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MOOC: Massive Open Online Course

What Is A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)? A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a rapidly growing category of online courses. MOOC participants (students and educators) are able to join the online class from anywhere in the world. MOOC materials are also hosted in a cloud ,and accessible…

Five Truths about MOOCs

A lot of myths have surrounded MOOCs since their launch into higher education’s mainstream last year, but many of these myths stray far from the truth. The trend toward Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has commanded attention from the press, higher education administrators, educators and students around the world.…

A Glass Half Full and Half Empty: The Pitfalls and Possibilities of MOOCs

MOOCs have created massive change in the higher education space, but there are a number of hurdles left for them to jump before they can be reasonably accepted as mainstream practice for colleges and universities. Online learning, which has become largely synonymous with distance education, is a field that…

Beyond the MOOC Hype: Answers to the Five Biggest MOOC Questions (Part 2)

While Massive Open Online Courses have not yet met their potential, there are a number of paths the delivery method can take to revolutionize higher education in the United States and across the globe, from reducing costs for institutions to deliver programming to democratizing higher education and opening access…

AUDIO | MOOCs for Credit: A New Phase in Prior Learning Assessment?

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. Click here to download The EvoLLLution’s interview with Marie Cini. As the University of Maryland University College…

AUDIO | Credits for MOOCs Open Access to Higher Education

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. Click here to download The EvoLLLution’s interview with Jennifer Stephens Helm. Ensuring students understand they can earn…

MOOCs: A (Mostly Harmless) Hustle

While Massive Open Online Courses gain increasing attention and popularity in the higher education world, has anyone stopped to ask what exactly makes this courses more “massive”, “open” or “online” than other online programming geared toward adult learners? MOOCs are everywhere. They swarm and darken the sun. Those involved…

AUDIO | The Potential for MOOCs

...k and joined by Professor Curtis Bonk to finish that conversation. To listen to The EvoLLLution’s interview with Curtis Bonk, Jarl Jonas and Sarah Bishop-Root, please click here. 1. So, picking up from last time, do you think MOOCs will ever become required elements of degree programs? JJ: Taking a…

MOOCs from the Student Perspective

MOOCs allow students to pursue interests in a non-commital way. However, the format does not provide students with the added benefits of a classroom that help transform interests into passion and knowledge. According to Wikipedia, a MOOC is a massive open online course aimed at large-scale participation and open…

AUDIO | Developing and Delivering a MOOC: Lessons from the Front Line

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. Click here to download The EvoLLLution’s interview with Gary Matkin. As institutions look to partner with external…

Separating MOOCs and University Courses

Massive Open Online Courses have value for adult students looking to return to higher education, but there are a number of hurdles standing in the way, not the least of which is the challenge of accreditation and credentialing. There are multiple options for studying over the Internet and those…

A Student’s Guide: MOOCs Present a World of Possibilities

In addition to teaching new skills, MOOCs can provide prospective students with the opportunity to see whether they are interested in college-level studies in particular subject areas with no risk. In the first article of this two-part series, Laura Medeiros shared her perspective on the value of Massive Open…

Beyond the MOOC Hype: Answers to the Five Biggest MOOC Questions (Part 1)

...’re hyped up to be? Here at The EvoLLLution, we’ve waded through all the noise to find out just that, taking a research- and statistics-based look at the field to find answers to five of the most pressing questions concerning MOOCs. Over the course of this two-part series, we will…

Massive Disruption: MOOCs in Higher Education

Opinions as to how MOOCs will change teaching and learning in higher education are varied, but that they are completely changing postsecondary education is not in dispute. How will MOOCs — Massive Open Online Courses — continue to change the marketplace and reshape competition in the higher education industry?…

Want Some MOOC With Your TV Dinner? (Part 2)

As MOOCs become more popular, instructors have to decide whether to replicate the limited interactivity of traditional correspondence courses or adopt a new, holistic learning format. For the first part of this series, which explains the transformation of correspondence courses over the decades, please click here. Given the possibilities…

Behind the Decision to Accept Credits for MOOCS

The traditional, insular and proprietary approach to learning restricts students in artificial ways. Opening up MOOCs for credits is a way to expand learning opportunities for students. Today’s educational landscape for adult learners is transforming as new opportunities based on greater access and affordability are gaining momentum and attracting…

Disaggregating the Aggregators: MOOCs as Course Supplements

After the initial critiques of MOOCs in regards to course completion rates, components of these courses are now being adopted by institutions as supplements to their traditional programming. The success of San Jose State University’s (SJSU) incorporation of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) into their curriculum is indisputable:…

MOOCs and Megatrends: A Prediction Comes True

...d Daphne Koller. A little more than a year later, the impact of Udacity and Coursera has rocked the world of higher education to the core. Joined by the Harvard/MIT spinoff, edX, these three powerhouses in the new frontier of MOOCs have upended higher learning like nothing that came before…

MOOCs and the Autonomous Learner

...heir decision to give away their content for free). But while I might wonder about the supply of such free courses in the future, I have little doubt the growing legion of “autonomous learners” will assure a steady demand for MOOCs. MOOCs are a critical part of the emerging model…

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ALIGNING AND ADVANCING STARTING A MOOC DISRUPTION ON THE HORIZON       John Cech speaks about developing workforce readiness programs. Click for original post. Curtis Bonk discusses massive open classes and taking online to the next…

Graduate Schools and MOOCs

...the Chronicle of Higher Education. “We have to figure out how to adapt.” Joanne Canyon-Heller, assistant vice president for graduate and global recruitment at Roosevelt University, raised important questions about MOOCs in general and their potential impact on the graduate education space. “Are we ready for MOOCs to come into…

A Student’s Guide: Leveraging MOOCs for Credit

As competency-based learning becomes more common across higher education, MOOCs provide students with a low-cost pathway to earn postsecondary credentials. Gaining college credit for taking and passing a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a low-cost way to advance toward a college degree. MOOCs are essentially a non-traditional source…

MoocDonalds: Are MOOCs Fast Food?

While poor-quality Massive Open Online Courses can currently get by as low-quality, high-accessibility content, we will soon reach an age where badging and other quality-assurance methods will control the quality of MOOCs. Photo by Pressmaster. Most of us have options when it comes to food.  We can buy groceries…

Five MOOCs Endorsed for Credits

Over the past year, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have become a popular higher education option for students across the globe, at little-to-no cost and in most cases with no available credit upon completion. On Thursday, The American Council on Education (ACE) announced their endorsement of five MOOCs for…

AUDIO | MOOCs Making Waves with Non-Traditional Students

With its emphasis on self-scheduled, flexible learning; MOOCs have made an impact on adult students looking to continue their learning. It’s only a matter of time before they become even more mainstream. Photo by Shane Pope. The EvoLLLution recently sat down with Jarl Jonas and Sarah Bishop-Root, the Director…

MOOCs Slowly Developed for Workforce Training

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are slowly gaining acceptance as workforce development tools outside of academia. While the promise of MOOCs is facing increasing skepticism in higher education circles, the corporate training industry is beginning to seek out the advantages of incorporating them into company-wide training programs. One major…

Swimming in a Sea of MOOCs

...ner and a more-than-casually-interested observer of new developments in education technology, I have in the past year eagerly signed up for three variations of a “meta-MOOC”. That is, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) about MOOCs, a MOOC about online learning, and a MOOC about open educational resources. I am…

AUDIO | Online Learning Making Education Fungible for Non-Traditional Students

...nts can afford. So, we’re seeing that the for-profits — the University of Phoenixs, the Capellas, the Kaplans — have really gone into this market to meet an unmet need. What’s so fascinating about this growth on one end — the MOOCs at a high scale — and then at…

MOOCs Support and Improve Higher Education

While MOOCs do not aim to replace the in-person interactions offered by higher education institutions, they provide students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and pursue their interests without dedicating fixed periods of time to fit a college or university schedule. The following interview was conducted with Andrew Ng,…

Massive Open Online Courses: What’s the Point?

...Stanford) “Designing New Learning Environments” and “Crash Course on Creativity”. Why do I do this? I already have a M.S. degree in Instructional Design and Technology with a specialization in Online Instruction. Enrolling in MOOCs has a lot to do with what drives me, and what I think drives most…

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