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Inequality in American Education Will Not Be Solved Online - Ian Bogost. With funding tight, the state of California has turned to Udacity to provide MOOCs for students enrolled in remedial courses.

Inequality in American Education Will Not Be Solved Online - Ian Bogost

But what is lost when public education is privatized? Unlit road at night (MRBECK/Flickr) One night recently, it was raining hard as I drove to pick my son up from an evening class at the Atlanta Ballet. Like many cities, Atlanta's roads are in terrible condition after years of neglect. Lane divider paint is so worn as to become invisible in the wet darkness, potholes litter the pavement. There are ways to fix such dangers. Such is essentially the logic the state of California has adopted in its plan to offer online classes in the California State University System, a deal the state has struck with "massively open online course" (MOOC) provider Udacity. In response, California could reinvest in public schools and the profession of secondary teaching.

That's the political situation. Document: Examine the U. of Michigan's Contract With Coursera - Technology. Creative learning on mass, or the MIT MOOC. Just this morning, I came across MIT Media Lab’s announcement for its Learning Creative Learning online course.

Creative learning on mass, or the MIT MOOC

You can read about it or skim the outline to make your own judgment; I’m enjoying the laid-back description, which tracks with my previous massive open online course experience: “This is a big experiment. Things will break. We don’t have all the answer.” MOOCs and OERs. Instructional Technology / Virtual Speaker Series: Gary Stager Ph.D. 2012-13. Gary Stager, Ph.D.

Instructional Technology / Virtual Speaker Series: Gary Stager Ph.D. 2012-13

Wednesday, February 6, 2013. Free, Open-Source Digital Textbook Provider, Boundless, Releases Its Content Under Creative Commons. Since first emerging early last year, Boston-based startup Boundless has been on a mission to give students a free alternative to the financial and physical costs of bulky backpacks brimming with pricey hard-copy textbooks.

Free, Open-Source Digital Textbook Provider, Boundless, Releases Its Content Under Creative Commons

Co-founders Ariel Diaz, Brian Balfour and Aaron White believe that the incumbents, the old-school textbook publishers (the top four of which still control the market) have been driving up the cost of educational content for years, so Boundless has been fighting the Powers That Be by offering a free, digital alternative culled from existing, open educational resources. MOOC to POOC: Moving from Massive to Participatory. JustPublics@365 wants to reimagine higher education.

MOOC to POOC: Moving from Massive to Participatory

One of the ways we’re doing that is by re-thinking the graduate seminar and rethinking online education. Recently, Thomas Friedman in an op-ed for The New York Times proclaimed “nothing has more potential to enable us to reimagine higher education than the massive open online course, or MOOC”. The New York Times dubbed 2012 “the year of the MOOC.” Revolution Hits the Universities. How NOT to Design a MOOC: The Disaster at Coursera and How to Fix it. I don’t usually like to title a post with negative connotations, but there is no way to put a positive spin on my experience with the MOOC I’m enrolled in through Coursera, Fundamentals of Online Education: Planning and Application.

How NOT to Design a MOOC: The Disaster at Coursera and How to Fix it

The course so far is a disaster, ‘a mess’ as numerous students have called it. Ironically, the learning outcome of the course is to create our own online course. 40 Useful Tips For Anyone Taking A MOOC. As these resources have grown in number and the list of institutions providing them has become ever more prestigious, free online courses are gaining legitimacy with employers as a method of learning valuable job skills. While there’s still a long way to go in terms of acceptance, more and more employers are recognizing the value of cheap, effective educational programs that can keep employees up-to-date and engaged in their field without spending a dime.

Whether you’re looking to online education for personal reasons or to get ahead in your career, use these tips to help you get more out of open courses and use what you learn to market yourself, improve your performance, and stand out on the job. Quality Control in MOOCs. Like traditional education institutions, identity and reputation are important in MOOCs.

Quality Control in MOOCs

For providers such as Udacity, Coursera, and edX, it means that the end user experience is vital in perceptions of overall quality. Negating the learner in the learning process. Yesterday, a Coursera course was closed after the first week of delivery. 40,000 students were left somewhat confused.

Negating the learner in the learning process

I posted a few thoughts on this on our xeducation site. The interesting stuff is in the comments and that’s what I’d like to emphasize here. Sarah Pravitra states: The MOOC Goes to High School - Vander Ark on Innovation. By Dr.

The MOOC Goes to High School - Vander Ark on Innovation

Lisa Duty (@lisaduty1 ), Senior Director of Innovation at KnowledgeWorks and a graduate of Columbus City Schools Last summer when Reynoldsburg City Schools connected with Udacity, the highly acclaimed provider of free university-level education, it envisioned a new model for learning with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that would come to life during, not after, high school. MOOCs are gaining some momentum in the post-secondary arena, bringing learning opportunities that are generally free or inexpensive, to the masses. Ten Tips: Keep Learners Motivated in Your Open Online Cloud Course or MOOC (Part 6) by Inge de Waard. “Don’t make a fuss about correct use of the English language—it is already difficult entering a course designed in another language.

Ten Tips: Keep Learners Motivated in Your Open Online Cloud Course or MOOC (Part 6) by Inge de Waard

This also means that certain formulations might be awkward due to the misunderstanding of some English terms, which can lead to potential debates. Give every discussion thread or response the benefit of the doubt if at first it seems rude. Course: Semantic Web Technologies. Harald Sack is Senior Researcher at the Hasso Plattner-Institute for IT-Systems Engineering (HPI) at the University of Potsdam. After graduating in computer science at the University of the Federal Forces Munich Campus in 1990, he worked as systems/network engineer and project manager in the signal intelligence corps of the German federal forces from 1990–1997.

In 1997 he became an associated member of the graduate program ‘mathematical optimization’ at the University of Trier, where he obtained a PhD in Computer Science in 2002. From 2002–2008 worked as a postdoc at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena. In 2007 he received a visiting position at the HPI, where he now is head of the research group 'semantic technologies'. His areas of research include semantic web technologies, knowledge representations and ontological engineering, multimedia analysis & retrieval, machine learning and semantic enabled retrieval. Dr. Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U: Spring Semester 2013. I know several do, and while I can't speak for all of them, the Saylor Foundation — and, full disclosure, I am employed by them — has three courses that carry portable credit recommendations, with more credit pathways in the works. The recommendation requires a proctored online exam, which can range from free to not-very-expensive depending on how you obtain a proctor.

Search NCCRS from the homepage, or get in touch! I'm currently taking the Evolution class (and am enrolled for the Sci-fi class mentioned above) through Coursera. Generally, free classes do not award college credit, but I understand at least Coursera offers course completion certificates through the colleges that give the classes. GMW_2012.indb - Artikel_Bremer_OpenCourse_GMW2012.pdf. Programm. How to succeed at Mooc-ing without really trying. Heard about MOOCs but far too busy doing more interesting things to sign up to one?

Not sure if they’re for you? Feeling pressure to be part of the “mooc crowd”? Keep signing up for MOOCs but keep getting that cba (can’t be a****) feeling after the first week? Fear not, here’s a handy list of tips to ensure you too can get maximum impact, increase your twitter followers, and look like you are at the heart of the next Mooc that takes your fancy. The quickest way to get noticed in MOOCs is via twitter, so start using the course hashtag as early as possible. What is a MOOC? Measuring the Success of Online Education. One of the dirty secrets about MOOCs — massive open online courses — is that they are not very effective, at least if you measure effectiveness in terms of completion rates. If as few as 20 percent of students finishing an online course is considered a wild success and 10 percent and lower is standard, then it would appear that MOOCs are still more of a hobby than a viable alternative to traditional classroom education.

Backers reason that the law of large numbers argues in favor of the online courses that have rapidly come to be seen as the vehicle for the Internet’s next big disruption — colleges. If 100,000 students take a free online course and only 5,000 complete it, that is still a significant number. However, MOOCs are a moving target. ELearning Trends. Why MOOCs are like Farmville. Another day, another report from one of the thought leaders on higher education. "MOOCs" for Credit Come to California. Take note, folks. The Dunbar Number, From the Guru of Social Networks. 5 Potential Ways MOOCs Will Evolve. MOOC's for Credit come to California. Take note, folks. Peer-to-Peer Learning Handbook. Ein neuer Stern am E-Learning Himmel: MOOCs - HR-Management - Personal. Statistics Course (ST 095) MOOCs are really a platform.

We can officially declare massive open online courses (MOOCs) as the higher education buzzword for 2012. Between Coursera, edX and smaller open course offerings, nearly $100 million in funding has been directed toward MOOCs in that past 8 months. As California Goes? Assessing MOOCs at HigherEdTech conference. MOOC d'entreprise dans le secteur IT. MOOCs EDUCAUSE. Free online courses AKA MOOC aggregator. IMC AG: 10 Fragen zu MOOC. Experiences from Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and how the MOOC could potentially increase diversity, social inclusion & learner engagement. Changing-course-survey - changing-course-survey.pdf. MOOCS — Here come the credentials - College, Inc. Competency-Based Online Education: The Rising Tide of College Affordability. Outlook for online learning in 2013: online learning comes of age.

What You Need to Know About MOOCs. How To Create a ‘Personal Learning Environment’ to Stay Relevant in 2013. Digitale Revolution der Lehre: Harvard für alle - Wissen. Anant Agarwal: What it’s like to teach 155,000 students online. Providers of Free MOOC's Now Charge Employers for Access to Student Data - Technology. International MOOCs Past and Present. Understanding Connectivism. Massive List of MOOC Resources, Lit and Literati. MOOCs – The revolution has begun, says Moody’s. Are you ready to MOOC? A conversation with George Siemens.

Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Education Edition. Blackboard Coursesites as MOOC-platform. A New Pedagogy is Emerging...And Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor. The Most Popular Higher Education Technology Posts of 2012.

A list of current and future connectivist MOOCs.