Archive for March, 2017

Open Education in Sweden

Posted: March 8, 2017 in Moodle MOOC posts

A report on Open Education in Sweden –

«Sweden has a longstanding tradition of high quality education and it has dedicated great efforts into opening up their educational models and materials. Here you will find an overview on education in Sweden, the historical and political background, and a summary of Open Education Initiatives in Sweden. This country report for Sweden was written by Dr. Ebba Ossiannilsson, a Swedish researcher, advisor, and consultant with great expertise in open education and e-learning. This Article was written on 2017-02-07.»

Social Networks and the Building of Learning Communities: An Experimental Study of a Social MOOC –

The conclusions of the article are natural because a course has a duration and participants, even if they are engaged, tend to stop when the course reaches its end.  It’a already a success when effective participation takes place in the discussions along the course  because some courses have very little interaction, poor feedback, just resources to be consumed.

«This study aimed to analyze the student’s behaviour in relation to their degree of commitment, participation, and contribution in a MOOC based on a social learning approach. Interaction data was collected on the learning platform and in social networks, both of which were used in the third edition of a social MOOC course. This data was then studied via statistical methods and analysis of social networks. This study assumes that social communities would arise around the course, would remain over time, and that participants would even contribute with new proposals. The findings indicated that social learning communities are built and continue only while the course is open and while the teachers are involved in fostering participation. Although this study is limited, the design criteria of the course, the pedagogical model on which this is supported, and the methods applied for this analysis provide other researchers and educators with clues for better understand the dynamic process of social learning in social MOOCs.»


Posted: March 2, 2017 in Moodle MOOC posts

The University of Iowa and its International Writing Progrm launched his Distance Learning MOOC-Packs, the core content of the MOOCs of the last three years.

These MOOCs have a model of active learning meant for participants to practice writing, so this initiative is welcome.

«In order to support access to education for all, every time we create a MOOC, we also create a MOOC-Pack. A MOOC-Pack provides a MOOC’s core content, packaged with a how-to guide and extra instructional materials. Using a MOOC-Pack, anyone can lead a writing class or a study group.»