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The Ultimate Student Guide to xMOOCs and cMOOCs

The Ultimate Student Guide to xMOOCs and cMOOCs
The education media declared 2012 the year of the MOOC, and even mainstream news featured numerous stories about Massive Open Online Courses, some suggesting that this new type of course would revolutionize the model of higher education. Yet the MOOCs featured in the media are quite different from the original concept. One co-founder of the first MOOC, Stephen Downes, came up with the terms ‘xMOOC’ and ‘cMOOC’ to distinguish between classes modeled on his and the form that has become better known since then. The Coursera and edX platforms that have grabbed the spotlight recently are examples of xMOOCs. Have you ever wondered how these courses could be free, or why some charge a fee for certificates or other services? Even if you haven’t, it’s a good idea that students of MOOCs be familiar with the MOOC providers, specifically, how they are funded, what certification or credit is available, and the terms and privacy policy that you agree to when you sign-up. ‘c’ stands for Connectivist

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xMOOC vs. cMOOC - MOOC Pedagogy I only learned recently that I’ve not been enrolled in MOOC classes at all, but have instead been involved with something called an xMOOC. At first I was curious why anyone would want to eliminate the only saving grace of the MOOC acronym (its pronounceability), but apparently two variations are meant to distinguish the type of professor-centric massive courses that have received most of the attention over the last couple of years (xMOOCs) from a different vision for massive online education built around connectivity (cMOOCs). Lest you think this distinction is just an attempt to glom onto MOOC media mania to push a different educational agenda, the connectivist vision behind the cMOOC actually pre-dates the Stanford experiment (and resulting initiatives from that experiment such as Udacity, Coursera and edX) by several years. Learning is the creation and removal of connections between the entities, or the adjustment of the strengths of those connections. 1. 2.

The 2.0x MOOC and the 1.0x Audiobook MOOCs have me worried. The ability to watch MOOC videos at 2.0x (double speed) is re-setting my brain’s expectations for information intake. I find that many conference presentations now feel unbearably slow. 50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom Many critics of Twitter believe that the 140-character microblog offered by the ubiquitous social network can do little for the education industry. They are wrong. K-12 teachers have taken advantage of Twitter’s format to keep their classes engaged and up-to-date on the latest technologies. The following projects provide you and your students with 50 ways to Twitter in the classroom to create important and lasting lessons. How Educators Can Make Time for Professional & Personal Development What better time than the week after Labor Day, the traditional back-to-school kick-off, for educators to embrace opportunities for professional and personal development (PD). Though for some just the thought of beginning a PD course of any kind is overwhelming, even stressful. The most frequently cited barrier to engaging in extracurricular learning activities is time; not having enough of it, not being able to find it, and wishing for more. Warranted too, given the frenetic pace of our current culture.

Dorms and Dining Halls For DIY Education - Q&A With MOOC Campus Transcript of my interview with MOOC Campus, a new project from Black Mountain SOLE, a residential campus in North Carolina that supports a variety of independent learners and group projects. Welcome everybody. This is Robert McGuire from MOOC News and Reviews . I’m talking with Katie Cleary who is the Community Director of Black Mountain SOLE. That’s S-O-L-E — a self-organized learning environment.

University of London - First English University to Launch on Coursera London (PRWEB UK) 10 June 2013 The University of London International Programmes is launching four free massive open online courses (MOOCs) on the Coursera online platform, making it the first English university to do so. ‘Creative Computing for Digital Media & Mobile Apps’ is the first course to be launched on Monday 10 June, with three others coming online later in the month. The scheduled go-live dates for the remaining courses are as follows:

M&L webinar: Exploring different video formats in MOOCs Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 14:30 - 15:30 M&L webinar: Exploring different video formats in MOOCs Thursday 9 April 2015 Free Registration | (Check your timezone) In recent years, MOOCs have become an increasingly popular option for continued, advanced learning at zero cost, allowing students, lifelong learners and professionals to acquire new skills and improve their knowledge and employability. Designing an Interactive Learning Event Playing with the Definition of “Game Thinking” for Instructional Designers Soon I will be presenting at the ASTD International Conference in Washington, DC. My title for the presentation is Three Mysterious Keys to Interactive Learning: Game-Thinking, Game-Elements, and Gamification.

How To Teach Online Yes, still catching up, but getting there slowly but surely. I watched a recording of Jan Herrington’s webinar on designing productive tasks in authentic learning environments. As a reminder, the nine elements of authentic learning: Provide authentic contexts that reflect the way the knowledge will be used in real lifeProvide authentic tasks and activitiesProvide access to expert performances and the modelling of processesProvide multiple roles and perspectivesSupport collaborative construction of knowledgePromote reflection to enable abstractions to be formedPromote articulation to enable tacit knowledge to be made explicitProvide coaching and scaffolding by the teacher at critical timesProvide for authentic assessment of learning within the tasks.

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