cMOOCs as Disruptive Innovations: The Opening of Education


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  • Change is so often disruptive and education, especially HE, seems to be in a sea of change … Open Education, MOOCs, Global access, business and industry stake holders … Let’s take a look at … OPEN EDUCATION
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • Mention Siemens, Downes, Cormier PLENK 2010, CCK 11 and 12, Change 11/12 …connectivist learning; primarily education oriented participantsGordon Lockhart, participant in CCK08
  • 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
  • Dave Cormier and Bonnie Stewart slides from their presentation at the WILU2013, Fredericton, which traces some of these ideas through their own research lenses.
  • They highlighted some of the differences between pedagogies and practices in their presentation
  • The cMOOC is a participatory learning platform and encourages discovery and practice with social media and emerging web tools …
  • Use open source access/platform … participants register blogs; aggregates platformdiscussions, blogs, tweets .. Remixes and send out in NewPosts for daily review and repurposing … original cMOOCs developed around this platfiorm and it is the underpinning for our work in cMOOC development
  • 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 experienced 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 3 weeks from Mexico also using cMOOC theory in her teaching … all sessions are recorded and available now in the “course”
  • 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
  • The 5-credit course, Creativity and Multicultural Communication, was based on utilization of modern education platforms, problem solving using such platforms, and online community-building (among other concepts. Creativity and Multicultural Communication was one of the most intriguing and informative courses I have taken during the three years I have attended Empire State College and actually inspired me to apply to graduate programs in library and information sciences. One of the highlights of the course was the ability to perform extensive independent research on content curation, the results of which can be found at the curation page I created for the course:
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Read this 4 weeks ago 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.
  • As of 14 May …
  • What’s next … our reflective and forward thoughts … bridging some gaps?MOOCs are here and will most likely remain in 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 of 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 …
  • cMOOCs as Disruptive Innovations: The Opening of Education

    1. 1. cMOOOCsOCsas Disruptive Innovations: The Opening of EducationcMOOCs as Disruptive Innovations:The Opening of EducationCarol Yeager and Betty Hurley-DasguptaCIT Conference 22 May 2013
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    3. 3. What does meanto you?
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    5. 5. Disruption of Education?Change?
    6. 6. What is a MOOC ?(massive open online course)
    7. 7. Three major MOOC typesAs posited by Lisa M. Lane in a blog post …*Task based : ds 106, Potcert*Content based : Coursera, Udacity, Edx …xMOOC*Networked knowledge based … cMOOC
    8. 8. gRSShopperopen source by Stephen Downes( )
    9. 9. Co-Facilitators and ResearcherBetty Hurley-Dasguptaand Carol YeagerCatherine A. BlissWith RetSam Zhang, tech support
    10. 10. Our first cMOOC Fall 2011( )Offered for both credit and not for credit
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    12. 12. Types of Posts: Facebook, Twitter, Blogs
    13. 13. CMC11 participant closing comments
    14. 14. ( )our second MOOC Fall 2012Not offered for credit
    15. 15. You Tube Videos of VizMath Presentations
    16. 16. 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. Jacobs
    17. 17. Reflections and our thoughts