Archive for August, 2016

The offer of MOOCs has been increasing as well as new platforms, and it is a promising field to open up education.

http://acreelman.blogspot.pt/2016/08/so-what-have-moocs-ever-done-for-us.html

« MOOCs are not dead, they are morphing into new areas and development continues.»

 

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Tony Bates’ ebook – http://www.tonybates.ca/2016/08/21/online-learning-for-beginners-10-ready-to-go/

Tony Bates ebook

A short article on learning theories – http://www.edugeekjournal.com/2016/01/08/instructivism-vs-connectivism-vs-social-learning/

«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 – http://www.researchinlearningtechnology.net/index.php/rlt/article/view/29369

«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 – https://www.class-central.com/report/moocwatch-july-2016-top-50-moocs/