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How MOOCs Could Meet the Challenge of Providing a Global Education

How MOOCs Could Meet the Challenge of Providing a Global Education
As online education platforms like Coursera, edX, and Udacity burst onto the scene over the past year, backers have talked up their potential to democratize higher education in the countries that have had the least access (see “The Most Important Education Technology in 200 Years”). These ambitions are now moving closer to reality, as more people begin to experiment with their setup, although significant challenges remain. Students in countries like India and Brazil have been signing up in droves for these massive open online courses, or MOOCs, offered for free from top-tier universities, such as Stanford, MIT, and Harvard. One of the major challenges for MOOCs—which so far mostly come from U.S. universities—is to tailor the content of courses to a diverse worldwide audience with any number of combinations of language, educational, motivational, and cultural backgrounds. “What we have today is a very nice first step,” says Anoop Gupta, a distinguished research scientist with Microsoft. Related:  Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC).

University group open sources its code for online learning Education is already accessible online. Now it’s going open source too. Nonprofit edX is less well known than Coursera and Udacity, its for-profit competition. But it also offers online courses from top universities for free. Today, the organization is making available some of the code that powers its site open source. Anant Agarwal, the MIT professor who serves as edX’s president, said in an interview that online learning is the “greatest innovation in education since the printing press.” This is a first step toward open sourcing the entire edX software platform, a vision Agarwal has been committed to from the beginning. Edx was founded by MIT and Harvard, and has subsequently grown to 12 university partners. Educational institutions and independent developers can use the code to deliver a collaborative learning experience — not just simple text and video. One of edX’s major goals is for universities to offer credit to students who complete a course.

Hun har verdens beste lærere hjemme i stuen Denne saken er hentet fra Aftenpostens økonomimagasin, som kommer med papiravisen hver torsdag. Hun har hendene fulle med å ta seg av to måneder gamle Henrik – i tillegg til Darwin og Sydney. De to hundene har plutselig fått hard konkurranse i kampen om Karoline Klevers (26) oppmerksomhet. Mye av tiden går med til bleieskift, amming, mating og lek, men innimellom slagene setter IT-konsulenten fra Bærum seg ned foran PC-en. – Ting skjer så fort i denne bransjen. Klever bruker tiden på å se spesialiserte, nettbaserte videokurs om programmering. – Mange av videoene er fantastisk gode. Kvaliteten på kursene er så høy at de danker ut Nytt på Nytt, Skavlan og Idol. – Mannen min jobber med det samme som meg. Eliteskoler i front Omfanget av digitale kurs innen programmering er allerede stort, men nå kommer andre utdanningsretninger etter i full fart. Eliteuniversiteter som Harvard, MIT og Stanford leder an i utviklingen. Urdalen har blant annet tatt kurs ved Harvard. Universiteter kan forsvinne

Studerer i USA, jobber i Knarvik Eliteuniversiteter verden over legger ut åpne, gratis kurs på nettet. Alexander Kabanov (27) er en av rundt fire millioner studenter som benytter seg av tilbudet. Ved siden av fulltidsjobb på Knarvik, studerer Kabanov ved universitetene i Pennsylvania, Georgia og Michigan. Men alt skjer på nettet, og foreleseren har han i lommen. - Professoren legger ut videoer og oppgaver. Internasjonal trend MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses - er det store, internasjonale nyordet innen høyere utdanning. Nettstudier er fremtidens utdanning, tror Kabanov. - Det er enklere, raskere og mer effektivt. Trenden er kommet til Skandinavia. NTNU først ut - Dette må ses litt i sammenheng med andre trender, at vi er tilgjengelige og internasjonale hele tiden. Etter alt å dømme blir NTNU først ut. - Det skjer en revolusjon innen utdanning, og det er altfor lite oppmerksomhet om dette i Norge, sier Krokan. - Ikke veien å gå for UiB - Temaet er forbausende lite omtalt og berørt i norsk utdanningsdebatt. - Helt klart.

Coursera adds first international university partners, raises additional $6M Online education startup Coursera isn’t just revolutionizing learning in the U.S., it’s refashioning higher education for people around the world. Since its earliest courses, Coursera’s student population has been highly international (it’s currently 35 percent domestic, 65 percent international). And, in addition to announcing $6 million in new funding, the startup Tuesday said that it’s adding its first international university partners. Coursera’s new investment — which includes $3.7 million from the California Institute of Technology and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as $2.3 million from current funders New Enterprise Associates and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers — brings its total funding to $22 million. Coursera: Online education is a new medium, we’re all inventing the basic concepts Data collection and analysis remain key factors But Ng said Coursera is distinguished by its partnerships with leading universities and the range and breadth of its classes.

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. There may also be some issues for students who lack motivation. For those who desire a free education and have the motivation, the following includes the: Top 10 Sites for Information about MOOCs:

A Tale of Two MOOCs @ Coursera: Divided by Pedagogy The Web as a classroom is transforming how people learn, is driving the need for new pedagogy; two recently launched courses at Coursera highlight what happens when pedagogical methods fail to adapt. Divided pedagogy I wrote recently about the Fundamentals of Online: Education [FOE] the Coursera course that was suspended after its first week and is now in MOOC hibernation mode. Over thirty thousands students signed up for the course hoping to learn how to develop an online course. It was a technical malfunction when students were directed to sign-up for groups through a Google Doc that shuttered the course, along with hundreds of student complaints about lack of clear instructions, and poor lecture quality. The Tale of the Two What made e-Learning and Digital Cultures successful and FOE not? How People Learn: Four Viewpoints In this post I’ll examine four orientations to learning approaches, the processes and pedagogical principles that emerge from each viewpoint. References Like this:

MOOC – er det dette vi har ventet på? | Speiderblogg Speiderbloggen har vært så heldig å få Gry Anita Hemsing til å gjesteblogge om MOOC. Hun er seniorrådgiver i Studieavdelingen ved Universitetet i Oslo Lær deg begrepet først som sist: Massive Open Online Course = MOOC. Siden i fjor har dette vært en av de store snakkisene i høyere utdanning. En MOOC er et 100% nettbasert kurs som tilbys helt åpent. Det som har brakt MOOC’en på alles lepper, er nok først og fremst avsenderne. Et av de store spørsmålene ved MOOCs er i hvilken grad, og hvordan, en students gjennomføring skal vurderes. Hvordan skal så den enkelte professor eller universitetet som sådan forholde seg til fenomenet MOOC? For en engasjert professor som ønsker å nå ut til flest mulig med sin kunnskap, kan det å tilby en MOOC utgjøre en unik mulighet. For universitetet kan MOOCs sees som en demokratisering av forskningsbasert kunnskap og en måte å forvalte samfunnsansvaret på. Tips til videre lesing:

MOOC | Arne Krokan Det skjer en liten revolusjon i måten vi lærer på for tiden, eller rettere sagt måten vi kan lære på. Min forståelse av dette begynte med Clayton Christensens Disrupting Class, om hvordan disruptive technology vil endre måten vi lærer på og hvorfor han ikke tror at de offentlige skolene i USA vil få til denne omstillingen. Så fortsatte det med Stephen Downs og George Siemens kurs CCK08 som kanskje var det første distribuerte kurset av denne typen, et kurs der også ordet Massive Open Online Class oppstod. Siden er ideen spredt og mot slutten av 2012 har aviser som NYT skrevet en rekke artikler om MOOC, blant annet The Year of the MOOC, der de tegner opp noe av landskapet rundt et fenomen som er i ferd med å nå vårt land også. En MOOC er et kurs som tilbys på nett. Stanford tilbyr Class2Go der du kan ta flere kurs. Ved Princeton kan du våren 2013 ta kurs med Mitchell Duneier, sosiologiprofessor og forfatter av en rekke lærebøker, blant annet sammen med Anthony Giddens. Tillegg 4. desember:.

NTNU-professor blir norsk MOOC-pioner - Universitetsavisa Bruken av nettbaserte kurs har i høst eksplodert ved en rekke universiteter i USA. NTNU-professor Arne Krokan er overbevist om at dette er framtida, og går nå i gang med å lage sin egen MOOC. Publisert: 04.12.2012 kl. 06:00 Endret: 04.12.2012 kl. 09:17 Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) har blitt en samlebetegnelse for åpne kurs som kun tilbys på nettet. Kursene er skreddersydde for å gi undervisning til et stort antall deltakere. I Norge handler det hovedsakelig om å gjøre opptak av forelesninger tilgjengelig for studentene på internett. - NTNU må gå foran - Det som nå skjer innenfor utdanningssektoren, er så overgripende nytt at vi må tenke annerledes om fenomen som kunnskap og læring, og hvordan vi underviser. Han er professor ved Institutt for sosiologi og statsvitenskap. LES OGSÅ: Blogger om smart læring Nå har Krokan fått utviklingsmidler fra instituttet for å lage en MOOC i kurset «Teknologiutvikling og samfunnsendring». MOOC er pop - MOOC er et pop-ord. Motivene Teknologi for alle

10 hot tips for moocers Now that I have participated in a mooc, I am naturally qualified to dispense expert advice about them. Lol! Seriously though, one aspect of moocs that I think requires urgent attention is the sense that many participants feel of being overwhelmed. This was certainly the case for some in the EDCMOOC, and I fear I was too dismissive of the issue in my previous blog post. Upon further reflection, I appreciate that what gave me an edge in this mooc was my experience in studying at postgraduate level. You see, in postgrad you are left very much to your own devices. So if you actually want to learn something rather than skate through each subject, it’s up to you to do your prescribed readings, seek more from blogs and journals to enhance your understanding, reach out to your network to ask questions and gather feedback, and generally drive your own education. The successful postgraduate student is highly motivated, autodidactic, connected, and participatory. Like this: Like Loading...

The MOOC Guide The purpose of this document is two-fold: - to offer an online history of the development of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) - to use that history to describe major elements of a MOOC Each chapter of this guide looks at one of the first MOOCs and some early influences. It contains these parts: - a description of the MOOC, what it did, and what was learned - a description of the element of MOOC theory learned in the offering of the course - practical tools that can be used to develop that aspect of a MOOC - practical tips on how to be successful Contribute to this Book You are invited to contribute. In order to participate, please email or message your contact details, and we'll you to the list of people who can edit pages.

Velkommen til en ny utdanningshverdag! Den digitale skolebenken kan du innta hvor enn du er i verden, bare du har nettilgang. (Illustrasjon: Photos.com) Kunnskapsoverføring via den tradisjonelle forelesningen er ikke en del av Arne Krokans undervisning. Definitivt ikke. Professoren i sosiologi ved NTNU har digitalisert undervisningen sin mer og mer i løpet av de siste ti årene. Til høsten tar han skrittet fullt ut og starter opp det som ligger an til å bli den første såkalte Mooc-undervisningen i Norge. Mooc (Massive open online courses) er en samlebetegnelse for åpne, digitale kurs som kun tilbys på nettet. Krokan underviser blant annet i faget Teknologiutvikling og samfunnsendring som inngår i mastergraden i organisasjon og ledelse. – Målet er 1000 studenter, sier Krokan. Bruker ikke mulighetene Det siste tiåret har vi fått mye ny kommunikasjonsteknologi, som vi bruker i det daglige. – Men i undervisningssammenheng bruker vi den paradoksalt nok mest til å understøtte det undervisningssystemet vi har og alltid har hatt.

Dr. Keith Devlin: MOOCs and the Myths of Dropout Rates and Certification When the second iteration of my free mathematics MOOC starts this weekend, I anticipate at least 30,000 students will sign up. Not as many as the 65,000 I got last year, when it had novelty value -- and a lot less competition! -- but still a substantial number. By the end of week three, that number will likely have dropped to 10,000 (it was 20,000 last time round), and by the end of the course a "mere" 5,000 (10,000 before), with maybe as few as 500 taking the optional final exam in order to earn a certificate with distinction (1,200 in 2012). This seems to fit the attrition pattern that commentators have most typically described as "worrying" or "a problem," hinting that therein lies a seed of the MOOC's eventual demise. For comparison, the equivalent figure for my own university, Stanford, is 95 percent. A great many never intend to complete the course. For those students, the issue of certification never arises. With MOOCs, we have a very different entity in our midst.

Mooc? What’s a Mooc? | News Survey reveals online revolution is news to large proportion of European universities More than four in ten European universities have not heard of massive open online courses (Moocs), according to a new report. A total of 175 institutions took part in a survey conducted to coincide with the European University Association’s annual conference in Ghent on 11-12 April. The responses reveal that 58 per cent knew what a Mooc was, although 88 per cent wanted to learn more. Just a third could confirm that Moocs had been discussed at their university, according to the report, Internationalisation in European higher education: European policies, institutional strategies and EUA support. The vast majority of the questionnaires were filled in by a university’s international office or by senior management. Other results show that two thirds of institutions are offering more courses in English as part of a strategy to become more international. david.matthews@tsleducation.com Click to rate 0 out of 5 stars

Cet article est une nouvelle analyse du phénomène des MOOC, mettant en avant les possibilités offertes par ces plateformes pour des pays plus pauvres, aux universités moins reconnues que les universités américaines telles que Harvard ou Stanford. Bien que cela représente un danger pour les universités les moins riches, l'article continue de présenter les MOOC comme une avancée déterminante dans l'éducation. by adriens Mar 25

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