Friday, May 10, 2013

MOOCs and Beyond - eLearning Papers 33 Released

Issue number 33 of eLearning Papers focuses on the challenges and future of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), a trend in education that has skyrocketed since 2008.

Guest edited by Dr Yishay Mor, Senior Lecturer at the Open University's Institute of Educational Technology (UK), and Tapio Koskinen, Director of the eLearning Papers Editorial Board, MOOCs and Beyond seeks to both generate debate and present a variety of perspectives about this new popular learning model.

The emergence of MOOCs poses a set of challenges to the educational community. This new special issue of eLearning Papers aims to shed light on the way these online courses affect both education institutions and learners, and tries to find answers to some of the questions confronted by teachers and researchers.

Among other topics, eLearning Papers 33 explores whether MOOCs may be a viable solution for education in developing countries and analyses the role of these emerging courses in the education system, especially in higher education. Furthermore, valuable examples from the field are presented, such as the quad-blogging concept and a game-based MOOC developed to promote entrepreneurship education.

This issue includes 4 In-Depth articles and 6 From the Field ones:

In-depth articles

  • The Impact and Reach of MOOCs: A Developing Countries’ Perspective by Tharindu Liyanagunawardena, Shirley Williams and Andrew Adams
  • MOOCs and disruptive innovation: Implications for higher education by Li Yuan and Stephen Powell
  • The Next Game Changer: The Historical Antecedents of the MOOC Movement in Education by David T. Boven
  • MOOC Design Principles. A Pedagogical Approach from the Learner’s Perspective by Lourdes GuĂ rdia, Marcelo Maina and Albert SangrĂ 

From the field articles

  • MOOCs are More Social than You Believe by Jan Blom, Himanshu Verma, Nan Li, Afroditi Skevi and Pierre Dillenbourg
  • Realising the Potential of Peer-to-Peer Learning: Taming a MOOC with Social Media by Emily Purser, Angela Towndrow and Ary Aranguiz
  • Learning from Open Design: Running a Learning Design MOOC by Patrick McAndrew
  • Quad-blogging: Its Potential to Transform Peer-to- Peer Learning in a MOOC by Angela Towndrow, Ary Aranguiz, Emily Purser and Madhura Pradhan
  • Game Based Learning MOOC. Promoting Entrepreneurship Education by Margarida Romero
  • The AlphaMOOC: Building a Massive Open Online Course One Graduate Student at a Time by Carmen McCallum, Stephen Thomas and Julie C. Libarkin
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Free Webinar > The MOOC Moment > May 30, 2013 > 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have become the talk of academe, with many colleges and universities debating whether they should start them or join one of the consortia offering the courses. Inside Higher Ed's recent survey of college and university presidents found that these leaders see MOOCs more as a threat to their business models than as an improvement for academe. Faculty responses range from fear for their jobs, to cynicism, to enthusiasm, to inspiration. MOOCs have prompted poetry, ad hominem attacks, calls for new college songs, multiple opinion pieces and countless comments on the Inside Higher Ed site. 

Join editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman as they review the history, frame the context, and look to the future of MOOCs in a free webinar on Thursday, May 30, at 2 p.m. Eastern. The webinar will consist of a 30-minute presentation and a 30-minute question period. There is no conference call required for this event -- the entire presentation, including audio, is delivered via the web. This event will be captioned for the deaf and hard of hearing by SpeechText Access. Read up before you join the conversation. 

[snip] ... A  free copy of  The MOOC Moment -- ....  [a] free booklet of forward-looking articles and essays about MOOCs, with enthusiasts and skeptics alike examining curricular and financial issues ''' is available for download]

 The MOOC Moment booklet and webinar is made possible in part by the generous financial support of Academic Partnerships. Your registration information will be shared with the company.

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The Pedagogical Foundations of Massive Open Online Courses

 First Monday

In 2011, the respective roles of higher education institutions and students worldwide were brought into question by the rise of the massive open online course (MOOC). MOOCs are defined by signature characteristics that include: lectures formatted as short videos combined with formative quizzes; automated assessment and/or peer and self–assessment and an online forum for peer support and discussion. Although not specifically designed to optimise learning, claims have been made that MOOCs are based on sound pedagogical foundations that are at the very least comparable with courses offered by universities in face–to–face mode. To validate this, we examined the literature for empirical evidence substantiating such claims. Although empirical evidence directly related to MOOCs was difficult to find, the evidence suggests that there is no reason to believe that MOOCs are any less effective a learning experience than their face–to–face counterparts. Indeed, in some aspects, they may actually improve learning outcomes.


The efficacy of online learning
The importance of retrieval and testing for learning
Mastery learning
Peer and self–assessment
Short format videos
Online forums and video discussions

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

'The MOOC Moment': New Compilation of Articles Available

Inside Higher Ed is today releasing a free compilation of articles -- in print-on-demand format -- about massive open online courses, or MOOCs. The articles aren't today's breaking news, but reflect long-term trends and some of the forward-looking thinking of experts on how MOOCs may change higher education. The idea is to provide these materials (both news articles and opinion essays) in one easy-to-read place. Inside Higher Ed will be releasing more such compilations in the months ahead, on a range of topics.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Free Webinar > MOOCs and the Completion Agenda: Lessons in Learning, Assessment and Application > May 28 2013 >

Date: May 28, 2013 | Time: 13:00 pm (ET)

Throughout the higher education community, questions continue to swirl about massive open online courses (MOOCs). How are students benefiting by participating in MOOCs? In what ways are colleges and universities integrating MOOCs into their curricula? How can we effectively assess the quality of MOOC learning experiences?

Panelists will explore the opportunities and challenges that come from incorporating MOOC learning experiences into college curricula. The webinar will also offer examples of MOOC integration currently taking place on college campuses.


Daphne Koller / Co-founder of Coursera, Inc., and a Stanford University professor in the department of computer science

Elizabeth Allan / Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Southern Oklahoma, and an ACE CREDIT® faculty reviewer

Barbara Illowsky / Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at De Anza College

Michelle Pilati / Professor of Psychology at Rio Hondo College

Cathy Sandeen
Vice President for Education Attainment and Innovation, ACE (moderator)

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