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Open University launches British Mooc platform to rival US providers

Open University launches British Mooc platform to rival US providers
A UK-based platform for massive open online courses (Moocs) to rival established providers in the US has been launched by The Open University. Futurelearn will carry courses from 12 UK institutions (see list), which will be available to students across the world free of charge. It will follow in the footsteps of US providers including Coursera, edX and Udacity, which offer around 230 Moocs from around 40 mostly US-based institutions to more than 3 million students. The new platform will operate as an independent company, majority owned by The Open University, although details of other investors have yet to be confirmed. Simon Nelson, a key player in the development of BBC's online offerings, including the iPlayer, has been recruited to head up the new company. "There has been rapid and widespread growth in open online courses but until now UK universities have only had the option of working with US-based platforms," Mr Nelson said. The project has also been welcomed by government.

Find OER | Open Professionals Education Network CC licensed (BY) Flickr photo shared by David Amsler modified by Paul Stacey Reusing existing Open Educational Resources (OER) can save significant time and effort. The OPEN partners recommend TAACCCT grantees invest up-front time finding OER to reuse rather than starting development of new educational resources right away. A significant benefit of OER is that they provide source material to build your development efforts around. No need to invest development effort in creating something that already exists. OER come in a wide variety of types. The page below will help you find openly licensed media elements to use within your courses. OER also exist as distinctly education content such as full courses, workshops, textbooks, tests and assessments. The page below will help you find openly licensed education content you can use in whole or in part. It is unlikely that you will find OER that perfectly fit your needs. Open Educational Resources are distributed across the Internet. 1. 2. 3.

Khan Academy How (online) learning could be knowledge building? In the technology-enhanced learning field the year 2012 has been the year of MOOCs (massive open online courses). I definitely support the idea of opening possibilities for self-driven and self-motivated students to study and learn online. The high-profile projects and endeavors in the MOOCs-business are also looking for smart ways to initiate peer-to-peer activities, such as peer-support and peer-evaluation. This will make the MOOCs more collaborative and participatory than classical distance learning courses or courses using automated checking of exercises (e.g. in programming courses in computer sciences or math). When the MOOCs are moving more to the direction of collaborative learning it is possible that they will also include activities that could be called knowledge building. In the following I’ll try to illustrate my thoughts on the matter with some late examples from my practice as a teacher. In a university classroom I have tried to get students to do their own research.

Coursera | Pisteitä Kokeilin loppukesällä Courseraa ja sieltä kurssia Internet History, Technology and History. Ilokseni sain sen jopa suoritettua! Eihän se ihan täydellisesti mennyt ja vaati melkoisesti istumalihaksia. Olen MOOC-opiskelija Ilmoittauduin kahdelle Courseran kurssille: Gamification ja Surviving Disruptive Technologies. Coursera on tyypillinen MOOC-koulutusta järjestävä taho. MOOC taas tarkoittaa ...tapaa järjestää osallistujamäärältään skaalautuvia mutta opettajaresurssien käytöltään rajattuja, helposti ylläpidettäviä verkkokursseja. MOOCien perusajatuksen mukaisesti kurssille osallistumisen kynnys on hyvin matala, eikä kurssin keskeyttämisestä ole sanktioita. Lainaus on peräisin artikkelista Mikä on MOOC, josta saat lisätietoa. Mistä sitten kiinnostus aiheisiin? Pelillisyys taas on asia, jonka suhteen taidan olla ns. myöhäisherännäinen. Olen tosiaankin ollut väärässä. 7.