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Chris McEnroe

A hybrid online-learning model in the offing | Oman Observer - 1 views

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    Refit or Revolution? Considering the Freshman Year core curriculum, is 'on-line' simply for purposes of data collection or is it promoting learning?
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    Refit or Revolution? Considering the Freshman Year core curriculum, is 'on-line' simply for purposes of data collection or is it promoting learning?
Mirza Ramic

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/PCAST/pcast_edit_dec-2013... - 0 views

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    A letter to President Obama about MOOCs and higher education, from his council of advisors on science and technology. This was released just a couple of days ago and highlights some of the potential benefits and current issues in the ongoing MOOC debate which we have all discussed.

    "Although the new technologies introduced by MOOCs are still in their infancy, and many questions and challenges remain, we believe that
    they hold the possibility of transforming education at all levels by providing better metrics for educational outcomes, and better alignment of incentives for innovation in pedagogy."
Michele Pellam

Mobile Learning Academy - not really an "academy" but nice concept! - 3 views

Hi T561-ers! Wishing you luck on wrapping up your projects tonight! I came across this website which has platforms to create apps, games, etc, for the classroom. It is a little pricey but it is a g...

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Mirza Ramic

Have MOOCs hurt public perception of online education? (essay) | Inside Higher Ed - 0 views

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    "The advent of this so-called "lousy product" - the MOOC - may be triggering a change, however. Indeed, recent survey evidence suggests that the acceptance of online learning among certain constituencies may be plateauing. Is it possible that a backlash against MOOCs could even precipitate a decline in the broader acceptance of online learning?"
Mirza Ramic

After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    ""I care about education for everyone, not just the elite," he [Sebastian Thrun of Udacity] said in an interview. "We want to bring high-quality education to everyone, and set up everyone for success. My commitment is unchanged.""

    Let's hope so...
Mirza Ramic

Researchers Push MOOC Conversation Beyond 'Tsunami' Metaphors - Wired Campus - Blogs - ... - 0 views

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    Trying to move the MOOC conversation beyond hype and toward more careful analysis.
Mirza Ramic

Tools v. Toys | Inside Higher Ed - 0 views

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    In support of technological possibilities, not inevitabilities.
Matthew Ong

The good, bad and ugly bits of international tests (according to Rick Hess) - 0 views

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    With the PISA results out, Rick provides a word of caution to the fanfare.
Trung Tran

UB hopes new type of online class will transform education - 1 views

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    See why online education might be more benefiting for large state school systems who capitalize effectively on its flexibility while providing the same type of credentials.
Mirza Ramic

Massachusetts Institute of Technology names edX key component in educational strategy |... - 1 views

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    MIT considering its future vis-a-vis edX:

    "An education from MIT may soon involve a freshman year spent completing online courses, two years on campus and a fourth "year" of continuous education. While students pursue their careers, they could access a growing library of online courses to refresh their knowledge."access a growing library of online courses to refresh their knowledge."
Trung Tran

Moocs are no magic bullet for educating Americans - FT.com - 0 views

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    Optimists have scoured the dictionary for superlatives to describe the future of internet education. But the cult of the Mooc - massive online open courses - took a blow last week when one of its leading Silicon Valley pioneers, Sebastian Thrun,
Mirza Ramic

Online Courses Attract Degree Holders, Survey Finds - NYTimes.com - 2 views

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    "Although Coursera's founders have presented their MOOCs as a way to democratize higher education by making it available online, free, to anyone in the world, the Penn survey found that in the United States and developing countries alike, most Coursera students were well educated, employed, young and male."
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    FYI, I went to Penn last year and was aware of this type of survey. Apparently, if you have a chance to look into their methodology, then they probably select a far larger number of Penn alumni than a representative portion. Considering that many Penn alumni love the idea of taking classes for free at their Alma Mater, I feel a bit skeptical about that reported unusually high percentage of bachelor's degree holders.
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    I think that this makes a lot of sense. You have to be very self-motivated with a desire to learn AND have the online resources and time to take a MOOC. That's a lot - and I would guess that people who are highly educated tend to be self-motivated. And then young men probably have more time than working parents. There's a lot of constraining factors despite the 'openness' of a MOOC.
Harley Chang

The King of MOOCs Abdicates the Throne - 3 views

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    Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Udacity, has openly admitted that his company's MOOC courses are a lousy replacement for actual university class and instead will be taking his company to focus more on corporate training. I personally will reserve further judgement until after I finish the readings for next week.
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    I posted this article in G+ a day or two ago. Some of the better commentary surrounding this article below.

    Tressie McMillan Cottom: "Thrun says it wasn't a failure. It was a lesson. But for the students who invested time and tuition in an experiment foisted on them by the of stewards public highered trusts, failure is a lesson they didn't need."
    Rebecca Schuman: "Thrun blames neither the corporatization of the university nor the MOOC's use of unqualified "student mentors" in assessment. Instead, he blames the students themselves for being so poor."

    Stephen Downes: "I think that what amuses me most about the reaction to the Thrun story is the glowing descriptions of him have only intensified. "The King of MOOCs." "The Genius Godfather of MOOCs." Really now. As I and the many other people working toward the same end have pointed out repeatedly, the signal change in MOOCs is openess, not whatever it was (hubris? VC money?) that Thrun brought to the table. Rebecca Schuman claims this is a victory for "the tiny, for-credit, in-person seminar." It's not that, no more than the Titanic disaster was a victory for wind-powered passenger transportation."
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    Grif - where did the Stephen Downes quote come from ? I read the Rebecca Schuman article and don't really agree with her.

    To expand on the Schuman quote you posted - it's really interesting how she says the massive lecture format doesn't work but then provides two examples of massive technology that do work - texting and World of Warcraft. This relates directly to some of what we talked about earlier this semester. I don't think it's the 'massive,' as Schuman implies, that causes the failure of a MOOC. It's part of the design. Once the design is better and more engaging, then MOOCs may find that they have higher retention rates.

    Schuman: Successful education needs personal interaction and accountability, period. This is, in fact, the same reason students feel annoyed, alienated, and anonymous in large lecture halls and thus justified in sexting and playing World of Warcraft during class-and why the answer is not the MOOC, but the tiny, for-credit, in-person seminar that has neither a sexy acronym nor a potential for huge corporate partnerships.
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    The Downes quote was from OLDaily, which is a daily listserve of his that I subscribe too. I think the difference between texting/WoW and MOOCs is that, while both have many many users, the former two have means in which those groups are disaggregated into smaller units that are largely responsible for the UX/individual growth that goes on. I agree with you that massive is not necessarily the failure, in fact, I think it's the best thing they have going for them. However, until the design can leverage meaningful collaboration, like WoW and texting, the massive will remain a burden.
Trung Tran

Our Educational Leaders Must Get Aggressive With Technology - 0 views

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    Does it look like digital citizenship is being promoted sufficiently by educators? Huffington Post doesn't think so and is advocating for more aggressive tactics from education sector.
Trung Tran

Researchers given funding to put MOOCs under microscope - 0 views

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    Gates Foundation is now rolling out funding for researchers to produce peer-reviewed quality studies on MOOCs. It looks like professors around the world (as far as down south in Australia) are keen to start working on this new tech trend in education.
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