Archive for March, 2014

An article in The Guardian about the MOOCs and the ICT gap between developed countries and countries where computers and Internet are not widely accessible. How these countries are trying to take advantage of MOOCs, localiziing them and follow blended learning solutions

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/mar/19/cost-barrier-students-global-south – «Unless universities adapt the curriculum to suit the needs of students in emerging economies, free online courses will have no relevance»

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A portuguese MOOC on inclusion and accessing technology, promoted by the Ministry of Education, is starting on the 31st March 2014.

Course enrollments are opened till 30th March in http://inctec2014.blogspot.pt/p/dia-dia-do-curso.html

The course is run in the framework of the european project SENnet – http://sennet.eun.org/

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MOOCs in March 2014

Posted: March 5, 2014 in Home posts

http://octel.alt.ac.uk WordPress based course by ALT in using technology in teaching and how to make a MOOC

FSLT14 http://vle.openbrookes.net/course/view.php?id=11 Oxford Brooks Moodle based Mooc First steps in teaching and learning – activity based, so if you don’t participate in the blogging, discussing and collaborative document making you don’t learn anything. You can earn open badges for completing the activities.

TOOC14 (Teaching Open Online Course) begins 10th March http://vle.openbrookes.net/course/view.php?id=12

OOE13 http://www.ooe13.org another WordPress blog, lots of inspiration to go and do something and to embed it in your practice (in this case teaching) Uses Credly for awarding open badges. Course runs for a whole year rather than in short sessions of 2 or 3 weeks. Lots of related networking and peer to peer sharing and discussion via Twitter also assignments shared via Twitter.

An article in the New Yorker:

«What if, as a novice teacher or professor, you began a course and the entire class decided to leave—either from apathy or boredom or the popular student conviction that whatever is not a part of the lesson is inherently more interesting than what is? That old educator’s nightmare is now a digital reality: massive open online courses, or MOOCs, born a few years ago of the seemingly well-paired utopianisms of Silicon Valley and the élite American university, are seeing that classroom management can be a difficult task without a classroom.»…

A reaction in e-Literate blog

and an interesting interview with a professor from Open University UK

 

More interesting interviews in e-Literate Youtube channel