27 février 2019

The 3 Ms, quality and instructional design of MOOCs

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The 3 Ms, quality and instructional design of MOOCs
Sui Fai John Mak, Learner Weblog, February 26, 2013
A writer in the Association of Governing Boards magazine gets to the point of online learning in this article: Mission, MOOCs, & Money. It's a reasonably good overview (though I would question awarding somebody working in the 1970s the title of "father of the MOOC" (for the simple reason there was no online). Sui Fai John Mak, writing in the context of the Governing Boards article, focuses on the major question the boards face:

  • Why are we online? Is the movement to or expansion of online education consistent with the institutional mission? Does and will it serve and advance the institutional mission? Or is the key issue in the discussion about online education—including any conversations about MOOCs—money?
  • How do we assess quality—that of our own online offerings and those of others, including the MOOCs?
  • What will it take to achieve our objectives in terms of online learning. More...

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MOOC Paths directory – alternatives to a college programs of study

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. MOOC Paths directory – alternatives to a college programs of study
MyEducationPath blog, February 26, 2013
There's another MOOC directoryh, this one mapping the path to a degree via MOOCs. "In the directory there will be published paths to get education degree using MOOCs and online courses. More...

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1TB of Google Storage? Buy a Chromebook Pixel Instead

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. 1TB of Google Storage? Buy a Chromebook Pixel Instead
Alex Chitu, Google Operating System, February 26, 2013

According to my version of the Play Store, it's not for sale yet. But the marketing behind this Chromebook is very interesting. More...

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The Higher-Education Lobby Comes to Madison

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Higher-Education Lobby Comes to Madison
Sara Goldrick-Rab, The Chronicle: The Conversation, February 26, 2013
I'm not sure whether 'the higher education lobby' refers to the author of this article, or the speaker being commented upon. Not a good start. Sara Goldrick-Rab posts a 'conversation' where she restates the case for MOOCs advanced by Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council of Education (ACE), and then criticizes it. More...

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Saide Course Design and Materials Development Guide

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Saide Course Design and Materials Development Guide
South African Institute for Distance Education, February 22, 2013
The South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE) has just released this Course Design and Materials Development Guide. It's basically an online text with links to additional resources. According to SAIDE the purpose of the guide is to:

  • assist education practitioners who are about to engage in designing and developing education and training programmes, courses and materials to understand what practices lead to quality;
  • provide practical support in developing high quality programmes, courses and materials, through the use of a range of tools;
  • inform the evaluation of programme, course and materials design. More...

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Peers lament open access 'confusion'

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Peers lament open access 'confusion'
Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, February 22, 2013
Britian's House of Lords has released a report critical of Research Council UK's recent policy on open access. It said that there was not enough consultation beforehand, that the policy wasn't articulated clarly enough, and that RCUK should have calculated the costs fo recommending a 'gold' model for open access, which requires that researchers or funders pay publishers to support open access. More...

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Future of the MOOC

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Future of the MOOC
Stephen Downes, George Siemens, YouTube, February 22, 2013
I was in Philadelphia today to talk about MOOCs and online learning with George Siemens and staff at Philadelphia University, including especially provost Randy Swearer. We had a lot of fun and we both appreciated the relaxed and informal approach that allowed us to explore more deeply wherever the conversation took is. The result was two videos:

The second one ends a bit suddenly as my computer runs out of power, but it's right at the end of the session and you don't miss anything.

[Link] [Comment]. More...

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Beyond the Buzz, Where Are MOOCs Really Going?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Beyond the Buzz, Where Are MOOCs Really Going?
Michael Horn, and , Clayton Christensen, Wired, February 21, 2013

This post is evidence that you can't really predict where something is going if you don't understand the subject. More...

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Apollo Group’s Technology Investments

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Apollo Group’s Technology Investments
Michael Feldstein, e-Literate, February 21, 2013
People are going gaga over the hundred million or so collectively invested in MOOCs. It's an impressive spend, even if distributed across a number of companies, but dwarfed by the $1 billion investment Apollo Group is making to support "basically their entire learning- and learner-focused technology portfolio." Apollo Group, which owns the University of Phoenix and other online learning properties, may not be in the news so much these days, but it's still one of the dominant players in the field. More...

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In a Violent Media World, YouTube is an Oasis

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. In a Violent Media World, YouTube is an Oasis
Tom Jacobs, Pacific Standard, February 21, 2013

I found this interesting. "Amateur creators are providing the kind of realistic depiction of violence—with an implicit anti-aggression message—that the mainstream media are not." More...

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