Wellesley College Teams Up with On-Line Provider edX

Another joins edX.

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UK Universities Forge Open Online Courses Alliance: FutureLearn Consortium Will Offer Uni-Branded MOOCs Starting Next Year

posted by Natasha Lomas at TechCrunch.com on December 13, 2012

The dynamic online learning space is about to get a little more crowded, thanks to the arrival of another group of established learning institutions who are joining forces — or rather pooling resources — to get into the brave new world of MOOCs. What are MOOCs? The short answer is ‘massive open online courses’ — typically free, conducted online and open to anyone who wants to participate (for a more detailed discussion of MOOCs, read this and watch this). There are now enough of these MOOCs out there they even have their own listings/review startup service (called CourseTalk).

Today’s news means even more MOOCs will be offered next year, as 12 UK universities are getting together to form a new company that will offer the online courses — under the brand name of FutureLearn Ltd. The universities are: BirminghamBristolCardiffEast AngliaExeterKing’s College LondonLancasterLeeds,  SouthamptonSt Andrews andWarwick, along with UK distance-learning organization The Open University (OU).

Several U.S. universities have already jumped aboard the MOOC mobile, including the likes of Harvard and MIT, and while FutureLearn’s partner universities are not the first UK universities to chase a slice of MOOC pie either — Edinburgh University, for example, joinedthe Coursera consortium in July — they appear to be the first such large group to set up a dedicated MOOC business located in the UK.

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WSJ: FAA Says Electronic Devices Can Be Used During All Phases of Flights

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced a plan to lift restrictions of electronic device usage during certain portions of airline flights. …

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How MOOCs Can Turn Teachers to Rockstars – EdTechReview™ (ETR)

See on Scoop.itYa Bunch of MOOCs

“As we are well aware of the basics of MOOCs , let’s move a step ahead and focus on how they turn out to be a blessing for teachers around the world. MOOCs have been roundly criticized for coming off as a replacement for teachers, by the ones who remain blinded-sided to how they actually upraise the standards of a teacher and help them optimize their time and effort and redefine their role, to help them focus on skill development, assessment and feedback.

“MOOCs are strictly not meant to replace teachers with online courses, and their developers value the fact that the interaction among teachers and students is something which is impossible to replicate on MOOCs or any other online programs of the kind.”

Rick W. Burkett‘s insight:

Saxena provides some interesting ways in which MOOCs can provide benefits for teachers, including that they provide training and examples for teachers to use, they provide resources that can be utilized in their classes, they provide a way for teachers to observe the ways others teach, etc.

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The Professors’ Big Stage

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The MOOCs revolution will go through many growing pains, but it is here and it is real.

Rick W. Burkett‘s insight:

Friedman states the obvious, "the MOOCs revolution . . . is here and is real."  However, he does not have the answer for the real question what will it be after the "growing pains."  

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MOOCs going mainstream? This may be the year

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By thinking of courses like apps, and an education as an operating system, more students are leaving the classroom behind.

Rick W. Burkett‘s insight:

MOOCs, Disruptive or the New Mainstream?  Basulto is correct that there are a lot of issues that need to be sorted through before we know how disruptive MOOCs will be, or if the will remake higher education.

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Masculine Open Online Courses

by Inside Higher Ed

Despite the talk about how massive open online courses, or MOOCs, will dramatically alter the landscape of higher education, the courses have in some ways taken academe back — to the days of huge gender gaps, when senior scholars overwhelmingly were men.

An unofficial count by Inside Higher Ed shows 8 of the 63 courses listed on edX’s website are taught by women, and an additional 8 are taught by mixed-gender groups. Of Coursera’s 432 courses, 121 feature at least one female instructor and 71 taught exclusively by them. Udacity lists 29 courses on its website, and while only two are taught by women, many of them were created by female course developers.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/09/03/more-female-professors-experiment-moocs-men-still-dominate#ixzz2ePZ0MjIk
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MOOCS: What University CIOs Really Think

Why Wesleyan embraced Coursera, Amherst rejected edX, and Rollins is going its own way

by David F. Carr @ InformationWeek.com

 

Can a university dependent on convincing students and their parents to part with tuition dollars afford to participate in a movement that says online education should be free? On the other hand, can a university that wants to stay relevant afford not to?

Those were the questions in the air when CIOs representing about 40 institutions gathered to discuss massive open online courses, or MOOCs, at the The Higher Education Technology Forum in San Diego, an invitation-only event organized by Consero.

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