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The New York Times said that 2012 was “the year of the MOOC” ...

The New York Times said that 2012 was “the year of the MOOC”
EDUCAUSE said that they have “the potential to alter the relationship between learner and instructor and between academe and the wider community.”
Can a course where the participants and the course materials are distributed across the web and the courses are "open" and offered at no cost to a very large number of participants who do not receive institutional credit be a worthwhile venture for a college?

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    Academia and the MOOC Academia and the MOOC Presentation Transcript

    • Everybody Wants to MOOC the WorldAcademia and the MOOC Ken Ronkowitz @ronkowitz Ronkowitz.com
    • The New York Times said that 2012 was “the year ofthe MOOC”EDUCAUSE said that they have “the potential to alterthe relationship between learner and instructor andbetween academe and the wider community.”Can a course where the participants and the coursematerials are distributed across the web and thecourses are "open" and offered at no cost to a verylarge number of participants who do not receiveinstitutional credit be a worthwhile venture for acollege?
    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/neosnaps/2596044654/sizes/o/in/photostream/
    • Some History“MOOC” is coined in 2008 by Dave Cormier &Bryan Alexander in response toan earlier open online course that had beendesigned and led by George Siemens andStephen Downes."Connectivism and Connective Knowledge," had25 tuition-paying students at the University ofManitoba in addition to 2300 other studentsfrom the public who took the online class free ofcharge for no credit.)
    • HistoryPedagogically, much of the course activity, interactionand collaboration was expected to come from theparticipants.2012 - Sebastian Thrun leaves his teaching position atStanford University to start Udacity using the artificialintelligence course that he was teaching and hadmade freely available in 2011.Coursera, a for-profit company that also came fromStanford roots has as of December 2012 2 millionstudents from 196 countries who have enrolled in atleast one course.edX - a not-for-profit online education initiative usingcourses provided initially by MIT, Harvard, and theUniversity of California, Berkeley.
    • EvolutionFirst there were MOOCs…• cMOOC• xMOOC• MOCC (Mid-sized Online Closed Course)• BOOC (Big Online Open Course <500 )• Hybrid MOOC (delivery and/or student body)• For-profit providers (filling a vacuum)• Accreditation…
    • cMOOC connectivist versus xMOOC instructivist networks tasks contents https://www.ai-class.com/ http://ds106.us/history/ https://www.coursera.org/http://lisahistory.net/wordpress/2012/08/three-kinds-of-moocs/
    • We have just started the debate Pros and ConsNice company (Stanford, It’sMIT, Harvard, Duke…) Stanford, MIT, Harvard, DuPotential new students and ke…revenue Show me the money (and the credit)Developing new strategiesfor the design and teaching Is anyone learningof online courses. anything in these MOOCs?
    • Reboot California ODG-COT Discussion January 2013MOOC Providers Faculty Representatives•Cost = $1 per oAccreditation requires small class sizesclass per student oLarge lectures have been discredited as a teaching tool•A/B testing gain oThe cost of undergraduate education has been goingbe done as fast as down; the drivers for tax and tuition increases areAmazon gives administrative, athletic, and research costsfeedback to users oAutomation might mean that the “Haves” attend•Peer to peer residential colleges & the “Have-Nots” get onlineassistance education & the “Have-Nothings” receive neither due tocompensates for lack of technology and Internet access.large class sizes oPeer-to-peer assistance may work in elite universities but•Mentors can be community college and state university students needprovided @$ professional assistance
    • Stakeholders & Roles
    • FacultyDesignersInstitution - AdministrationSupport • IT, Help Desk, Admissions, Online LearningStudentsAnd any blend of the above…
    • It is truly worldwide
    • La Condition SemantiqueAutonomie, diversité, liberté, interactivitéCes conditions sont les conditions dun dialogueconstructif…et sont donc les principes de conception dun MOOC http://itforum.coe.uga.edu/paper92/paper92.html
    • The Semantic ConditionAutonomy, diversity, openness, interactivityThese conditions are the conditions for a constructivedialogue…And are thus the design principles for a MOOC http://itforum.coe.uga.edu/paper92/paper92.html
    • 6,000 Courses for Lifelong Learnersmyeducationpath.com/courses has 6000 coursesAnd is one of lesser known MOOC providersserendipity35.net/index.php?/archives/2744-MOOC-Providers.html
    • We want to further the conversation amongst educators…
    • Academia & the MOOCA massive (well, Big)open (free) Online Course(actually, more of a conversation)on MOOCs in Academia April 15 – May 12Register at www.canvas.net
    • Everybody Wants to MOOC the WorldAcademia and the MOOC Ken Ronkowitz @ronkowitz Ronkowitz.com