yale’s endowment had a return of 20.2%. So phew. I guess they can afford to keep operating for another year.

Clemson University has suspended its mandatory online course that required students fill out a detailed set of questions about their sex lives.

Clemson University has also suspended all fraternity activity after a sophomore fell off a bridge and died.

Fraternities at Wesleyan have been ordered to go co-ed.

Miss America was kicked out of her sorority for excessive hazing.

So hey, maybe “it’s time to talk about banning fraternities.”

School Claims Teen’s Writing About Marijuana Use Is ‘Drug Possession’

Student “interns” in China make up an increasing part of the workforce building our electronics, including HP and Apple devices, reports The Wall Street Journal.

ProPublica reported this week that Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society had promised to not use Google money for privacy research. Stanford says that’s not true and that it’s research is independent.

Go, School Sports Team!

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to hear the NCAA’s appeal of the recent ruling in the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit in an “expedited manner.”

This New York Times story features Texas, high school football, and the phrase “technology revolution.”

The FAA has nixed plans for using a drone to deliver the football to a University of Michigan football game.

I must say, having seen an obsession with football destroy a lot of what was great about academic life at the University of Oregon, this story made me guffaw: “The Philadelphia Eagles’ Secret Coaches: Professors. Chip Kelly’s Latest Innovation—Turning to Academia for Ideas.”

From the HR Department

As part of his mandated community service, Kanye West is teaching a class at Los Angeles Trade Technical College.

Florida State University has hired John Thrasher as its new president, despite opposition from faculty and students.

Adjuncts at the College of Saint Rose have voted to unionize.

Upgrades and Downgrades

A $15 million XPRIZE for Global Learning to build software so that children can teach themselves basic literacy and numeracy. NPR’s Anya Kamenetz has the most thoughtful reporting in a sea of what was otherwise uncritical churnalism about the project. For $10,000 you can support the effort via the initiative’s IndieGogo campaign and “sponsor a village” to help with testing. Or for $10,000 you can support the effort and get access to some Tony Robbins life-coaching thing.

The LMS. Still making headlines like it’s 1997] Still making headlines like it’s 1997.

Also refusing to die: the learning object repository. This week Instructure launched one.

Three girls from Ireland have won the top prize from this year’s Google Science Fair.

Microsoft Certification Exams Now Available Online Thanks to Pearson.” Thanks, Pearson.

A day in the life of a data-mined kid,” featuring more ludicrous pronouncements by Knewton’s CEO Jose Ferreira: “We literally know everything about what you know and how you learn best, everything.” (Does that knowledge include the correct meaning of the word ”literally"?)

The Hewlett Foundationnow requires that grantees receiving project-based grants—those made for a specific purpose—openly license the final materials created with those grants (reports, videos, white papers, and the like) under the most recent Creative Commons Attribution license.”

More college students are torrenting their textbooks.

Funding and Acquisitions

Blackboard has acquired video conferencing company Requestec for an undisclosed sum.

MasteryConnect has raised $15.2 million in a Series B round of investment from Trinity Ventures, Pelion Ventures, and Catamount Ventures. The startup, which makes assessment tools, has raised $24.1 million total.

Andela has raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding from Steve Case, Omidyar Network, Founder Collective, Rothenberg Ventures, Learn Capital, Melo7 Tech Partners, and Chris Hughes. The startup aims to teach coding to students in the developing world.

Edcast has raised $6 million in funding from SoftBank, Mitch Kapor, Menlo Ventures, Novel TMT Ventures, Cervin Ventures, Aarin Capital, NewSchools Venture Fund/ CoLab, and the Stanford StartX Fund to “build knowledge clouds.”

Mana.bo has raised $3 million from Bennesse Holdings, Nissay Capital, and MUFJ Capital for its online tutoring business.

Tiggly has raised $4 million in Series A funding. The startup, which has raised $5 million total, makes wooden block iPad apps for toddlers. (Seriously: who would give their kid an app instead of wooden blocks?!)

Cribspot.com has raised $660,000 in seed funding from Huron River Ventures and First Step Fund. The startup helps college students find a place to live.

Odilo has raised €2.2m investment from Active Venture Partners. The startup helps libraries manage the lending of digital content.

Venture Capitalists Are Poised to ‘Disrupt’ Everything About the Education Market

“Research"

The higher education inflation rate has doubled.

A look at “deeper learning” from the American Institutes for Research.

Earlier this month, GEMS released an “efficiency index,” ranking countries based on school “efficiency.” No surprise, there are some raised eyebrows.

A study conducted by Phil Hill and WICHE has found that IPEDS (the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) is flawed “as confusing instructions, inflexible design and a lack of coordination have led colleges and universities to under- or overreport thousands of students” in distance education classes.

Study Ties College Success to Students’ Exposure to a High School Librarian

Academic Skills on the Web are Tied to Income Level

Another PDK/Gallup poll on teaching. Findings include: “Only 38% of Americans favor using student performance on standardized tests to evaluate teachers, with parents even less supportive (31%).”

A recent Pew Research Center survey looks at the political differences between liberals and conservatives vis-a-vis what we should teach children. Among the findings, 86% of liberals say it’s important to teach empathy; just 55% of conservatives. Liberals were more supportive of teaching curiosity and tolerance; conservatives were more supportive of teaching obedience.

The week in graphs: “What You Need To Know About Misleading Education Graphs, In Two Graphs.”

The week in maps: “The states where teachers hit their students the most.”

Image credits: Rachel Kramer

Can Google X’s recently departed founder, Sebastian Thrun, save the MOOC at Udacity

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 00:31
upstart.bizjournals.com 200) && (this.width >= this.height) ? 200: true); max-height: 200px; height: expression((this.height > 200) && (this.height >= this.width) ? 200: true); border: none;'/> The founder of one of the most innovative laboratories in the world recently left to focus his attention on his new education startup. But success could require a change throughout the entire industry. posted by friends:  (3) @opencontent: So much is so wrong about this lede, I'm not sure where to start… "Can Thrun save the MOOC?" upstart.bizjournals.com/entrepreneurs/… @gsiemens @mweller 25.09.2014 19.01.14 @audreywatters: Hahahahahahahaha "Can Thrun save the MOOC?" upstart.bizjournals.com/entrepreneurs/… via @gsiemens (who is probably crying a little bit) 25.09.2014 18.55.59 @mweller: Hahahahahahahaha "Can Thrun save the MOOC?" upstart.bizjournals.com/entrepreneurs/… via @gsiemens (who is probably crying a little bit) 25.09.2014 18.55.07 @opencontent: I fear that are entering some new dimension of hell: Can Thrun save the MOOC? upstart.bizjournals.com/entrepreneurs/… 25.09.2014 18.52.22 posted by friends of friends:  (0)

oclmooc | The Connectivist MOOC for Alberta Educators… & other interested trainers, teachers & learners

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:38
oclmooc.wordpress.com 200) && (this.width >= this.height) ? 200: true); max-height: 200px; height: expression((this.height > 200) && (this.height >= this.width) ? 200: true); border: none;'/> posted by friends:  (2) @verenanz: @laurelbeaton @paulgenge @deirdrebailey @Stephen_Hurley @RonCanuel Alta led MOOC4 all Learners on Learning oclmooc.wordpress.com #oclmooc 24.09.2014 08.26.09 @verenanz: @TracyPoelzer @a_mcsquared @KLirenman @MauiMickey @DirksGordon Alta led MOOC4 all Learners about learning oclmooc.wordpress.com #oclmooc 24.09.2014 08.23.16 @verenanz: @courosa Thx for the RT :) MUCH appreciated for #OCLMOOC oclmooc.wordpress.com 24.09.2014 08.18.13 @verenanz: That's true! #OCLMOOC starts this week! We are opening with @davecormier & closing w/ @courosa oclmooc.wordpress.com #CanuckMOOCTagTeam 24.09.2014 08.17.51 @courosa: @verenanz We're launching with @davecormier & ending with @courosa #oclmooc has great learning opportunities for all oclmooc.wordpress.com 24.09.2014 08.08.09 @verenanz: Did you hear? @davecormier is the opening #OCLMOOC webinar Everyone is WELCOME Sept 25, 7pm MDT oclmooc.wordpress.com Learning with others 24.09.2014 08.01.24 posted by friends of friends:  (0)

MIT study finds learning gains for students who took free online course - The Washington Post

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:38
washingtonpost.com 200) && (this.width >= this.height) ? 200: true); max-height: 200px; height: expression((this.height > 200) && (this.height >= this.width) ? 200: true); border: none;'/> posted by friends:  (2) @donnamurdoch: MIT study finds learning gains from free online course wapo.st/1tXr0zQ via @washingtonpost 24.09.2014 09.38.24 @bjfr: MIT study finds learning gains for students who took free online course washingtonpost.com/local/educatio… #t509massive 24.09.2014 06.30.54 posted by friends of friends:  (0)

Connected Courses MOOC (#ccourses) and #oclmooc: Assessing Connected Learning Outcomes   | Building Creative Bridges

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:00
buildingcreativebridges.wordpress.com - paulsignorelli 200) && (this.width >= this.height) ? 200: true); max-height: 200px; height: expression((this.height > 200) && (this.height >= this.width) ? 200: true); border: none;'/> Mimi Ito, Vera Michalchik, and Bill Penuel take us into the wonderfully intriguing deep end of the Connected Learning swimming pool in the latest Connected Courses MOOC (#ccourses) session, as anyone who attended the live version or catches it through the archived recording can confirm. And that’s a great thing since the deep end of any body of water is often where we find the interesting signs of life. Continuing the massive open online course’s current two-week exploration of what drives the ...  show all text posted by friends:  (2) @hrheingold: fantastic synthesis of today’s #ccourses session on assessment with @verasafa and @bpenuel by @trainersleaders buildingcreativebridges.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/con… 23.09.2014 08.35.43 @mizuko: fantastic synthesis of today’s #ccourses session on assessment with @verasafa and @bpenuel by @trainersleaders buildingcreativebridges.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/con… 23.09.2014 08.35.28 posted by friends of friends:  (0)

The Write MOOC Stuff

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 05:06
A few years ago, I had the chance to ask Daniel Pink — author of the books Drive and To Sell is Human — if there were any secrets to his exquisite writing skill. After all, he’s sold more than five million books, so he’s obviously made some fantastic writing connections. “Earplugs,” he said without...Dan's Related Posts:

Experimental Comment Collector (ccourses)

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 16:47
I’m all set to field test my new Comment Collector. I’ve been tracking the acclaimed Connected Courses MOOC using blogs from the syndicated blog list . There are almost 200 blogs listed now and there’s considerable activity and commenting – I can’t keep up! The Collector is set up only to process blogs with ccourses as a tag, […]

​AT&T Offers Scholarships for Tech Skills Udacity MOOC With Nanodegrees

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 18:51
RAISING THE BAR: AT&T will offer 200 scholarships for underserved students to enroll in a Udacity online tech training MOOC. The courses are self-paced, designed to be completed within 6-12 months, and include access to personalized coaches and industry experts. Graduates of the program will rec

MOOCs 2.0: Scaling One-on-One Learning | Innovation Insights | WIRED

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 03:05
wired.com - Insights Contributors 200) && (this.width >= this.height) ? 200: true); max-height: 200px; height: expression((this.height > 200) && (this.height >= this.width) ? 200: true); border: none;'/> In the summer of 2011, massive open online courses, or MOOCs, appeared seemingly out of nowhere and changed the education landscape forever. In many ways, MOOCs are like the troublemakers in Apple’s legendary “Think Different” ad: You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is […] posted by friends:  (2) @eklopfer: MOOCs 2.0: Scaling One-on-One Learning | Innovation Insights | WIRED wired.com/2014/09/moocs-… 10.09.2014 02.43.01 @nancyrubin: MOOCs 2.0: Scaling One-on-One Learning | Innovation Insights | ow.ly/BiosF via @WIRED 09.09.2014 22.35.13 posted by friends of friends:  (0)

What We Miss by Comparing MOOCs to Traditional Classrooms

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:13

“They hear a program about sea creatures, another about the North Pole. Werner’s favourite is one about light: eclipses and sundials, auroras and wavelengths. When they find it, Werner feels as if he has been launched into a different existence, a secret place where great discoveries are possible, where an orphan from a coal town can solve some vital mystery hidden in the physical world.”
— Anthony Doerr, “All the Light We Cannot See” (2014) 

Perhaps imagining vivid worlds unlocked by new knowledge is a romantic notion or perhaps not. Movies and novels depict hallowed halls at Oxford, Harvard, the New York Public Library, the sense of buzzing possibilities underlying the quiet spaces. For over a century, public libraries in the U.S. have provided a promise beyond the material resources, an opportunity to move beyond present circumstances, to share in larger intellectual discussions. Famous authors have written about the freedom their first library card offered, access to a world previously beyond them, quiet space to engage ideas, to imagine. 

The increasing pace of technology offers many similar possibilities to access and engage extensive knowledge resources. Emerging digital options gain much attention from researchers, thought leaders, and popular media. Over the past couple years, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been touted as the future of education, a potential levelling tool to democratize education, an opportunity for everyone to access the best minds teaching the most current issues. Much has been said about how and whether MOOCs will supplement or supplant traditional educational institutions. Yet, these questions may ignore the larger possibilities of MOOCs. What if, instead of recreating classrooms online, MOOCs are actually a natural extension of libraries and texts in a digital age? Doesn’t it make sense that as technology progresses, our books would more closely represent Harry Potter’s experience of live discussions within pages? Perhaps the shelves of Hogwarts consisted of iPads with dusty leather-bound covers.

Isn’t the tradition of recording and reporting dynamic, game-changing lectures in text now extended through online course platforms? Current research of MOOCs finds that less than 4% of those who enroll in a course actually complete it. Yet, studies also uncover a practice of sampling akin to checking the table of contents and reading just the relevant chapters. High enrollment rates may reflect this selective engagement with relevant materials, much like sitting in a comfortable chair with books scattered at your feet, pages of interest flagged. Instead of thinking in terms of undergraduate education, MOOCs may instead be filling gaps in professional development programs. Instead of showing up to one class in a costly 10-week program, perhaps MOOC users are now sampling the parts most relevant to their personal or professional lives. Much like checking out several books from a library, users enroll in a selection of courses to fill needs and answer questions.

I am currently engaged in research with Drs. Jonathan Bright and Cristobal Cobo at the Oxford Internet Institute, in which we are finding that a proportion of MOOC users seek to physically meet, to view lectures together and discuss homework. While meetings occur in coffee shops and other likely public spaces, they frequently happen in libraries. Ironically, MOOCs may be bringing learning full circle, as students seek the physical space so conducive to study that libraries provide. When we consider that ancient libraries were conceived as spaces to support scholarly communion (in addition to their large text collections) and included gymnasiums and baths, as noted by Dr. Christine McCarthy Madsen (2011), the notion of MOOCs catalyzing a return to this original purpose does not seem far-fetched.

MOOCs are certainly more than books as traditionally conceived, but they are more than courses, too. MOOCs are a vehicle for accessing and extending knowledge. At the moment, MOOCs are organized as courses, but it is evident that learners are treating MOOCs more like books than courses, selectively accessing the information they need. At the edges of MOOC use, there seems to be a building momentum toward a return to the use of physical spaces of libraries for learning.

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Connected Courses: Towards a guilt-free learning zone…. | WorldLiterate

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 03:39
worldliterate.com - Mia Zamora, Ph.D. 200) && (this.width >= this.height) ? 200: true); max-height: 200px; height: expression((this.height > 200) && (this.height >= this.width) ? 200: true); border: none;'/> My CLMOOC friend and colleague Kevin Hodgson (@dogtrax) recently wrote a blog post for the Connected Courses community that prompted us to think about the importance of “lurking” in a connected learning environment.  For those of you who might not be familiar with the term within the context of online behavior, to “lurk” means to click here and there (and check out what content and commentary is being generated by a community) while remaining an observer more than a contributor to the unfolding...  show all text posted by friends:  (3) @jimgroom: “As we kick-off Connected Courses, I officially declare this a guilt-free learning zone.” bit.ly/1tdhhm3 #CCourses 07.09.2014 03.21.45 @hrheingold: “As we kick-off Connected Courses, I officially declare this a guilt-free learning zone.” bit.ly/1tdhhm3 #CCourses 06.09.2014 23.03.39 @TheCLAlliance: “As we kick-off Connected Courses, I officially declare this a guilt-free learning zone.” bit.ly/1tdhhm3 #CCourses 06.09.2014 23.01.42 posted by friends of friends:  (0)

Empathy: The Big Reason College Professors Should Take A MOOC | Edudemic

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 23:54
edudemic.com - Robert McGuire 200) && (this.width >= this.height) ? 200: true); max-height: 200px; height: expression((this.height > 200) && (this.height >= this.width) ? 200: true); border: none;'/> A common joke among college teachers is that our students “get younger every year.” This fall we will marvel that our students were born in the year Bill Clinton ran for a second term, Madeleine Albright was appointed the first female secretary of state, the Unabomber was arrested and Dolly the cloned sheep was born. […] The post Empathy: The Big Reason College Professors Should Take A MOOC appeared first on Edudemic. posted by friends:  (2) @Edudemic: RT @dmlresearchhub: Become more empathetic toward students by becoming one again bit.ly/Z77EMZ 03.09.2014 22.10.06 @ShellTerrell: Empathy: The Big Reason College Professors Should Take A MOOC bit.ly/1uzEMqm #edtech #elearning 03.09.2014 16.34.49 @ShellTerrell: Empathy: The Big Reason College Professors Should Take A MOOC bit.ly/1uzEMqm #edtech #elearning 03.09.2014 16.34.48 posted by friends of friends:  (1) @WeejeeLearning: Empathy: The Big Reason College Professors Should Take A MOOC ow.ly/2MRBj3 03.09.2014 19.10.50
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