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2016-04-06

Can social media enhance the MOOC experience? – eCampus News

Researchers say ‘yes,’ but only when taking into consideration 3 key issues.
Though social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are extremely popular for communication and collaboration—even among academics—when applied to online learning, course designers must understand that providing more options for communication without integration is not always best.

This is the main finding of a recent study conducted by academics in Australia that surveyed over 150 participants on their opinions of using social media as part of a 2014 MOOC for educators on designing their own online and blended teaching materials. [More on the detailed methodology can be found in the full report.] The MOOC, called “Carpe Diem” (CD), had just over 1,000 participants, a high level of engagement and completion, and included the use of hosting platform CourseSites’ LMS, as well as Twitter and Facebook for online communication and collaboration.

Portraying MOOCs Learners: a Clustering Experience Using Learning Analytics

Abstract 

 Massive Open Online Courses are remote courses that excel in their students’ heterogeneity and quantity. Due to the peculiarity of being massiveness, the large datasets generated by MOOCs platforms require advance tools to reveal hidden patterns for enhancing learning and educational environments. This paper offers an interesting study on using one of these tools, clustering, to portray learners’ engagement in MOOCs. The research study analyse a university mandatory MOOC, and also opened to the public, in order to classify students into appropriate profiles based on their engagement. We compared the clustering results across MOOC variables and finally, we evaluated our results with an eighties students’ motivation scheme to examine the contrast between classical classes and MOOCs classes. Our research pointed out that MOOC participants are strongly following the Cryer’s scheme of Elton (1996).

Curtin’s latest MOOC to launch in May

Curtin’s newest MOOC, Reputation Management in a Digital World, teaches students how to digitally manage an organisation’s online reputation.

GitHub Adds Ruby Nanodegree to Student Developer Pack — Campus Technology

In an ongoing partnership with Udacity, GitHub offers its Student Developer Pack members a month of free access to any Nanodegree program.

Billion-Dollar Unicorns: Udacity Leans On Industry Giants For Monetization

Udacity has experimented with several business models. It currently offers free versions of all its courses but invites students or their sponsoring companies t

Coursera is offering a way to get a real master’s degree for a lot less money

Digital learning company Coursera, which has over 15 million people around the world taking its massive online open courses (MOOCs), markets itself to a wide demographic— from curious middle schoolers to mid-career professionals seeking promotions at work. The company thinks it can do more to help out the latter.  Coursera yesterday (March 30) announced a new progra

LinkedIn Launches Lynda.com ‘Learning Paths’ In Push To Grow Education Business – Forbes

The professional networking site is making it clear it’s serious about expanding Lynda.com into a massive education business.

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