29 novembre 2013

Look who is embracing MOOCs

By Lynn O'Shaughnessy. Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, have been heralded as a way to reach the disadvantaged, and particularly those without access to higher education in developing countries. 
A new study by the University of Pennsylvania that surveyed nearly 35,000 MOOC students, however, revealed that most of the individuals taking advantage of these online courses already have college degrees. Seventy nine percent of the students possessed a bachelor's degree and 44 percent had taken at least some graduate education courses. More...

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Success of Gender through Comics MOOC Raises Questions about the Role of Online Education

City Town InfoEarlier this year, Christina Blanch, an adjunct professor at Ball State University, taught what turned out to be a very popular MOOC, titled "Gender Through Comic Books." The course's popularity offered insight into the success of MOOCs and the role of online courses in education.
About the Course
According to the course page, students used comics as a medium to analyze gender identity, roles, and stereotypes. Real-time interviews, interactive video lectures, and online student discussions were all parts of the class. In January, Blanch told Wired that the class would have the chance to interview notable comic-book writers; including Mark Waid, Terry Moore, and Gail Simone; as well as Marvel editors Sana Amanat and Steve Wacker. As for reading material, Blanch mentioned that the class would read a range of works, from DC's Batman to smaller publishers' works, such as Saga and Strangers in Paradise. See more...

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The Reports of the Death of the MOOC are Highly Exaggerated

The Times of IndiaBy Meeta Sengupta. MOOCs are still in their infancy, their technical feasibility has been tested but little else. We now know that they work, that there is a large section of the population that is interested. How much of this is a market? We are not sure yet (yes, there are forecasts). And so we arrive at the stage, as with every innovation, where we try to understand revenue models. There are some revenue models for some MOOCs being tested now. Corporate MOOCs of course have a revenue model built in, and there are other pathways to success too. More...

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Rise Of The Corporate MOOC

By Michael Fitzgerald. It's not your father's corporate training. EdX wants to help companies offer their own massive open online courses to keep employees' skills updated. For corporations, massive open online courses, or MOOCs, matter because they might become a major source of technical talent and training. No matter if 140,000 out of 150,000 students in an online programming class drop out -- there are still 10,000 people being trained, a substantial potential resource in a world desperate for technical talent. More to the point, companies can run their own MOOCs, tailored to their own needs. That's one goal for EdX, which released its code as open-source back in June and has also released its hosting scripts. More...

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New computer network for universities launched

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/magazine/graphics/logo.pngBy Chris Parr. An advanced computer network designed specifically to serve the research and education sector has been launched. 
Known as JANET 6, the government-funded resource will be universally available across the higher education sector, as well as to further education colleges. 
It will be able to handle up to 8.8 terabits of capacity (roughly the same as 16 million photos) and cost £25 million to develop. More...

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