Tony Bates’ ebook –

Tony Bates ebook

A short article on learning theories –

«In education, we tend to create false dichotomies between two sides that we think are diametrically opposed to each other. In the open learning world, there are many that label connectivism as “always good” and instructivism as “always bad.” Unfortunately, the world is not that simple, that black and white. The data that I have collected after two dual-layer MOOCs reaching tens of thousands of students would indicate learners are not that simplistic. Many learners find extreme value in instructivism… as long as it happens at a point that they choose, not one that is forced on them.»

An essay by Diana Laurillard – The educational problem that MOOCs could solve: professional development for teachers of disadvantaged students –

«The demographics of massive open online course (MOOC) analytics show that the great majority of learners are highly qualified professionals, and not, as originally envisaged, the global community of disadvantaged learners who have no access to good higher education. MOOC pedagogy fits well with the combination of instruction and peer community learning found in most professional development. A UNESCO study therefore set out to test the efficacy of an experimental course for teachers who need but do not receive high-quality continuing professional development, as a way of exploiting what MOOCs can do indirectly to serve disadvantaged students. The course was based on case studies around the world of information and communication technology (ICT) in primary education and was carried out to contribute to the UNESCO “Education For All” goal. It used a co-learning approach to engage the primary teaching community in exploring ways of using ICT in primary education. Course analytics, forums and participant surveys demonstrated that it worked well. The paper concludes by arguing that this technology has the power to tackle the large-scale educational problem of developing the primary-level teachers needed to meet the goal of universal education.»

Top 50 MOOCs

Posted: August 1, 2016 in Moodle MOOC posts

MOOCS with more enrolments –

Coursera news –

«Some academics enjoyed nothing more than seeing the “Moocs bubble” burst. But it turns out that those who scoffed at massive open online courses may have unwittingly been playing into the hands of the innovation they were disparaging (… ) Instead, she argued, Coursera – which now has 18 million users and 140 course providers, including some of the world’s leading universities – was “making significant, steady progress in democratising access to education.»

An article in a new scientific magazine AERO OPEN on interviews to MOOCers –

« This article draws on interviews with 92 students in massive open online courses (MOOCs) to examine the strategies they use to overcome the challenges they face. Our findings indicate that some of their strategies, such as rewatching videos, returning to a course after a break, and rereading content, could appear in data automatically collected by learning platforms. Other strategies, such as asking family members for assistance or searching the web for supplementary study materials, are invisible to tracking logs. We present three important domains of the experience of MOOC students that are absent from the tracking logs: the practices at learners’ workstations, learners’ activities online but off platform, and the wider social context of their lives beyond the MOOC. With the rise of sophisticated new methods of learning analytics (Siemens & Baker, 2012), researchers, faculty, and course developers have a growing and diverse body of quantitative data and computational research methods to guide improvements in MOOC design; our findings highlight the importance of drawing on other forms of research to design courses that support learners’ needs and practices.»

An article in EURODL (European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning) on the economic sustainability of MOOCs –

«In this position paper, the authors explore possible business models for courses, along with their advantages and disadvantages, by conducting a literature study and applying personal insights gained from attending various MOOC discussion fora. Some business models discussed here are: the Freemium model, sponsorships, initiatives and grants, donations, merchandise, the sale of supplementary material, selective advertising, data-sharing, follow-on events, and revenue from referrals. This paper looks at the sustainability of MOOCS as opposed to the sustainability of MOOC platforms, while observing the tight link between them.»


Aurasma – VR freeware

Posted: June 29, 2016 in Moodle MOOC posts


An article by Tony Bates on the recent Conference EDEN –

«My overall impression is that online and open learning are well and strong in Europe, and is now widespread. When I first started to come to EDEN conferences in the early 1990s, there were only two or three main players, but this year there were contributions from almost every European country. With the growth of online and open learning, there are many new people each year joining the field, coming from very diverse backgrounds. EDEN provides a pan-European opportunity to enable newcomers to learn about some of the basic principles and prior research and knowledge in the field, as well as allowing for the sharing of experience and networking, and reporting new trends and developments in online and open learning.»

Virtual Reality Painting