Lifelong learnerMentor,,Course developer, Instructor with ESC 22+ yearsOnline design and offerings since 1998 as well as blended in International Programs in Balkans and Middle EastWho are you … write here and in chat box
Open access globally; not a closed LMS/CMSOpen educational resources/ CC … learning materials freely available worldwide with licenses that promote use, reuse and re-purposingIn UK I believe Futurelearn was launched by Open university to bring a wide range of free, open and online materials from leading UK institutions for worldwide access. Open curriculum, learning, assessment, platform
HP catalyst Academy- it's teachers (K-12) around the world who need easily accessible resources for their professional learning (in small chunks- each chunk should take about 12 hours to complete.) They will get badges and will become part of the Academy community, including a profile page.
OERu addresses the need of those seeking a reasonably priced and accessible undergraduate degree. Here, they work on the courses (mostly on their own) and then apply for the credential when they believe they have achieved the learning outcomes for the course. Both (HP and OERu) are open (easy entry; no charge to access or use materials). Both put much of the control in the hands of the learner.
What is it? What do you know about CC?In your reading materials for this week … add some comments in the chat box … thank you.
What is a disruption? Something that changes the status quo,alters the normal and expected set of procedure and outcomes. Generally innovative and typically combines new technology that changes rapidly. Is HE in need of disruptive innovations? Using same basic modes of learning from agrarian, through the technological to information age. We are now in the digital era … do we need something else? Global changes are rapidly changing our knowledge and competency needs. Today’s jobs are changing rapidly, and are we ready to adapt to new skills needed?
MIT offered free courses for 10+ years of many different courses same as on campus … and then came MOOCs …Enter MOOCs … 2008, Cormier, Siemens and Downes with CCK08, PLENK 2010, Change, CFHE 2012 Perosnla networked learningds 106 UMW, potcert 2009 or soStanford and AI Sebastian Thrun 2011 … Udacity, Coursera, Edx … commercial ventures
Autonomous learners are most successful, and learn to build personal networks/ carry over to other MOOCs and beyond … my association with ChrissiNerantzi through MOOC meet; Jim Stauffer of Noerthwest Territories who works with indiginous peoples there; RetSam in China … tech support in developing CMC11 cMOOC
Building on our work together in International Program development and delivery as well as my work in Creativity and Change Leadership at SUNY/Buffalo State, started designing our first MOOC in Spring of 2011. We had both eperienced several of the CMOOCswDownes, Cormier and Siemens. Worked with Retsam for tech learning and support and at end of 1st offering, Catherine bliss analyzed the interaction within the course …
Thirteen credit seeking participants, one of whom was a grad student; 350+ total registrations in first offering Fall 2011. Approx 15% active, all registered participants completed; a number of not for credit completed and some are still active today.Learning contract of expectations for credit seekers; constantly updating, adding new presentations .. One tomorrow from Mexico who is using cMOOC theory in her teaching … invited to join us @11 pm your time https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?password=M.30BD7DDBA12C8CDBCC7339A0C15567&sid=2012301
Use open source access/platform … participants register blogs; aggregates platformdiscussions, blogs, tweets .. Remixes and send out in NewPosts for daily review and repurposing
Animation of interactions and activity over 13 weeks of Fall 2011 … Catherine Bliss using Gephi software
Facebook not captured by gRSShopper, hand harvestedWe have added Voicethread, Tweet sessions (recorded), Google + Hangouts, Also use Diigo, G+ groups
I am a visual learner and best by seeing rather than readingAudio, kinesthetic, Memorization, utilization, solo, group, etc
Spring of 2012 started work on second MOOC … not for credit and as an adjunct to another open resource course, A Mathemtical Journey that also uses Khan Academy videos. Wanted to attract non math lovers as well as math afficionados
Used basic format as previous offering ; more of a linear layout and delivery than previous offering;Did not have a critical mass and discovered that math folks do not like to blog … give them a problem to solve and they are engaged; a good learning experience for us … topic and engagement vary depending upon the “audience”. Even though presenters were global; participants were not. Topic was not a “hot” topic!
I learned a great deal and had fun in the process … I think fun is a key to the engagement and learning. Variety of sub topics with osme top notch experts in their fields. Recorded in Blackboard Collaborate and transferred to You Tube for wider exposure ad use.
Some questions to think about and discuss … we are still working and experimenting on our own discoveries and future implementation with cMOOCs (our preference is the connectivist variety.
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What’s next … our reflective and forward thoughts … bridging some gaps?MOOCs are here and will kmost likely remain on some form as they open the world to new perspectives on learning. May be part of a variety of different learning options for HE.Gear learning to expected life/work journeys; change as needed, expand as needed; lifelong learners not an end to learning.I think education should be free to all. The credentialing is where the monetization resides. E portfolios opf learning to carry into a resume, badges, certificates; businesses invest and engage in development of what they need in a workforce and collaborate with HE for results …
Read this yesterday in the NYTimes … part of a larger discussion you might wish to read. Interesting approach to the disruptive world of MOOCs in HE and related OER opportunities.
A Toffler posited in the 1980’s in his book Future Shock: the literate of the 21st C will not be those who can read and write, but those who can learn, unlearn and relearn … has been a guiding philosophy of mine ever since reading it. Lifelong learning at its best!
OERs, cMOOCs and the Opening of Education Carol Yeager 22 April 2013
Questions• What challenges do cMOOCs present for assessing learning gained through engaging with the MOOC, including other MOOC participants?• Is the cMOOC an accessible learning environment for all learners?• What are essential elements of a MOOC? Is size (over 100) sufficient for it to be a MOOC?• Is a cMOOC really a course?
Some References• Research article on MOOCs:• http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/104 1/2025• Dave Cormier on MOOCs:• http://davecormier.com/edblog/2012/07/31/20- questions-and-answers-about-moocs/• George Siemens on MOOCs (video):• http://blog.p2pfoundation.net/george-siemens-on- massive-open-online-courses/2011/05/14• Stephen Downes on MOOCs (video):• http://www.slideshare.net/Downes/xmooc-the-massive- open-online-course-in-theory-and-in-practice
As these online universities gain traction, and start countingfor actual college course credit, they’ll most likely haveenormous real-world impact. They’ll help in getting jobs andcreating business ideas. They might just live up to their hype.For millions of people around the globe with few resources,MOOCs may even be life-changing.A.J. Jacobshttp://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/opinion/sunday/grading-the-mooc-university.html?hp
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