Friday, April 13, 2012

The History and Future of MOOCs and the New Open Education Week


3.7.12 | Around the world, massive open online courses—MOOCs—are drawing thousands of participants eager to learn sophisticated skills and maybe even pick up some sort of credential or credit.
MOOCs are not only becoming a “tool for democratizing higher education,” as Tamar Lewin writes in The New York Times, they are also changing educators’ atttitudes about teaching.
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Stanford is offering 13 MOOcs this spring, 10 more than it offered in the fall. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is now offering its first MOOC—Circuits and Electronics—a prototype course for the MITx project, which will offer courses with some sort of credential. [snip]

George Siemens, a professor in the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University who started a MOOC on open education five years ago, is involved with Georgia Tech’s program.Siemens told the Times: “A lot of the relationships formed through that first course are still continuing today ... What we found was that in a MOOC, instead of the classroom being the center, it becomes just one node of the network of social interactions.”

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