Massive Open Online Courses

21 mars 2019

The MOOC Misstep and the Open Education Infrastructure

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The MOOC Misstep and the Open Education Infrastructure
David Wiley, iterating toward openness, 2014/09/23
Useful and interesting article by David Wiley saying some of the things that needed to be said without pulling any punches: "The horrific corruption perpetrated by the Udacity, Coursera, and other copycat MOOCs is to pretend that the last forty years never happened. Their modus operandi has been to copy and paste the 1969 idea of open entry into online courses in 2014." More...

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Moocs are free – but for how much longer?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Moocs are free – but for how much longer?
Chris Parr, Times Higher Education, 2014/09/02
You can't just say “Moocs have started out as a free opportunity – and free is a great way to get people interested,” as Stanford's John Mitchell does. MOOC means free. If academia wants to charge tuition for instruction, I won't complain, since academia has been doing that for 2,500 years. More...

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Learning and Connectivism in MOOCs

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Learning and Connectivism in MOOCs
Stephen Downes, [Sept] 11, 2014, Desconectado IV Encuentro Internacional de Investigadores en EducaciÓn Virtual
In this presentation I examine the phenomenon of MOOCs as I see them, explaining how they result from and support an understanding of the world based in pattern recognition. The presentation is structured along the lines of the six major elements of the underlying literacies of network interaction. [Link]. More...

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OER MOOC: Use of Open Educational Resources in Classroom

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. OER MOOC: Use of Open Educational Resources in Classroom
Ramesh Sharma, Slideshare, 2014/09/12
I saw a presentation advertising this MOOC. Searching for the MOOC (because the URL of the MOOC is nowhere in the presentation) I found this item on LinkedIn (stupid login probably required - why do people write articles on LinkedIn?) by Ishan Abeywardena suggesting that the purposes of MOOCs and OERs are opposed. More...

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All Things in Modulation

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. All Things in Modulation
Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed, Aug 09, 2014
It's hard not to be a bit cynical about the University of Wisconsin's strategy to reduce MOOC dropouts by making courses more locally focused and a lot shorter. More...

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From Open To Connected

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. From Open To Connected
Gardner Campbell, Gardner Writes, Aug 10, 2014
One of the points I've tried to make over the years is that open learning requires commented learning, and vice versa. That's why the drive to trivialize the 'open' in MOOC isn't just an accessibility problem, it's a pedagogical problem. Campbell writes, "we may well have missed the greater and more important aims that “open” strives toward. And while there’s no way to protect words from being twisted or co-opted, the phenomena of “openwashing” and the long long O in MOOC are troubling indicators that what initially seemed to be the language of openness may have fought shy of the question of what the openness was for. More...

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20 mars 2019

Blogphilosophy: does #peace, pacifist education exist in #MOOC?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Blogphilosophy: does #peace, pacifist education exist in #MOOC?
Inge de Waard, Ignatia Webs, Aug 07, 2014
In the last week I have sadly deleted dozens of Facebook contacts, all of whom have in one way or another promoted the war effort of one or another side through the posting of graphic images, propaganda, or justifications. With Inge de Waard I ask, is there nobody who will promote peace. More...

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Why MOOCs are only part of the answer for higher education

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Why MOOCs are only part of the answer for higher education
Tony Bates, online learning and distance education resources, 2014/12/01
For the record, I have never thought of Tony Bates as a critic of MOOCs, particularly, though he has certainly weighed in with his opinions on how they could be improved (which is what we would hope for and expect). here is a case in point. More...

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15 mars 2019

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) Market to Grow at a 56.61% CAGR

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) Market to Grow at a 56.61% CAGR
Press Release, Sandler Research, Jul 17, 2014
I both agree and disagree with the prediction made in this report. I agree in the sense that the market for open online learning will continue to grow at a substantial speed. But I don't agree in the sense that the MOOC itself will most likely evolve, will most likely be branded as something other than a MOOC, and will most likely be seen as competition to traditional MOOCs and eating in to their growth. More...

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Open and online but not a MOOC, GCU Games On – an alternative model for online engagement?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Open and online but not a MOOC, GCU Games On – an alternative model for online engagement?
Sheila McNeil, ALT Online Newsletter, Jul 17, 2014
As Sheila McNeil reports, "Glasgow Caledonian University have taken their first steps into the world of open online education this week with the launch of GCU Games On - a three-week, open online event." What's interesting about this item is that the open event was not created using the usual MOOC technology. More...

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