13 mars 2019

MOOCs and the Funnel of Participation

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. MOOCs and the Funnel of Participation
Doug Clow, The Open University Open Research Online, April 16, 2013
Interesting paper introducing the metaphor of a 'funnel of participation' to illustrate the steep drop-off inactivity in a MOOC. It uses three MOOCs as cases and observes that the number of people registering is much greater than the number of people making "meaningful learning Progress." Good set of references (though it suggests to me I ought to publish more). More...

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Mooc platform to focus on group learning

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Mooc platform to focus on group learning
Emma Boyde, Financial Times, April 16, 2013
The Financial Times (of all places) reports on a new MOOC start-up from Stanford called NovoEd. As the headline suggests, the defining feature of the new software is a group-forming algorithm. Groups were originally formed of people from the same geographic area but with a range of experience. Members rated each other, then participants were asked to reform into new groups. More...

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Google Operating System

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Google Operating System
Alex Chitu, Google Operating System, April 16, 2013
Alex Chitu, who is nornally pretty positive about Google, is experiencing a warped Catch-22 world in the land of DMCA takedowns. To begin, he received a takedown for a Blogger web page about a Greasemonkey script that allowed you to show music lyrics in the YouTube interface (pictured). The takedown (which he had to search for on Chilling Effects, they don't actually send it to him) states, "The URL listed below is one of nearly 20 song lyrics sites who have attempted to post lyrics for the song titled 'Alden Howell' by the artist Inspection 12." Fair enough, but the page doesn't post Alden Howell lyrics and the blog doesn't mention 'Alden Howell' at all, ever. More...

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MOOCs Changing the Way We Think About Higher Education

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. MOOCs Changing the Way We Think About Higher Education
Helen Hu, Diverse, April 16, 2013
Good overview of the arrival of MOOCs, from their first instntiation by George Siemens and myself, to later university versions, to some of the fallout. More...

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Fair Dealing for Educators

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Fair Dealing for Educators
Matthew Johnson, Media Smarts, April 19, 2013
The Canadian 'Media Smarts' website has added a 'Fair Dealing for Educators' section to the site ('Fair Dealing' is the Canadian equivalent to 'Fair Use' in the United States). The section responds to recent changes in the Canadian Copyright Act. More...

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Apple's Virtual University Patent Finally Comes to Light

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Apple's Virtual University Patent Finally Comes to Light
Jack Purcher, Patently Apple, April 19, 2013
Ever since iTunes University we've all seen this coming, but it is interesting to finally see the lid removed from Apple's "Virtual U" patent application (it's interesting to me that not even the name is original, as longtime ed tech devotees will recognize the name from a Canadian project in the 1990s (and several other projects worldwide more recently)). More...

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How Can MOOC Platforms Be More Dynamic?: A Comparison of Major MOOC Providers

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How Can MOOC Platforms Be More Dynamic?: A Comparison of Major MOOC Providers
Adam Heidebrink, MOOC News & Reviews, April 19, 2013
It's interesting to watch someone who has no experience with the gRSShopper cMOOC platform wrestle with the same discussion board issues we faced, and then come up with some of the same solutions. More...

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How was it? The UK’s first Coursera Moocs assessed

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How was it? The UK’s first Coursera Moocs assessed
Chris Parr, April 18, 2013
Here's something you don't read every day: "Introduction to Philosophy the most popular, drawing almost 100,000 participants." It was one of five MOOCs offered in Britain by the University of Edinburgh. More...

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Punked

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Punked
Brian Lamb, Abject, April 18, 2013
As Brian Lamb observes, a recent post of mine on the rebranding of MOOCs has struck a nerve in the community (Lamb lists responses from Jim Groom, David Kernohan, Martin Weller, Tony Hirst, David Wiley, D’Arcy Norman, Pat Lockley, Richard Hall). Some of them have been supportive, some less so, and some incomprehensible. More...

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My eBook on MOOC and how to set up #MOOC yourself

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. My eBook on MOOC and how to set up #MOOC yourself
Inge de Waard, Ignatia Webs, April 18, 2013
Inge de Waard has offered and published an eBook on designing and setting up a MOOC. She has been one of the few people running a MOOC using my own gRSShopper software, so her perspective will be a bit different from the cookie-cutter Coursera MOOCs. More...

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