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​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

Has this new online college program solved the MOOC problem? | The Hechinger Report

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 05:16
hechingerreport.org - Timothy Pratt 200) && (this.width >= this.height) ? 200: true); max-height: 200px; height: expression((this.height > 200) && (this.height >= this.width) ? 200: true); border: none;'/> ATLANTA – Dary Merckens was in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, several weeks before moving to Las Vegas. He was also entering his second month in a master’s degree program at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Merckens, who is 30, can take his education with him. That’s because he’s enrolled in Georgia Tech’s new online master’s degree in computer science. Photo: Peter Taylor The Georgia Tech program is in its first semester, with 375 students; the university has admitted abo...  show all text posted by friends:  (3) @BlakePlock: Will Georgia Tech's graduate degree #MOOC experiment show better results? ow.ly/ASjZX #edtech #highered @hechingerreport 30.08.2014 04.41.26 @MindShiftKQED: Will Georgia Tech's graduate degree #MOOC experiment show better results? ow.ly/ASjZX #edtech #highered @hechingerreport 30.08.2014 03.01.36 @hechingerreport: Has this new online college program solved the #MOOC problem?bit.ly/1teQ9XC 29.08.2014 20.32.59 posted by friends of friends:  (0)

Flip Your Classroom and Your Attitude

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:02
You’re neither a dusty old prof sliding acetates onto a projector nor are you all revved up for a full MOOC. You’re just you, wanting to be a little better, hoping to engage your students in a new way or free up a little face time for talking. It’s time to start flipping. MOOC? Flipping? [...]

The Real Legacy of MOOCs: Better Introductory Courses

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:02
Just two years ago, some were heralding “the year of the MOOC” – the age when Massive Open Online Courses would permanently disrupt the higher education landscape and open instruction free to the masses. We’re now in what some call the “trough of disillusionment on the Gartner Hype Cycle.” In the open online learning community, this shift away [...]

MOOCs Are Dead — Long Live the MOOC | Innovation Insights | WIRED

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:42
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;'/> Do you remember all the way back in 2013? You know, the year North West was born, the Harlem Shake made its debut, and selfies changed phone texting rates. More notably, there was the bombing at the Boston Marathon, our climate proved that abnormal would be the new normal, and our planet lost Nelson Mandela. […] posted by friends:  (3) @audreywatters: This is bad is so many ways. But ya know. Pearson. wired.com/2014/08/moocs-… 27.08.2014 02.47.30 @karen_brennan: Social learning still a challenge. MOOCs Are Dead — Long Live the MOOC | Innovation Insights | WIRED wired.com/2014/08/moocs-… 27.08.2014 00.40.41 @eklopfer: Social learning still a challenge. MOOCs Are Dead — Long Live the MOOC | Innovation Insights | WIRED wired.com/2014/08/moocs-… 26.08.2014 23.09.06 posted by friends of friends:  (0)

UNE shuts down its loss-making MOOCs

MOOC (Spigot Aggregator) - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 23:31
afr.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 University of New England (UNE) has shut down its pioneering experiment with massive open online courses (MOOCs) because it could not make it pay. posted by friends:  (3) @bjfr: UNE shuts down money-losing MOOCs afr.com/p/national/edu… 24.08.2014 22.16.56 @audreywatters: UNE shuts down money-losing MOOCs afr.com/p/national/edu… 24.08.2014 22.07.09 @gsiemens: UNE shuts down money-losing MOOCs afr.com/p/national/edu… 24.08.2014 21.59.20 posted by friends of friends:  (0)
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