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Have you had your MOOC today?

  1. 1. Presented to the Alamo Chapter, ISPI August 23, 2012 Randy Agee
  2. 2.  Massively Online Open Course ◦ Complete course, instructor-led, with recorded lectures, posted readings, online exercises, chat rooms, & graded tests – most lasting a full semester ◦ Open enrollment... Business models still evolving  Some hope to charge a nominal enrollment fee  Some have recommended pre-reqs but no enforcement  Some offer a certificate of completion, but no credit Diane Rhem Show, Jul 31st, 2012
  3. 3.  MIT and a few other top tier colleges and universities started sharing their curricula online ◦ Very first efforts were support for blended courses, asynchronously providing curricula online ◦ Evolving to a support for other teachers & general interest service ◦ Little support offered... You can download the syllabus, lectures & some readings/exercises  You experience the course for yourself – no formative feedback or evaluation of your learning Trend of sharing content is growing ◦ Are MOOCs the next logical step? Diane Rhem Show, Jul 31st, 2012
  4. 4.  The term “MOOC” coined by Dave Cormier (UPEI) & Bryan Alexander (NIT in Lib Ed) describing a 2008 U Manitoba course George Siemens (Athabasca U) & Stephen Downes (NRC of Canada) “Collectivism and Connected Knowledge”  25 tuition-paying students from University of Manitoba &  2,300 general public students who took the course for free ◦ Course content delivered with RSS feeds ◦ Learner discussions in MOODLE, blog posts, Second Life, & synchronous online meetings Downes, S. 2008.
  5. 5.  MOOC popularity soared in 2011 at Stanford U ◦ Sebastian Thrun & Peter Norvig offered a course in Artificial Intelligence  160,000 students in 190 countries  Wired magazine [Mar 20, 2012] called the course “online Woodstock of the digital era”  No credit offered, but one student (with no undergrad degree) got a LOR from Thrun & Norvig and landed a job at Google
  6. 6.  Fledgling “institutions” emerging ◦ Coursera  An Entrepreneurial company partnering with Higher Ed Institutions ...see Coursera...  TED praises Coursera as one of the Ideas Worth Spreading TED ◦ Udacity  Touts itself as a new kind of learning experience ...see Udacity...  Works with individual professors to host MOOCs The Chronicle of Higher Education Blog post Aug 10, 2012
  7. 7.  Not necessarily papers ◦ Grading at scale... How do you give students meaningful formative feedback?  Multiple choice and short answers are easiest to do  Using computer-aided tools you can grade  programming assignments  modeling assignments of a physical system e.g., electronic circuits / financial model / social system  Peer grading where students grade each others’ work using instructor-provided rubrics  Open-ended essays  Business plan proposals Diane Rhem Show, Jul 31st, 2012
  8. 8.  Depends on the institution ◦ Top tier schools will continue to thrive  Their degrees are valued  Many students don’t get that kind of experience...  Most provide large, unstructured settings delivering information to passive recipients (400 seat lecture halls)  Many online schools are little more than page-turners charging high $$ for a credential ◦ MOOCS provide interactivity between instructor & student as well as interactivity among students Diane Rhem Show, Jul 31st, 2012
  9. 9.  Colleges/Universities traditionally collect large fees for their work ◦ They provide “credit” commensurate with effort and award “degrees” to those who attain specified standards  Credit & Degrees from “Good schools” are valued, while credit & degrees from “not so good schools” are derided With MOOCS, colleges/universities are giving knowledge away for free... ◦ No “credit” No “degree” ◦ Students get  Satisfaction of learning the material  Perhaps a certificate or a letter acknowledging your completion and a grade  A few anecdotes where MOOCs deliver payoffs Diane Rhem Show, Jul 31st, 2012
  10. 10.  Blended learning is mushrooming ◦ Most schools embracing blended courses ◦ Economies of scale attractive to actuaries ◦ The best courses reserve data dump portions to online allowing more course time to dialogue & inquiry ◦ Exploration by innovative teachers revealing new ways to employ online to ...  teach facts  nurture intelligence &  evaluate progress & mastery Diane Rhem Show, Jul 31st, 2012
  11. 11.  Fired & Rehired: UVa President, Theresa A. Sullivan ◦ Fired by UVa BoV June 10th – Rehired after Gov. Bob McDonnell... vowed to replace entire BoV if they didnt resolve the controversy “today” [USA Today Jun 26th]. ◦ ... While Ms. Sullivan has "done many things well," [BoV Chair Dragas] implied the board was “left wanting.” [Dragas] specifically cited need for a leader who would be open to changes in curriculum-delivery methods, including online learning. [The Chronicle of Higher Education June 10th] ◦ Of the three issues behind the attempted firing: Sullivan had suggested overhauling the curriculum to lavish far more attention on upper-division classes and to convert many lower-division courses to a “hybrid” model Her reasoning: Many students arrive already having taken many introductory courses as Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate-level classes in high school. [Washington Post June 19th] UVa is one of the schools now offering more blended courses and MOOCs
  12. 12. https://www.coursera.org/#courses
  13. 13.  This knowledge is FREE ◦ Immediately available – admission guaranteed  Just a few mouse-clicks and you’re in, No such thing as “have you taken the PREREQs?” ◦ Portends “just-in-time, on-demand learning”  Develop professionally, supplement your knowledge base & satisfy your curiosities  Overcome Don Rumsfeld’s dilemma ...... “we don’t know what we don’t know” ◦ Highly reputable sources  Top universities, instructors recognized in their fields Don’t expect an “easy’ button ◦ Credibility of universities & reputations of professors at stake... They will not want to deliver less than quality work! ◦ Although PREREQs don’t exist, they do... ...don’t expect to be bottle-fed! You may need to know something to succeed in Differential Equations or Artificial Intelligence Programming Be patient... Courses you want may still be on the drawing boards
  14. 14.  Cryptography ◦ Dan Boneh, Professor at Stanford U ◦ Learn about the inner workings of cryptographic primitives and how to apply this knowledge in real-world applications!  Starts August 27th , 6 weeks https://www.coursera.org/#course/crypto Gamification ◦ Kevin Werbach, Professor at UPenn ◦ Gamification is the application of game elements and digital game design techniques to non-game problems, such as business and social impact challenges. This course will teach you the mechanisms of gamification, why it has such tremendous potential, and how to use it effectively.  Starts August 27th , 6 weeks https://www.coursera.org/#course/gamification
  15. 15.  Web Intelligence and Big Data ◦ Gautam Shroff, Indian Inst. of Tech., Delhi & Indraprastha Inst. of Info. Tech, Delhi. ◦ This course is about building `web-intelligence applications exploiting big data sources arising from social media, mobile devices and sensors, using new big-data platforms based on the map-reduce parallel programming paradigm.  Starts August 27th , 10 weeks https://www.coursera.org/#course/bigdata Model Thinking ◦ Scott E. Page, U Michigan ◦ In this class, you will learn how to think with models and use them to make sense of the complex world around us (economics & finances, humanities & social sciences)  Starts August 27th , 10 weeks https://www.coursera.org/#course/modelthinking
  16. 16.  Introduction to Astronomy ◦ Ronen Plesser, Duke U ◦ An introduction to astronomy through a broad survey of what we know about the universe and how we know it  Starts Nov 27th, 9 weeks https://www.coursera.org/#course/introastro Statistics One ◦ Andrew Conway, Princeton U ◦ Statistics One is designed to be a friendly introduction to very simple, very basic, fundamental concepts in statistics.  Starts Sep 3rd , 6 weeks https://www.coursera.org/#course/stats1
  17. 17.  Modern & Contemporary American Poetry ◦ Al Filreis, U Penn ◦ This course is a fast-paced introduction to modern and contemporary U.S. poetry, from Dickinson and Whitman to the present. Participants (who need no prior experience with poetry) will learn how to read poems that are supposedly "difficult."  Starts Sep 10th , 10 weeks https://www.coursera.org/#course/modernpoetry A History of the World since 1300 ◦ Jeremy Adelman, Princeton U ◦ This course will examine the ways in which the world has grown more integrated yet more divided over the past 700 years.  Starts Sep 17th , 12 weeks https://www.coursera.org/#course/wh1300
  18. 18.  Learn to Program: The Fundamentals ◦ Jennifer Campbell & Paul Gries, U Toronto ◦ Behind every mouse click and touch-screen tap, there is a computer program that makes things happen. This course introduces the fundamental building blocks of programming and teaches you how to write fun and useful programs using the Python language.  Starts Sep 10th , 10 weeks https://www.coursera.org/#course/programming1 Intro to Physics (ph100) ◦ Andy Brown, Freelance MIT grad & Jonathan Burket, UVa ◦ Study physics abroad in Europe -- virtually! Learn the basics of physics on location in Italy, the Netherlands and the UK, by answering some of the disciplines major questions from over the last 2000 years.  At your pace; 7 weeks http://www.udacity.com/overview/Course/ph100/CourseRev/1
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