Tag Archives: MOOC

Do MOOCs Work Best For Educated People?

After just a few years, an explosion of interest, a lot of criticism and some iteration, the MOOC craze has recently come under close scrutiny. A recent University of Pennsylvania study of the 16 courses that the university offered through … Continue reading

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Online university courses can’t change the world alone

They promise equality of access to higher learning, but online courses will only succeed with better general education in place first, say two educationalists.  Proponents have made bold claims for a fundamental change in higher education – drastically decreasing price … Continue reading

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LOOC – local open online course

As the name suggests, LOOC is a localized form of a MOOC – or massive open online course. The LOOC is open to all members of the UBC community who have a Campus Wide Login. Is entirely online and self-paced, … Continue reading

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Evolution: A MOOC Course for Educators

How are all of the species living on Earth today related? How does understanding evolutionary science contribute to our well-being? In this course, participants will learn about evolutionary relationships, population genetics, and natural and artificial selection. Participants will explore evolutionary … Continue reading

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cMOOCs and xMOOCs – key differences

As xMOOCs become more successful and begin to experiment with pedagogies that go beyond the didactic video lecture approach, I have been trying to understand the essential differences between the original connectivist  MOOCs such as CCK08 and the current xMOOCs … Continue reading

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European MOOCs Scoreboard

The aim of this scoreboard is to highlight the huge potential that European institutions have in the world of MOOCs and to help visualize this potential by compiling the existing European-provided MOOCs and open courses available on different open websites. … Continue reading

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Beyond the Buzz, Where Are MOOCs Really Going?

Everyone’s going MOOC-crazy these days. From frequent media coverage of online courses and platforms like Coursera, edX, Udacity, and Udemy to discussions about the complexities and business models of online education, the excitement around MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) has … Continue reading

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Impact of MOOCs on smaller universities

Several pundits and think tanks, including the credit rating agency Moody’s and Pearson, argue that MOOCs pose a threat to smaller higher education institutions, as the online revolution favours elite institutions over the rest. Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun claims – … Continue reading

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MOOC Research Initiative

The dramatic increase in online education, particularly Massive Open Online Courses MOOCs, presents researchers, academics, administrators, learners, and policy makers with a range of questions as to the effectiveness of this format of teaching and learning. To date, the impact … Continue reading

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MOOC in India

India stands to gain by tapping the power of online courses that provide access to quality higher education at reduced cost. However, students between the ages of 5 -17 years lack self-discipline needed to focus on learning a topic thoroughly. … Continue reading

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