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2015-08-07

Pioneer of Ed-Tech Innovation Says He’s Frustrated by Disruptors’ Narrative – George Siemens

One of his biggest complaints is a narrative popular among leaders of education start-ups: that colleges are no different today than they were hundreds of years ago. You might have seen an image of a lecture from the 14th century that is used in slide presentations by many ed-tech disruptors, who then note that college courses are still taught in the same way.

 

“This is one of the most inaccurate pieces of @#%$ floating around in the ‘disrupt and transform’ learning crowd,” Mr. Siemens wrote. “Universities are exceptional at innovating and changing,” he argued. “Explore any campus today. It’s a new world on most campuses, never mind the online, competency, and related systems.”

Are MOOCs democratizing higher education? – NIU College of Education News

Since the term was coined in 2008, MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, have been talked about as a potentially significant democratizing force in higher education. With open enrollment, virtually no limit to class size, and often free, MOOCs seem to offer a cost-effective, convenient and available path to college-level learning to almost anyone with… Read more »

Practical Guidance from MOOC Research: Learning Beyond the Platform

Insights from interviews with MOOC students offer new ideas for how activities within MOOC platforms can support learning outside those spaces.

Record number of participants begin Data Journalism MOOC offered in Portuguese

Participants in the new massive open online course “Data Journalism Basic Techniques” have set a record for massive training courses offered in Portuguese by the Knight Center.

 

More than 4,000 students from 30 countries have enrolled in the course by the Brazilian National Association of Newspapers (Associação Nacional de Jornais, or ANJ) and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, with support from Google. Lessons end on September 6, but there is still time to sign up.

Online learning: Building the right MOOC

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