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British MOOC

Started by Henry Brown. Last reply by Henry Brown Dec 16, 2012. 1 Reply

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~ 5 minute story onNBC Today on Dec 10 2012  Take free courses from top universities online Thanks to Coursera,…Continue

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MOOC Commentary

Started by Henry Brown. Last reply by Marion Rawson Dec 10, 2012. 1 Reply

IMO an Interesting comment which provides at least 7 links to additional commentaryAndy Oram blog entry on…Continue

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Comment by Henry Brown on January 6, 2014 at 7:09am

IMO interesting commentary from

180 MOOCs to Start the New Year (Is This the Crest of the Wave?)

Once the MOOC “revolution” got underway, universities, usually slow-moving and tight-fisted institutions, couldn’t run fast enough to put their own MOOCs online. And, right now, we’re seeing the results. In January alone, 180 MOOCs from major international universities, will get underway. Below we’ve highlighted some of the courses that intrigued us most, but you can peruse the complete list here and make your own choices.

If you haven’t tried a free MOOC, I’d do it sooner than later. In recent weeks, the whole MOOC project took a hit when a University of Pennsylvania study found what was becoming empirically obvious — that MOOCs generally have very low participation and completion rates, and what’s more, most of the students taking the courses are “disproportionately educated, male, [and] wealthy,” and from the United States. This study, combined with other disappointing experiments and findings, will likely make universities think twice about sinking money into creating MOOCs (they can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $50,000 to develop). It might take another 6-12 months to see the shift. But I’d hazard a guess that this January might be the peak of the free MOOC trend. Enjoy them while they last. Whatever their shortcomings, they can be quite informative, and you can’t beat the price.


Comment by Henry Brown on October 9, 2013 at 9:25am

Could be of some interest to some!

From Mother Nature Network:
7 places where you can get a free online education

Whether you're looking to brush up on your calculus or test your brainpower against Ivy League students, you can do it for free online.

 Anyone who has paid tuition or sent in checks to repay a student loan knows that education is not cheap. The cost of a college education can easily reach six figures, with some graduates leaving school with a diploma and more than $200,000 in debt.
The costs associated with higher education are climbing even faster than inflation. When you factor in the added costs of books, meal plans and housing, it's enough to make even the most frugal savers cringe.
Luckily, while tuition has been rising, a plethora of free online options has become available. Some websites like the Khan Academy exist to help students round out their understanding of subjects like trigonometry and calculus while top-notch universities have begun to put courses online for free. We can't all get accepted to Harvard, but we can click over and watch every lecture from an Introduction to Computer Science course and do all the assignments and tests like real Harvard students do.

Comment by Henry Brown on October 2, 2013 at 2:56pm

Have posted a discussion which could have some interest/value to some

Title: E-Learning Resource

Comment by Henry Brown on September 28, 2013 at 10:16am

I know that we have got to progress but 5 years of a lifetime before the concept has been replaced .... Yea suspect will be a while before MOOC's are replaced...

From BBC:

Keep up, keep up. If you've only just caught on to the concept of online university courses called Moocs, then you're in danger of falling behind again.

Harvard, one of the world's most influential universities, is moving on to Spocs - which stands for small private online courses. Nothing to do with Star Trek and sombre Vulcans, but plenty to do with ambitions "to boldly go".

And could these be the real deal? The academic chairing Harvard's online experiments says we are already "post-Mooc".

Moocs - massive open online courses - have been something of a hurricane in universities, making a lot of noise and promising to rip everything up.

Pioneered by some of the most prestigious US universities, they have been re-packaging course units into online lessons and making them available to anyone with an internet connection.

But it's still not clear whether this is a passing storm or something that will fundamentally change how higher education is delivered.

Last week the UK joined the fray, with more than 20 universities launching an online platform called FutureLearn, which will challenge the dominant players on the east and west US coasts.

Comment by Henry Brown on January 27, 2013 at 1:55pm

OP-ED piece by By Thomas L. Friedman on the state of MOOC from the NY Times

Comment by Henry Brown on December 16, 2012 at 8:47am

New site which provides some level of peer review of MOOC's ...

At this time (12-16-2012) ~230 course reviewed from 6 different "sites"

Comment by Henry Brown on November 29, 2012 at 2:07pm

 short (less than 2 minutes) introduction to Coursera

 View Welcome to Coursera: on Youtube

Comment by Henry Brown on November 24, 2012 at 6:58am

Have posted a discussion which could be of some value/interest to some

Title: Executive Education

Comment by Henry Brown on November 19, 2012 at 5:39am

Bob Courley has posted a Blog which could have some interest/value to some

Title: Education & Technology – The Year of the MOOC

Comment by Henry Brown on November 18, 2012 at 6:03am

I have posted a discussion which could be of some interest/value to some

(Because the "article/editorial" mentions MOOC's)

Title: The Future of a Degree


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