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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: MOOCs

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: MOOCs
Part 5 of my Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012 series The Year of the MOOC Massive Open Online Courses. MOOCs. This was, without a doubt, the most important and talked-about trend in education technology this year. And oh man, did we talk about it. In retrospect, it’s not surprising that 2012 was dominated by MOOCs as the trend started to really pick up in late 2011 with the huge enrollment in the three computer science courses that Stanford offered for free online during the Fall semester, along with the announcement of MITx in December. Who cares what Cormier thinks and predicts? January: Googler and Stanford professor (and professor for the university’s massive AI class) Sebastian Thrun announces he’s leaving Stanford to launch Udacity, his own online learning startup. February: MITx opens for enrollment. April: Stanford professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller (also involved with Stanford’s fall 2011 MOOCs) officially launch their online learning startup Coursera. May: June: July: August: September:

The Problems with Coursera's Peer Assessments Cross-posted at Inside Higher Ed When I wrote about the launch of online education startup Coursera back in April, one of the things that most intrigued me most was the description that founders Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng gave of their plans for a peer-to-peer grading system. I’ve been a critic of the rise of the robot-graders — that is, the increasing usage of automated assessment software (used in other xMOOCS and online courses, as well as in other large-scale testing systems). While some assignments might lend themselves to being graded this way, I’ve been skeptical that automation is really the way to go for disciplines that require essay-writing, despite the contention that robo-graders score just as well as humans do. Coursera said it would offer poetry classes (a modern poetry class starts this fall), and I just couldn’t see how even the most sophisticated artificial intelligence in the world could grade students’ intepretations and close readings. The variability of feedback:

The Best OER Revise / Remix Ever? by david on December 11, 2012 In fall of 2011, I took a new approach to the Project Management course I teach each year. I wanted my students to gain hands on experience managing a project, I wanted them to feel the pressure of hitting deliverables, I wanted them to feel the nausea of having things fall through, I wanted them to learn to navigate managing people, and most of all I wanted them to feel the joy of completing a piece of work that blesses people lives. So I asked my students to engage in a very large scale revise / remix project that would benefit them and many others. We started with Project Management from Simple to Complex, originally written by Russell Darnall and John Preston and originally published under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license by Flat World Knowledge. If this new textbook isn’t the best OER revise/remix ever, I’d like to know what is! Congratulations to my IPT 682 students.

A MOOC is not a Thing: Emergence, Disruption, and Higher Education | Open Education A MOOC is not a thing. A MOOC is a strategy. What we say about MOOCs cannot possibly contain their drama, banality, incessance, and proliferation. There is nothing about a MOOC that can be contained. “There is a relational aspect to learning.” MOOCification: to harness (in an instant) the power of a nodal network for learning. Chris Friend writes, in “Learning as Performance: MOOC Pedagogy and On-ground Classes”, “The promise of MOOCs lies not in what the format lets us do, but in what the format lets us question: Where does learning happen? Are organized attempts to harness learning always and necessarily frustrated? True stability results when presumed order and presumed disorder are balanced. Pete Rorabaugh writes, “The analysis, remixing, and socially engaged construction of personally relevant knowledge — often happens when the institutional framework is disrupted, diverted, or left in the dust.” The MOOC is a dialectic.

Audrey Watters Wrestles with MOOCs | Open Education a digital journal of learning, teaching, and technology Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), as they are situated both inside and outside of traditional higher education institutions, naturally raise questions about those institutions. My recent article, “Occupy the Digital: Critical Pedagogy and New Media,” began to uncover some of those questions. In that article, I assert “that academic work must be useful beyond its tower and that digital culture offers new opportunities to achieve that goal.” Perhaps MOOCs are a way to take academic work beyond its traditional boundaries. Or perhaps MOOCs are so extra-institutional that they will work no real changes on higher education. In her article, “Considering Coursera’s Expansion,” Audrey Watters ponders some of the same questions. [<a href="//" target="_blank">View the story "Audrey Watters Wrestles with MOOCs" on Storify</a>] About the Author

Eight Brilliant Minds on the Future of Online Education - Eric Hellweg - Our Editors by Eric Hellweg | 12:12 PM January 29, 2013 The advent of massively open online classes (MOOCs) is the single most important technological development of the millennium so far. I say this for two main reasons. While at Davos, I was fortunate to attend an amazing panel — my favorite of the conference — with a murderer’s row of speakers. Why this disruption is happening: Peter Thiel, partner, Founders Fund “In the United States, students don’t get their money’s worth. “You have to ask yourself, ‘What is the nature of education as a good?’ Where we are in the evolution of this change: Larry Summers, former President of Harvard “It’s important to remember this really wise quote when thinking about the transition to online education: ‘Things take longer to happen than you think they will and then they happen faster than you think they could.’ Daphne Koller, founder of Coursera “We’re at 2.4 million students now. Raphael Reif, president of MIT “We manage this transition very carefully.

Broadcast Education: a Response to Coursera | Open Education Coursera is silly. Educational technology news has been all a-flutter over the last few months about the work that Coursera is doing to bring higher education into the open. But I tell you what: I signed up for one of their classes — a course on Science Fiction and Fantasy from the University of Michigan — only to discover something really startling. Really: startling. For six years, I worked at the Community Colleges of Colorado Online (CCCO), a personnel-challenged, entirely adjunct endeavor that provides online courses to all thirteen community colleges in the state. Granted, I’ve only gotten a glance at what Coursera is doing; nonetheless, they appear to be offering the same brand of content that CCCO offered a decade ago — but without the innovations and interactivity available when I left the school. Something seems to be very wrong. Broadcasting Education But that’s not what Mark Edmundson noticed and wrote about in his New York Times editorial of July 20, 2012.

Moocs-- quotes Leonard Bernstein’s Masterful Lectures on Music (11+ Hours of Video Recorded in 1973) In 1972, the composer Leonard Bernstein returned to Harvard, his alma mater, to serve as the Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry, with “Poetry” being defined in the broadest sense. The position, first created in 1925, asks faculty members to live on campus, advise students, and most importantly, deliver a series of six public lectures. T.S. Delivered in the fall of 1973 and collectively titled “The Unanswered Question,” Bernstein’s lectures covered a lot of terrain, touching on poetry, linguistics, philosophy and physics. Lecture 2: Musical Syntax Lecture 3: Musical Semantics Lecture 4: The Delights & Dangers of Ambiguity Lecture 5: The 20th Century Crisis Lecture 6: The Poetry of Earth This lecture series has been added to our extensive collection of Free Courses.

OPAL | Open Educational Quality Initiative What I talk about when I talk about #ukoer - Followers of the Apocalypse I spend a lot of my time talking about #ukoer (#4life!!), and – pretty much as a personal aide memoire that other people may find useful, I’ve decided to add some common links, inferences and my ideas of key outcomes on my personal blog. Do please comment and add to this as you see fit, also please reuse it as you see fit (cc-by). And note that this is on my *personal* blog for a reason, other programme staff offer equally valid perspectives with different emphases. For practical purposes, there have been three main “phases” of UKOER (the large programme led by JISC and the Academy). This is not in any way to denigrate the excellent earlier work that UKOER directly builds on – basically more than a decade of experience on the cutting edge of digital content and online sharing. But I tend to focus on the three main phases, as above, because it allows me to describe the narrative that I feel explains the way our perspectives have shifted. So that’s what I talk about when I talk about OER.