Robotutor No human teacher can keep up with thousands of students in massive open online courses. Smart software can now stand in, offering personalised guidance TENS of thousands of students across the world will log in to online classrooms this week. A large portion of them will be learning to write code in computer science courses. The scale and reach of massive open online courses (MOOCs) is growing year on year, and many argue they have the potential to vastly improve access to education. But size is also their biggest weakness: a human teacher can't guide, correct and give feedback to legions of students all working simultaneously. Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence – The University of Utah from Today I began my participation in a MOOC. What is a MOOC? Well, it’s a Massive Open Online Course.
Let Them Eat MOOCs - Gianpiero Petriglieri One late afternoon last spring I received a visit from a former student and budding entrepreneur. I usually schedule these meetings at the end of the workday. It feels like a treat, witnessing aspiration and insight blend into leadership to create something new. Luis (not his real name), however, had not come to see me for leadership advice. He had come to pitch his tech startup and ask for my involvement. The venture, he explained, would contribute to the ongoing disruption and reinvention of business education and allow anyone anywhere — not just those as fortunate as himself — to have access to my teaching and insights online, for free.
Top universities embrace MOOCs, but opinion is divided Elite universities, especially in America, are engaging enthusiastically in massive open online courses, or MOOCs. “They see opportunities for brand enhancement, pedagogic experimentation, recruitment and business model innovation,” says a review of MOOCs published by the UK government last week. But there are conflicting strands of opinion that are dividing the higher education community. Activity 14 : Comparing MOOCs We are invited to compare a connectivist MOOC, for example Change.mooc.ca and an institutional MOOC, for example a Coursera one. I participated in a Coursera MOOC lately, the EDC MOOC (e-learning and digital culture) and I’d like to take it for analyze. I hope it’ll bring shades in the debate opposing xMOOCs and cMOOCs. Analysis 1) This parallel highlights well the new "institutionalisation" of MOOCs (in Weller’s words, Weller, 2012) led by companies like Coursera, edX, Udacity… : this course is not an individual initiative but an official one, signed by a university rather than by teachers in their own names; there are forms of assessment and accreditation, like in a "real" course in a Higher Education school. This MOOC tend to an official image.
News Corp. Education Tablet: For The Love Of Learning? hide captionJoel Klein, former New York City schools chief, left to run News Corp.'s education division. On Thursday, Amplify announced a specially designed education tablet. Richard Drew/AP Joel Klein, former New York City schools chief, left to run News Corp.'
Learn for Free with MOOCs Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are a hot topic these days, particularly among academics convinced the classes are destined to make a radical mark on their profession. But outside the ivory tower, the MOOC hype is still very new. What are MOOCs? And why is the acronym suddenly popping up in mainstream publications like The Washington Post and The New York Times? For those playing catch-up, here's a basic rundown of the phenomenon. [Discover technology must-haves for an online course.]
MOOCs: Top 10 Sites for Free Education With Elite Universities MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses. Although there has been access to free online courses on the Internet for years, the quality and quantity of courses has changed. Access to free courses has allowed students to obtain a level of education that many only could dream of in the past. This has changed the face of education. In The New York Times article Instruction for Masses Knocked Down Campus Walls, author Tamar Lewin stated, “in the past few months hundreds of thousands of motivated students around the world who lack access to elite universities have been embracing them as a path toward sophisticated skills and high-paying jobs, without paying tuition or collecting a college degree.” Although MOOCs are the latest trend, not everyone agrees that schools should offer them.
MOOC Strategies of the Traditional LMS Providers The other evening, a close friend of ours was discussing a bad experience taking a MOOC on Coursera. Neither the content nor the format of the class was the problem; rather, it was the experience of Coursera’s online platform that left this person wishing that it was delivered via a traditional LMS instead. Since late 2012, there has been conversation about the overlap between the LMS and MOOC platform markets. Founder of Lynda.com Talks About Future of Learning Online (Video) - Kara Swisher - Media To Lynda Weinman, it’s funny that the online learning site she and her husband founded in 1995 suddenly seems like an overnight success. “Yes, only two decades in the making,” she joked at a lunch I had with her last week. But there certainly has been a big buzz around Lynda.com — named after Weinman — after the Carpinteria, Calif., company raised $103 million a month ago in its first major funding. And, last week, as part of a major expansion globally using that money, it bought Austria-based video2brain to add to its online course offerings in a range of computer and other skills, in a number of European languages.
CEDE Latest insights The hand overlay used in this MOOC video efficiently attract the viewers gaze and allows the teacher to guide the students towards relevant references (research and video by Kshitij Sharma, CHILI lab, EPFL). EPFL MOOCs Digital Signal Processing Paolo Prandoni and Martin Vetterli Learn the fundamentals of digital signal processing theory and discover the myriad ways DSP makes everyday life more productive and fun. Linear and Discrete Optimization Friedrich Eisenbrand The course is an introduction to linear and discrete optimization - an important part of computational mathematics with a wide range of applications in many areas of everyday life.
Good MOOC’s, Bad MOOC’s – Brainstorm - Blogs So I just finished a brief radio appearance (CBC) on the subject of Massive Open, Online Courses (MOOCs). The main guest was George Siemens who, with Stephen Downes, helped pioneer these courses in Canada. Even though all of the press coverage has gone to the competing Stanford edu-preneurs behind Coursera and Udacity, Siemens and Downes have done much of the most important work, theoretical and practical, distinguishing between good and bad MOOC’s. At the heart of the work of Siemens and Downes is connectedness. Coursera Raises $43m, LMS and MOOC Collision In Learning Platform Market -e-Literate Today Coursera announced their new round of fund raising, as reported at GigaOm: Just last year, online education startup Coursera raised $22 million in venture funding, but the Mountain View-based company is topping up its coffers once again.On Wednesday, the startup said it had raised $43 million in a Series B round of financing from an impressive and interesting group of investors, including education-centric investors GSV Capital and Learn Capital, well-known Russian investor Yuri Milner, the International Finance Corporation (which is the investment arm of the World Bank) and Laureate Education, a for-profit higher education provider formerly known as Sylvan Learning. Besides the size of the funding, what strikes me is that one of the emerging trends is that MOOCs are becoming more and more of a learning platform, adding many of the basic features of an LMS. When I pointed this out on Twitter, Burck Smith of StraighterLine got it right when he said “Sounds like an LMS”.