05 octobre 2013

Free online learning venture to go live next week

http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/app_templates/_pagetemplates/_templatefiles/tmp_OT_responsive/images/masseyUniversityLogo.pngMassey will offer expertise in three of its core disciplines of Agriculture, Emergency Management and Māori Studies when its first open online courses go live next week.
The University has teamed up with the free online learning platform Open2Study, led by Open Universities Australia (OUA), to offer a suite of online courses.
The venture will be formally launched at a function in the Museum Building of Massey’s Wellington campus from 5.30pm on Monday October 7.
The director of Massey’s National Centre for Teaching and Learning, Professor Mark Brown, says the University’s adoption of Massive Open Online Courses, known as MOOCs, is a “logical extension” of its distance learning programmes and evidence of Massey’s commitment to innovation in teaching and learning. More...

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MOOCs take off in Rwanda: Accreditation, sustainability and quality issues

http://www2.le.ac.uk/++resource++leicester.plonetheme.images/unilogo.pngI am happy to be back to blogosphere, after months of silence, and excited to see that MOOCs are now taking off in Rwanda. I have been following closely the MOOC initiative by Generation Rwanda and its Kepler initiative (Leber 2013, Bartholet 2013 and O’Neil 2013). These articles received many comment, but I would like to add my contribution as a Rwandan, and a MOOC researcher. For those who have not yet come across my profile, I am researching Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Open Educational Resources (OER) for Widening Participation in Rwandan Higher Education. My research interest is not accidental. It was inspired by learning experience, face-to-face, on radio and online. A bit of my educational background is covered in my earlier blog entry. My professional profile can be found here. This blog post is the first of several entries written as response to issues raised by O’Neil’s article and the comments it triggered. It addresses accreditation, sustainability and quality of conventional higher education in Rwanda. More...

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A brief overview of the InLOC Model

http://wiki.teria.no/download/attachments/24319787/LOC_01_trans_small.png?version=1&modificationDate=1348581430000InLOC provides a model for the information defining both intended Learning outcomes and Work competences (LOCs). That information is important to personal, professional and vocational development, human resources and employee performance management, training and education, whether in the workplace or in school, vocational or higher education.
InLOC helps with the management and exchange of learning outcome and competence information, by defining common characteristics of learning outcomes and competences and modelling them in formats that can be shared.
InLOC models two main kinds of entities:

  • a concept of a learning outcome or competence (LOC), taken separately from other ones, is modelled as a LOCdefinition;
  • a structure (e.g. document) that contains several LOCs (learning outcomes and/or competences) is modelled as a LOCstructure. More...

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Open access: du rêve au cauchemar? L'avis de J-C Guédon

http://sciences.blogs.liberation.fr/home/images/logo_sciences2.pngPar Sylvestre Huet. Ce matin, la revue Science révèle que plus de 150 revues en open access (accès libre), sur 304 sollicitées, ont accepté un faux article scientifique concocté par un journaliste. Je relate dans cette note (Open access: du rêve au cauchemar ) cette histoire qui met en cause, a minima, les revues électroniques reposant sur le paiement par l'auteur massivement créées ces dernières années. Un problème sérieux pour la qualité du système scientifique mondial et la confiance en la science. L'article de Science est ici.
Pour aller plus loin, voici une interview de Jean-Claude Guédon, historien et sociologue des sciences à l’Université de Montréal ,  qui fut l’un des signataires de la Déclaration de Budapest, en février 2002, souvent considérée comme l’origine du mouvement en faveur de l’open access des publications scientifiques. Il réagit à la publication par Science d’une enquête montrant les dérives d’une partie de ces revues. Suite...

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