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c maggard

MOOCs -- Completion Is Not Important - 20 views

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    By: Matthew LeBar Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are often described as the future of education - or at least a significant part of it. But there may be a significant problem with them: a very small proportion of students who start them actually finish. This poses a serious threat to their legitimacy.
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    Very interesting article. I was at an Open Access week event recently that was a debate on the place of MOOCs in higher education. One point that another attendee raised about the completion rate of MOOCs that seemed really important to me was that many MOOCs require participants to register before viewing the content, and this can impact completion rate numbers. A person may only have the requisite information about whether or not the wish to participate once they have registered for the MOOC.
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    Thanks for sharing this! :) I am taking MOOC course about MOOC right now. I feel like completion could be a challenge for anyone who took it. I actually agree that completion is not everything in education. Since learning is more about understanding rather than completing, I think there is no point if someone did complete his/her MOOC but he/she does not understand about what he/she learned. However, I believe, in order to fully understand the course, it is better to complete what you have started.
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    I too feel that completion of MOOC is important. Other wise no point in participating in that MOOC. we also will get any information on the internet for MOOC gain. But there will be a regular follow up of the course for completing any MOOC. But only problem is having proper IT infrastructure to participate in that.
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    Thank you for sharing. On the one hand one can choose form the course lessons and material that they want and choose not to complete the whole course. Then of course one can not evaluate the course judging from the completion rate. On the other hand, ability to complete what is started develops human will-power and purposefulness. Otherwise the world is full of people with unfinished educations, short-term employments etc.
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    What the article says really is "MOOC completion rate is not a meaningful metrics about the course." Universities and institutions may need to have other metrics in order to evaluate whether to continue offer certain courses. As for individual participants, each person is her/his best critic on how much has been gained from the course.
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    Cierto, tal vez muchos no lo terminen. Yo creo que lo importante es el conocimiento aprendido.
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    Thanks for sharing this article. I'm in agreement with LeBar, completion of the MOOC is not the correct metric to be used for evaluation. The goal of many participants is to gain or increase MOOC on a topic which may be achieved without completing the whole course.
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    This ongoing MOOC is hard for me to complete since there is a lot of internet and network action required which I don't like to use at the moment. Still, I got so much Information that I will try to fulfill the requirements to pass it. It is not for the statistics - but for my personal support of the MOOC instructors (I wounder whether they notice)
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    i think MOOC will be more effective for exchange of MOOC e for certain important topic for stakeholder who aim self progress development
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    I have joined another MOOC and received the "statement of accomplishment" and it was totally a big disappointment. The design and the language used reflect mentality is not related to what they are teaching online. It is underestimating people around the world time and efforts by issuing a statement is not well designed and meaningless. The question would be: does it worth it to finish any course online? the MOOC is already free and affordable all over the net, why do I need to follow an institute organized free course? People are not finishing the MOOC courses because of frustration and disappointment and this has to be reviewed.
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    Tal vez no puede decirse que sea el futuro de la educación, pero si coadyuva para que el conocimiento pueda acercarse a cualquier persona, e incentivar al autoaprendizaje.
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    Habría que preguntarse cuál es el problema de que los estudiantes no concluyan los cursos MOOC, buscar las alternativas respectivas.MOOC ventanas de oportunidad para cualquier persona.
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    This brings up the question of what it means to complete something? And why is it so important to us? And why 'productivity', a thing somebody defined ages ago, is so important to our humanity? .. or is it anymore?
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    Because I am taking a MOOC course but also on campus at University, I receive credits and grades where this is definitely one of the motivations for me to contribute. Although I agree that completion of the course is not essential to attain MOOC, what about our motivations to learn? And what about our incentives? Not saying MOOCs are not interesting nor helpful, I like MOOCs, but I think people like recognition too. I think to just receive the "statement of accomplishment" is not enough to prove efforts made within the course. However MOOCs are not as well developed at this stage, there definitely will be adjustments in the near future.
Kevin Stranack

Developing world MOOCs: A curriculum view of the MOOC landscape - 21 views

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    "MOOCs offer opportunities but are also pose the danger of further exacerbating existing educational divisions and deepening the homogeneity of global MOOC systems."
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    in this article MOOC are considered as alternative for education in network society..I like the fact that MOOC's are coming to discussion edge http://digitalusers.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/the-digital-presidents-ultimate-challenge/
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    Very interesting! Thanks. "MOOCs and MOOC-type courses have added a new dimension to the educational landscape by strengthening the non-formal educational space and providing opportunities to experiment with the disaggregated components of the educational experience"
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    After watching the Willinsky video, this hit home even more. I think the value of quality education is extremely important, and creating a "global village" of learning is still in its growing pains. Having a face-to-face instructor/professor/facilitator lets you ask the questions that pop to mind and being in a classroom setting allows an idea to flow and develop into other ideas. There are a lot of social media tools that are familiar to a lot of students living in a Western culture, but those social tools are not always available to developing countries; many do not have access to schools or even have a computer - as this article indicates, MOOCs are certainly a venue that opens learning opportunities for those who do not have access to learning in a formal environment, but may have access to the internet. What I particularly found interesting were the various MOOC categories - Gateway: MOOCs for prepping to get into higher learning; Research showcase: promote an institute's research areas; Professional skills: MOOCs for those who need to "upskill" or specialize…and there are others. The main reason for taking this course was to improve my MOOC of what social media is out there (MOOCs are part of it), how it is being used, and how useful is this "new" media is within the publishing realm. It is a challenge.
Ana Muñoz de Rivera

Welcome to MOOC.CA ~ MOOC - 0 views

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    Subscribe to the MOOC Newsletter to keep up on the MOOC community's theory of MOOCs, new MOOC announcements, and news about MOOCs. MOOC.ca is provided by Stephen Downes ( books, newsletter) and George Siemens as a place to host MOOC news and information. Got a MOOC? Post it here on MOOC.ca.
haileyhjw

When MOOC Profs Move - 7 views

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    Mooc is a sign and pioneer of open Mooc,but since it was born, it has had a bunch of problems. Mooc appeal to open access and open intellectual property, however, Mooc even has problem with their teacher who produce course in Mooc. Open is a good but ideal concept, but society needs time to change the logic and be more selfless to be open.
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    Interesting discussion.
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    Algo bastante interesante y contradictorio.
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    La política de propiedad intelectual de Harvard contiene un lenguaje, animando a difundir su trabajo "en maneras que son significativas en el interés público." Si de la universidad "La participación en la creación y desarrollo de materiales con derechos de autor es más que incidental", sin embargo, Harvard debe compartir los derechos.
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    MOOC is licensed under Creative Common license.
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    If the University invested money in the project , they may feel they have aright to the MOOCs. Are MOOC, Profs and academics are very quick to use IP to avoid sharing their MOOC.
nivinsharawi

MOOC - 7 views

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    The structure of MOOCs is continually evolving. Presently the major trend is the transferal of MOOC from the Western English speaking world, but this is changing. Collaboration and other countries' participation in creating this form of education are developing. I believe this is essential for specific regional needs to be satisfied and understood. It is technology and open education collaborating for the benefit of all, not only those with Western privileges. It's not education for education's sake, but brings in a more entrepreneurial approach - not only in Africa where one initiative has started. This article clearly illustrates these new developments in the MOOC arena, providing examples of projects underway and future plans for MOOC 2.0.
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    Nice to see the MOOC already expanding its presence with others thinking differently about it's future and how to improve the structure.
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    Es interesante notar que la propuesta educativa del MOOC sigue transformándose y expandiéndose. También me resulta desafiante que el terreno de aplicación del MOOC 2.0 sea el Asia (naturalmente, por la proporción de jóvenes) y no México. Esta es una interesante área de oportunidad.
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    I think MOOC will be much more effective as tool for learning exchanges between countries, especially developing stakeholder, rather than replacing high education.
hreodbeorht

UBC MOOC - Reconciliation through Indigenous Education - 1 views

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    "WHAT IS THE UBC MOOC? This MOOC is a non-credit online course offered by the University of British Columbia through the open education platform EdX. This self-paced course is to be completed in the span of six weeks. No real-time events are scheduled. For the full experience, students are recommended to participate regularly in the online discussions." My comments: What a great way for you to continue your studies with MOOCs! This course will deal with various aspects of indigenous education, including the importance of traditional MOOC, and it uses the EdX platform as well so you should find the interface very familiar. If you're looking for ways to continue your education now that the main run of the MOOC has finished, this is a great way to get started. It's also run by the University of British Columbia, where I completed a blended course version of the Open MOOC MOOC, so I can highly recommend it!
Julia Echeverría

Transitioning to College via a MOOC - 7 views

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    Coming soon to MITx on edX is a new kind of MOOC-a MOOC to help high school students better prepare for college. Many students who arrive at college find themselves struggling with the courses they must take, as their high school experience has not provided them with the necessary preparation to do well at college....
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    Preparatory courses for the next study level are a good idea in many countries. The MOOC form can be really a good experience for the future college students both from the subject content and technology use point of view.
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    Bookmarking this as I have two students at home who enjoy learning via MOOCs.
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    I took this coursera course in the summer - Learning How to Learn - https://www.coursera.org/course/learning It was really well put together with lots of practical ideas to implement right away. It's being offered regularly and is only 4 weeks long, very worthwhile.
moonlove

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWDiXN8nAx4 - 3 views

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWDiXN8nAx4 As long as we are talking about knowledge, and as long as this knowledge is unlimited, I have to post this audio book about knowledge, but a different ...

mooc module1 knowledge

started by moonlove on 03 Sep 14 no follow-up yet
anonymous

Ineffective lectures - 8 views

Even though it has now been proven that traditional lectures is one of the most ineffective ways of conveying knowledge, they will not be completely eliminated. This article concludes that being ta...

Module 2

moonlove

http://www.amazon.com/History-Knowledge-Past-Present-Future/dp/0345373162 - 1 views

http://www.amazon.com/History-Knowledge-Past-Present-Future/dp/0345373162 History of Knowledge, a book written by Charles Doren 1991. I enjoyed reading some chapters of this book. It is a interest...

module13 past&future of knowledge mooc

started by moonlove on 17 Sep 14 no follow-up yet
AJ Williams

The Twitter feed from David Wiley - 3 views

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    David Wiley (aka @opencontent) is a long-time advocate for OER and the use of open content in education. He consistently blogs and tweets very relevant resources and information for this group.
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    I am a great fan of David Wiley. I follow his blog in my feed to make sure I get all his posts. He recently posted a great article about how MOOCs have hurt the open movement, rather than helped it since MOOCs are not using the word 'open' to refer to the same thing - one is open registration/participation versus open content. http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/3557
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    @mbishon Marvelous article with one theme summed up in one of his sentences..."Their modus operandi has been to copy and paste the 1969 idea of open entry into online courses in 2014. " I have taken lots of MOOCs and they truly vary in quality. The best MOOC I every took was etMOOC that did exactly what David says open education should be--to revise, remix, and redistribute materials available for reuse, thereby adding value.
Olivia Azar

Copyright in MOOCS - 5 views

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    If you want to dig deeper in terms of copyright, this PDF might be helpful.
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    What copyright considerations effect MOOC? Are technology transfer issues at stake? Both discussed very nicely in this paper?
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    The issue of copyright has always been a contentious issue long before the introduction of MOOCs. The debate, now that we have MOOCs in our midst will continue as we try to find a common ground. The issue on the table is fair play.
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    The article addresses the copyright challenges in a MOOC environment. Very useful reading as it discusses the IPR issues we generally do not think of.
kenlitt

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of MOOCS - 1 views

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2014/03/14/Good-Bad-and-Ugly-MOOCs Article that goes over why MOOCs can be a mixed bag. Interesting, considering how most of us who are taking the MOOC are ...

open access knowledge MOOC

started by kenlitt on 30 Nov 14 no follow-up yet
lupogarcia

My design of an open course - 12 views

Dear Julia and Dilrukshi, Thank you for getting back to me and for your encouragement. I know it's been a while and this is not entirely good practice, but I would appreciate your feedback on the d...

mooc Open Knowledge

Fernando Carraro

¡MOOC una nueva experiencia educativa muy prometedora que se consolida poco a poco! - 0 views

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    Comparto el blog de MIGUEL ANGEL AGUIRRE PITOL En su post nos explica que es un MOOC, la importancia de contar con este tipo de cursos, y el compromiso de quienes lo hacen y participan en el.
rlamim

A MOOC sees its greatest impact in the classroom at MIT - 2 views

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    In the classroom, the MOOC material became a new form of textbook. The students found the video lectures easy to follow. They could watch each bite-sized two- to seven-minute video in its entirety and retain the information. The finger exercises following the video further reinforced their learning.
Olivia Azar

MOOCS in Mexico - 0 views

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    For those of you interested in taking upon more moocs in Mexico.
Alexandra Finch

MOOCs: Valuable Innovation Or Grand Diversion? - InformationWeek - 1 views

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    How valuable are MOOCs in certain learning demographics?
susan2014

Evaluación de la calidad pedagógica de los MOOC - 2 views

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    MOOC have burst into the sphere of education in an accelerated way. Firstly, the main US universities, and later many others -among them, some Spanish ones- have been developing courses under this format through various platforms on the Internet. Since MOOC are still at an early stage of development...
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    Thank you Susan. Interesante!
Fernando Carraro

El objetivo del MOOC (Open MOOC) - 0 views

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    Comparto algunas ideas sobre este curso :D
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