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European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning. David Pundak [], Kinneret College, ORT Braude College [ Nissim Sabag [], Elena Trotskovsky [], Ort Braude College, Israel Higher education institutions face conflicting challenges; they must equip students with up‑to‑date knowledge in fields in which knowledge is constantly being renewed, while they also need to guide students to examine reality through broad-based observation and consider different scientific disciplines.

European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning

They operate within different constrictions such as: learning program boundaries, budgetary constrictions, and lack of accessibility to experts in different areas, and the range of courses offered to students is limited. To cope with these constrictions, Ort Braude Academic College of Engineering opened an experimental program. As part of this program, students were allowed to study MOOC courses under the college’s supervision, and were eligible for accreditation if they completed the courses successfully. LearningTimes Green Room » Blog Archive » LTGR Ep. #91: “Mother of all MOOCs” (Massive Open Online Courses) 'Open Teaching': When the World Is Welcome in the Online Classroom - Technology. By Marc Parry In his work as a professor, Stephen Downes used to feel that he was helping those who least needed it.

'Open Teaching': When the World Is Welcome in the Online Classroom - Technology

His students at places like the University of Alberta already had a leg up in life and could afford the tuition. So when a colleague suggested they co-teach an online class in learning theory at the University of Manitoba, in 2008, Mr. Downes welcomed the chance to expand that privileged club. The idea: Why not invite the rest of world to join the 25 students who were taking the course for credit?

Over 2,300 people showed up. They didn't get credit, but they didn't get a bill, either. The Downes-Siemens course has become a landmark in the small but growing push toward "open teaching. " "We have to get away from this whole idea that universities own learning," says Alec V. Openness proponents contend that distance education often isolates students behind password-protected gates.

Some open professors are finding, though, that exposure brings its own challenges. Openness vs. MOOCs & ISSUES FOR HIGHER EDUCATION by Brian Bottomley on Prezi. The Rising Power of MOOCs Infographic. MOOC Infographics 3 years ago, MOOCs were an idea.

The Rising Power of MOOCs Infographic

Now 5 million of students have signed on to MOOCs, around the world. Since the first MOOC in 2008, this phenomenon has been spreading amongst very well accredited colleges. The Rising Power of MOOCs Infographic shows the rapid growth of MOOCs which offer free education from everyone presenting their main pros and cons. Via: Exploring the Dark Side of MOOCs Infographic. MOOC Infographics The Exploring the Dark Side of MOOCs Infographic sheds light on higher-education institutions’ opinions about MOOCs, their sustainability, and more.

Exploring the Dark Side of MOOCs Infographic

The infographic explores whether or not MOOCs live up to their hype. Administrators’ chief concerns about MOOCs are outlined. Regarding the high number of students taking the courses, critics assert that MOOCs cannot provide the same intimate experience as a traditional classroom. Students are unable to get to know their professors as well as they might have in a physical setting. Via: Massive Open Online Courses Infographic. MOOC Infographics At the MOOCs Infographic you will find out what is a MOOC, the major MOOC providers, course offered, user demographics, and more interesting MOOC in-signs!

Massive Open Online Courses Infographic

Via: Embed This Education Infographic on your Site or Blog! Copy and Paste the following code! Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) What Is a MOOC? A massive open online course (MOOC) is a model for delivering learning content online to any person who wants to take a course, with no limit on attendance.

This updated ELI 7 Things You Should Know About MOOCs II (June 2013) provides additional key facts about MOOCs. What is a MOOC? Anant Agarwal: Why massively open online courses (still) matter. MOOC_Final.pdf. What is a MOOC? What is a MOOC? ELI7097.pdf. What is a MOOC? - MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) The MOOCs have just born and, therefore, are in a process of transformation and settlement and nobody can categorically say what a MOOC is.

What is a MOOC? - MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)

But in some way, MOOCs are the natural evolution of OpenCourseWare, first created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2001. Therefore, it does not surprise that the MIT also leads the development of MOOCs, first with MITx, and then with edX. The term MOOC was coined during the course "Connectivism and Connective Knowledge" by Dave Cormier, from the University of Prince Edward Island (Canada). Free online courses from the world's best universities.

“YouTube for MOOCs” reinvents how online learners watch videos. What 7 million clicks tell us about how to fix online educationA "YouTube for MOOCs," LectureScape re-invents the video-watching experience The rise of online education and massively open online courses (MOOCs) have prompted much naysaying on their effectiveness, with detractors citing single-digit completion rates and short-lived pilot programs.

“YouTube for MOOCs” reinvents how online learners watch videos

Amidst all the arguments about “flipped classrooms” and “hybrid learning,” however, few people have actually analyzed what makes MOOCs work (or fail): the content. Online learners spend most of their time watching videos — but are the videos any good? LectureScape is a “YouTube for MOOCs” video platform developed by CSAIL researchers that uses data on viewing behavior — particularly the “interaction peaks” that correspond to points of interest or confusion — to present lecture videos in a way that’s more intuitive, dynamic, and effective. Read more on MIT News: Read an interview with Juho Kim on the Forbes website: MOOCs_Expectations_and_Reality.pdf. 5 MOOCs Teachers Should Take As Students.

For a while there, the word “MOOC” seemed to be on everyone’s tongue.

5 MOOCs Teachers Should Take As Students

For many educators who had reached their saturation points, MOOCs were the education world’s version of a song you heard every single time you turned on the radio and little by little grew to hate. In the background of all this oversaturation though, MOOCs have actually been embraced by a lot of great schools and professors. And the courses now available include a number of subjects aimed directly at teachers. 3 Reasons to Consider Taking a MOOC Even if most schools didn’t require continuing education, teachers could benefit from seeking out opportunities to learn more. So why consider MOOCs? 1. You can take them at your own pace from anywhere with internet. 2. 3. Those other reasons don’t really count for much unless this one holds true. You get to see how someone else teaches.

Five myths about Moocs. Diana Laurillard explains why a model based on unsupervised learning is not the answer.

Five myths about Moocs

Diana Laurillard. MOOCS: The new higher education? On September 19, Slate Magazine concluded “Online Higher-Education Startup Coursera Is Taking Over the World.”

MOOCS: The new higher education?

Following Silicon Valley practice, reporter Will Oremus judged Coursera’s success on the basis of the number of customer universities offering Coursera courses. Introduction. The University of Edinburgh offers a range of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). What are MOOCs? Daphne Koller: What we're learning from online education.

What is a MOOC? 5 Myths About Open Online Courses at Scale. Free Online Course Materials. Find Thousands of FREE Online Courses: OpenCourseWare. Open CourseWare (OCW) are FREE online materials of entire courses (syllabus, presentations, assignments, and assessments) published by select universities. Coursera - Free Online Courses From Top Universities. Welcome to Forbes. Why MOOCs are Failing the People They're Supposed to Help - The New Yorker. On July 23rd, 1969, Geoffrey Crowther addressed the inaugural meeting of the Open University, a British institution that had just been created to provide an alternative to traditional higher education. Courses would be conducted by mail and live radio. The basic mission, Crowther declared, was a simple one: to be open to people from all walks of life. “The first, and most urgent task before us is to cater for the many thousands of people, fully capable of a higher education, who, for one reason or another, do not get it, or do not get as much of it as they can turn to advantage, or as they discover, sometimes too late, that they need,” he told his audience.

“Men and women drop out through failures in the system,” he continued, “through disadvantages of their environment, through mistakes of their own judgment, through sheer bad luck. These are our primary material.” MOOCs started with a bang of optimism. On the other hand, there are the numbers that gave Thrun pause. Learning with New Media. Diana Laurillard. Five myths about Moocs. MOOCs Aren’t Revolutionizing College, but They’re Not a Failure.

A few years ago, the most enthusiastic advocates of MOOCs believed that these “massive open online courses” stood poised to overturn the century-old model of higher education. Their interactive technology promised to deliver top-tier teaching from institutions like Harvard, Stanford, and MIT, not just to a few hundred students in a lecture hall on ivy-draped campuses, but free via the Internet to thousands or even millions around the world. At long last, there appeared to be a solution to the problem of “scaling up” higher education: if it were delivered more efficiently, the relentless cost increases might finally be rolled back. Some wondered whether MOOCs would merely transform the existing system or blow it up entirely. Computer scientist Sebastian Thrun, cofounder of the MOOC provider Udacity, predicted that in 50 years, 10 institutions would be responsible for delivering higher education.

Then came the backlash. Valuable snippets Justifying tuition. 25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education. Whether you’re five or ninety five, the internet has a lot to offer. Particularly when the topic is education, the resources on the internet are endless. Best of all, many high quality sites are completely free. From history to coding, excellent free education awaits on the following 25 sites. 1. Coursera is a website that partners with universities and organizations around the world. 2.