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#MOOC for development report #ict4D. Finally the inspirational and informative report of Massive Open Online Courses for Development (MOOC4D) is published by the Penn University, and it can be downloaded here (link I got at first was not working, so added a new indirect link. Once I have retrieved the official link I will put that one in). The panel discussions are also available online here. The conference on MOOC4D was held in April 2014 and it focused on the challenges and potentials of MOOCs in developing countries. The conference existed of panel discussions on various MOOC topics.

And thank you to John Traxler for sending me the link! The 18 page report gives a very nice insight into potential bottlenecks and the status of MOOCs in developing regions. Economics of MOOCs,Open Educational Resources (OER), National and Global perspectives, Online Distance Learning (ODL), Expanding inclusion, and of course International development. The educational challenges in developing regions are multiple: Flipped instruction, MOOCs seen as leading education innovation. Skip to main content Browse All Briefs by Topic Flipped instruction, MOOCs seen as leading education innovation Forward to a friend 01/31/2014 | Edudemic Flipped instruction and massive open online courses were two of the top education technology trends of 2013, according to Hardik Parikh, co-founder of PracTutor.

In this blog post, Parikh writes that education technology is still in its infancy and only expected to grow as more schools integrate e-learning in their curricula. In addition, education technology also allows students to learn while having fun using online games and gives students more access than ever to information and resources, Parikh notes. View Full Article in: Edudemic Education | K-12 | Tech | Software & IT Services | Educational Leadership Published in Briefs: SmartBrief Job Listings for Education View More Job Openings ©2014 SmartBrief. Freire, MOOCs and Pedagogy of the Oppressed. January 12, 2014 by jennymackness An email notification of a forthcoming conference at the University of Central Lancashire (uclan) – Paulo Freire and Transformative Education: changing lives and transforming communities (28th April -1st May 2014), prompted me to take my copy of ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’ off the bookshelf and remind myself of its contents.

It is quite a while since I read the book and thumbing through it again, I am surprised to see how many pages, paragraphs, sentences and phrases I have marked – particularly since these marked sections seem to be even more relevant now than they were then. The conference caught my eye for two reasons: Paulo Freire published his book Pedagogy of the Oppressed in 1970. Freire’s concerns are with the education of the poor in Brazil. ‘By being kept in a situation in which it is practically impossible to achieve a critical awareness and response the disadvantaged are kept ‘submerged’.

Is this still a question for us today? For him (p.61) Moodle MOOC 3 in February 2014: Online Course. Course Description Moodle MOOC 3 will start on February 1, and end on February 28, 2014 on WizIQ (click here to acces the course) and the list of presentations (dates, times, presenters, topics, descriptions, live online sessions, and recordings). The MOOC will focus on connecting online for collaborative learning and teaching through Moodle.

The live presentations will include the speakers’ reflective process on teaching and learning in fully online and blended learning formats. Moodle MOOC 3 will also include Moodle for Teachers (M4T) courses, for beginners and advanced Moodlers. The courses will be both asynchronous (Moodle) and synchronous (WizIQ) with recordings on WizIQ, YouTube, and Vimeo. There will be two learning areas: WizIQ course area and Moodle for Teachers (M4T) Moodle website. The live online sessions and recordings, tutorials (courseware) and ongoing discussions (course feed) will be available in the WizIQ course area. 1. 2. 3. Invited Guests MeiMei Fox (USA) Jason R. Dr. Online Education and MOOC. What is online education like? There was an old Chinese motto: Poor rice fields won’t attract farmers to plow, but once there are farmers plowing such fields, many other farmers would join in and compete.

Does it sound like what happens in online education? Here the rice field is online education. Once online education was found to be of an inferior quality in terms of yielding of academic results, with poor progression and completion rates. I just happened to come across the post on Conversation: The expected 4 billion new members of the middle class who will join the rest of us by 2050 will likely demand more dairy and meat. Are we entering a new era where online education and MOOCs have become the near to “life safer” to Higher Education? This week, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a group of provosts from Big 10 universities, issued a position paper saying that higher education must take advantage of new education technology — but perhaps on its own. John Like this: Witter / Recherche - #mooc... 10 of the World's Best Storytellers.

The accidental technologist » Blog Archive » Connectivism: Theory or Phenomenon? Posted by Wayne Barry | Filed under Learning, Pedagogy, Technology “Connectivism” by ryan2point0. Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-SA Preface Back in March 2013, I signed up to do the “Open Education“ MOOC from The Open University on the OpenLearn platform. The EdD is made up of seven modules at Master’s level, on the successful completion of these modules can I then progress on doing the EdD thesis. In some sense, this blog article is my contribution to that “Open Learn” activity as well as a reflection on the essay that I wrote for my EdD. A tangled web You can imagine my surprise that when I started to read around this notion of connectivism, I started off thinking that it was indeed “a learning theory for the digital age” (Siemens, 2005) to conclude that in its current form, the ‘theory’ needed to be relegated to that of a “phenomenon” (Bell, 2011), or a ‘hypothesis‘ at best.

So learning and the production of knowledge is less about “know-how” and more around “know-where“. In the field. Is Connectivism a New Learning Theory. Here is my response to Connectivism: Theory or Phenomenon. Interesting points and observation. There are lots of empirical evidence in support of Connectivism, only that I still haven’t got the time to consolidate all of the research findings. My involvement of number of researches did reveal certain areas where the previous learning theories fell short in its explanation, especially in the areas where emergent, self-oganised and self-determined learning (Heutagogy) did occur.

It could be argued that many (or majority) of the participants of MOOCs (in some cMOOCs, and most xMOOCs) are learning based on an instructivist approaches (behaviorism and cognitivism), and not on social constructivism and connectivism. Why? In summary: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. John Like this: Like Loading... 12 Quick Tips To Search Google Like An Expert. If you’re like me, you probably use Google many times a day. But chances are, unless you're a technology geek, you probably still use Google in its simplest form. If your current use of Google is limited to typing in a few words and changing your query until you find what you’re looking for, then I’m here to tell you that there’s a better way -- and it’s not hard to learn. On the other hand, even if you are a technology geek and can use Google like the best of them already, I still suggest you bookmark this article of advanced Google search tips.

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Below is a look the most popular options as measured by a combination of their total number of customers, active users, and online presence. In order to see a comprehensive list, please visit our LMS Software Directory . Read more about how we performed our research: Top LMS Software Solutions Infographic Embed this image on your site: <a href=" target="_blank"><img width="640" height="1958" border="0" alt="The Top 20 Most Popular LMS Software Solutions" src=" /></a><br /><p>© 2012 <a href=" Inc. </a></p> #CFHE12 #Oped12 MOOC Emerging as Landscape of Change and Learning Platform Part 6- A Network Ecology. Stephen Downes relates to this post on MOOCs as networks. Stephen says: What gets me is that he apparently has *no idea* that we’ve been doing MOOCs as networks for 4 years, and indeed that MOOCs *originated* as networks Hi You have mentioned it in 2007 as I had cited in my post here in that MOOCs as networks, and YES, indeed that MOOCs originated as networks, and “we” continued as networks with networked learning.

What surprised me is many educators are still looking for MOOC as a “group” and “team” with a shared and agreed common goal, which is where xMOOCs are situated and appropriated. Ideally, a team approach towards learning would likely achieve the vision and mission as set forth, based on the strategies set, and strategic actions development and action. What might be overlooked in such way of group learning is they are addressing the simple and complicated scenarios of learning, and not the complex and chaos scenarios of learning (and education).

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#Oped12 #MOOC Have people really understood what a great MOOC would look like. What does a great MOOC look like from learners’ perspective? Through reading this post on MOOC, it seems to me that the principal pedagogy of instructivism with a sage on the stage (with one SUPER PROFESSOR) teaching in a MOOC is emphasised in the x MOOCs. Isn’t that the way most people are perceiving the x MOOCs (or the super MOOCs) too? Ideally, Udacity and other MOOC providers will help strip away all the distractions of higher education — the brand, the price and the facilities — and remind all of us that education is about learning. In addition to putting downward pressure on student costs, it would be nice if MOOCs put upward pressure on teaching quality. Read more: I think people might have got the whole ideas of MOOC too much relying on “teaching quality” alone. To me, MOOC is about LEARNING! Isn’t it interesting to learn about students’ wishes, to learn from ONE professor only in a MOOC.

Mr. Online learning group hears from MOOC pioneer | Inside Higher Ed - Comodo IceDragon. ORLANDO -- The men and women who attend the Sloan Consortium's annual meeting have been toiling in the fields of online learning for many years, so they could be forgiven for having a wee bit of skepticism (if not resentment) about "MOOC mania," the hubbub of hyper-attention that has been paid in recent months to the massive open online courses developed by Harvard, MIT, Stanford and other elite universities. "MOOCS will change the world and make the rest of higher education obsolete. Hyper-prestigious universities are driving all the change. Umm, I don't think so, folks," Jack Wilson, president emeritus of the University of Massachusetts system and Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, Emerging Technologies, and Innovation at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, said during the conference's opening plenary Wednesday afternoon.

"They're certainly not the first movers; they're not even the fast followers," he added, to applause from some in the audience. Explanation: How Brain Training Can Make You Significantly Smarter. MOOCs at Edinburgh | Online Programmes | Postgraduate study. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) at the University of Edinburgh The University of Edinburgh is joining the Coursera consortium , and in July 2012 became one of its first partners outside North America. Coursera offers short online courses from top universities in an increasing range of subjects, all entirely free of charge. All the courses are led by world-class academics, and supported by their teaching assistants. There are no entry requirements for students - all courses can be taken by anyone from anywhere online, and are generally offered two or three times per annum.

These features ensure that access to world class education is available to anyone, regardless of their location or their financial capacity. In the first instance, the University of Edinburgh will offer a range of short undergraduate-level courses, which are part of our contribution to extending access to higher education. What subjects can I study? E-learning and Digital Cultures - Dr Sian Bayne and Jeremy Knox Cost. Coursera.org. EdX. Reflections on open courses. NEW READING OPPORTUNITIES IN MOOCDOM ~ CDL Projects.

#MOOCMOOC Learning in MOOCs. #MOOC MOOC Some reflections on MOOC. MOOCs are really a platform. Research into MOOC. Are we touching the nerves of MOOC. MOOC and its value. What made MOOC attractive. Even MORE MOOC MOOC MOOC! Chronicle article explains the business model. What makes the difference – with the different MOOCs. What theory best supports Future Education and Learning. #MOOCMOOC Connectivism – Putting theory into practice. More reflections on MOOCs and MITx. George Siemens on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Open Letter to Canadian Universities. What is a MOOC? Cursos Masivos en Línea (MOOC)