November 22, 2014

Distance education in Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar -2004

Distance education in Mongolia Distance education in Mongolia

Distance education in Cuba

A revolutionary tank at the Universidad de Havana

Distance education in Cuba Distance education in Cuba

Distance Education in Afghanistan

Kuchi family near Bamian

Distance Education in Afghanistan Distance Education in Afghanistan

A personal view of e-learning in Saudi Arabia

A mosque in Arar, Northern Saudi Arabia

A personal view of e-learning in Saudi Arabia A personal view of e-learning in Saudi Arabia

South Africa

White rhinos in Pilanesburg

South Africa South Africa

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The Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

The dissemination of research in online learning: a lesson from the EDEN Research Workshop

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The EDEN Research Workshop I’m afraid I have sadly neglected my blog over the last two weeks, as I was heavily engaged as the rapporteur for the EDEN 8th Research Workshop on challenges for research on open and distance learning, which took place in Oxford, England last week, with the UK Open University as the […]

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A ‘starter’ bibliography on MOOCs

For the increasing number of students doing Masters' dissertations or Ph.D's on MOOCs I have collected together for convenience all the references made in my chapter on MOOCs for my open textbook, 'Teaching in a Digital World.' However, there are many other publications - this cannot be considered a comprehensive list. Also note the date of this blog post: anything published after this will not be … [Read More...]

Formal education is the necessary launchpad for successful MOOCs

Why MOOCs are only part of the answer for higher education

OK, except for the next post, which will be a list of publications on MOOCs for graduate students studying the topic, and a scenario for a 'good' MOOC, this will be my last post on MOOCs for a while. This is the conclusion to my chapter on MOOCs for my open textbook, 'Teaching in a Digital Age'. This whole chapter is now published here. There will be a scenario illustrating what I define as a … [Read More...]

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EDEN research papers: OERs (inc. MOOCs), quality/assessment, social media, analytics and research methods

EDEN has now published a second report on my review of papers submitted to the EDEN research workshop in Oxford a couple of weeks ago. All the full papers for the workshop can be accessed here. Main lessons (or unanswered questions) I took away: OERs and MOOCs what does awarding badges of certificates for MOOCs or other OER actually mean? For instance will institutions give course … [Read More...]

Daphne Koller's TED talk on MOOCs (click to activate video)

Why the fuss about MOOCs? Political, social and economic drivers

The end of MOOCs This is the last part of my chapter on MOOCs for my online open textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age. In a series of prior posts, I have looked at the strengths and weaknesses of MOOCs. Here I summarise this section and look at why MOOCs have gained so much attention. Brief summary of strengths and weaknesses of MOOCs The main points of my analysis of the strengths and … [Read More...]

The MOOC value proposition is that they can eliminate variable costs of course delivery. Image: © OpenTuition.com, 2014

Strengths and weaknesses of MOOCs: Part 3, branding and cost

The story so far This is the fifth in a series of posts from my open textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age. I have already published four extracts from the book on MOOCs: the key design features of MOOCs ('What is a MOOC?') the differences between cMOOCs and xMOOCs the strengths and weaknesses of MOOCs, Part 1, focusing on: their contribution to open and free education the audience … [Read More...]

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A New Zealand analysis of MOOCs

Shrivastava, A. and Guiney, P. (2014) Technological Development and Tertiary Education Delivery Models: The Arrival of MOOCs  Wellington NZ: Tertiary Education Commission/Te Amorangi Mātauranga Matua Why this paper? Another report for the record on MOOCs, this time from the New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission. The reasoning behind this report: The paper focuses on MOOCs [rather than … [Read More...]

Some of the participants at the EDEN Research workshop, 2014

EDEN research papers on learner characteristics, course design and faculty development in online learning

EDEN has now published my review of some of the research papers submitted to the EDEN research workshop in Oxford a couple of weeks ago. All the full papers for the workshop can be accessed here. Main lessons I culled from these papers: Learner characteristics open and distance learners/online learners are much more heterogeneous than on-campus students: social background, institutional … [Read More...]