01 juin 2013

What I Hope To Learn By Teaching a MOOC on "History and Future of Higher Ed"

http://hastac.org/files/imagecache/homepage_50/pictures/picture-79-873560aec16bee4b69793f2fa0fbd715.jpgBy Cathy Davidson. If I had a magic wand and could reverse the neoliberal funding trends depriving public state universities of support, of course I would. If I had a magic wand and could make private universities affordable by the best students, not just the richest, of course I would. If I had a magic wand and could raise the percentage of students worldwide who have access to higher education, of course I would. To put that wish into perspective, you need to know that, right now, less than 2% of those already pre-selected by excellent test scores in high school to take the college entrance exams are able to attend the technical universities of South Asia.  There are similar depressing statistics for many other countries around the world. If I had a magic wand, I would make community college education available to the 450,000+ students currently waitlisted for such colleges in the state of California. Read more...

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Ancient History Encyclopedia

http://www.elearningeuropa.info/sites/default/files/imagecache/content_detail_picture/asset/ancient.pngAncient History Encyclopedia is a non-profit educational website founded in 2009 aiming to provide the best ancient history information on the internet for free. Website.
With in-depth definitions, high-resolution illustrations, a broad range of articles, searchable timelines, interactive maps and a continually updated catalogue of books, the Ancient History Encyclopedia envisions itself as a guardian and supplier of exceptional resources, enhancing the public's knowledge of the ancient world.
All content materials on this Open Education Resource are reviewed for quality assurance before publication. A group of expert volunteers, many of whom are experts in their respective fields or pursuing advanced studies, peer-review the content of the website to ensure quality.

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EuroSentiment Language Resource Pool

http://www.elearningeuropa.info/sites/default/files/imagecache/content_detail_picture/eurosentiment.pngThe main concept of the EU-funded project EuroSentiment is to provide a shared language resource pool for fostering sentiment analysis. Sentiment analysis has emerged as a new disciplinewhose aim is the computational treatment of opinion, sentiment and subjectivity in texts, often available in so-called social media. 

Sentiment analysis, also called opinion mining, combines different techniques, in order to extract and identify subjective information in source materials. Some of the main business applications of sentiment analysis are brand and reputation management, social media monitoring, mood analysis, advertisement optimisation or product comparison. Read more...

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Temporal issues in e-learning research: A literature review

http://www.elearningeuropa.info/sites/default/files/imagecache/content_detail_picture/asset/cover.gifThe time factor in e-learning research has, for the most part, been neglected even though time is one of the most commonly heard requirements of and complaints about teaching and learning in general and the use of information and communication technology (ICT) is often touted as a solution to the problems voiced.
The article “Temporal issues in e-learning research: A literature review” presents empirical data on the presence, nature and content of variables related with temporal factors that researchers take into account in their studies on educational technology.
Authors Elena Barbera, Begoña Gros and Paul Kirschner conclude that time should be taken into account not only in micro-level research, but also in meso-level (ie, curricular) and macro-level (ie, organisational).
Published in the British Journal of Educational Technology in 2012, the article can be downloaded here (via UOC's Institutional Repository).

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Guide to design a Master's Final

http://www.elearningeuropa.info/sites/default/files/imagecache/content_detail_picture/asset/master.pngThe Open University of Catalonia’s (UOC) eLearn Center has published a guide to help teachers who have to design the final project of a master‘s programme (TFM).
The 43-page free document (only available in Spanish) is eminently practical and is based on the results of the research project DAC x TFM. The guide aims to help university teachers in the key steps leading to the design of a TFM, taking into account both the basic elements and the implementation possibilities of the project. Download the Guide.

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Online classes can be enlightening, edifying, and engaging — but they're not college

http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/2687907/mooc_300_2.jpgBy Maria Bustillos. Heading back to school with a seven-week MOOC. The future of higher education online is, at present, clear as mud. Do Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs — college-level classes offered online through a number of corporate providers — offer students better tools for study, increased opportunities at lower cost? Can they provide access to higher education to those who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford it? Or do these canned classes portend the selling out of American education to Silicon Valley profiteers?
I took the best MOOC I could find over the last several weeks in order to try to answer these questions, as well as the one perhaps too seldom asked: Are even the best of these classes any good, or not? Are the best ones now, or could they one day be, as rewarding, informative and useful as a real class? Read more...

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Quality of E-Learners’ Time and Learning Performance Beyond Quantitative Time-on-Task

http://www.elearningeuropa.info/sites/default/files/imagecache/content_detail_picture/asset/irrodl.png By Margarida Romero and Elena Barberà, Elearn Center, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Along with the amount of time spent learning (or time-on-task), the quality of learning time has a real influence on learning performance. Quality of time in online learning depends on students’ time availability and their willingness to devote quality cognitive time to learning activities. However, the quantity and quality of the time spent by adult e-learners on learning activities can be reduced by professional, family, and social commitments. Considering that the main time pattern followed by most adult e-learners is a professional one, it may be beneficial for online education programs to offer a certain degree of flexibility in instructional time that might allow adult learners to adjust their learning times to their professional constraints. However, using the time left over once professional and family requirements have been fulfilled could lead to a reduction in quality time for learning. This paper starts by introducing the concept of quality of learning time from an online student-centred perspective. The impact of students’ time-related variables (working hours, time-on-task engagement, time flexibility, time of day, day of week) is then analyzed according to individual and collaborative grades achieved during an online master’s degree program. The data show that both students’ time flexibility (r = .98) and especially their availability to learn in the morning are related to better grades in individual (r = .93) and collaborative activities (r = .46). Read more...

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Stanford University collaborates with edX to develop a free, open source online learning platform

http://www.stanford.edu/su-identity/images/stanford-white@2x.pngEdX will be available as an open source learning platform on June 1. In support of that move, Stanford will integrate features of its existing Class2Go open source online learning platform into the edX platform.
Stanford University will collaborate with edX, the nonprofit online learning enterprise founded by Harvard and MIT, to advance the development of edX's open source learning platform and continue to provide free and open online learning tools for institutions around the world.
By June 1, edX will release the source code for its entire online learning platform. In support of that move, Stanford will integrate features of its existing Class2Go open source online learning platform into the edX platform, use the integration as a platform for online coursework for on-campus and distance learners, and work collaboratively with edX and other institutions to further develop the open source platform. Read more...

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Mocking Angry Parents

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. In the film "Admission," the fictional members of the Princeton University admissions office have a large notepad on an easel to note the various things they are called by those angry at being rejected (or having their children or advisees rejected). Admissions officers indeed take plenty of abuse for their decisions. But it's probably wise to use an easel (or something else that cannot be forwarded online) when they vent. After all, such venting may be humorous to those in the profession, but that's not the case for the parents or counselors of those rejected by competitive colleges -- for whom there is nothing funny about not getting in. Northwestern University is discovering this. Read more...

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The Open Practice Unit at the University of the Arts London

http://www.elearningeuropa.info/sites/default/files/imagecache/content_detail_picture/asset/screen_shot_2013-05-02_at_09.24.32.pngThe Open Educational Practice (OEP) Unit at the University of the Arts London (UAL) was launched in 2012 and aims to explore definitions of what Open Education might mean and the implications of moving towards open online social spaces for learning. See the Website.

Further aims of the OEP are to explore existing and create new OERs that stem from participants’ own teaching practice and may include learning content and software tools that can be freely and openly shared on the web using a Creative Commons Licence.
The ultimate aim of this project is to develop a new 10 credit Open Academic Practice Unit in UAL’s Continuing Professional Development Framework (CPDF).

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